What's the difference between ported barrels and compensated barrels. If there is a difference explain please.
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.So what's better to have. The compensated or the ported.
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.For handguns, I go with compensated. This is because, if you change your mind, it is removable. Ported is forever, no choice remaining.