Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rifle Muzzle Brakes

Muzzle Brakes
Adding a muzzle brake is one of the easiest and simplest ways to customize your rifle while increasing its performance. Muzzle brakes are used on a lot of different types of rifles. SKS’s and AR-15’s are just a couple of examples of rifles where they can be found in use. They can be a plus when used on the larger caliber rifles that are out there. Being able to add some additional stability and control at a relatively low cost when shooting your rifle is a good thing.

Here are a couple of pics of the different style of custom muzzle brakes that are available.



Although a number of websites sell muzzle brakes, I’ve found that a custom-made, hand-crafted muzzle brake has worked the best for my purposes. After checking around, I found some excellent muzzle brakes made by Dean in Arizona. My first muzzle brake for my Ruger 10/22 was an excellent piece of craftsmanship. This is something that is lacking in a lot of products out there. The conventional style muzzle brake for my Ruger 10/22 was good but I really like the new style muzzle brake that I recently acquired.

Ruger 10/22 w/New Style Muzzle Brake

While at the farm last Saturday, my wife’s younger brother and I gave the new style muzzle brake a quick workout since the light was starting to fade and it was going to get dark soon. I mounted it on my Ruger and it was time to do a little target practice. I set up a target and stepped off a rough distance and then got down to a little serious plinking!

New Style

Conventional Style

At about fifty yards we wound up with 4 and 5 inch groups using the new style muzzle brake while firing from a standing position. My brother-in-law was astounded at the fact that he could maintain a view through the scope of the target the whole time he was shooting. He said this makes a real difference. I had also spent some time improving a little problem I had with a tendency to jerk the trigger by using my shooter’s correction target. My groups were pretty good but were winding up low and to the left prior to this. Still need some more practice and at a longer range. I will post more results later in an update.

Height Comparison

My new style muzzle brake for my Ruger 10/22 is about an inch longer than the conventional style but still allows me to leave it on when in my rifle case. I do have an old camera case that I can store them in if I decide to take them off for cleaning of my rifle, etc.

I like the looks of both of my muzzle brakes and intend to do some longer distance shooting with both styles real soon. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a second Ruger 10/22 for the wife to use along with her Marlin.30-.30. I’m using the Federal Value Pack 22lr for practice purposes right now and I’m saving my CCI Stingers for serious use.
These are brand new CNC machined muzzle brakes. They’re made from 6061 T6 billet aluminum and are easy to paint. They fit snugly on the end of the barrel and usually mount with one or two setscrews or come threaded depending upon your type and style of rifle.
This new style muzzle brake for my Ruger 10/22 was well worth my $30 investment. Now if I can just find a cheap AR-15? I've got a birthday coming up real soon. Maybe I'll get lucky?

If you need a muzzle brake for your rifle, you can get an excellent one by contacting Dean in Arizona at .

Thanks Dean for making a great product.

Staying above the water line!



matthiasj said...

Are those threaded onto the barrel?

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riverwalker said...

To: matthiasj

The ar-15 and sks types are threaded. The 10/22 muzzle brakes slip on the end of the barrel over the sight band and are secured with a setscrew.


Anonymous said...

Just a quick correction,the SKS is for a chinese unthreaded barrel,mount's with a setscrew.I can't find a left hand tap for the other style,and my lathe won't thread nicely.
Dean in Az

riverwalker said...

To: Dean

Thanks for the correction. I'm more a practical kind of guy. If I can put it on and it works then I'm good to go!


JP said...

they make a difference , i personally like the flattened look jp's muzzle brake on

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