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Old 02-16-2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default Flash hider or muzzle brake

On my AR I have an A2 Flash hider. Nothing fancy. But I was wondering if it was worth getting a muzzle brake instead? I had my eye on this one
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/7-YHM285M1
It's only $20. Has good reviews on YouTube and the interwebs in general. But my question is, is it worth sacrificing the flash suppression of the flash hider for a muzzle break? The decreased or eliminated muzzle flip is really tempting.
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Old 02-16-2014, 12:42 AM   #2
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There is virtually no recoil from an AR-15 firing .223/5.56 A muzzle break would not perform any function.
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That is a good looking Muzzle Break and YHM makes some good stuff. The only thing I have to add is get a new Crush Washer when you put it on. Do not use your old crush washer unless you plan on cutting it off your barrel in the future incase you decide to change it again in the future. And cut it without damaging the threads on the barrel of the finish on the barrel step. If you use it again the crush washer will crimp down in the bare area if the barrel behind the threads on the barrel and the front face of the barrel step. But as mentioned by Mister McCool you will notice little if any at all difference in the rifle.

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Thanks guys. Ill put another 100 rounds through it before deciding if I want to get a brake
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That's a nice muzzle brake(and with washer) for the price. Best I've seen.
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I don't see much point in replacing the flash hider with a muzzle brake, not in 5.56 anyway. Buy a PMAG instead!
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Gotta disagree. In the whole realm of firearms, yeah, an AR doesn't have any recoil. When you're trying to put 20 rounds on target WHILE you're moving or out of position, a compensator helps. Muzzle brake whatever, compensator def. I have the Troy Medieval and noticed even at the range right off the bat. Does make it louder though. My thought process (outside of the person next to me being uncomfortable, but really, if bullets are flying at you how comfortable ARE you) is that unless you have a suppressor on your rifle it's not like they won't hear you anyways. What's it matter if it's a little bit louder if follow up/rapid fire shots are all on target? Good outweighs the bad. Get a compensator. Brake prob not
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I have a target crown on my A2. If you're not going to war, the flash

hider isn't doing you any good, and a muzzle brake is only helping

in specific situations. But a target crown helps accuracy, especially

if you went to the trouble of installing a nice bull barrel on your rifle.
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I just want something I can rapid fire my ar and keep it reasonably accurate. Like in SHTF WROL etc. Or even run and guns. That's where I'm coming from
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I put a brake on my su16c when I had it, I can say I did notice a difference in recoil, yea, I didn't have much recoil to start with but with a brake on it it felt like a 22lr. and yes , it was a lot louder with the brake on it
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