Smith & Wesson Brands has patented a fire control mechanism for firearms, ensuring safe and reliable operation. The trigger disconnect assembly and action lock mechanism work together to release the hammer sear and unlock the bolt after the trigger is pulled. 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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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Smith & Wesson Brands, Silencer type muzzle attachments was a key innovation area identified from patents. Smith & Wesson Brands's grant share as of April 2024 was 84%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Fire control mechanism for firearm trigger and disconnector assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Smith & Wesson Brands Inc

A trigger and disconnector assembly for a firearm has been granted a patent (Publication Number: US11965705B2). The assembly includes a trigger pivotable on the receiver with a finger receiving portion and a horn, along with a disconnector body pivotable on the trigger with a tail and a spur engaged by a disconnector spring. The disconnector axis is positioned between the trigger pivot axis and the horn, allowing for proper engagement and disengagement within the assembly.

Furthermore, the firearm incorporating this trigger and disconnector assembly features additional components such as a sear with a contact surface and a back face, a hammer sear with a notch engageable with the sear, and an action lock mechanism for locking and unlocking the action of the firearm. These elements work together to ensure the proper functioning and safety of the firearm, with mechanisms like the disconnector cam and cam follower enhancing the overall operation of the assembly. The patented design aims to improve the performance and reliability of firearms by providing a well-integrated trigger and disconnector system within the firearm's receiver, enhancing user experience and safety.

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