Title:
Rapid access Technology for use with police weapons
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Police officers have had many improvements in their equipment in recent years, except in one constant area. They often struggle with the removal of equipment from their utility belts and are unable to put the items into action quickly and easily. This invention relates generally to easy, quick access to the items held on a police officer's belt. This is especially common to non-lethal weapons and ammo clips, but not limited to these in any way. From this point on the term “officer” will refer to a police officer.



Inventors:
Hughes, Jerry (Spartanburg, SC, US)
Davis, George (Rutherfordton, NC, US)
Application Number:
09/961775
Publication Date:
03/20/2003
Filing Date:
09/18/2001
Assignee:
HUGHES JERRY
DAVIS GEORGE
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
224/241, 224/245, 224/914
International Classes:
A45F5/00; (IPC1-7): A45C1/04; A45F3/00; F41C33/02; F42B39/02
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Primary Examiner:
NEWHOUSE, NATHAN JEFFREY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JOHN B. HARDAWAY, III (GREENVILLE, SC, US)
Claims:
1. As it relates to the weapons and items carried on the belt of an officer or into a combat situation were the need and ability to quickly and easily bring weapons, such as but not limited to asp baton or pepper spray container into action, or the ability to insert an ammo clip into a automatic pistol using only (if need be) one hand with no lost of speed or control of the weapon. It works on the need to keep these items secure until the weapon or ammo clip is needed. Then the officer unlatches the holder, at this time the R.A.T. activates. The carrier allowing gravity will swing down pulling a locking hinge into position were it rest at a angle of 20 degrees to 45 degrees where the item inside is held in place by a spring loaded or steel spring clamp to allow easy retrieval of which ever item the officer needs. A different holder is used for each item. Using R.A.T. for the reloading of the automatic pistol. The officer unlatches the ammo clip holder latch and the drop bottom swings down (this can also be pushed outward with a spring for other needs) pulling the locking hinge into place at and angle just away from the body, where after expelling the used clip an officer aligns his weapon over the fresh ammo clip and slams it into his weapon without the need to first remove the ammo clip from his belt or turn over the clip. The ammo clip is held in a base down position. The clamp holds the ammo clip securely while allowing for the handle of the weapon to slide over the ammo clip until it locks into place. (Note: this can be used either strong left and right handed, it can also be used easily weak handed). When used for the other items, Asp baton and the Pepper spray container the R.A.T. carrier holds the items securely and when engaged the items are held at an angle where the officer can grasp, hold the item and place it into action in a faction of the time from case holders used today. Out line of R.A.T. Carrier, (which can be made of many materials and shapes depending on what holder is being used) will have a stainless steel metal back with an angled lock on the hinge where the catch will stop the drop bottom at the angled position, the hinge is also made of stainless steel metal, with a clamp attached to the hinge which holds whatever is in the carrier until the officer removes it, a latch is wrapped around the item holding it in a secure position in a normal manner. When the latch is released the weight of the held item uses gravity to fall and the drop bottom pulls the hinge down until it hits the catch on the back plate which will hold it at the angle needed to allow access to the items (Note: the main items involved in this example are the Asp baton, Pepper spray container, and automatic pistol ammo clip. But this in no way limits the use of this devise to these items.)

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001] Police officers have had great changes in their equipment in recent years, with but one constant that they struggle most time with the removal of the equipment from the belts and placing them into action in a quick and easy fashion. This invention relates generally to an easy and quick access to the items held on a Police officer's belt, more particularity to the non-lethal weapons and ammo clips, but not limited to these in anyway. From this point on the term officer will refer to a police officer.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

[0002] Rapid Access Technology:

[0003] As it relates to the weapons and items carried on the belt of and officer or into a combat situation were the need and ability to quickly and easily bring weapons, such as but not limited to asp baton or pepper spray container into action, or the ability to insert an ammo clip into a automatic pistol using only (if need be) one hand with no lost of speed or control of the weapon.

[0004] It works on the need to keep these items secure until the weapon or ammo clip is needed. Then the officer unstraps the holder at this time the R.A.T. activates. The carrier allowing gravity will swing down pulling a locking hinge into position were it rest at a angle of 20 degrees to 45 degrees where the item inside is held in place by a spring loaded or steel spring clamp to allow easy retrieval of which ever item the officer needs. A different holder is used for each item.

[0005] Using R.A.T. for the reloading of the automatic pistol. The officer unstraps the ammo clip holder latch and the drop bottom swings down (this can also be pushed outward with a spring for other needs) pulling the locking hinge into place at an angle just away from the body, where after expelling used clip the officer aligns his weapon over the fresh ammo clip and slams it into his weapon without the need to first remove the ammo clip from his belt or turn over the clip. The ammo clip is held in a base down position. The clamp holds the ammo clip securely while allowing for the handle of the weapon to slide over the ammo clip until it locks into place. (Note: this can be used either strong left or right handed, it can also be used easily weak handed). When used for the other items, Asp baton and the Pepper spray container the R.A.T. carrier holds the items securely and when engaged, the items are held at an angle where the officer can grab and hold the item and place it into action in a fraction of the time from case holders used today.

