Precision Rifle Blogs Muzzle Brake Testing

Nathan S
by Nathan S

I, for one, enjoy Precision Rifle Blog’s truly data-driven approach to everything they do. Their latest drive into the data is an epic breakdown of .30 cal muzzle brakes, rating them by 4 major criteria:

  1. Recoil reduction
  2. Ability to Stay On Target (Muzzle Deflection)
  3. Sound
  4. Ground Signature & Muzzle Blast

Across four rifles, the details are incredible, with PRB taking time to measure things fairly and appropriately (I have rarely seen a sound test outside of suppressors where an actual SPL meter was used). The ground siganture test is rather novel to, using baking soda and high-speed photography.

Click the photo below to be taken to the article. Its focused on bolt-action rifles, but its easy to see certain designs and traits that seem to typify the best brakes.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Ryan Ryan on Aug 31, 2015

    Test needs a KAC MAMS

  • D D on Sep 12, 2015

    I have been testing a group of Compensators myself on the.308 platform , So far I have grown partial to Jerry Mculek's .30 Mic comp, On a 14.5" 1-10 twist Noveske .762 Nato stamped barrel. There is unnoticeable muzzle climb and sound disbursement is phenomenal. Just one shooter's/ Gun smith's opinion and maybe a test suggestion candidate for in there quest of Recoil Compinsator data.