About the NcSTAR AK Muzzle Brake
Please note this does not affect performance of your airsoft gun in any way.
This is a metal replacement muzzle brake for AK style rifles. This is a real steel part but it just so happens that the same barrel threading on most real AKs is -14mm just like it is on the majority of our airsoft guns. Being made for real firearms use of course it is made with treated steel to withstand the pressures and intense heat that shooting real ammunition would exert. This is a functional piece if used on a real firearm and would redirect the gasses to counteract muzzle climb however muzzle brakes do deliver a pretty loud concussive blast when compared next to a standard flash hider. This muzzle device has a nice weight to it so it would be a great addition to any AK fan who wants a bit more of a real feel with their airsoft guns.
Compensators and muzzle brakes are the same thing though the term compensator (comp for short) is used more in the context of pistols. Talking about looks, if you are trying to dress up your airsoft AK and realism matters to you, this is a nice upgrade. This brake does add a bit of weight to the end of your gun and thus affects balance a tad. But it is an aesthetic improvement over that orange flash hider you have been running. Another potentially realistic item to add instead of this might be the AK slant brake.
- -14mm (CCW) threading
- 2.9", 5.3oz
Q: Does this item have any effect on my airsoft gun?
A: No, it has no function in airsoft and would not affect performance in any weight.
Q: Is installing this in place of my orange tip legal?
A: Airsoft guns that are imported into the United States are required by law to have a permanently affixed orange tip. This law only stipulates that it has the tip when it arrives on our shores. However once sold through a retailer the orange tip laws are at the discretion of your local government. Please treat your airsoft gun as if it were real and be mindful about how you transport it and display it.
Q: What is the difference between a muzzle brake and flash hider?
A: A compensator has a small bore throughout but will have chambers and ports to bleed off or redirect gases. A flash hider or flash suppressor on the other hand is an open type design with a wide open exit on the bore side. The flash hider reduces muzzle signature by dispersing the unburnt gases when rounds are being fired. The intent of these devices are twofold: the primary being to prevent the shooter from being blinded by the blast of their own muzzle and the secondary purpose is to reduce the intensity of the flash visible to the enemy which can lead to being discovered and concealment being broken.