Universal Muzzle Brake Blast Shield from Indian Creek Design

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Over the past few years a lot of companies have released their own version of a blast shield or diverter that attaches to a muzzle device. One of the early ones was the Ferfrans CQB Modular Muzzle Brake, then there was Gemtech’s Muzzle Shroud, Kineti-Tech’s Sound Director and then Lantac’s Blast Mitigation Device. While they’re all different designs they pretty much do the same thing, they direct the muzzle blast and concussion forward and away from the shooter and away from those that might be shooting or standing to the side. If you’ve been next to anyone at the range with a competition muzzle brake you know how loud they can be.

Well the folks over at Indian Creek Design have a new two piece shield that is suppose to work with almost any muzzle device on the market for AR-15s and AR-10s. It’s called the ICD BFD and it attaches via a threaded mount that is attached to the barrel before the muzzle device. The ICD BFD attaches to the mount and not the muzzle device like with most of the other blast shields on the market. The ICD BFD weights in at 2.6 ounces and has a O.D of 1.49″ with an OAL of 3.1″. They’re made in the USA and they retail for $79.95 at indiancreekdesigninc.com. Check it out in action in the video below.

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From the Press Release:

Nampa, Idaho, September 26, 2016 – No longer will your shooting partners, entry team members, or your wife and kids shrink back from your invitation to go shoot your muzzle brake equipped rifle. The creative minds at Indian Creek Design, Inc (ICD) have solved one of shooting’s annoying dilemmas, eliminating the side and back blast from an effective muzzle brake, with an ingenious device that will have everyone at ranges and along firing lines across this great nation enjoying their chosen pastime more and getting better training in.

Muzzle brakes work by providing ports for the rapidly moving and expanding gasses that propel a bullet to hit against as they exit the end of a firearm barrel, re-directing those gasses to the sides and often back at the shooter to control recoil and offer quicker follow up shots and to control the muzzle so the impact of your previously fired shots can be seen via your optics to assess accuracy. They are also the bane of Range Officers and other people on the firing line, as well as tactical entry team members, etc, due to the back blast associated with their use.

“Muzzle brakes have been around for generations and they are invaluable, especially in target and tactical situations,” says Gary Adams, a spokesperson for ICD, “but people get sick of the blast associated with using a muzzle brake. This has led to a rise in sales of flash cans and linear compensators which only channel gasses forward but do nothing for muzzle rise and recoil. There are a few companies that make a system that couples a specific flash can with a specific muzzle brake but these are relatively expensive and up until now there has been no option for a consumer or law enforcement agency to use whichever muzzle brake they prefer and also run a blast forwarding device with that brake to defeat the blast and noise.

We at ICD have undertaken the task of engineering and perfecting a simple and elegant blast forwarding device, the ICD BFD, that will fit on many rifles and that works in conjunction with virtually any muzzle brake the shooter wants to use. The BFD, which adds only 2.6 ounces to the rifle, is stunningly simple in design, but so very effective that it will literally change the way shooters look at muzzle brakes and shooting in general. It is absolutely amazing how effective it is.”

An added benefit in the BFD re-directing the muzzle blast is the re-direction of the ear drum shattering noise as well. Independent testing has proven that a muzzle brake causes up to a 10x increase in discharge sound level that hits the shooter and those in the surrounding area. The BFD corrals that damaging sound wave and sends it downrange. The perceived sound near the shooter is reduced dramatically. Despite this ability, the BFD is not an NFA controlled item, it is not a suppressor, and no special permissions are required to own or use it.

The ICD BFD is available for any rifle with 1/2″ threaded muzzle devices (AR variants, etc) and for 5/8″ threaded devices such as on AR-10’s, etc. The BFD was extensively tested on various caliber rifles, up to and including a 7mm Remington Magnum bolt action rifle, with excellent results. Finished in a matte black MilSpec Type III hardcoat, Mr. Adams feels that this will quickly become a must have for the casual or avid shooter who wants muzzle control and doesn’t want to feel or subject others to the punishing back blast, and also for tactical operations and Law Enforcement use where the brake blast can be detrimental to operational success and the safety of the personnel involved. Every Range Officer in the world will want these on every rifle, they are that effective.



Ray I.

