The Vuurwapen Blog did a comparison of a number of flash hiders and muzzle breaks to see how they really did in the dark. They compared the Primary Weapon Systems TTO, the AAC Blackout 18T, the Smith Vortex, the Battle Comp 1.0, and your basic A2 bird cage flash hider. They filmed the AR-15 from three different perspectives: the shooter’s perspective, 25 yards downrange, and at right angles to the muzzle from three feet. After watching the video, all I can say is that money doesn’t buy you flash suppression.
Here are the flash hiders and muzzle breaks tested along with their retail price:
|A2 Flash Hider – $6 from Del-Ton
|Smith Vortex – $51 from Smith Enterprises
|AAC Blackout 18T Flash Hider – $99 from Advanced Armament
|Primary Weapon Systems TTO – $99.95 from PWS
|Battle Comp 1.0 – $149 from Battle Comp
UPDATE: Corrected picture for AAC Blackout 18T Flash Hider. Thanks to Gun Monkey for catching that.