Muzzle Brakes Explained

It was a revelation to draw a comparison between the Axelson ROC brake with all its Allen screws still intact to when the screws were removed. With the screws in, the shooter felt a significant lessening in recoil, but the muzzle rise was still the same. Somehow the rifle was louder.

Once the Allen screws were removed, there were ten more openings for the gas to vent upwards thereby ensuring the muzzle got pushed back down. Therefore, muzzle rise got reduced, allowing the shooter to take a closer look at the impact of his rounds. The side vents of the ROC brake resulted in no downward movement, so there were no real concerns over dust kicking up from the ground.

Do you think the ROC competition brake made a difference in how the AR 10 performed? Maybe you want to pay close attention to how much more efficient the AR 10 turned out to be due to the smaller calibers. Some considered it to be a bit too effective as all the ports were open. This in itself is a big plus during competition time.

It is easy to see why competition shooters would go for a brake like this as it reduces recoil and speeds up their ability to take a couple of follow-up shots. You will do yourselves a favor to opt for more modern brakes like this one or the TMB (Triple-port Muzzle Brake) by MadHouse Design.

As a whole, there are various 223 muzzle brakes on the market that it can be confusing for some to understand how it may benefit them. At times, the consensus is that these are nothing more than an aesthetically pleasing attachment to make a rifle look cool. However, this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s take a closer look why this is the case.

What is a Muzzle Brake?

Also called a compensator, the metallic device that one would fit to the end part of your rifle’s barrel would redirect any gasses in order to reduce recoil and lessen muzzle rise while firing.

A 223 Muzzle brake are particularly useful during rapid fire as less muzzle jump equates to improved accuracy levels while you are busy firing multiple rounds at a fast rate. You may have noticed brakes being fitted to anti-tank guns like the ones mounted on tanks to help reduce the area needed to take up the strokes of the kickback and recoil.

Why Would You Need a Brake?

It depends on the type of firearm you intend using, how fast you need to be and how much time you spend shooting. If you are only going to take one shot that would require one to reset your sights, then you’d be better off without a muzzle brake. But, if you make use of a larger caliber firearm, and wish to reduce recoil as you will be shooting a couple of rounds that require a faster rate, then you may want to have your firearm equipped with one.


By how much will the recoil of a gun be reduced when using a muzzle brake?

Typically, we are talking about a 50 percent reduction, which is quite significant. This figure is enough to prompt someone into buying a brake. Especially if they make use of larger caliber rifles that require less kick back and more recoil.

Are there any negatives to worry about when contemplating fitting a muzzle brake?

One of the key disadvantages is that your shooting sounds would be much louder and unbearable to those surrounding you. However, we assume that most would make use of hearing protection when out shooting. So, it should not be too much of an issue.

Then again, brakes are known to be quite disruptive to cheaper scopes that cannot cope with the deceleration that would require a resetting of your sights.

Another issue some battle with is that brakes add at least 2-inches of length to your firearm, which can make it harder to store in rifle cases for transporting purposes.

While these can prove to be pain point for some when looking for ways to enhance their shooting experience, the overall take on having a muzzle brake fitted prove to be positive as it turns out much better than without one.