08516731 is referenced by 51 patents and cites 56 patents.

A firearm may have a plurality of power-consuming accessories that can be attached to the weapon. In order to reduce the weight of these power-consuming accessories, as well as the proliferation of their batteries, the Weapon Accessory Power Distribution System provides a common power source to power the power-consuming accessories attached to the weapon. One or more powered rails are provided on the handguard, which encircles the barrel of the weapon, to provide a point of mechanical and electrical interconnection for the power-consuming accessories to provide quick-connect mounting and dismounting of the power-consuming accessory, absent the use of connectors with their tethering cables, which are susceptible to entanglement. The Weapon Accessory Control System is provided to enable the user to control the activation of a power-consuming accessory as well as enable communications between the user and the accessory and among power-consuming accessories.

Title
Communication and control of accessories mounted on the powered rail of a weapon
Application Number
13/75837
Publication Number
8516731 (B2)
Application Date
March 30, 2011
Publication Date
August 27, 2013
Inventor
John Schroeder
Leesburg
VA, US
Ben Feldman
Reston
VA, US
James S Dodd
Linden
VA, US
Eric F Cabahug
Fairfax
VA, US
Agent
Patton Boggs
Assignee
Prototype Productions Incorporated Ventures Two
VA, US
IPC
F41A 19/00
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