Great Idea or the Worst AR-15 Accessory on the Planet?


It is all too easy to fall into marketing hype when searching for accessories for your rifle, even easier still when you are new to shooting sports. With the boom in new shooters over the last several years having limited knowledge about what practical accessories work and which ones don’t, companies all over the world trying to dip into the pocket of new shooters are giving birth to some questionable gun parts. One lazy weekend day I decided to see if I could find the most ludicrous accessory on the market. I think I may have succeeded in finding the worst ar-15 accessory on the planet, the Tufforce Muzzle Brake with 4 side Picatinny rail.


I ran across this muzzle brake while poking around Amazon a few months ago and decided I had to order it for no other reason than to use it as an example as to why thinking your accessory purchases through is important. Not only were the images they used to show off the features of the muzzle break Interesting, the product reviews are nothing short of hilarious. For the low price of $25.99 (at the time of this being published) you too can do wonderful things like move your front sight forward for better accuracy, just disregard the fact you would never be able to zero the rifle because no one makes a muzzle brake height front sight to my knowledge.


As I said, the reviews are nothing short of magical. If you need to kill some time they are defiantly good for a solid chuckle. Below is one of my favorites, If Chris Costa approves of it how could I go wrong?.


When the Tufforce brake showed up it was packaged in the finest plastic bag, I couldn’t help but toss it into my backpack so I could get the office’s impression of the Tufforce brake. Rest assured the consensus was that it is a terrible idea. We were all really surprised at how light the brake was. It appears that Tufforce made it out of 6061-T6 aluminum for whatever reason, not a terribly robust choice for a muzzle device as I will show later.

I decided that the best thing for me to start with was install it on my test bed SBR upper for science. I wanted to start off by trying to see if a Knights Armament rail cover would survive the blast. Nope. When I pulled the trigger it disappeared in the fireball to never be found again. So much for rail covers. The stills below were taken from video shot at 60 frames a second, you can see that the cover was there and gone in the 1/60th of a second that the frame captured.

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With all those empty uncovered rails I couldn’t help but add some lumens and a forward grip. I can’t say that I see this arrangement as safe for the shooter or even for the equipment mounted to the brake. While the thumb over bore grip has reigned supreme, we are taking it to a new level with a thumb over muzzle grip as long as you don’t mind losing a digit or two.IMG_0860IMG_0862

My friend Bryan offered to model the muzzle brake so you can really take it in. Operator status achieved. We decided that it was far too risky to shoot the rifle while holding the grip.IMG_0864

We shot exactly 31 rounds through the brake and I noticed some serious erosion of the ports. I imagine that after a range session the brake could potentially fail. As much as I wanted to test the longevity of the brake I was legitimately concerned it might somehow hurt someone or my gun. This was the best picture I could manage with my point and shoot, you can see the bright silver areas is where the brake was eroding.


I hope that this story might make a new shooter or two think a bit harder about where you spend your hard earned dollars. If you want to read some of those wonderful reviews on Amazon you can click here to check out the product page. Tufforce produces several other products that I am sure are just fine, you can check those out on their website here.

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • nova3930

    I’m all about pushing lights out as far as possible but that’s just stupid……

  • Aono

    You know what’s worse than this brake? The spamvertising embedded links that get excreted onto all TFB posts. I defy anyone to point to a SINGLE “reputable” site that does the same. Just one.

    • Edeco

      TTAG was worse last I went. As to whether it’s reputable… opinions differ.

      • Aono

        Wretched hive of Derp-Hit-The-Fan and misogyny it may be, but I don’t believe even TTAG ever stooped as low as injecting spam links. If they ever did, they haven’t in a while.

        • Drew Coleman

          They haven’t. I have adblock+ so i never notice the ads that the people in the comments complain about.

        • Edeco

          Ah, scuse me, I thought you meant something else.

    • Budogunner

      They used to use Viglink, I’m not sure if that is still the case.

      Google “viglink opt out”, click the “disable” button on the official page, and see if that takes care of the meaningless injected links for you.

      • Look at this man! He gets the prize! 🙂

        • Budogunner

          Well, on the one hand I know opting out affects ad revenue. On the other hand it helps keep the readership up and gets more organic inbound links and outbound clicks to sponsors.

          On the balance, I think I’m chaotic good on this one : P

          • For those who want to opt out, I have no problem with that. It’s their choice, I feel, just like if they want to use an adblock.

            I dunno, the Editor might feel differently, but we’re all allowed our opinions. 😉

    • Email the editor. The writers have no control over viglink.

  • Budogunner

    Fail. Should be m-lok.

