Muzzle Brake or Flash Hider with Suppressor?

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    Muzzle Brake or Flash Hider with Suppressor?

    Well I just purchased a Surefire SOCOM762 Mini suppressor for use on what will eventually become my 11.5 inch SBR. So as I wait for the next 6-9 months for the NFA paperwork to clear I need to decide on which QD muzzle device I want. Right now I am leaning towards the flash hider. I am leaning towards the flash hider since I don't plan to shoot the gun 100% with the suppressor, and don't want to deal with the extra concussion from a brake when not suppressed.

    The Pros that I hear for the brake is that it will help reduce suppressor wear on the shorter barrels.

    Are there any other considerations that I should be looking into regarding the advantages of either a brake or flash hiders? I went with the Surefire as these suppressors seem to be built very tough. I would also be able to use it on a 300 blackout upper whenever ammo and parts become available again.

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    obviously, it also reduces recoil for faster follow up shots...

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    Quote Originally Posted by beni View Post
    Well I just purchased a Surefire SOCOM762 Mini suppressor for use on what will eventually become my 11.5 inch SBR. So as I wait for the next 6-9 months for the NFA paperwork to clear I need to decide on which QD muzzle device I want. Right now I am leaning towards the flash hider. I am leaning towards the flash hider since I don't plan to shoot the gun 100% with the suppressor, and don't want to deal with the extra concussion from a brake when not suppressed.

    The Pros that I hear for the brake is that it will help reduce suppressor wear on the shorter barrels.

    Are there any other considerations that I should be looking into regarding the advantages of either a brake or flash hiders? I went with the Surefire as these suppressors seem to be built very tough. I would also be able to use it on a 300 blackout upper whenever ammo and parts become available again.
    I've gone back and forth on this. The SF brake is obnoxious on an SBR. Grab a pool noodle and have someone hit you in the side of the head a few dozen times...that's what being on the line next to you would feel like. It functions as advertised - it virtually eliminates recoil. But there isn't much recoil there to begin with, so is this worth the trade off of having a sinus-clearing-muzzle-device? The suppressor is a wear item...it'll wear out at some point, and there's no hard data on how much a brake mitigates that.

    I agree with the way you're thinking, if the gun won't be suppressed all the time - then the FH is the way to go.

    ETA: not sure about the SOCOM line, the legacy mounts (MB556K, FH212A, etc.) are a bit different in terms of how the can indexes. The brake has a u-shaped channel, while the FH has a notch. The brake no doubt offers a more solid lock-up, and mine exhibited almost no zero shift. The FH shifts about 1.5MOA. And there's some axial wobble when the can is 'clean' but that's normal. Wobble goes away after a few hundred rounds. Again, unsure how the new mounts are designed, just my experience with the older mounts.
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    That is interesting on the POI shift between the legacy FH and brake mounts. The surefire website advertises a much more solid lock up compared to the legacy mounts. I guess I'll have to see how it works out.

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