New Axelson Tactical A2 Blast Shield

Axelson Tactical has introduced a blast diverter for the A2 (birdcage) AR-15 flash hider. It is pretty easy to install on probably the most widespread AR-15 muzzle device. The A2 blast shield is made of 4130 steel with black nitride finish.

The A2 blast shield consists of 4 parts: two keeper clips, a nut and the blast shield itself. In order to install it, you need to separate the 4 parts of the device first. Next step is to install the nut, then the keeper rings, which clamp on one of the A2 flash hider grooves. The last step is to screw the blast shield portion into the nut sandwiching the keeper clips between the two. It also has a built-in ratcheting mechanism, which won’t let it come loose and requires only hand tightening.

Axelson Tactical shows the installation process in the video below:

The Axe A2 blast shield also works with BCM Gunfighter Compensator MOD 0. It is 1.8″ long, has 1.55″ diameter and weighs 6.4 oz. The MSRP for this blast shield is $134.95.

The advantage of a blast diverter is obviously that it directs forward all the gasses and blast coming out of the muzzle. This kind of muzzle devices became some sort of a trend in the industry and seems like everyone offers a similar device with minor (mainly aesthetic) differences. The good thing with this one is that it doesn’t require a proprietary host device, but uses the most popular one for that role.



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  • John Zie

    Griffin Armament QD blast shield is another option.

    • Jared Vynn

      As is kineti-tech. They have much more options for aesthetics though and cost around $60.

  • Juggernaut

    Will having flame arm tats aid in the installation?

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I think the answer is universally no, a green flame tattoo never helps anything.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Let me just check… “Blast Shield” for an A2 FLASH HIDER… Ok.

  • Burt Gummer

    I see potential for a Form 1 suppressor using one of these meant for an A2 as a basis. Only potential problem would be if the can is made too long there’s a chance of a baffle strike at the muzzle end of the can due to sagging. Would be a nice setup to use on my spare upper with a pinned on BEM 249F as well as the others that have a mix of A2 and A1 flash hiders.

  • stevieWONDER

    I wonder if this will work on the phantom/phantom II flash hiders from Yankee Hill. They have the same BFA ring cuts in them as an A2 and BCM FH. Might consider it if it will fit since I have a few ARs with the Phantom/Phantom II’s.

  • I saw this at SHOT and it was really well made. I hadn’t seen too many simple ratcheting systems like it before. Locked up really tight with easy hand tightening.

  • Stephen Shallberg

    A good solution if you have, say, a PSA upper sporting a 14.5″ barrel with a pinned and welded A2.

  • pablo4twenty

    Extra muzzle rise = no thanks

  • noob