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.