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what is this called and what does it do

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ganymede, Nov 23, 2009.

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  1. ganymede

    ganymede Member

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    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
     
  2. BADUNAME37

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    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.
     
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    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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