Shoulder-Launched Multiple-Purpose Assault Weapon.
Patent, Filed 24 Jan 97, patented 31 Mar 98,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A shoulder-launched multiple-purpose assault weapon having a modified spotter rifle with a top-mounted rocket launcher tube is provided. The spotter rifle forms the base structure of the weapon and all weapon controls are located on the spotter rifle. The spotter rifle has several dual-function mechanisms which perform the combined functions of assembly and safing, bolt-locking back and cartridge ejecting, simultaneous adjustment of both open and optical sights, firing, selectively, of both the spotter round and the rocket round. The combination of these dual-firing mechanisms provides a lighter weight, better-balanced and smaller weapon. The reduction in parts count improves reliability and lowers cost. Other improved features include an adjustable spotter rifle barrel used to match the boresight of the rocket tube and an improved locking mechanism. A dual function trigger assembly operated two sears from a single trigger. The primary sear operates a rotating type hammer while the secondary sear operates a plunger-type hammer. The hammers fire, respectively, the spotter rifle and the rocket tube as selected by the gunner.