[0006] Out line of R.A.T. carrier, (which can be made of many materials and shapes depending on what holder is being used) will have a stainless steel metal back with a angled lock on the hinge where the catch will stop the drop bottom at the angled position. The hinge is also made of stainless steel metal, with a clamp attached to the hinge that holds whatever is in the carrier until the officer removes it. A latch is wrapped around the item holding it in a secure position in a normal manner. When the latch is released the weight of the held item uses gravity to fall and the drop bottom pulls the hinge down until it hits the catch on the back plate which will hold it at the angle needed to allow access to the items (Note: the main items involved in this example are the Asp baton, Pepper spray container, and automatic pistol ammo clip. But this in no way limits the use of this devise to these items.)

[0007] Main Claim

[0008] Independent claim: Rapid Access Technology.

[0009] As it relates to the weapons and items carried on the belt of an officer or into a combat situation were the need and ability to quickie and easily bring weapons, such as but not limited to asp baton or pepper spray container into action, or the ability to insert an ammo clip into a automatic pistol using only (if need be) one hand with no lost of speed or control of the weapon.

[0010] It works on the need to keep these items secure until the weapon or ammo clip is needed. Then the officer unlatches the holder at this time the R.A.T. activates. The carrier allowing gravity will swing down pulling a locking hinge into position were it rest at a angle of 20 degrees to 45 degrees where the item inside is held in place by a spring loaded or steel spring clamp to allow easy retrieval of which ever item the officer needs. A different holder is used for each item.

[0011] Using R.A.T. for the reloading of the automatic pistol. The officer unlatches the ammo clip holder latch and the drop bottom swings down (this can also be pushed outward with a spring for other needs) pulling the locking hinge into place at and angle just away from the body, where after expelling used clip the officer aligns his weapon over the fresh ammo clip and slams it into his weapon without the need to first remove the ammo clip from his belt or turn over the clip. The ammo clip is held in a base down position. The clamp holds the ammo clip securely while allowing for the handle of the weapon to slide over the ammo clip until it locks into place. (Note: this can be used either strong left or right handed, it can also be used easily weak handed). When used for the other items, Asp baton and the Pepper spray container the R.A.T. carrier holds the items securely and when engaged the items are held at an angle where the officer can grab and hold the item and place it into action in a faction of the time from case holders used today.

[0012] Out line of R.A.T. Carrier, (which can be made of many materials and shapes depending on what holder is being used) will have a stainless steel metal back with a angled lock on the hinge where the catch will stop the drop bottom at the angled position, the hinge is also made of stainless steel metal, with a clamp attached to the hinge which holds whatever is in the carrier until the officer removes it, a latch is wrapped around the item holding it in a secure position in a normal manner. When the latch is released the weight of the held item uses gravity to fall and the drop bottom pulls the hinge down until it hits the catch on the back plate which will hold it at the angle needed to allow access to the items (Note: the main items involved in this example are the Asp baton, Pepper spray container, and automatic pistol ammo clip. But this in no way limits the use of this devise to these items.)

[0013] Operation-Main Embodiment:

[0014] As it relates to the weapons and items carried on the belt of an officer or into a combat situation where the need and ability to quickly and easily bring weapons, such as but not limited to asp baton or pepper spray container into action, or the ability to insert an ammo clip into a automatic pistol using only (if need be) one hand with no lost of speed or control of the weapon.

[0015] It works on the need to keep these items secure until the weapon or ammo clip is needed. Then the officer unlatches the holder. At this time the R.A.T. activates. The carrier allows gravity to cause the holder to swing down pulling a locking hinge into position where it rest at a angle of 20 degrees to 45 degrees where the item inside is held in place by a spring loaded or steel spring clamp to allow easy retrieval of the item the officer needs. A different holder is used for each item.

[0016] Using R.A.T. for the reloading of the automatic pistol. FIG. 1A as follows officer unlatches FIG. 1 item 1-6 and the ammo clip holder FIG. 5 and the drop bottom FIG. 1 item 1-2 swings down (this can also be pushed outward with a spring for other needs) and hits the catch FIG. 1 item 1-3 at an angle just away from the body, where after expelling used clip the officer aligns his weapon over the fresh ammo clip and slams it into his weapon moving the prongs FIG. 5 item 5-2 holding the items securely without the need to first remove the ammo clip from his belt or turn over the clip. The ammo clip is held in a base down position. The prongs holding the ammo clip securely while allowing for the handle of the weapon to slide over the ammo clip until it locks into place. (Note: this can be used both strong left and right handed, it can also be used easily weak handed). When used for the other items, Asp baton and the Pepper spray container the R.A.T. carrier holds the items securely and when engaged, the items are held at an angle where the officer can grab and hold the item and place it into action in a fraction of the time from case holders used today.