  • Don Ward

    Why would I buy this product when I can simply use JB Weld to mount my grips, sights and tac-lite on my muzzle break?
    JB Weld. It’s what the pros use.

    • Tassiebush

      Endorsed by John Browning

      • Joshua

        The true John Browning weld. Holding 1911’s together since 1911.

  • Evan

    I’m all for quad rails over that M-lok/Keymod nonsense, but this is ridiculous.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      Why am I NOT SURPRISED I still find you bashing M-lok/Keymod gear yet again, on something totally unrelated!?
      At least you do not support this version of quadrails.

      • Evan

        This is related. I like having rail space, hence my preference for quad rails (as well as the numerous other reasons I’ve given). However, this brake is ridiculous on every level. This isn’t maximizing usable rail space, this is just a way to destroy your accessories, look like a fool, and possibly hurt yourself. As much as I prefer having a good quad rail, I don’t think that every possible surface on every firearm needs rails on it. I believe that nonsense like this is for the “tacticool” who consider themselves “operators” because they would’ve joined the military, but…, and not for serious people who want serious guns.

      • Sam

        Everything this Evan dude says on TFB screams to me that he was “That Boot” that got everyone in trouble over the weekends despite 19 safety briefs before libo.

        Hazing exists for a reason, and he comes off as one of those dudes that needed to be hazed a lot.

        • Hensley Beuron Garlington

          I am the LEAST qualified to haze, nor do I condone it, but I feel compelled to say something when I see some say M-lok or even Keymod is “pointless, stupid, crap” and say weight isn’t a factor. Worse yet when they feel the extra weight makes it more manly. I have no problem with weight. I’m 6 ft 270 and I have 22″ arms, 36 pants, I lift, but I don’t want a battle axe when a katana would be better.

          • Sam

            I’m not talking about hazing in the frat boy sense, like “drink 20 gallons of water because I’ve been in college longer than you.” kind of way. But in the “You feel asleep on firewatch so fill sandbags until the skin on your hands peel off.” kind of way. Pointless hazing is just that, hazing. I’m using that term to mean “Incentive Training.”

          • Hensley Beuron Garlington

            Oh! I’m a civi. Thanks for breaking it down for me. LOL. That sounds effective and painful. Thus easily retained knowledge.

          • Sam

            Lol hence the saying “Pain Retains.”

  • Ambassador Vader

    Why don’t they have any rail sections in front of the muzzle? I wanted to attach my shoot-off flash light for dark to light operations. -disclaimer- that was a joke.

    • Ken

      I’m surprised no one has put a 14″ handguard over a 10.5″ barrel.

      • Gregory Markle

        I have a 15.5″ handguard over a 10.5″ barrel, the suppressor clears the end by quite a bit though.

        • Ken

          Suppressor use makes sense. Now that I think about it, I think I have seen it before.

        • uisconfruzed

          10″ 300BLK w/Seekins 15″ handguard over TBAC can.

      • Sianmink

        I’ve got a 11.5″ handguard over an 8.1″ barrel. Waiting on the suppressor.

        • n0truscotsman

          Thats going to be an attractive little carbine. I like very much.

        • Cymond

          Looks nice, but what’s with the rail where the forward assist and deflector normally go? I’ve never seen that before.

          • Sianmink

            It’s the x-products sidecharging upper. No assist, no deflector, no dust cover. I don’t expect to use it rough though, so s’all good. That rail’s a great place to put an action camera or something. XD Suppose you could use it for an offset sight too

  • Ambassador Vader

    Picatinny condoms- “Modular for her pleasure”

  • The butt stock for the AR15 that holds a handgun is pretty close to being just as useless of an accessory. That and the one that mounts a Glock pistol to a rail as well.

    • nova3930

      Isn’t there one that’s a full size, 18″+ barrel shotgun under the barrel? That would be up there too…

    • SirOliverHumperdink

      how about the ak ax stock?

  • So, do you recommend it, or…?

    • Patrick R.

      If you need something to prop a window open a bit it would be a wonderful choice.

      • nova3930

        With that VFG it might be useful if you can’t afford surgery to remove a couple fingers….

      • BrandonAKsALot

        You could also mount it to a prop gun if you’re scared of real guns and give someone a nasty scratch with it.

      • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

        Got it. I’ll buy this thing if I run out of random crap around the house that I could use.

    • Joshua

      You’re not a true operator, operating operationally without one.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Didnt you guys already do this?

    • Patrick R.

