|Vltor A1 Flash Hider|
Flash hiders or flash suppressors do reduce the muzzle flash in comparison to a plain muzzle or most muzzle brakes. Depending on the style, they may or may not offer benefits in reducing "muzzle climb" (when rounds are fired, the muzzle of the barrel tends to rise off target). Models with vents on the top of the device would be best at providing this benefit. A1 flash hiders have vents all the way around the device, while A2 flash hiders have vents only on the top of the device. DTI offers these standard flash hiders as well as popular models from manufacturers likeVltor and Yankee Hill Machine.
|YHM Phantom 5C2 Compensator|
Compensators almost always have features like a heavier weight or vents positioned to fight muzzle rise. Due to their design, they may not reduce the flash signature as well as flash hiders, but they still reduce it better than a plain muzzle or a muzzle brake. Their main benefit is to reduce muzzle rise and keep the weapon on target for fast follow up shots. Some people consider the standard A2 flash hider to actually fall more into the compensator category of muzzle devices, and there is some merit to this when one considers the design. Like many current muzzle devices, the YHM Phantom 5C2 compensator pictured here has a crenulated end for use as an impact weapon.
|Troy Medieval Muzzle Brake|
Some states are still "under" the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and a muzzle brake is the only allowed device. It is usually required that these be pinned and welded (permanently attached) as well. Local gun retailers or your state's Department of Justice website should have information as to what is required in your locality. Many muzzle devices like most in the YHM line are also long enough to make a 14.5" barrel a legal 16" if pinned and welded so a prospective owner can have a shorter barrel without violating NFA laws and registering the weapon as a SBR (short barreled rifle).
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