Picatinny Rail Mount History – AMNB Knowledge Quickie
We found this article over at the BFG Inc. blog as part of a product presentation of their Rail Mounted Fixed Loop (RMFL). If you’re into history and how things cam together , enjoy reading and gather some knowledge.
The Picatinny rail system is the current rail interface system in use by our armed forces. Manufacturers have created a swath of accessories for use on this rail system such as fore grips, sights, lights and our innovative Rail Mounted Fixed Loop (RMFL). The name itself comes from the Picatinny Arsenal located in New Jersey, which is a US military research facility to manufacture. In 1992, they were tasked with creating a standard mounting system as the US Army was not satisfied with the current market.
The research and development at Picatinny Arsenal would lead to the standardization of the M16A2 and M4 Rail System. In 1995, the MIL-STD-1913, Pic Rail system became a standard system which allowed more modern accessories to be attached to it. So, if you are ever wondering: will this new sling mount, scope, light work with my new rifles rail system? The answer is most likely Yes.
Fun fact: The facility itself and name dates to Civil War (Various changes throughout history, but always kept Picatinny in the name). Picatinny, a Native American word for a peak overlooking the area, roughly translates to “rugged cliff by the water” / “water by the hills”. Which makes sense when you think about the shape of the Pic Rail systems name.