Some of you may have seen the original version of my 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout. I didn’t include ALG’s Single Chamber Brake (SCB) in the recoil measurement testing. I kept the SCB out of the recoil test because ALG lent the device to me as part of their testing & evaluations program, which was mentioned in the article. My interpretation of their program’s policy: no comparos. After my article was published, it became clear that leaving out the ALG Single Chamber Brake – supposedly at at the company’s request – was a huge issue. All hell broke loose . . .
Avoiding manufacturer, advertiser, and sponsor bias is the reason many of us began reading and trusting TTAG. I first came here for the honest reviews that I had a very hard time finding anywhere else. Viewed in that context, my decision to leave out the ALG Single Chamber Brake was a mistake. When Dan and RF learned of the issue (which flew under their editorial radar) they agreed with my decision to pull the post. And rightly so.
Every firearm, every product, every experience needs to be held to the same standard and measured against the same metrics. If the SCB couldn’t participate in all parts of the testing, it should have never appeared in the write-up. If a manufacturer can’t handle that, then they don’t get to play. Or I purchase/beg/borrow/steal the part elsewhere, something TTAG has done many times in the past in order to test products with zero preconditions.
Leaving out information is a violation of the trust and the truth that we all came here for. I thought that “some” was better than “none,” and I was wrong. I heard that loud and clear, and won’t make this mistake a second time.
To make matters worse, I basically misunderstood ALG’s policy. They do not knowingly provide product specifically for the purposes of a comparison being done, since they believe the amount paid for products influences perception. In the interest of eliminating bias and keeping things truthful, they prefer all products in a comparison be purchased.
Statistical measurement and other objective testing (e.g. recoil sled testing) is a non-issue. When I contacted them about this problem, they said, “We would love the results to be shared with everyone and never had any intention of hiding any of the information found in your research.”
So I’m hanging onto the ALG SCB until I can gather up another batch of muzzle devices and offer an even more comprehensive – and complete – article. The ALG SCB will be included in the testing on video and in the table (or graph, as y’all seem to prefer graphs), just like everyone else.
For my second attempt, I’ll also invite “the big names” to the party: Surefire, Battle Comp, PWS, AAC, SilencerCo, QC, Effin-A, maybe Lantac, Miculek, etc. If they aren’t cool with this sort of heads-up test, I’ll buy their product. Meanwhile, thank you for keeping both myself and The Truth About Guns honest.