Pinned and welded muzzle brakes are an interesting way around the NFA barrel length restrictions. So long as the overall length of your barrel exceeds 16 inches you’re good to go, so a 14.5 inch barrel with a lengthy muzzle brake does the trick nicely. The problem is when you want to swap out some parts on your existing pinned and welded setup, depending on what you want to change that might require a trip to the machine shop. HS Precision has a new muzzle brake designed to make that process a little less painful.
Their newest product is just every so slightly thinner than the inside diameter of a standard AR-15 gas block. That’s cool because it means you can remove your gas block and replace it with something else (a standard front sight block for a low profile block, for example) from the comfort of your own garage with only a punch and a hammer. The muzzle brake stays in place the whole time.
While the brake may be small in size, it definitely isn’t small in terms of impact. Using it on a lightweight AR-15 rifle there was practically zero recoil even with quick successive shots. In short, it seems to work.
MSRP on the muzzle brake is $59, and they already have one en route to Jeremy for testing.