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Police Product Test: SureFire Muzzle Brake

This accessory's distinctive gas-venting design allows for faster follow-up shots and reduces felt recoil.

March 23, 2011  |  by Scott Smith - Also by this author

Over the past few years I have seen a number of muzzle brakes and flash suppressors come to the market. Many of them make amazing claims to reduce flash signature and produce no muzzle rise, among other things. SureFire manufactures both muzzle brakes and flash suppressors that function alone or act as a mount for SureFire's sound suppressors.

I have noticed the SureFire Muzzle Brake being used by many top three-gun match competitors. This made me wonder, Does this brake really work that well? There was only one way to find out: mount them on various long guns in .223 Remington and .308 Winchester.

The test beds were an M4 Carbine and a Springfield Armory M1A/M21. These two rifles would be good weapons to see how well the SureFire Muzzle Brake functions.

While my testing of the muzzle brake on these rifles was unscientific, there was a noticeable reduction of muzzle rise from the M1A and the M4. I found the rifle recovered very quickly between shots, with me barely if at all losing sight of the target area.

The M4 with the Surefire brake shot like a 22LR chambered rifle. My M4's red dot was on target shot after shot whether I fired slow fire or as fast as I could pull the trigger with a solid sight picture. There was virtually no muzzle rise/loss of sight picture.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Just watch the various competitors running SureFire's brake in three-gun matches. You will see how little muzzle recoil/rise there is and the fast shot-to-shot target acquisition.

What allows you to run a carbine or tactical rifle like this is the design of the brake. This brake is designed to vent the gases laterally and vertically down via ports on the top of the brake and its side ports. The lateral ports allow the weapon to track evenly. SureFire calls this design Impulse Diffusion.

Impulse Diffusion allows for faster follow-up shots and reduces the felt recoil by the shooter. This will correlate to better control and less fatigue by the shooter during long training sessions. It is the redirection of the gases and felt recoil that will have you making faster more accurate follow-up shots.

You can find SureFire muzzle brakes for many of today's duty long guns. The muzzle brakes will fit rifles chambered in 556, 6.8 and .30 calibers.

I have heard arguments that these brakes will destroy your "night" vision or the flash signature will give you away. To satisfy my curiosity, I fired some shots in the dark and could not tell the difference between the SureFire Brake and an A2 Flash Hider. You will have to be the judge. However, if you are planning to obtain suppressors for your department I would definitely go with SureFire's Muzzle Brake or flash hider so you can mount one of the many suppressor options from SureFire.

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When it comes to being ready for an emergency situation, you have to have the right gear. Uncle Mike's has been offering officers affordable duty bags and gear for years. This past year the company introduced its Active Shooter Response Bag. The A.S.R. is designed to keep your patrol rifle magazines, spare handgun magazines, and other essential gear required to respond to an active shooter or other emergency call in one easy-to-carry bag.

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Comments (3)

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(Ret) Fed @ 3/24/2011 8:46 PM

With a price range of $149.00-195.00 , i'll look elsewhere for a muzzle brake. Sure-fire you're starting down the road of others when it comes to expense, sure way to lose customers..

I do like and trust your products but, not with the pricing i'm seeing of late.

Police Guy @ 4/1/2011 9:30 AM

great story

Dickie A Wilson @ 12/17/2012 5:50 PM

I have installing muzzle brakes for years now.I use my own adapted brake .I have 100% satisfaction on (no) recoil. Accuracy -all 100% are marking All five in one hole.All other detailsare included. 125$ . No unseen extra gotchas.You walk away with a totally customized gun.

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