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Posted: 9/4/2005 3:25:00 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 7:06:38 PM EDT by NeoWeird]
I can't stand the way the muzzle brake looks on the M1A, and I would rather have nothing at all then to have that thing on it. Can you take the brake of? Is the barrel threaded so I can put the real one on if I ever move? I wouldn't mind break it off the way people did with their post ban AR barrels, just as long as the barrel doesn't get touched.

Any one know for sure?

ETA: I don't own one yet, but it has always turned me away and knowing I could take it off would help persuade me to get sooner than later.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 7:49:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 10:31:14 AM EDT
Here's the thing: The M1A/M14 was designed such that the front sight blade is attached to the flash hider / muzzle brake. If you dump the brake, you need to find some other way of attaching the front sight blade. Like Paul said, you either have to get a custom setup, or you need to take the stock brake off, cut it down, then reinstall.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 2:05:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 7:07:07 PM EDT by NeoWeird]
Well I was also thinking of getting a custom muzzle brake that looked more like the real flash suppressor. I just sent off my C&R application and I want to get a collection of WWII era weapons, and I fear that the muzzle brake will 'damage' the collection so to speak.

While yet it is for looks, it's not to have a bad ass rifle, but to have an original rifle for a collection.

Thanks for the input. Maybe I will just have a funky collection until (read: if I ever) move.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 3:25:50 PM EDT
keep it IMHO the ones with the muzzel brakes are more accurate.
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 5:03:30 PM EDT
Aside from being threaded on, is it attached in any permanent way?
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 6:03:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/4/2005 6:03:30 PM EDT by AyeGuy]
BRAKE not break
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 7:08:03 PM EDT

Geez, it was a subconcious mistake. At least it was spelled correctly...
Link Posted: 9/4/2005 7:22:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NeoWeird:
Aside from being threaded on, is it attached in any permanent way?

Not exactly. The "barrel nut" is actually called a castle nut. There's a reason for this: There are slots cut into it all around the circumference, giving the appearance of the top of a castle turret. These slots are made to accept a set screw that prevents the castle nut from loosening. The set screw is driven in through the muzzle device (flash hider or muzzle brake).
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