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Posted: 4/27/2009 5:01:32 AM EDT
when were they first used?
I know knights made them popular but when was that?

I got my first one in 1999 from C-more, a 12 inch.
it is probably the heaviest one on the market. and at that time it was $299.

it's weight is probably the reason for we rarely not seeing them in pics.
it is a very good rail.

anyway, does anybody have an idea when they were first used and then started getting popular?
I was on ARFCOM In the beginning and didn't think of this then.
Link Posted: 4/27/2009 6:01:03 AM EDT

Here is the Standardization memo for picatinny rails marked 3 FEB 1995.

And if I remember correctly the US had M4 flattops before the end of 1994 (dunno if they were for testing, or officially adopted?)

Edit: I also just found on an obscure site that the NSN for KAC's M4 RAS was entered in 6 AUG 2005
Link Posted: 4/27/2009 7:23:22 AM EDT
I wondered because I got those rails and didn't remember seeing them prior.
Link Posted: 4/27/2009 5:16:13 PM EDT
any other info?
Link Posted: 4/28/2009 5:06:02 AM EDT
ARMS rigid frame was probably one of the first, the predecessor to the SIR.  It was bulky and ugly, ahead of its time though.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 4:39:45 PM EDT
anyone know when they got popular? after knight's?

I got mine in 99 and wondered if I was on the boat early or same as every one else.
I never see a C-more rail like it, it's heavy.
Link Posted: 5/2/2009 5:20:35 PM EDT
I got my RIS in 2000, rail handguards definitely weren't the norm back then.  I think KAC has much to do with the popularity, for a while there was only KAC and ARMS SIR, DD was not so well known.
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