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A muzzle brake or recoil compensator is a device connected to the muzzle of a firearm or cannon that redirects propellant gases to counter recoil and unwanted rising of the barrel during rapid fire. The concept was first introduced for artillery and was a common feature on many anti-tank guns, especially those mounted on tanks, in order to reduce the area needed to take up the strokes of recoil and kickback. They have been used in various forms for rifles and pistols to help control recoil and the rising of the barrel that normally occurs after firing. They are used on pistols for practical pistol competitions, and are usually called compensators in this context.

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  1. rickysays

    Should I get a custom muzzle brake for my Sako S20 30-06?

    I haven't been able to find a Sako manufactured muzzle brake in stock anywhere in the USA. Wondering if I should get a custom-built brake, or hold out for one made specifically by Sako. If a custom brake is fine for this rifle (30-06 with 5/8 x 24 barrel threads) then do you have any...
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