      Not that I am aware of. I was under the impression that at the time I bought it it was relatively new to market.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Oh, well I heard about this stupid a-s thing somewhere, thought it was here.

        • Patrick R.

          I think it surfaced on Redit in the last week or so.

        • Budogunner

          Looks like my comment with the link didn’t get approved.

          Yes, another TFB author wrote about this Dec. 9, 2015. To find the article Google tufforce followed by “site:insert-tfb-domain-address here”

          The comments back then were great, too.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I knew it!
            Im never on Reddit.

          • Patrick R.

            I must have missed that article. I did buy the thing back in November and sat it in my review bin for a while. I probably should have got around to it a bit faster. It was still fun to review though.

  • Xeno Da Morph

    I may have found the only truly usable accessory, for this truly unusable accessory.

    • BattleshipGrey

      You could mount 2.

      • DIR911911 .

        4 , yep , definitely 4 . . . going for the all new quad stab!!

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          With a piccatiny to piccatiny adapter, I was able to mount 4 more of these on each side of the original. This gave me 12 rails on my muzzle!! I got a grenade launcher, bayonet, IR light, NV, bottle opener, scope, red dot, carry handle, flashlight, flesh-light, front iron sight, and a rear iron sight as a backup! Amazing!

    • Sam Green

      A year or so ago I was at the range letting my neighbors and his sons shoot my AR’s. When I moved into my new a few years back, this kid was so funny, never met a 7 year old that had his own machete.
      Once we shot and were settling up, his youngest son (11) was in awe at this stupid mini bayonet, when his dad bought his own AR, I bought his son this, except it was the one that didn’t have a sharp point, it was more like a shucking clam knife bayonet.
      But he really liked the gift, but it was clearly the most useless AR purchase I ever bought. I felt like an idiot even considering buying that abomination. Even normal bayonets are useless and really have no purpose, even in the military. I’ve been out of the army a while, they probably don’t even issue them these days.
      Obama probably substituted bayonets for pink cup cakes and snow cones, and in his world ISIS, or IS as he calls them, is just misunderstood and we should try to be their friends.

      • carlcasino

        I have never been and hope I never will be in close combat, I have an uncle that just passed that was in the battle of the Bulge and his only time to talk about his war experience to his son and me was the time a bayonet may have saved his life. the German in question had over run their position and the soldier in the foxhole with him impaled the intruder with an empty weapon which allowed my uncle to make a successful kill shot. This was only the 2nd time My dad or any of my Uncles related “War Stories” to us urchins. For the most part they were very silent and even seemed to have remorse for even telling the story. My takeaway is anything that works is worthwhile and I wonder about the population in general in 2016 actually having the mindset to kill another human being. I’m not worried about me, been there and done that. the tough talk running around shooting at plates may be good training but what do you do in the trenches???
        Do You have the Mindset??

        • Miguel Raton

          I forget where the quote is from, maybe Alexander the Great? It goes something like this: “Only 1 in a 100 is truly a leader of men. Another 9 will follow him into battle and be his doughty warriors. The other 90 only serve to stand around and carry their spears.” Anyway, that’s what the question “Do you have the mindset?” is really about: are you part of the 10% or the other 90% who mostly stand there gawping when caught up in the midst of events?

      • Budogunner

        OpSec, Dude…. The pink cupcake cannon was supposed to remain classified.

    • Zebra Dun

      The only use for this device is to prevent someone reaching out and grabbing your handgun.
      That and roastin’ weenies.

  • Darhar M.

    KISS comes to mind when I see that accessory along with fried digits or scorched gloves.

  • dP

    Seems like a good idea. I have picatinny rails on everything. Coffee maker, toothbrush, car keys, and even on the toilet paper (hurts like hell though). More picatinny = more better!

  • May

    Let me know when someone makes an AR BCG with a rail on its outer side. We already have the “dust wipe” carrier so that’s not too far fetched anymore.

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  • Lance

    Good way to burn your hands. Enough with this tacti cooler crap. an AR already has enough rails!!!

    • Patrick R.

      Had you read the article you would have seen that was basically my sentiment.

      • Joshua

        I don’t think Lance can read.

        • ostiariusalpha

          I think Lance is one of those Turing programs.

          • TJbrena

            I think Lance is a master ruseman, masquerading as a mediocre troll.

            He seems to put little effort into his posts, yet whenever he spouts his trademark mix of bad opinions, misinformation, ignorance and poor grasp of English his comments routinely get replies. Even from people who frequent TFB quite often, who should realize he isn’t worth the time of day. I remember seeing a post under the name Lance on an aviation-related article once, with around 250 downvotes.

