Smith & Wesson Brands has filed a patent for a combination back strap and grip extender for firearms. The invention includes a strap that can be attached to the grip of a firearm, with a grip extender mounted on one end. The grip extender features a collar with a lumen aligned with the firearm’s magazine well. GlobalData’s report on Smith & Wesson Brands gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.
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A patent for a combination back strap and grip extender for a firearm
A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230272988A1) describes a combination back strap and grip extender for firearms. The invention includes a strap that can be positioned along the anterior portion of the firearm's grip and attached to it. The strap has a grip extender mounted on one end, which aligns with the magazine well of the firearm when the strap is in place.
The strap also includes a spur projecting from one end, which can engage a recess within the frame of the firearm. Additionally, the strap has an aperture positioned in the other end, defined by a lug projecting from it. This lug includes a ramp surface surrounding the aperture.
The patent also describes a firearm that incorporates this combination back strap and grip extender. The firearm includes a frame with a grip that has a magazine well and an anterior portion. The combination strap is removably mounted on the grip, with the strap positioned along the anterior portion and the grip extender aligned with the magazine well.
The firearm further includes a hammer strut, a cup, a mainspring, and a plunger. The spur on the strap engages a recess in the frame, and the aperture in the strap receives the plunger. The engagement of the spur with the frame and the plunger with the aperture retains the combination strap and grip extender to the grip.
The patent also outlines methods for attaching and removing the combination back strap and grip extender from the firearm's grip. The methods involve engaging the spur with the recess, rotating the combination towards the grip, and engaging the aperture with the plunger. To remove the combination, the plunger is disengaged from the aperture, the combination is rotated away from the grip, and the spur is removed from the recess.
Overall, this patent describes a novel combination back strap and grip extender for firearms, providing improved functionality and ease of attachment and removal.
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