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EAW Steel Picatinny rail, Browning BLR, BLR 81, Lightning

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EAW Steel Picatinny rail, Browning BLR, BLR 81, Lightning Details


Picatinny rail consists of slots with 5.23 mm spaces between one another, which means that it can be used across its entire length. It is simple to mount and interchangeable – if something is made for a Picatinny rail, it will fit regardless of the manufacturer or manufacturing date. It is affordable, resilient and reliable – this is why it so commonly used by professionals and military. Because of all its great qualities, Picatinny rail has been dominating the rail market in the recent years.

Picatinny is a big step forward from the Weaver standard. Weaver has a few predesignated slots while Picatinny has slots all over its surface, allowing the device to be mounted wherever the user finds it fitting. Weaver's slot is 3.8 mm wide, which is why all mounts made for Picatinny will also fit on a Weaver rail while those made for Weaver will not fit on a Picatinny rail. This is one of the main reasons why Picatinny is a far better mounting solution.

EAW is a German company, known for producting top-quality mounts. Their Picatinny rails, which are all made from steel, have a nice finish and come with a unique channel in the middle, allowing the user to clearly see the rifle's sights. Screws are included. EAW chooses only the best materials for their products. All of these great features; however, come at quite a steep price.

About the rifle

Browning Arms Company is a manufacturer of firearms and fishing gear with headquarters in America. They offer a wide selection of firearms and are most known for the following firearms: BPS shotgun, A-bolt rifle, X-bolt rifle, BAR semi-automatic rifle and Auto-5 semi-automatic shotgun.

Browning BLR is a lever-action rifle that was introduced in 1971. The receiver, made of sturdy aluminum, is drilled and tapped for mounting purposes (two mounting holes at the front and two at the rear). BLR is based on Model 1881 lever-action Winchester rifle. It features a removable magazine, which is untypical for a lever-action rifle.  There are eight lugs on the bolt. BLR was chambered for .243 Win. and .308 Win. In 1981, it was replaced by BLR 81. This improved version featured a special receiver bolt with six or seven locking lugs. The long-action model was available in .270 Win., .30-06 Sprg., and 7 mm Rem. Mag. while the short-action model was chambered for .222 Rem., .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., .284 Win., .257 Roberts, 7 mm-08 Rem., .308 Win. and .358 WIn. BLR 81 was succeeded by BLR Lightning (produced in the same calibers).

Since Browning BLR, BLR 81 and Lightning's actions are of the same diameter throughout their entire length, these rifles also share the same mounts.

Mounting details

A: 12.8 mm
B: 71.6 mm
C: 12.8 mm

Mounting instructions

Remove all the stains (grease, oil etc.) from the rifle's receiver with a cleaning fluid (acetone). Once the surface is clean and dry, check whether the screws match the rail and the holes on the receiver. Make sure that the Picatinny rail is compatible with the the rifle by inspecting the mounting holes on both. Before mounting the rail permanently, apply a minimal amount of thread-locking fluid 278 or 648 on screws and contact surfaces. Be careful not to get the fluid in or near the mounting holes. Carefully clean the remaining excess fluid around the rail with a cleaning fluid. Using a torque driver, screw the screws appropriately (up to 2.2 Nm) – do not overtighten.


The product has a warranty period of 30 years.

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EAW Steel Picatinny rail, Browning BLR, BLR 81, Lightning Specifications

Mount seriesEAW Picatinny Rails
Base typePicatinny
Suitable forBrowning BLR, Browning CLR 81
A12.8 mm
B71.60 mm
C12.8 mm
BH height6.5 mm
Inclination0 MOA
Length122 mm
Warranty30 years
Made inGermany
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