Target Pistols: Reducing Muzzle Flip


December 29, 2007, 10:00 PM
I am working on my 1911 .45 target pistol and I have been looking into a bushing compensator to reduce muzzle flip. What are the best brands for bushing compensator's?

Also, I have seen "weighted" extensions on pistols to aid in muzzle flip - what is this called?

Please feel free to suggest other options for flip or recoil. This is my target pistol so I am willing to perhaps compromise reliability maybe a little. :D

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December 29, 2007, 10:03 PM
Skip the bushing comp. Invest in a tungsten Guide rod and play with some different weight springs.

December 30, 2007, 12:45 PM
If accuracy is your main objective your frame/bushing/barrel fit is critical. I wouldn't compromise that for a little less muzzle flip. If you're bullseye shooting, a fast shot recovery is not needed anyway.

Jim Watson
December 30, 2007, 12:52 PM
Bushing compensators do not control the flow of gas enough to affect recoil. Some of them are heavy enough to add weight and that is about it.

Before tungsten guide rods, there was once a guide rod that had a weight screwed into the end, sticking out about two inches in front.

The S&W M52 could be had with weights to clamp to the dust cover. Something like that could be added to a 1911. Maybe one of the searchlight rails with a weight on it.

December 30, 2007, 03:42 PM
I note a tremendous difference depending on the grip one uses. Someone had a link to a video around here for proper 1911 gripping the pistol. When properly gripped, the pistol going back into battery slams the pistol right back into proper alignment. It's all in the grip. JMHO. I tried to locate the link. I think that I deleted it earlier.

Use the search feature. It's around here.

December 31, 2007, 09:17 PM
Lots of great feedback here... thanks all

Just trying to work a little on my stock target gun. Idle hands...

January 25, 2008, 10:21 PM
If I use a tungsten guide rod, can I expect any extra wear on the underside of the barrel where it rests or perhaps the barrel lug area?

Jim Watson
January 25, 2008, 11:48 PM
Be advised that it is only about an ounce and a half more than steel, maybe three ounces more than short hollow GI. You have to be pretty familiar with the gun to start with to notice a difference.

Black Majik
January 25, 2008, 11:51 PM
Ride the thumb safety so you grip the gun higher. The bore will sit lower in your hand and reduce perceived recoil.

January 26, 2008, 05:44 AM
Rather than adding anything to your pistol try reducing bullet weight and slowing down velocity. Don't forget to adjust spring weight for reliable functioning.

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