Muzzle Crowns, Flash Hiders, Compensators, and Brakes

Muzzle Crowns

The muzzle crown is simply the face of the barrel at the muzzle. The geometry of the muzzle crown can range from flat, to donut shaped, or to any a number of recessed shapes. Target crowns are typically stepped or cut in a cone shape. The purpose of the recessed crown is to protect the bore of the barrel at the muzzle from damage. All Bison Armory barrels with unthreaded muzzles feature 11 degree target crowns.


Muzzle Devices

Muzzle devices include flash hiders, compensators and brakes.


Flash Hiders

Flash hiders are used for cosmetic and functional purposes. A flash hider is a device attached to the muzzle of a rifle to protect the muzzle crown and to reduce the visible signature of the burning gases that exit the muzzle. Bison Armory offers the following flash hiders:



Surefire SF3P-68



Smith Vortex 



PWS Triad


Compensators are similar to flash hiders except that they are also designed to compensate for the effects of recoil. This is typically accomplished by closing off ports that would be on the underside of the flash hider so that the gases exiting the muzzle are forced upwards and laterally. The change in momentum of the gases has an equal opposite effect that applies a force the muzzle that acts downwards. This effect helps keep the shooter on target and decreases the time for follow up shots. Comps available from Bison Armory are:



 Armalite A2


BRT Linear Comp - Fluted and Smooth 




Muzzle Brakes

Muzzle brakes are like compensators except that they are closed at the end. This feature forces some of the gases exiting the muzzle to move laterally. The decrease in forward momentum of the gases results in force acting forward on the barrels, which reduces the recoil perceived by the shooter. Muzzle brakes available from Bison Armory are:

Troy Medieval



Troy Claymore Linear Brake troy-claymore-muzzle-brake-556mm-12-355.jpg






PRI QC Brakes - Tapered




PRI QC Brakes - Straight




 Surefire MB68K




Ops Inc brake and collar for use with 12th Model silencer