Muzzle brakes are an overlooked part of a lot of AR-15 builds, with a lot of shooters using whatever brake came with their barrel. These small pieces of steel help to redirect the flash and noise away from you while you fire. Broadly speaking, there are three types of brakes that you should look at when you want to put the finishing touches on your rifle.
Although they’re called flash-hiding brakes, the term is a little bit misapplied. Instead of hiding the flash for stealth reasons, these brakes just keep it pointed forward and out of your eyes. If you can imagine a home-defense situation where you’re firing your weapon in close quarters and in pitch-black conditions, a good flash-hiding brake will keep you from blinding yourself with the muzzle flash by accident.
Our Suggestion: Punisher’s Tactical Brake
Noise-redirecting brakes work on the same principle as flash-hiding brakes, although they redirect sound instead of light. In a home defense situation your hearing might not matter, but if your ears are ringing when you get back from the range even though you have protection, then it might be a good idea to add a good noise-redirecting brake to your weapon.
Our Suggestion: Kineti-Tech’s Sound Redirecting Brake with Sleeve
While every brake helps to dampen the noise and flash the shooter sees, only a few brakes are useful for breaching. The teeth and side-porting on these muzzle brakes ensure that if you jam the barrel right up tight against a solid surface, like a door, and pull the trigger, the weapon won’t rise and you won’t experience any blow-back from firing with a plugged barrel. While it’s no substitute for a bayonet, having a sharp brake will discourage anyone you happen to poke with it as well.
Our Suggestion: CoiTAC’s Fishbone Breaching Brake