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Discussion in 'AR-15 Discussion' started by LandMonster, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    Can anyone explain the practical differences between a muzzle break, a compensator and a flash hider?

    What are the strengths and drawbacks of using each and when is it appropriate to choose them?
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  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    A muzzle brake (not break, unless you actually broke it) serves to reduce recoil by turning some of the gasses and directing them to the rear.

    A compensator may do that, OR serve to compensate for a tendency for the muzzle to climb- so it diverts gasses UP, pushing muzzle DOWN.

    A flash hider serves to hide the muzzle flash from the shooter's vision- see the Lee Enfield jungle carbine.

    There is also a flash suppressor, that serves to reduce the muzzle flash as seen by others.
     

  3. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    C3 about covered it.

    I would only add that IMHO a muzzle brake on anything but the biggest belted magnum Elk Rifles is a pointless, expensive, and dangerously LOUD addition to any rifle.

    Decibels go WAY up when start venting those hot expanding gasses back toward the shooter.

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