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flash hider verses muzzle brake

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Thanks from a new member for all the help you've provided so far. I just sent my preban to DRC to get the treatment. I would like some opinions on Muzzle brakes verses flash hiders. I am going to have Dave install the Choate front sight. He can make it into either a flash hider or brake since my gun is a preban. Since there is not much recoil with these guns in .223, wouldn't the flash hider be the way to go or does the muzzle brake help you that much in staying on target with follow up shots. I would think the flash hider would seem signifcantly quieter to the shooter. Any opinions would be appreciated, thanks.
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Originally posted by cajungeo
The sound will be greater to the shooter with either the flashhider, or muzzle brake as gasses from both are vented up, and out, so is the sound.

If your going to cut your barrel, the muzzle brake probably won't improve the accuracy anymore than the flashider, as cutting stiffens the barrel, but it would help with muzzle jump. If you arn't going to cut the barrel, a brake will probably help accuracy more. A lot of members use the BW double muzzle brake, same as the John Mason. Cost $19.95, and we install it ourselves. Pins over the front sight.

Either way if you have open holes or slots in the bottom, and shoot in the prone position, you may get blasted with sand, and dust.
I believe the Choate flashider does not have an open hole in the bottom.
Originally posted by maddog7
Thanks for all of the opinions. I guess my main question, since I have a preban, is the recoil reduction in the muzzle brake worth giving up the benifits of the flash hider?
I would say no. If you ever want to use your MINI for home defense, the flash hider is a feature more important than a muzzlebrake. Most opinions on minimal SHTF rifles rank the flash hider as a very important feature. I believe that a pre-ban with a flashider would command more $ than a pre-ban with a muzzlebrake, if you ever decide to sell. IMHO.
Originally posted by maddog7
I think you may be right valleypine. Have you or anyone else seen a Mini with a choate flashhider fire a round in the dark? Is the choate very effective?
I've not seen it. You may wish to pose the question to Choate or DRC. But personally, if I was going to chop a MINI-14 barrel down to 16", I wouldn't install a flash hider or a muzzlebrake. I would prefer to have the extra muzzle velocity instead. But this is only my preference, probably because I have a post-ban AR without a flash hider or muzzlebrake and I would want to keep symmetry between the two.
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