[0017] Out line of R.A.T. Carrier, (which can be made of many materials and shapes depending on what holder is being used) FIG. 7 circular holder and FIG. 9 cuff holder will have a stainless steel metal back FIG. 1 item 1-4 hinge where the catch FIG. 1 item 1-3 will stop the drop bottom FIG. 1 item 1-2 at the angled position, with a holder attached to the drop bottom and hinged to the back, which holds whatever is in the carrier until the officer removes it. A latch is wrapped around the item holding it in a secure position in a transport manner. When the latch is released the weight of the held item uses gravity to fall and the drop bottom pulls the hinge down until it hits the catch on the back plate which will hold it at the angle needed to allow access to the items (Note: the main items involved in this example are the Asp baton, Pepper spray container, and automatic pistol ammo clip and hand cuffs. But this in no way limits the use of this devise to these items.)

LIST OF REFERENCE NUMBERS

[0018] List of items:

[0019] FIG. 1 the carrier, attached items shown 1-1 back 1-2 drop bottom 1-3 catch 14 hinge 1-5 belt loop 1-6 latch

[0020] FIG. 5 Clip holder, attached items shown, 5-1 the base 5-2 prongs

[0021] FIG. 7 Circular holder, attach items shown, 7-1 the cup 7-2 prongs

[0022] FIG. 9 Cuff holder, attached items shown, 9-1 cups 9-2 the arm 9-3 base

[0023] FIG. 1. Shows the carrier, this is attached to officer's belt and is made of a hard substance, the prototype will be stainless steel, but any truly hard item can be use 1-1 the back will be wide enough to hold which ever holder is attached, 1-6 is a latch made of a flexible material long enough to hold the item placed into the holder in the transport position in a secure manner, it can have metal snaps or Velcro. The hinge 14 is made of the same hard substance as 1-1 and the drop bottom 1-2 and allows 1-2 to be in both the transport position and fall to the angled position. The catch 1-3 is attached to the hinge 1-4 at a position where it will stop the drop bottom 1-2 at the angled position. All holders work in the same manner with the carrier. FIG. 5 shows the clip holder 5-1 the base, which attaches to FIG. 1 item 1-2 the drop bottom. The base 5-1 has four attached prongs item 5-2 made of any material; prototype will be spring steel. This will hold the automatic pistol ammo clip in an upright position as shown in FIG. 1A, secured and latched 1-6 until needed. The latch will be release and the drop bottom 1-2 will fall and hit the catch 1-3 and be held at this angle as shown in FIG. 1B where the user will eject the spent clip align weapon with the new clip in holder and slam it onto and locking into weapon. FIG. 7 attaches to carrier with item 7-1 the cup attached to item 1-2 the drop bottom where it holds one of the following items, Asp, Pepper spray container or Flash light. The cup is made to fit the needed item and holds it in the transport position until the latch 1-6 is released and the drop bottom 1-2 falls and hits the catch 1-3 and is held at the angled position where it can be grasped with a full hand and placed into service quickly, safely and easily. FIG. 9 Cuff holder item 9-3 the base is attached to drop bottom 1-2 where it is held in the transport position by latch 1-6 (modified for this holder) until released and drop bottom 1-2 falls and hits catch 1-3 and is held in the angled position where the cuffs can be retrieved in the needed and correct position to be put into use with no fumbling.

[0024] Operation:

[0025] The operation of the above figures is to allow quicker and easier access to all the items available to a combat or law officer with ease and quickness not found in the carriers to date. These will add a filling of safety and confidence to the officer due to the fact they will increase his speed and security by allowing him to bring the needed weapon or the reloading of his auto pistol with less fumbling and better control, and if needed with one hand.

[0026] Rapid Access Technology:

DESCRIPTION OF PRIOR ART

[0027] The only prior art encountered was for the carrying of the items as shown in app. no. 101288 filed dec. 7, 1979. No prior art was found that could store the items and also place them in an angled position where faster and easier access would be allowed.

OBJECT AND ADVANTAGES

[0028] The object is to allow quicker and easier access to all weapons and reloading of and automatic pistol on an officer's belt. The advantages are to have the weapons fall into and angled secure position where the officer can have access in a shorter time.

OBJECTS AND ADVANTAGES

[0029] The object of this invention is to access officers and soldiers in combative situations to be safer in the execution of their duties. The advantage is with either hand and with better speed and control officers can reload their auto pistols and call into service any other item on their duty belt with greater ease and speed than ever before,