Flash hider or muzzle brake

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by SkilletFan24, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. SkilletFan24

    SkilletFan24 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     

  3. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Skilett,
    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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  4. SkilletFan24

    SkilletFan24 New Member

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    Thanks guys. Ill put another 100 rounds through it before deciding if I want to get a brake
     
  5. Triumphman

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    That's a nice muzzle brake(and with washer) for the price. Best I've seen.
     
  6. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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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!
     
  7. Dahamp2003

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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
     
  8. therewolf

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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.
     
  9. SkilletFan24

    SkilletFan24 New Member

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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
     
  10. kuntreebouy

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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
     
  11. Mercator

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    Any benefit from a muzzle brake on a 5.56 AR will be fleeting at best (unless you shoot for the money). The hearing damage will build up insidiously, and will last. Considering the imperfect hearing protection (let's be honest), I have given up on muzzle brakes for that reason alone.
     
  12. Dahamp2003

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    Forget the brake. Get a compensator. A brake reduces recoil, a compensator reduces muzzle rise, which is what will keep you on target. I've got a brake/comp, which helps with both. I understand what you're wanting, because I wanted the same thing. I've never used one, but for the price everyone says the Miculek Compensator is really nice.
     
  13. SkilletFan24

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    Cool, thanks guys for the feedback! I guess $20 for a compensator isn't too bad if I don't like it...
     
  14. purehavoc

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  15. Dahamp2003

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    Looks similar to the Miculek too. 199$ though? I think the link you provided may be something different. Or the ebay seller became extremely confident in his product haha
     
  16. purehavoc

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    No thats the same seller I made the purchase from for $29.95 / free shipping .
    I would send them a message and offer them $29.95 they will accept it
     
  17. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Here was my purchase
     

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