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Flash Suppressors?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by amprecon, Jan 18, 2004.

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  1. amprecon

    amprecon Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    I've been eye-balling the M1A's lately, hopefully the tax return will make me a proud owner.

    Looking at the rifles, the flash suppressor does seem to make the muzzle look more intimidating and useful, considering the long slender barrel sticking out of the end of the stock, it appears to make the entire contraption look busy and to have a purpose.

    The Johnson 1941 rifle that saw limited use with the Marines during WWII looked flimsy with the long slender barrel sticking way out of the stock with no support on the end but the front sight.

    At least the Garands gas tube extending to near the end of the muzzle made it look much more attractive and appealing to the eye.

    I've done a search on flash suppressors and didn't find much information on the development and actual usefulness and effectiveness of flash suppressors/hiders. I've heard explanations that said it suppressed the flash more for the shooter in low light than for the enemy to see the muzzle flash.

    Is there any good info on this subject or real world experiments on this subject that I might read up on? It just peaked my interest.

    I've also checked out the DSA rifles which have an integrated muzzle brake rather than a suppressor I believe because of the other features it possessed. Nonetheless, I like the aesthetics and traditional looks and feel of the M1A over the FAL.
  2. G1FAL

    G1FAL Member

    Dec 7, 2003
    The flash suppressor is to keep the shooter from being blinded by his own firing at night/during low light conditions, and to reduce the amount of dust kicked up when firing from the prone.

    I dont know where you could find info online, though.
  3. Onslaught

    Onslaught Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    The only flash supressor info I know of is AR15 specific.

    The Maryland AR15 Shooter's site has a pretty decent comparison of muzzle devices for the AR.

    I had an M1A with standard flash supressor, but I never fired it at night. I never noticed any flash in the early evening though.

    As for the AR, I only have experience with the Phantom. It supresses virtually all flash from the shooter's view and from the sides on my 14.5" barrel. Don't know (and don't wanna know ;) ) what it looks like from the muzzle end.
  4. Harry Tuttle

    Harry Tuttle Member

    Nov 14, 2003
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