            A mere idiot couldn’t manage to bait serious replies so often, so successfully. He’s a different kind of human, IF he’s human at all…


          • Ren

            It’s probably become a tradition to reply.

            Real humans like pointless and strange traditions for some reason.

    • Cynical_Asshole

      i really think Lance is a spambot of some sort.

  • Bob

    Wait, so not only is a stupid muzzle brake with rails on it, it started to disintegrate after a few mags through it? Yeah, I’ll take two please…

    • ExMachina1

      a muzzle BREAK

      • Bob

        Wikipedia’s article on muzzle brakes and multiple internet discussions easily found through a quick Google search would disagree…

      • Bob

        Oh, I see what you did there…

  • Xeno Da Morph


  • WFDT

    This could only be improved by making the brake out of Tannerite.

  • USMC03Vet

    This would make a great addition on my 1911 picatinny coffee mug, you know, for quick requisition of slips between spewing hot coffee all over my monitor when I read about stuff like this.

  • Uniform223

    I am all for innovation. But sometimes you have to wade through the stupid to find it.

  • Sam

    Real talk, who makes those HK-style sights?

    • Patrick R.


      • Sam

        I was hoping that wasn’t the case… cuz holy crap they are expensive.

        • Patrick R.

          Robert RTG has them for about $130.

          • Sam

            Cool. That’s a site I’m not familiar with. Just a quick google search had them way above that price on other pages. Cheers.

  • Badwolf

    Hey bro… I heard you like rails

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  • RickH

    Looks good, I ordered two……..

  • Phil Hsueh

    The perfect accessory for this would be a rail mounted marshmallow sticks, with the fireball that thing generates you could roast marshmallows pretty quickly.

    • ostiariusalpha

      And it automatically removes the marshmallows at the same time! Set the marshmallows up in an array around the circumference of the brake, and now it’s a party!

      *Disclaimer: Tufforce®‎ accepts no responsibility for any injuries resulting from attempts to catch marshmallows with your mouth projected from the Tufforce® Marshmallow Bake-N-Brake™, use it as a firearm accessory, or simply hold it in your hand.*

      • Phil Hsueh

        That’s too funny, good one!

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I just want to meet the team behind this. Hey guys let’s put rails on our muzzle brake AND make it from 6061, so, you know, it disintegrates by the time your covert op is done.

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    To quote Charlie The Unicorn:
    “What did that accomplish?!”

  • JoelM

    You could make a game of shooting things on your 9 and 3 with ejected rail covers.

  • deanguilberry

    They need to make a 50 CAL BMG version of that brake. I am designing a .50 CAL BMG SBR Conceal carry gun. That brake would be a great fore grip mount. LMAO

  • Robert Harper

    I bought this for my gunsmith’s Christmas gift and it was a big hit!!! It achieved the desired reaction of killing a part of his soul. 🙂 A way better gift than last years rail mounted bayonet!!!

  • Sam Green

    One of the worst AR product ever invented is still being produced is the polymer flashlight or polymer laser mount that clamps onto the barrel.
    I shake my head every single time I see one of a AR barrel, I laugh even harder when the person using it starts heating up the barrel and the point of aim for the laser starts going off inches, then feet, until the thing has melted and the devise falls off or is barely hanging onto the barrel. New AR owners don’t comprehend how hot a barrel gets.
    Companies like NCstar shouldn’t even be selling these products, and Walmart is more than happy to sell them.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Ah! Gimmicks for the WalMart crowd.

  • AlDeLarge

    A “thumb over muzzle grip” made me rethink the muzzle brake/compensator and lack of hand stops on my AR pistol.

  • Michael Riley

    Let the lawsuits begin.

  • Charles Newman

    If I see just one more tacticool guy all stretched out over his rifle I’m going to turn liberal.

  • thomas

    I’d say that the Tac-Sac is the worse.

    • Brian Flate

      The TAC-SAC is the premier high-speed, low-hang novelty accessory….

      You win the interwebz today.

  • Patrick Selfridge

    Gotta luv scolding hot gases enveloping your support hand. A longer sight radius improves accuracy and you do not have to worry about bore/sight offset at CQB distances. What’s there not to luv? I would being wearing a complete faceshield if I were the poor bastard that had to be in the picture.

  • Zebra Dun

    It appears to endanger the flesh of the hand, the flashlight or other attachments with the flash.
    At some point you have more gizmo’s than rifle, you lose the weapon completely in all the clutter and then you are in some real interesting Kimchee.

  • Sgt. Stedenko

    Thanks Patrick. You made my night with the link to the reviews