Another word for 223 muzzle brake is recoil compensator, which is an apt description as its primary function is to counter recoil, redirect propellant gases, and the unwanted rising of your shooting device.
Did you know that most brakes will reduce recoil by as much as 50% and if used with lighter barrels, it will produce improved accuracy?
Wouldn’t you love a flash hider to be part of your future shooting practices? Especially, since they’ve been around before World War II. Even though their use of sporting rifles was somehow limited before, it has changed.
Top-rated custom gun manufacturers as trendsetters in this industry are now in favor of installing brakes in record numbers.
Why the change of heart?
The main reason is that guys are afraid to pull the trigger nowadays. Some manufacturers will go as far as classing these men as “wimps.”
This is the reason why guys like Ed Brown fits these recoil compensators on all his guns bar his most dangerous game rifles. Kenny Jarrett has them installed on roughly 85% of this guns. Mark Bansner ensure that up to 92% of his rifles are equipped with 223 muzzle brakes products.
The key reason why one’s rifle kicks out of control most of the time is that of the gas that sends the bullet one way while the gun moves in the opposite direction, but hard. So, if you do not wish to experience the kicking bit, you need to alter the direction of the gas column.
Recoil Reduction for Your Shooting Piece
How do you manage to change the direction of the gas column? The easiest way to do it is through drilling ports or cutting holes in the barrel to divert the gas sideways or upward. Should it move upward, the brake would press down on the muzzle to counteract muzzle jump.
What comes to mind is the Magna Port system, which happens to be a pair of trapezoidal slots, cut out of the barrel that runs in line with the bore. Then there is the Remington VTR brake that features many slots, cut across the bore.
Many of the manufactured brakes would take the shape of a 2-inch tube that one would just screw onto the muzzle so it can perform its function of diverting the gases at a 90-degree angle sidewards. This feat is achieved via a series of tiny parallel holes that are drilled into the tube. Just about any brake can be detached while the end threads of one’s barrel may merely be covered using a screw-on cap.
- Many a flash hider will effectively reduce recoil by as much as 50 percent. Thanks to this innovation, many rifles can be used with ease that was previously unshootable due to their powerhouse capabilities.
- Even serious shooters who tend to fire heavy rifles that hardly produces a kick, now favor the use of recoil compensators as they would like to see their bullets splash, which you cannot experience with any kind of recoil.
- With lighter barrels, shooters would achieve improved accuracy.
What About Disadvantages?
Well, there are a couple:
- The first hurdle would be cost in that a quality brake, plus your installation expenses, would easily amount to around $250 or more.
- Secondly, there is the noise factor as a muzzle blast would come towards you rather than away from you. No doubt, this is an unbearable experience for most. Regardless of whether you are hunting or practicing at the shooting range, you would need to wear hearing protection as you may find yourself going deaf.
- Then there is the off chance that the trackers that accompany you on your hunting expedition will be unable to detect roars, growling, hoofbeats, or any other important sound should you cut loose with a rifle that has been muzzle-braked.
- Another issue is the length of the recoil compensator as it would add at least 2-inches to your barrel.
- Another disadvantage is that a muzzle brake can break your rifle scope that cannot withstand the violent deceleration of the gases that hits the muzzle brake.
Finally, one needs to consider that a rifle equipped with a recoil compensator would not shoot to the same point of impact that a non-muzzle-braked rifle would.