(Article courtesy of Tactical Life)

With so many options out there, finding the right muzzle device for your AR-pattern rifle can quickly become an overwhelming task. There’s literally a sea of muzzle devices available with choices ranging from flash suppression, recoil management, quick-detach suppressor mounting options, hybrid flash suppressors/muzzle brakes and forward concussion-direction management devices, or blast shields.

My mission is to help you navigate through this sea, and give you the information to make the best decision depending upon the role in which your individual rifle will be utilized. The easiest and most logical way to make sense of all this information is to break it down by category.

Flash Suppressors (Photos 1-14)

By definition, flash suppressors are a particular group of muzzle devices that are designed to better eliminate or reduce the flash signature emitted from the end of the barrel when a round is discharged.

Muzzle Brakes (Photos 15-26)

These muzzle devices are designed to help mitigate muzzle rise or climb when the weapon is fired. They help to keep you on target and allow for faster follow-up shots. If you’ve ever had to take secondary or tertiary follow-up shots while looking through a magnified optic, a muzzle brake can help keep you on target. Muzzle brakes are my first choice when running a suppressor. The ports inherent to their design help reduce wear on the suppressor itself by acting as an additional set of sacrificial baffles, helping to prolong the life of your suppressor.

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