Muzzle Devices

Whether for self defense, competition or recreation, accuracy and reliability is paramount. Muzzle brakes and other muzzle devices serve to redirect the gas discharge from the barrel in order to minimize unwanted movement. Generally, muzzle devices can be broken down into three categories- Muzzle Brakes, Compensators, and Flash Hiders. Each serves a unique purpose while also overlapping slightly with the others.

Muzzle Brakes

If you are looking to reduce felt recoil, muzzle brakes are a reliable way of doing so. Granted, this is usually done at the expense of creating a bright muzzle flash signature. Despite this, the use of a muzzle brake will make for a much smoother shooting experience for the user by minimizing harsh recoil feedback.

Flash Hiders

Now if spec ops are more your thing and your muzzle signature is important to you, you’ll want to consider a flash hider. In addition to lowering the visibility of your muzzle flash, it will also cool and disperse any gas generated, resulting in a less dangerous muzzle release.


Depending on the way the gases are released, some of the recoil may be directed at the barrel, causing it to raise with every shot. Needless to say, the more a barrel moves when fired, the longer it takes to get back on target. Compensators slow down this gas and redirect it in order to reduce any muzzle climb that may occur, resulting in a firearm that retains its accuracy after shooting.