Gimme a Brake!

Having grown up on WWII bolt-action rifles and their powerful calibers like the 7.62x54R and 7.92x57mm and no-frills rifles it took me a while to warm up to the idea of muzzle brakes.  I honestly didn’t see the need.  If the recoil is too much you’re too weak and if the rise is too much you need to get a better handle on the firearm!  Times have changed as I’ve learned and come to appreciate the speed and ease a good brake can add to shooting.  I’ve had my favorites and enjoyed the pre-threaded barrels and spring-loaded detents that the AK platform has.  swapping brakes takes ten seconds tops, maybe 15 seconds if you forget that it’s a left-hand thread.

Muzzle brake prices can top $200 or run as low as $9.  Do I think that a $200 brake is actually 20 times better than a $9?  No, and for that reason I set out to test and evaluate the affordable and commonly-available brakes that are out there.  If you’re an AR shooter never fear, many of these designs are also available for the AR-15.  The AKM, or AK-47 as most people know it has a stouter round than the AK-74 so I used it for testing and some common 7.62×39 ammo.  The same shooter, ammo, starting position, and camera positions were used in the evaluation.  I don’t care about flash or concussion as this is meant for the average plinker.  If you’re a bad-ass ninja operator I assume you won’t be browsing YouTube or my blog for advice.  Check the video out and let me know what you think.  I have several other brakes waiting in line for testing too.  I grabbed these from Carolina Shooting Supply and AK-builder.com  This was not sponsored in any way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9NYmWWM32U

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