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Stabilizing recoil lug and rail for rifle scope mounting and method of use

A device and method for stabilizing a rifle scope that employs a pocket cut in the bottom of a scope base (picatinny rail) that precisely mates with a key formed on the top of a recoil lug, such that when the scope base is attached to the rifle's action receiver and mated with the lug's key, the lug holds the barrel and the scope base locked in tandem so that they move exactly together during recoil events or any vibrations experienced by the rifle.

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The demands and expectations for precision long-range shooting have increased. As shooters increase the distances they are shooting, the caliber and recoil of the rifles required to accurately achieve those distances has increased; scopes are getting larger and rifles are getting more powerful. A problem with existing scope mounts is that while scopes are anchored to rifles using rails and/or scope rings, often the rails are attached to an action receiver by only a few small screws. These screws are often not sufficient to anchor a scope exactly in place after repeated shots and, as a result, the scope often shifts slightly or becomes loose. Additionally, scopes can come unseated or loose from a rifle when the rifle is stored in a vehicle or other area and subject to frequent vibration. When the scope comes loose, it requires the shooter to recalibrate the rifle before the rifle can reliably engage a distant target. In an emergency situation, such as a response by a SWAT team, a loose scope can mean the difference between the success and failure of the team. While previous rails and lugs, such as American Rifle Company's Nucleus Bolt Action Receiver, Rail and Recoil lug, have included a guide channel carved into the bottom of a rail and a keyed lug that can guide a barrel into the same general position under a rail when the barrel is being attached to a receiver, these existing devices do not hold the rail in tandem with the barrel and the action receiver. In particular, these existing devices do not hold the rail in tandem with the action receiver in the forward and backward direction relative to the barrel's direction of firing. These existing devices also do not reinforce the screws holding the rail in place on the rifle against shear forces during recoil and jostling that may loosen or break the screws.

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SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present disclosure is a device and method for stabilizing a rifle scope that employs a pocket cut in the bottom of a scope base (picatinny rail) that precisely mates with a key formed on the top of a recoil lug, such that when the scope base is attached to the rifle's action receiver and mated with the lug's key, the lug holds the barrel and the scope base locked in tandem so that they move exactly together (i.e., forwards, backwards, and side to side) during recoil events or any vibrations experienced by the rifle.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Drawings submitted, which are incorporated in and form a part of this specification, illustrate embodiments of the disclosure and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the invention

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DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Many aspects of the invention can be better understood with the references made to the drawings. The components are not necessarily to scale. Instead, emphasis is placed upon clearly illustrating the components of the present disclosure. Moreover, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts through the several views in the figures.

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Claims

The Claims below were admitted for preceding Patent.

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Referenced Cited

U.S. Patent Documents

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Patent History

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LIST OF PATENT NUMBERS

10,267,599 10,309,752