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Old 10-31-2011, 11:49 PM   #1
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Default Muzzle Brake vs Flash Hiders?

With a 5.56 AR, is there any reason why a flash hider is better than a muzzle brake or vice versa? I know what they both do but I was just wondering what I should put on an AR I'm going to build.

Edit: What size exactly is 1/2-28 thread? Its on the barrel I'm getting and I'm confused on what it's measurement.
I'm getting the 16'' mid-length lightweight model.
http://www.rockriverarms.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id= 272

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They are two different things. A muzzle break is designed to reduce recoil or muzzle rise where a flash hider is designed to reduce the perceived flash of the rifle.

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right, but is it better to have one or the other?

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There is not much recoil from a 5.56X45, so that only leave one choice.

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right, but is it better to have one or the other?
Personal preference plus application.

Since you're getting a 16" barrel, I'm guessing that you're not looking to do any longer distance precision shooting. So, I'd lean towards the flash hider.
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There is not much recoil from a 5.56X45, so that only leave one choice.
That's what I was thinking but I wanted to be sure

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Personal preference plus application.

Since you're getting a 16" barrel, I'm guessing that you're not looking to do any longer distance precision shooting. So, I'd lean towards the flash hider.
Yeah I'd probably only reach out to 300 yards at the very max
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First of all the 1/2 28 thread size is correct for your Rock River Arms.
Basically means the barrel diameter where the flash hider or muzzle break screws on is 1/2 in. and it is a number 28 Thread.
Flash hiders for me are the best way to go. Nothing wrong with some of the muzzle breaks but use caution some of them severely increase the decibel level when the weapon is fired (Noise!) So I prefer the flash hiders who usually decrease the flash of the muzzle particularly when fired after dark. The Rock River A-2 Flash Hider or the Wilson Vortex Flash Hiders are good ones.

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I have never had a problem with 5.56 recoil, i was raised shooting 12g and 30-06 as a kid. I would much rather have a good flash hider than a muzzle break. There are so many good flash hider choices it comes down to personal preference.. I myself use a vortex

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I would recommend going with a flash hider instead of a muzzle brake. For the reasons/explanations previously given.

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Yeah I think I'm going with a flash hider, a muzzle brake would be to much at the end of the barrel anyway I think.

Is the Yankee Hill Phantom a good one?
Machine Flash Hider Compensator Phantom 5C2 Aggressive 1/2-28 Thread AR-15 Parkerized

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