How Much Does A Muzzle Brake Reduce Recoil?

Muzzle Brake

If you have researched the various facets of your new gun, you may be wondering if a muzzle brake is something you want to use and if they are worth the additional cost.

Muzzle brakes actually play an important role in the use of your gun and can be an incredibly beneficial addition to your list of firearm accessories.

First, let’s look at a few facts.

What’s the main purpose of using a muzzle brake?

Muzzle brakes help reduce the amount of recoil that happens when you shoot the gun. In fact, it is an incredibly significant reduction in recoil. Shooters will notice that it will dampen recoil and muzzle rise by about 50 percent. That translates to less of a rearward kick!

This makes a big difference when it comes to shooting the gun, especially for people who may be living with a shoulder injury and may be more inclined to experience a recoil injury.

What types of guns are muzzle brakes best used for?

Large guns really benefit from a muzzle brake design. Tank guns, service guns, some hunting rifles, and other large artillery firearms are immensely powerful and can be harder to handle. Muzzle devices can be particularly good for these types of guns and may help you stay on target.

But did you know that pistols can benefit from a muzzle brake, too? Many people who use their guns for timed competition shooting could also benefit from a muzzle brake.

How does a brake reduce recoil?

It boils down to a little bit of science. When you fire your gun with a muzzle brake, there are gases inside that expand and then expel out of the barrel, away from you through small, vented holes. Because of the ventilation on the brake, the gas is pushed through the sides and the recoil reaction is minimized.

The amount of reaction that you feel will depend on your shooting position, what your physical build is, and the type of gun you are using. When you put a brake on it, it will help reduce shooting fatigue, allowing you to shoot more accurately.

Remember to always wear ear protection when shooting. This will protect you from hearing damage whether you’re subjected to a bare muzzle blast or one fitted with a reducer muzzle.  

How much does a muzzle brake reduce recoil with your particular weapon? Our experienced and knowledgeable team at Sporting Systems can help answer any questions you have about a brake.

Not sure if your gun would benefit from one? We will help answer all your questions. We can help you learn about muzzle brake tested precision rifles, flash suppressors, bullet weights, calibers (.30 caliber, .22 caliber, etc.) and so much more.

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