Long time gun enthusiast, archery noob, Mazda fan, Sci-Fi nerd, Whiskey drinker, online marketer and blogger. My daily firearms musings can be found over at my gun blog ArmoryBlog.com and Instagram.

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  • RSG

    I have the ferfrans 2 piece system. Works as advertised, which means it’s extremely effective. The only downside is weight and the $300 price tag (includes brake).

    • ShootingFromTheHip

      I just got the Fortis 5.56 Brake and their blast shield and both work AWESOME! Plus they look sweet!!

  • thedonn007

    I cannot finish watching that video. Way too much wind noise.

  • Sasquatch

    Well they made epic paintball guns for the time. So this had to be good.

    • Dan

      Thank you, I knew I had heard of this company before and it wasn’t because of firearm accessories. I was going yo google them when i finished reading the comments but you saved me some time.

      • Sasquatch

        No problem. They also make motorcycle part if I’m not mistaken.

  • mike

    Doesnt this just remove any benefit to uses a brake in the first place. That is crazy money for something that anybody with some basic talent on a lathe can make in an hour.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Considering that the vast, VAST majority of AR owners do not have lathes, your second point doesn’t matter.

      Addressing your first point, that’s why it can be removed. The device can be used as follows: When at the range with other people, you attach the blast director. When by yourself or competing, you unscrew it. No need to unmount and re-mount your brake all the time OR annoy those around you unnecessarily.

      • noob

        Hmm hope that training that way won’t habituate the student to the higher amount of movement with the blast shield on, such that they anticipate recoil and develop a flinch when it is off.

        Probably not a big deal on a 5.56, but i guess you could buy one of these shields for your beowulf or .458 socom

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          I don’t think it will be much of an issue. 5.56 doesn’t make people flinch. If you are shooting .458 or .50 Beowulf, use the brake to it’s fullest extent. You will need it.

    • iksnilol

      Definitely reduces it, but doesn’t quite remove it either.

    • AlDeLarge

      The brake works from the gasses hitting the perpendicular flat areas. That still happens with a blast shield on, but a bit less. That is how silencers reduce recoil. It will completely negate most compensators though.

    • Gary Adams

      Our testing at ICD on the BFD with a 7mm Remington Magnum showed no measurable decrease in recoil reduction from the 5 degree back 4 port 0.75″ brake when used with the BFD. We were shooting full loads, 160 grain projectiles, and the 7mag was a ktten with the brake, and with the brake and BFD installed. There are no rearward facing areas for the gasses to blast upon, they are encouraged to expand radially which does not negate the effect of the forward “push” the brake gets from the initial blast.

  • derpmaster

    Am I the only person in AR world that’s perfectly happy with an A2 birdcage?

    • Richard

      No, you’re not alone.

    • $18 amazon muzzle brake did wonders for repeat shots at +150yd

    • guest

      Got that for both my .223 and 308
      Cheapest flash hider and as far as doing just that (as a flash hider) it nearly bar-none for the exception of cans.

      But the thing is, as with most choices people make when buying guns, is:
      fashion > function or “uniqueness” > functionality

      hence the endless myriad of knick-knacks that offer little or more often no advantage what so ever.

    • Blake

      Ehh I really like my Lantac Dragon and my Noveske KX3 for what I’m doing right now, but I also have two A2 Birdcages in my parts box for if a SHTF scenario ever happens. For ranges having either lowered muzzle rise or mitigated side blast is super useful to me, but if things ever go down I’m definitely going to want the flash suppression of the A2.

      • CS

        In SHTF you will want a supressor, not a bird cage.

        • Blake

          Yeah well that’s not even an option in my state.

          • Cymond

            If things are so bad that you’re running around with a carbine in the streets … maybe it is.

          • Blake

            If things ever get that bad a suppressor will be way way far down on my “to acquire” list. Behind basic things like water, food, ammo, etc.

        • Gary Kirk

          Gemtech Halo

        • AlDeLarge

          Get a “solvent trap.” Put it with your emergency supplies. If SHTF, drill it out. Now you have a silencer.

    • 🐒👊

      I agree, but I also bought one of these Griffin QD blast shields that I can put on any rifle with a milspec A2 hider on it. Works really well on 7.5-11.5in guns. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/29f928b378c311ed42e1f6baa1321efd8d4f75ccf3b8e5da9f5a79c906e9d764.jpg

      • derpmaster

        do these things have any impact on accuracy or point of impact?

