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 5.56 Bullpups: Compensator or Flash Hider?
Tomac  [Team Member]
2/22/2013 5:20:08 PM
With its short AOL, the end of my STG's 16" bbl is significantly closer to the ears than, say, a 20" AR bbl. I currently have the excellent FSG Halon flash hider mounted but am wondering if a linear compensator like the Levang (which directs the muzzle blast forward instead of to the sides, flash is about the same as the factory tulip) would be better should I ever have to shoot w/o ear protection (like a HD situation).
So, flash hider for less flash or Levang for more flash but easier on the ears?
Tomac
HardShell  [Moderator]
2/22/2013 5:37:04 PM
Neither...






But very interested in reading the non-NFA answers to come here, because not all of my 'pups are suppressed.
modernwarfare  [Member]
2/22/2013 6:33:14 PM
In my limited experience with pups, the flash being so much closer to the optic, as opposed to a carbine, causes a momentary loss of target for me. So I voted flash suppressor.
Kali_Refugee  [Member]
2/22/2013 7:14:16 PM
Originally Posted By modernwarfare:
In my limited experience with pups, the flash being so much closer to the optic, as opposed to a carbine, causes a momentary loss of target for me. So I voted flash suppressor.


Would a levang style comp cause that kind of flash though since its going to be directed in front of the device instead of out the sides? I've never shot a bullpup with anything but a flash surpressor (and the flash issue depended on ammo I remember tula being bright other stuff not a issue) so I had to vote the third option I'm curious about his question too though.

Tomac  [Team Member]
2/22/2013 7:31:01 PM
I have briefly used a Levang before and don't recall seeing any muzzle flash during nightshoots. Now that my memory's been jogged, I remember that w/the Levang I didn't see the usual light reflected back from from my taclight by exhaust gasses from side-venting flash hiders.
Tomac
ColtsR4Football  [Member]
2/22/2013 7:48:48 PM
I think I'd either take the FH off completely or try a less efficient FH and see how much it bothered you, if any. If it turned out to be a non-issue regarding optics flash or whatever, then the comp should be no problem at all.

The muzzle's proximity to my face was on my mind when my new AUG was coming. It had been ten years or more since I'd shot a bullpup of any kind, and I couldn't remember if the flash or blast bothered me. It turned out to be nothing, but then again, I had just got a SCAR 17 and the blast from it rattled my sinuses.
Top_Secret  [Team Member]
2/22/2013 7:57:05 PM
Originally Posted By HardShell:
Neither...

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y12/HardShell/RWB%20-%20Suppressors/MSARSTGE4withAACOMNIafterADCO-left.jpg




But very interested in reading the non-NFA answers to come here, because not all of my 'pups are suppressed.


This man has the correct answer. I have brakes on just about all my guns, but they are mainly to mount the Surefire cans on.
boricua9mm  [Member]
2/22/2013 8:17:54 PM
If you find the blast from a 16" bullpup even remotely disagreeable, find one of your buddies with a 5.56mm SBR and shoot a few rounds to put things back into perspective for ya.

I have no experience with the Levang, but my AUG A3 comp. was horrible b/c it shot hot gas and unburned powder up onto my forehead with regularity. After just 2 range trips it got swapped for a Blackout FH. No problems since. To me it isn't any louder than my 14.5" pinned AR.

No matter how you slice it, if you touch off a few rounds of 5.56 indoors without hearing protection, you can count on being temporarily deaf as well as some lesser long-term effects.