Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon
Patent, Filed 20 Jun 96, patented 29 Dec 98
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The invention pertains to a shoulder-launched multi-purpose assault weapon having a modified spotting rifle with a top-mounted electrically fired rocket launcher tube is provided. The spotting rifle forms the base structure of the weapon and all weapon controls are located on the rifle. The 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 spotting round and the electrically fired 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 spotting 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 style hammer while the secondary sear operates a plunger-style hammer. The hammers fire, respectively, the spotting rifle and the rocket tube as selected by the gunner.