Title:
Specifications/description of the brass magnet
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
My invention, titled “The Brass Magnet”, is a device, which can be utilized by anyone participating in the use of firearms, whether, civilian, military, or law enforcement. The device will be used to collect the spent cartridge casings, after they have been extracted from a firearm. The device will be constructed of a handle which is attached to a cylindrical shaped drum. The drum is made up of spokes, which are spaced slightly smaller than the cartridge case. The device will be rolled over the area where the spent cartridge casings have fallen. The pressure or weight of the device will cause the casings to squeeze through the spokes, thus collecting the casings inside the drum, where they can be disposed of or collected.



Inventors:
Helms, Drew Brandon (Mankato, MN, US)
Application Number:
10/074809
Publication Date:
09/12/2002
Filing Date:
04/01/2002
Assignee:
HELMS DREW BRANDON
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
414/439
International Classes:
E01H1/12; F41J11/00; (IPC1-7): E01H1/12
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Primary Examiner:
CHIN, PAUL T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Drew B. Helms (Mankato, MN, US)
Claims:
1. What I claim as my invention is, the conception and development of a device which will pick up and collect empty handgun, rifle and shotgun cartridges, commonly called “brass”, after they have been extracted from the firearm during the normal cycling action of the firearm. The device will be rolled over the area where the spent cartridges are located, collecting the cartridges inside the drum area of the device, utilizing a system of evenly spaced spokes, where the cartridges will pass through and gather in the drum area.

2. The device, spokes and the drum portion of the device will be made of metal, or any other suitable material.

3. The drum and spokes can be made to various sizes, depending on the caliber of the weapon being used.

4. The cartridge casings will be retrievable for collection or disposal through a small door or opening on one end of the device.

5. The device will take the place of the slow, cumbersome, fatiguing task of bending over and picking up the empty cartridges from the surface where they have fallen.

6. The device could be used on many surfaces, including both indoor and outdoor ranges.

Description:
[0001] The “Brass Magnet” is a device which will pick up/collect empty handgun and rifle cartridges, commonly called “brass”, after they have been extracted from the firearm during the normal cycling action of a semi-automatic firearm. The device will be rolled over the cartridges in a forward or backward direction, collecting the cartridges inside the spoked drum. The device will consist of a drum collection tube made up of two solid ends, connected by metal alloy, which are spaced smaller than the size of the cartridge casings being retrieved.

[0002] The device will be made in different sizes to accommodate the various calibers in the firearm community, ranging from .22 caliber to .45 caliber, for handguns, and from .22 to .308 rifle cartridges and any caliber developed to be utilized with a common firearm. The ends of the tube securing the spokes will be made of aluminum, steel or other material, with sufficient weight to force the cartridges through the spokes and into the open middle of the tube. The cartridge casings will be retrievable for collection or disposal through a small door on one end of the tube.

[0003] The tube will be connected to a system of steel or other suitable material rods which will form the handle and body of the device, used to move the device over the cartridge casings while the operator is standing. The operator will hold in both hands a straight piece of suitable material formed as the handle which will be connected in the middle to a straight piece of suitable material that travels from the handle down approximately three feet, before branching of in two directions to connect to both ends of the tube.

[0004] The device could be utilized by all persons taking part in the sport of firearms, whether civilian, military, or law enforcement. The device will take the place of the slow, cumbersome, fatiguing task of bending over and picking up the empty cartridges from the ground. It will also limit the exposure the handler has with lead residue from the empty cartridge. The device could be used in both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, being able to perform on most surfaces.