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ddcorral2622
02-21-2011, 9:31 PM
Ok so I decided to go featureless, I ordered the Hammerhead grip, and I'm pinning my stock soon. So that takes care of the pistol grip and stock. Next is the flash hider. I read somewhere that the "birdcage" type flash hiders are only flash hiders if they are open all around. Meaning it has slits all around the device, not just the top half. The one I currently have is solid on the bottom half, so does that make it a compensator? I read somewhere that they were made like that to keep the look of the original flash hider, while not breaking the law in certain states? Any input on this?

I'm basically asking if mine is a flash hider or a compensator? Sorry for any typos, I'm posting this from my phone.

Thanks!

sevensix2x51
02-21-2011, 9:36 PM
yours is a flash hider. an a2 flash hider, it sounds like.

hammerhands32
02-21-2011, 9:39 PM
yours is a flash hider. an a2 flash hider, it sounds like.

This. When I went featureless I looked for something that did not say flash suppressor anywhere in the name or description.

Reductio
02-21-2011, 9:41 PM
If it looks like this, it's a flash hider and a no-go on featureless:

http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/large/343/343064.jpg

If it looks like this, it's a brake (a bad one that I've heard may throw parts downrange occasionally... but a brake)

http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/large/784/784915.jpg

djleisure
02-21-2011, 9:44 PM
Yours is most likely (about 99% chance) an A2 flash suppressor. The solid part on the bottom is so you don't blow up as much dust when prone. The quickest easiest way to tell the difference between a flash suppressor and a compensator is to check the muzzle opening. If it's large (much larger than the bullet diameter) then it's most likely a flash suppressor. If it's small (about the size of the bullet diameter) then it's most likely a compensator. There are always exceptions to the rule, but that's the Q & D.

Here's a pic, illustrating my point.

http://i.ytimg.com/vi/pFgk4aA_GAA/0.jpg

only10x
02-21-2011, 9:46 PM
battle comp? somewhere in between?

djleisure
02-21-2011, 9:58 PM
battle comp? somewhere in between?
It is sold as a "California Legal Compensator and Muzzle Brake", so most people would say good-to-go. But *some* people would say otherwise.
http://battlecomp.com/?page_id=2

thrillhouse700
02-22-2011, 12:22 AM
It is sold as a "California Legal Compensator and Muzzle Brake", so most people would say good-to-go. But *some* people would say otherwise.
http://battlecomp.com/?page_id=2

Guess the big question is would any CGF lawyer or battlecomp lawyer have your case if the DA decided it was a FH? If either CGF or BC had your back then I have enough trust in them to say its GTG.

dr_communist
02-22-2011, 1:46 AM
If it looks like this, it's a flash hider and a no-go on featureless:

http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/large/343/343064.jpg

If it looks like this, it's a brake (a bad one that I've heard may throw parts downrange occasionally... but a brake)

http://media.midwayusa.com/productimages/large/784/784915.jpg

i have a brake that looks like that one is it the rra military style brake? cause mine works great

MrPlink
02-22-2011, 2:11 AM
If it's large (much larger than the bullet diameter) then it's most likely a flash suppressor. If it's small (about the size of the bullet diameter) then it's most likely a compensator. There are always exceptions to the rule

Is that just for AR's or in general?
If in general then I dont think its a good guide at all, because with the exception of my A2 flash hider on my LMT, everything else I have is the opposite of your description.

Reductio
02-22-2011, 6:09 AM
Is that just for AR's or in general?
If in general then I dont think its a good guide at all, because with the exception of my A2 flash hider on my LMT, everything else I have is the opposite of your description.

Um, that's for sure the general rule of thumb.... though it should be remembered that CA defines a flash hider by function, not by label, hence why I'm hesitant to use devices like the Battlecomp which do reduce flash signature.

Scottie15
02-22-2011, 5:51 PM
What about this one:
http://www.rainierarms.com//img/shop/product/d432f0f489da94bd981c14538107b8c3.jpg

Any word on whether the Rainier Arms XTC is considered just a compensator or is it also a flash hider?

Sorry to slightly stray from your topic, but I wanted to ask here instead of starting a new thread...