US 9,810,509 B2
Support structure for a weapons system
Jason John Semple, Robina (AU); Andrew Erle Butler, Star, ID (US); and Timothy Michael Russell, Beaumaris (AU)
Filed by Jason John Semple, Robina (AU); Andrew Erle Butler, Star, ID (US); and Timothy Michael Russell, Beaumaris (AU)
Filed on Sep. 1, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/842,759.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/159,894, filed on May 11, 2015.
Prior Publication US 2016/0334188 A1, Nov. 17, 2016
Int. Cl. F41C 33/00 (2006.01)
CPC F41C 33/001 (2013.01) [F41C 33/007 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A support structure for a weapons system comprising:
a frame adapted for connection to a wearer;
the frame having an elongated first portion defining a frame axis and adapted for positioning adjacent to the spine of the wearer;
the frame having an upper end;
a boom connected to the upper end of the frame and having a first boom portion extending away from the frame, and a second boom portion angled with respect to the first boom portion and extending away from the frame axis;
the boom having a free end;
a cable reel mechanism connected to the frame;
a cable having a first end connected to the cable reel mechanism and a free end extending from the free end of the boom and adapted to connect to the weapons system;
the cable reel mechanism including a biasing facility to exert tension on the cable, such that tension on the cable provides support for the weapons system,
the second boom portion having a cable support wheel spaced apart from the free end; and
a spacer having an arcuate guide surface for contacting the cable proximate the free end and forward of the cable support wheel, the spacer having an arcuate guide surface for contacting the cable adapted to limit the upward angle of the cable.
 
18. A support structure for a weapons system comprising:
a frame adapted for connection to a wearer;
the frame having an elongated first portion defining a frame axis and adapted for positioning adjacent to the spine of the wearer;
the frame having an upper end; a boom connected to the upper end of the frame and having a first boom portion extending away from the frame, and a second boom portion angled with respect to the first boom portion and extending away from the frame axis;
the boom having a free end; a cable reel mechanism connected to the frame;
a cable having a first end connected to the cable reel mechanism and a free end extending from the free end of the boom and adapted to connect to the weapons system;
the cable reel mechanism including a biasing facility to exert tension on the cable, such that tension on the cable provides support for the weapons system;
the cable reel mechanism includes a pair of elongated pneumatic springs each with a first end connected to the frame and a opposed movable second end;
a cable take-up mechanism between the springs and having a first pulley connected to the first ends of the springs, and an opposed second end connected to the second ends of the springs; and
an elongated tubular housing defining an elongated passage receiving the cable reel mechanism.