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Rifles With Weaver Rail Scope Mounting Surface

The Weaver rail system was developed by William Ralph Weaver in 1975 through his company, W.R. Weaver Co., which primarily produced telescopic sights. At that time, firearm manufacturers often provided proprietary scope mounts specific to each firearm, typically attaching directly to the receiver through drilled and tapped holes. The introduction of the Weaver rail marked a huge advancement as it offered the first standardized scope mount solution in the industry.

Initially available as two-piece bases that attached to the front and rear of the rifle’s receiver, the Weaver system aimed to provide a versatile mounting platform compatible with a wide range of rings. Despite initial challenges with the two-piece design, which sometimes led to issues with scope axis alignment, the introduction of one-piece rails improved reliability and solved the alignment issue. While the Weaver rail was a step toward universal mounting standards, it has been largely supplanted by the Picatinny rail, which became the predominant standard in 1995.

Rifles That Are Equipped With Two-Piece Weaver Rail


The Weaver rail system is most commonly mounted on top of the rifle’s receiver. Once the Weaver standard became globally popular, many rifle manufacturers opted to integrate the Weaver rail directly into the receiver. This integration often results in the rail being a part of the receiver itself, appearing as either a two-piece rail—with slots at the front and rear ends of the receiver but none in between—or as a full-length rail, similar to Picatinny.

Two-Piece Weaver on Steyr Mannlicher Ultra Light

While Weaver mounts can fit on both Weaver and Picatinny rails due to their narrower slot design, Picatinny mounts cannot fit on Weaver rails because they require a larger slot width. This compatibility feature has maintained the relevance of Weaver rails in the market. However, the broader acceptance and standardization of Picatinny rails have led to a gradual decline in the use of Weaver rails.

Two-Piece Scope Mounting System

Below, we list rifles that come equipped with a two-piece Weaver rail.

Rifles That Are Equipped With One-Piece Weaver Rail

Below is a list of rifles equipped with a one-piece Weaver rail. This configuration means that the rail extends across the entire length of the receiver, which typically eliminates concerns about the length of conventional mounting systems. The 3.8 mm wide slots on the Weaver rail allow producers to place the slots anywhere on the rail and in any desired number. This means that scopes with rings installed may not necessarily be easily moved from one Weaver rail to another.

One-Piece Weaver on Steyr Scout
One-Piece Scope Mounting System

Below, we list rifles that come equipped with a one-piece Weaver rail.

Rifles That Are Equipped With Drilled and Tapped Weaver Rail

Some rifles come equipped with a two-piece Weaver rail that also feature additional drilled and tapped holes on the flat surface of the receiver. While this configuration is not common, it offers extra versatility for mounting accessories. The presence of these holes allows for more secure and customizable attachment options beyond the standard rail slots or can add an option of mounting a system directly onto the flat surface.

Below, we list some of the rifles that incorporate this unique combination of a two-piece Weaver rail with additional mounting holes.

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Rifles With Weaver Rail Scope Mounting Surface
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Rifles With Weaver Rail Scope Mounting Surface
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This article lists rifles in specific sub-groups under the Weaver Rail mounting surface with interchangeable scope mounts.
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