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1. (WO2002006754) AN ELECTRONICALLY FIRED REVOLVER UTILIZING PERCUSSIVELY ACTUATED CARTRIDGES

Pub. No.:    WO/2002/006754    International Application No.:    PCT/US2001/040804
Publication Date: Fri Jan 25 00:59:59 CET 2002 International Filing Date: Sat May 26 01:59:59 CEST 2001
IPC: F41A 17/06
F41A 19/58
F41A 19/70
F41G 1/34
Applicants: SMITH & WESSON CORP.
Inventors: MIKUTA, Richard
KLEBES, John, F.
MARIANI, Craig, A.
CURRY, Brett
CONSTANT, Robert, L.
Title: AN ELECTRONICALLY FIRED REVOLVER UTILIZING PERCUSSIVELY ACTUATED CARTRIDGES
Abstract:
A firearm having an electronic firing apparatus adapted to produce a firing signal includes a frame (16) with a firing chamber to receive a percussively fired cartridge, a barrel (12) with a firing axis attached to the frame (16) in alignment with the firing chamber and a trigger member (22). A linearly displaceable firing probe is disposed within the frame for linear reciprocal movement from a probe recovered position, wherein the firing probe is retracted away from the cartridge, to a probe contacting position, wherein the firing probe is disposed forwardly in contact with the cartridge. A security apparatus is in electrical communication with the firing probe and is capable of determining an operational mode of the firearm. The firearm further includes an identification assembly for determining whether an operator of the firearm is an authorized operator. Actuation of the trigger member (22) causes the firing probe to move from the probe recovered position to the probe contacting position only when the security apparatus determines the firearm is in a firing mode and the operator is an authorized operator.