what is this called and what does it do


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ganymede
November 23, 2009, 07:20 AM
On my ak-47 there is a little difficult to describe thingy on the barrel. a pitcure is worth a thousand words, so this crapy drawing of it ought to be worth 100 or so

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thats pretty much what the end of my barrel looks like and its slightly twisted off-center when viewed in profile

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Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 23, 2009, 07:26 AM
It helps to divert gasses upwardly to help prevent the muzzle from rising for a faster follow-up shot.

How well it works and how efficient it is is anyone's guess.

SDC
November 23, 2009, 07:39 AM
It's a compensator, used to force the muzzle down and to the left when firing in full automatic; it was added to the AKM in the late 1950s as a way of trying to maintain practical accuracy when firing in bursts, but it doesn't really do anything in semi-auto.

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