        • 🐒👊

          Depending on the barrel length and thickness. And type of handguards used. I have not found any significant deviation in point if impact in anything under 11.5in. Now on a 16in pencil barrel yes very much so. There are a lot of variables in play here. All of these devices are for shooting in rooms, or proving you will not break a balloon that is next to you hahaha. I make good hits still with whatever I attach this thing on.

    • Bill

      No.

    • Gary Kirk

      Work fine for me..

  • gunsandrockets

    Shiny!

  • Patrick

    I bought one of these and had it out at the range for the first time today. It works as advertised. The last time I shot my AR without this, the noise and concussion of my brake caused a lady next to me literally run away (this was a good laugh but made me feel guilty). The noise is nicely redirected as is the concussive blast. I have not done a with / without comparison to see if recoil reduction is impacted.

    The quality of the machining is top notch. The anodizing used is a little more shiny than most gun accessories and reminds me of a mag-lite. After I returned home, I did notice that the “barrel” that screws on to the mount was no longer tight. I also have to purchase a new crush washer to re-index my brake. It would have been nice to include one with the BFD.

    Overall this is a great accessory if you have an obnoxious brake. I own a Precision Armament M72 Muzzle Brake which qualifies as highly effective but totally obnoxious.

    • Gary Adams

      Thanks Patrick, and we had discussed adding in a crush washer or peel washers but every person has their preferences on what to use to time their muzzle devices. We simply machine all of our own muzzle devices to time up without the washers etc, so we don’t add more parts to the equation-

  • Jamie Clemons

    Is it stainless? Would it withstand the blast of a Mosin?

  • Christopher Papachristou

    It’s hard to take this guy serious with the poor quality video and the paper box set up.

    Muzzle jump looked pretty bad with that device added too.

  • grendal1989

    I’m wondering what is going to happen when this is put over a muzzle device that directs gas upward to keep the muzzle down. I would think, based on basic force balancing,it would push up against the BFD, and thus raise the muzzle. I’ll be interested to see more vids comparing different covered muzzle devices.

    • Gary Adams

      It was tested with brakes mounted a variety of directions to ensure that what you mentioned would not happen. With the AR the recoil isn’t as objective, but with the 7 mag during testing we noticed no degradation of brake efficacy.

  • whamprod

    Am I the only person in the world who thinks he was doing a pee-pee dance during the first half of the video?

  • KidCorporate

    I had a couple of ICD’s paintball guns back in the day, I had no idea they’re in the AR game but glad to see them, they make great stuff!

  • Ben Pottinger

    It doesn’t really help a big part of the crowd buying these though, the suppressor owners with multiple rifles. I’d like one to go on my rifle not wearing the suppressor but that collar isn’t going to work around most QD devices on the market and certainly not my 51t mount.

  • Gary Adams

    If only it worked with a brake, but for an A2 its a great piece

    • brian

      It’ll work with a lot that’s out there with slots and they have other options other than the A1/A2. Making a tool to for a custom brake isn’t that big of a deal for anyone with a few brains a few tools and some good ole American know how. You don’t have to do pull ups on the torque of a muzzle device so even a crap home made option should get most out the door n tapping off mag after mag with no issues. ….I’d have no prob doing a little work for a $30ish price tag. ….plus there’s nothing wrong with an A1/A2 cage to begin with. They work perfectly fine on millions of firearms.

      • Gary Adams

        For $30 that would be a cool piece, raw. Add in the home rattle can job and you’re good to go, or pay the lot charge for plating and it becomes $100.00. Then do testing, packaging, etc.. 🙂
        The proof is in the shooting, until then its all just opinions. I’ve a lot of rounds through the BFD and it flat works, and works well.

        • brian

          Dude I dunno what you’re referring to but my BD-180 came finished…no rattle can needed and matched my Anderson barrel pretty dang close. I’ve shot the snot outta it and it “flat out works” also….n so does the A1 I opted for….so yeah….a little confused about what your talking about.

          • Gary Adams

            Sorry Brian, wrong post was replied to- Not Knocking the BD-180 at all-