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What's the difference between ported barrels and compensated barrels. If there is a difference explain please.

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Compensated barrels are gun barrels that have attached hardware.

Ported barrels are gun barrels that have actual slits or holes cut in the top or sides of the gun barrel.

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I have a 1911 45 compensator that slips in over the barrel and locks in place, which replaces the front bushing.

My Colt Sauer 300 weatherby mag rifle has actual slits cut in four places in the forward part of the barrel.
 

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So what's better to have. The compensated or the ported.

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depends on the barrel design. a barrel has to be threaded for a compensator to be attached. the compensator has threads that allow it to be screwed onto the barrel. some revolvers, need to have ports cut into them because of the shape of the barrel. but also even a barrel that could be threaded for a compensator could be ported instead. but some because of the shape could only be ported.
 

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I had a ported snub nose 38 spl revolver. Had is the key word after firing it on a darkened shooting range. They are also louder. You get blinded and deafened with one shot in a dark room.
 

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compensated or ported

For handguns, I go with compensated. This is because, if you change your mind, it is removable. Ported is forever, no choice remaining.
 

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Didn't Mossberg start porting their shotgun barrels the last few years? That one seems weird to me, but i guess it helps with staying on target. The attack on the original Death Star should've let us all know how important that can be.
 

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Yes mossberg does. I know because I own one that has holes at the end of the barrel. Don't understand that either. But o well. Not always ment to understand why things r the way they r. Lol.

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For handguns, I go with compensated. This is because, if you change your mind, it is removable. Ported is forever, no choice remaining.
i agree to a point. if the barrel is able to be compensated, yes better option. but some barrels because of their design, just are harder to compensate, and would be easier to port. drawback to porting is the fact that it permanent, but anoter drawback is the louder report and larger muzzle flash. but they do tame recoil a lot.
 

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If you are shooting something like a 500 S&W or shooting in competition, I can see why you want your gun ported (or compensated) but for about everything else I don't see much reason. Unless you just want it, that I can understand too!
 

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I have a Glock 20 with a compensator attached to the barrel. I have found that it has less muzzle flip and a louder report. I have been using it in various bowling pin shooting matches and like the feel and extra weight of it. That's just my personal preference.
 

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I have a 6" SW mod 29 in .44 that I had Magna Ported, the gun was basically unshoot able without porting, with porting it is my favorite sidearm.

I have not noticed more "report" or "muzzle flash", having said that the holes or slits that were cut in the barrel were very slight. I have noticed especially on automatic pistols that the ports are huge which probly accounts for the back flash and seeming loader report.

I don't know if magna port is still in bussiness but if you have a gun that needs to be de-kicked try them they did a great job for me.
 

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Sorry to jump in on this thread, but does any one know a decent compensator for 40 or 9?
 
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