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PostSubject: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:30 am

Picatinny Rails, Weaver Rails, What’s The Difference?
When you are looking through the Brownells Catalog, there are many different parts and accessories that use the words Picatinny and Weaver to describe what they are compatible with. Just what is a Picatinny Rail anyway? And how is it different from a Weaver? It will be beneficial to look at the origin of the Picatinny system first.

The “Picatinny Rail” is a term that has evolved in the firearm industry from a military standard, specifically MIL-STD-1913 (AR) which was adopted on February 3, 1995. The title of the publication is “Dimensioning Of Accessory Mounting Rail For Small Arms Weapons” and this document specified exactly what the dimensions and tolerances were for any mounting systems that were to be submitted for acceptance by the military. The term “Picatinny” comes from the place of origin for this system, the Picatinny Arsenal located in New Jersey. MIL-STD-1913 specifies the dimensions required for consideration, including length, width, height, and angles and the tolerances allowed for each measurement. The key distinction of the MIL-STD-1913 lies in the specification for the profile and the recoil groove.





What are the differences between the “Picatinny” and the “Weaver” systems? The profile of the two systems is virtually identical. Depending on the quality of the machining done by the manufacturer, the two systems should be indistinguishable from the profile. The key difference lies in the placement of the recoil grooves and with width of the grooves. MIL-STD-1913 (Picatinny) grooves are .206” wide and have a center-to-center width of .394”. The placement of these grooves has to be consistent in order for it to be a true “Picatinny” MIL-STD system. Weaver systems have a .180” width of recoil groove and are not necessarily consistent in a center-to-center measurement from one groove to the next. In many instances, a Weaver system has a specific application that it is machined for, so interchangeability is not necessarily an issue. A MIL-STD-1913 system must adhere to the specifications listed above in order for it to be considered MIL-STD, since the military desires uniformity in the recoil grooves to allow for different systems to be mounted on the weapon with no concern for compatibility.

Now, what does this mean to you? Boiled down, it means that accessories designed for a Weaver system will, in most cases, fit on a “Picatinny” system. The reverse, however, is probably not the case. Due to the larger recoil groove, “Picatinny” accessories will not fit a Weaver system. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but for a good rule-of-thumb, “Picatinny” won’t fit Weaver, but Weaver will fit “Picatinny”.

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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:00 pm

Did you write this because I got the wrong rail?
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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Sun Apr 08, 2012 6:08 pm

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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:01 pm

I think it is a good idea to help everyone distinguish between the 2.
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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:48 pm

i think its pretty informative , especially for those who flat top Alphas or anything for that matter :)
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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:00 am

Yeah I may re-do it with a picatinny rail one day
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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:55 am

or get a weaver type device for it
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PostSubject: Re: nice write up on weaver rails vs picatinny rails   Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:44 am

I guess I can get weaver mounted things. Is there a weaver to picatinny rail mount? Kinda like a riser but it also changes the rail type?
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