ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30 -- Terry J. Gordon of Keeseville, N.Y., has developed a photographic firearm apparatus and a method.
According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A telescopic firearm scope/sight which is fully integrated with a compact digital camera, and which has size, shape and weight characteristics that are substantially the same as those of a conventional, camera-less telescopic scope, is used to photograph a target proximate the instant at which the target is fired upon. To configure the weapon for photography and firing, the scope is simply placed on the firearm in the same manner as a conventional scope, and the firearm is then fired in the conventional manner. Photographs are recorded, alternatively, in response to the sound of, or the recoil from, the firearm firing."
An abstract of the invention, released by the Patent Office, said: "An alternative embodiment eliminates the telescopic sight, but maintains all of the digital photography components, and is particularly useful for smaller-scale firearms such as pistols."
The inventor was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,194,204 on March 20.
The original application was filed on Sept. 7, 2004.
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