Navigating the sea of choices when it comes to muzzle devices for AR-15 can seem daunting. Let’s find out which device is best for you… a flash hider, compensator, muzzle break, or perhaps something that does all three.
To determine your needs, let’s start with the basics. What is a muzzle device, anyway?
A muzzle device is a functional add-on attached to the end of your AR-15 barrel. Because most AR rifles have threaded ends, most muzzle devices can be easily screwed on and tightened. That said, many muzzle devices should be timed and torqued to a specific number. Some builders also like to use a
You can change the look and function of your weapon easily and quickly by adding an AR15 muzzle device. Since there are so many to choose from, each with their own pros and
Three Main Types of Muzzle Devices
There are three main types of muzzle devices: flash suppressors/flash hiders, compensators, and muzzle brakes. We’ll talk about the use and function of each briefly in this article, as well as how they compare to each other.
Flash Suppressors/ Flash Hiders
The purpose of this type of muzzle device is to redirect muzzle flash to make it less visible. It achieves this by cooling and then
This is especially useful during
Also called a recoil compensator, muzzle brakes counteract some of the rearward force of the gun that occurs when firing. They do so by venting expanding gases to the rear. An obvious advantage to muzzle brakes is their ability to reduce recoil and allow you to fire shots in succession with greater control. They also minimize the gun’s movement against your shoulder.
Unfortunately, unlike flash suppressors, muzzle brakes do not reduce flash, so they can impair your night vision. Another con has to do with how the gas is vented—it can travel to either side of the barrel, sending a pressure wave horizontally along the firing line. This can bother people around you!
Combination devices do exist that combine features from the AR15 muzzle devices we mentioned above. As a result, you’ll get both decent muzzle control and recoil mitigation.
Other Muzzle Devices
A thread protector is a muzzle device that prevents thread damage caused by grit and impact. It gives your muzzle a finished look when you haven’t installed a compensator or flash hider. They are inexpensive and easy to install— just spin them on and hand tighten.
Sound suppressors (Silencers)
Sound suppressors reduce the noise,
To attach a suppressor, you can use a suppressor that direct threads onto the barrel, but many manufacturers offer suppressors that affix to mounts, allowing for a secure fit and quick attachment and detachment. In my case, my Rugged Razor Suppressor securely mounts to a threaded Rugged branded 3 Port mount…and when my suppressor is not attached, my particular mount still acts as an effective brake.
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