Originally Posted by ALS11
How many of you change the factory muzzle break on your AR 15? Why? When I bought my Stag from a gun smith shop they sold me on a break they designed and made. He said the factory brake was not to good and was very loud to the shooter.
Well that makes a lot of sense since most ARs come with a A2 flash hider which is NOT a brake. Very few breaks are effective enough and tough enough to make it to Military vendor status. Of the actual brakes out there that do sell to the US government I'm partial to the OpsInc unit. I have it on my .308 and I can watch the holes show up on the target when I shoot. One of the most effetive designs I've played with. Some others are nearly worthless in their capability to reduce recoil and muzzle jump. Some folks assume that if you drill/point holes up and back you are done. Some very careful math and computer design/modeling goes into designing and building brakes that work and that work ain't cheap.
OpsInc unit for the AR is fantastic but a little pricey and it requires a competent gunsmith to install it correctly, no crush washers for that puppy. One of the best brake/flash hider combos out there is made by SureFire but again you are in the higher end of the $$$ spectrum.