Vista Outdoor has been granted a patent for non-spherical shot projectiles for shotshells. The projectiles feature an equatorial ring, top and bottom poles, and sections with flat, concave, or convex surfaces. The ring’s vertical height is about 33-36% of the overall diameter, with sections at different angles. GlobalData’s report on Vista Outdoor 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 Vista Outdoor, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vista Outdoor's grant share as of April 2024 was 77%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Non-spherical shot projectile for shotshell

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vista Outdoor Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11940259B2) discloses a novel projectile design for a shotshell. The projectile comprises a top pole and a bottom pole defining a vertical axis, with a body having an equator and a ring protruding from it. The ring's vertical height is about 33-36% of the body's vertical diameter, with sections of the exterior surface at different angles relative to the vertical axis. The design includes corners at intersections of these sections and specific diameter ranges for circles defined by the ring. The projectile also features specific surface configurations for the top and bottom poles, with the ring being symmetric about the equator.

Furthermore, the patent describes an ammunition projectile variant with similar design elements, including a ring with a vertical height greater than 25% of the body's vertical diameter. The top and bottom poles are offset from the projectile's center by equal distances along the vertical axis. The projectile's surface sections can be flat walls or curved walls with different radii, forming corners at their intersections. The interrupted surface between the ring and the poles comprises sections at varying angles relative to the vertical axis. The top and bottom poles also feature specific surface configurations, contributing to the overall unique design of the ammunition projectile.

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