N00b question...first build help

Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by DickTheNickhead, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. DickTheNickhead

    DickTheNickhead New Member

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    How can I tell if I have a flash hider or a compensator?

    I know the purpose of each of them but not too sure how I can tell which one I have..
     
  2. AgentTikki

    AgentTikki New Member

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    Flash hiders are usually long thin radial, longitudinal slots on the muzzle device. They shape the flash signature into thin planes, as opposed to the normal ball of fire you see from regular target crown. Think of it like this....flash hiders shape the flash signature into sheets of paper, then turn the paper on edge, so that you only see the edge of it thus reducing the area that you see.
     

  3. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    Well put! Good answer.

    Also as a casual visual identifier, flash hiders tend to have inside diameters much larger than the bore while the compensator's muzzle end hole is closer to bore diameter.
     
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  4. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    If you already have it, post pics of it from front and sides. Top and bottom if that applis, may be helpful too. If it has a definite top and bottom, it is more likely to be a comp.
     
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    emo Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Educational as always. Thanks