Surefire releases the “Warden” (VIDEO)

Surefire has just released the “Warden” and is now available for sale. I had a unique opportunity to shoot it a few months ago and it’s a product that does what it says.

The Surefire folks invited me down to their Southern California headquarter’s private range where I saw the Warden first hand. The Warden is a “blast regulator” which redirects hot gases forward.


The Surefire Warden- a blast regulator for an AR-15.

In the video we made, you’ll see how it quick attaches to a Surefire muzzle brake and we did a simple test of shooting over a pile of dirt, rocks, and pebbles. Words won’t really do the product justice, so here’s the video.

MSRP: $180.00

Chris Cheng

Chris Cheng is History Channel’s Top Shot Season 4 champion and author of “Shoot to Win,” a book for beginning shooters. A self-taught amateur turned pro through his Top Shot win, Cheng very much still considers himself an amateur who parachuted into this new career.

He is a professional marksman for Bass Pro Shops who shares his thoughts and experiences from the perspective of a newbie to the shooting community. He resides in San Francisco, CA and works in Silicon Valley.


  • So, if it blocks the compensator from redirecting gas out the side, and instead projects it forward – isn’t it essentially just negating the entire purpose of the compensator to begin with? Doesn’t a conventional rifle barrel, sans muzzle device, do just that- direct gas forward?

    If so this would be an $180 accessory to eliminate the effectiveness of a $150 accessory.

    • Tom – UK

      I think the “Warden” works by providing a surface for the redirected gas to impact against, some energy is dispersed against the wall of the Warden and then with less energy the gas exits the front of the rifle. The overall impact I presume is that the same amount of gas goes out the front but with a lot less energy and hence less recoil.

      • Edeco

        Yeah, I think slowing and delaying the forward movement of gas would serve the purpose of a comp somewhat.

    • Blake

      Seems like an all-in-one forward blow compensator would get pretty close to the same thing with a lot less hassle, weight, & expense.

      Like this one:×275/614-forward-blow-comp-alloy.jpg

    • raz-0

      Part of the recoil reduction comes from jetting, but it also comes from the gases striking the baffles. You are also reducing the jetting of gasses forward because you diffuse them before they exit the shroud.

      It likely reduces the effectiveness, but it doesn’t eliminate it. The total price is a bit steep though.

  • Nicholas Chen

    Hopefully mine will ship soon. I ordered it a couple months ago.

  • Or you could just put a silencer over the comp.

  • John Yossarian

    Surefire’s blast redirector is “a day late and a dollar short.” Or, rather, we’re all about $180 short because we already bought the same accessory from other manufacturers for far less.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Really? So if you have Socom brakes and flash hiders… What other accessory did you buy?

      … I don’t think you understand what a day late and dollar short means when it comes to a propeitary accessory.

  • Bill

    I wish the test included a plain-Jane flash suppressor.

  • ClintTorres

    Kineti-tech offers a shrouded comp for $60. Not quick-detach however.

    • Jim B

      I bought the Kineti-Techs (308 & 556 about a year ago. They work really well. Paid $110 shipped. I only paid $115 for my 556 pig and thought that was outrageous. $180 is outta my league.

    • Nocternus

      I actually believe Keneti-tech was the first to come out with this concept and everyone else is just copying their concept. $60 for the original or $180 with a little more polish applied and a name people recognize.

  • Rog Uinta

    Or you could by the KAK direct-thread version for $35. In other news, Surefire still can’t figure out why people don’t want to spend $400 for a flashlight.

  • Dave Spears

    Why does surefire stay in California?

  • TomOakheart

    Recoil looks worse. No thanks.

  • Squirreltakular

    I understand the desire for the quick detach, but I’ll save my money and get a Simple Threaded Device for $55.

  • Treyh007

    Just buy the Weapontech STARS flash comp and you won’t have to worry about all that fancy high dollar weight!

  • guest

    Notice how the video was made in such a way that the rile was turned on its side, deliberately revealing the ground to the gases. Because you know, like holding sidearms sideways, people usually shoot with rifle turned to the side.

    And in the meanwhile a stock A2 will not only supress the flash, but if used upright not have this “problem” to begin with.