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Hello everyone, complete newb to the site and to hunting in America...I was just looking on Ebay and the amount and types of laser sights is staggering...I was thinking of buying one of the Chinese cheapies just to play around with, they often say to fit 'Weaver' style rails...I have a Remington 7mm Mag with a Nikon scope on it as well as a Glock .45 - my question is, how does one know if the mount rails are 'Weaver' style or not? I tried Googling all the combos of questions I could think of with no luck...

Thankyou for any help or advice,

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Howdy Craig.

If you are looking for a lazer sight to play with on your .45, you will be disappointed with the Chinese cheapies. I know I have one and use it now as a toy for my dog to chase around the back yard. It would not hold it's zero, and the mounting screw pulled through the plastic housing. I could have bought a pet toy lazer and some electrical tape and had better results for less money.

I'm assuming you want to mount a lazer on the pistol. If you do, I can testify that Lazermax is the way to go. I installed one in my Glock 17 9mm and it's a great item. Yes it's $300, but it's dead on, and doesn't change the look, feel or weight of the gun any.

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Sounds like good advise. I have a few Crimson trace lasers for pistols. I have had some cheap lasers but that is money thrown away.  As for the question on Weaver style: Weaver and Picatinny rails look similar:
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 the 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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Welcome to the OT Craig!
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