Quick Tip: What’s the Right Muzzle Device for Your Gun? ~ VIDEO

How to Firearms TIPs by Brownells, Inc. Gun Gurus.

Iowa, USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Muzzle brake? Flash hider? Compensator?

Firearm Muzzle Devices come in a bewildering array of shapes and sizes designed to perform specific functions. Brownells Gun Techs Steve Ostrem and Caleb Savant are here to help you figure out which muzzle device is right for you and your gun.

FLASH HIDERS (aka “flash suppressors”) do exactly what their name suggests: they mitigate the fireball emitting from the muzzle when you fire a shot.

Originally developed for the military, they help reduce the risk of your muzzle flash telling the enemy where you are. COMPENSATORS direct combustion gas upward to counteract the natural tendency of the muzzle to rise when a shot is fired. Due to its closed bottom, a compensator also kicks up less dust when you’re on the ground shooting prone. MUZZLE BRAKES reduce felt recoil by redirecting the gas outward, to the sides.

The faster the bullet velocity, the better a muzzle brake works. For AR-15 rifle shooters, Caleb answers this old question: Does it make sense to put a muzzle brake on a rifle chambered in .223 / 5.56? Because it reduces or at least slows the amount of gas coming out of the muzzle, a SOUND SUPPRESSOR also serves as an effective muzzle brake.

Finally, some muzzle devices are designed to perform two – or even all three of these functions – but the results tend to illustrate the old saw, “Jack of all trades, master of none.”

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Alan in NH

Another muzzle device that is very useful on AR pistols is the simple ‘flash can’, like the ones from Palmetto. One thing about these short fire breathers is that they are LOUD. A flash can spares the shooter and those behind him from some of that and directs the Shock and Awe directly towards the target.


I have several of these blast cans. Different manufacturers and different calibers. There are 2 constants across the field: loud down range and a huge fireball.
Like you said, “Shock and Awe” and it is directed towards the target. If your target is someone or something that needs to be stopped, I do believe the introduction of such a tremendous fireball and concussion provides a bit of “change of mindness” that will likely get the target moving away from you if your shot was less than effective in stopping the threat.