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ExtremeX
05-18-2012, 1:57 PM
Has anyone had a chance to try one of these out? Looks pretty good and the price is a lot better than the battlecomp.

Prc329
05-18-2012, 2:48 PM
I have both a Gen 1 and a Gen 2. I just got the Gen 2 today. The gen 1 is very good at controlling muzzle rise and recoil. Double taps were effortless. I would definitely recommend one. I just swapped the Gen 1 from my primary gun to my backup and put the gen 2 on the primary.

Ill post pics in a minute if you want a look.

Here is a video they posted on facebook not to long ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYFDpf53V8A

ExtremeX
05-18-2012, 3:03 PM
Thanks for the reply.

I am using a PWS FSC556 on my existing rifle, but would like to consider the Paracomp for another build.

I would love to know how it compares to the higher dollar comps like the PWS, Battlecomp, and Surefire brakes. If it works as well as the above options, seems like a winner.

I did see that video, it looks like you get quite a bit of flash in your optics. Same thing happened with the battlecomp for me. Not sure if I would be better off with another PWS or Surefire since it kind of bothers me when I shoot at night.

Prc329
05-18-2012, 5:32 PM
I am pretty sure the gen 2 will be the same from the video but the gen 1 does put out a fireball. Then again so do all brakes that are not designed with flash suppressing abilities. That's a little surprising that the battle comp bothers you so much. My shooting buddy has a battle comp and the flash is very minimal. Reminds me of an A2. As far as recoil reduction and muzzle rise the gen 1 was on par with the battle comp. My buddy has a 1.0 and the rifles felt very similar in there behavior in rapid fire. Both exhibited very little movement that was not caused by the shooter.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/naytwan/428247_3560780102017_1348235559_3503271_1476807567 _n-1.jpg

Thats at American Shooting Center. Nice fireball but the follow up shot was quick and controllable.

cfusionpm
05-18-2012, 5:56 PM
A buddy of mine has one and I have a BattleComp. Both feel about the same, but his makes HUGE flashes, like above. Great value. Shoulda got one myself, but they didn't have them when I got mine.

MUKAK
05-18-2012, 6:24 PM
I have both a Gen 1 and a Gen 2. I just got the Gen 2 today. The gen 1 is very good at controlling muzzle rise and recoil. Double taps were effortless. I would definitely recommend one. I just swapped the Gen 1 from my primary gun to my backup and put the gen 2 on the primary.

Ill post pics in a minute if you want a look.

Here is a video they posted on facebook not to long ago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYFDpf53V8A

those flashes aint no joke haha

my BC 1.0 its not as bad... i would = to A2 birdcage

ExtremeX
05-18-2012, 6:55 PM
For the price ill give it a try... all I am looking for is a good comp that wont break the bank.

The battlecomp doesn't really bother me that much, but I can still see flash in my optics when shooting at night, it gets a little distracting when its dark out. I get less to no flash from the shooters position using my FSC556. I do like comps that push blast to the sides like the FSC and Surefire, even if the flash is there, you don't notice it as much. I would have bought another FSC 556 but I have another lower that will be featureless, so the FSC556 is a NO GO due to those flash hider prongs.

The Paracomp seems to like it would blind me at night, but I have another upper ill be using for night shooting anyways.

Prc329
05-18-2012, 8:11 PM
For the price ill give it a try... all I am looking for is a good comp that wont break the bank.

The battlecomp doesn't really bother me that much, but I can still see flash in my optics when shooting at night, it gets a little distracting when its dark out. I get less to no flash from the shooters position using my FSC556. I do like comps that push blast to the sides like the FSC and Surefire, even if the flash is there, you don't notice it as much. I would have bought another FSC 556 but I have another lower that will be featureless, so the FSC556 is a NO GO due to those flash hider prongs.

The Paracomp seems to like it would blind me at night, but I have another upper ill be using for night shooting anyways.

Shooting indoors the flash did take a few rounds to get used to, not to mention it is significantly louder then a flash hider. The battle comp seems just as loud thought IMHO. The break has holes all the way around except for the 6 o'clock position. So it does a good job at spreading the gasses up and to the sides. The old comp had more holes on the bottom end. Looks like they took a 2 rows out.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/naytwan/Guns/PhotoMay1890401PM.jpg

They also added gas channels in the end. I cant wait to try out the new one.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/naytwan/Guns/PhotoMay1890410PM.jpg

ExtremeX
05-18-2012, 8:18 PM
Based on what you wrote the Gen2 is on the left and the older Gen1 is on the right?

These are both Paracomps? I only took a quick look at them in the store, I didnt know about the Gen1 vs 2.

Prc329
05-18-2012, 8:20 PM
Yeah they are both paracomps. Gen 2 is on the left. I believe it just came out a week or 2 ago.

RobGR
05-18-2012, 8:26 PM
Thanks for posting some pics of the paracomps, Prc329.

Damn, giant fireballs, ha.

L4D
05-18-2012, 9:01 PM
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af358/L4Dgunfight/6290b60f.jpg

it has a few more features than a battlecomp for way less. Gas channels, larger port holes at the 1'oclock position.

How much were they going for at the store?

I can't remember exactly but I think it's around $50.

Prc329
05-18-2012, 9:41 PM
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af358/L4Dgunfight/6290b60f.jpg

it has a few more features than a battlecomp for way less. Gas channels, larger port holes at the 1'oclock position.

How much were they going for at the store?

I can't remember exactly but I think it's around $50.

They were $60 but they are running a special, if you mention Facebook its $10 off. Not sure how long they are running it. The picture that talked about it is no longer up. I just asked anyway and got it for $50.

RobGR, yeah the Gen 1 does blow a nice fireball but I kinda like it once you get used to it. It defiantly gets peoples attention at the range.

res2580
05-20-2012, 6:38 PM
more pics of the PARAcomp.
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z188/res2580/IMG_7477.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z188/res2580/IMG_7476.jpg
http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z188/res2580/IMG_7475.jpg

Prc329
05-20-2012, 7:01 PM
more pics of the PARAcomp.


Have you shot your yet?

Edit - I forgot I had this video of the Gen 1 comp. I plan on going the range tomorrow night. I'll take a video while I'm there.

http://youtu.be/Uc_hD8d37yk

ParallaxTactical.com
05-24-2012, 12:10 PM
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https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/398942_10150801787145059_2017658695_n.jpg
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/547530_10150801787310059_181552750058_9931170_3586 0640_n.jpg

h0use
05-24-2012, 1:05 PM
are you guys going to make one in 7.62?

vile1
05-24-2012, 2:28 PM
I have the Gen 2 Paracomp and cannot tell you how pleased I am with it!
Took my new Parallax Tactical upper, perched atop my 80% lower, to Iron Sights on Saturday for it's maiden voyage and...wow! I had a blast!
Recoil is super light and controllable, and the flash is WICKED big (as seen in the picture) haha.
Compared to my buddy's A2 flash hider, mine is very stationary, while his gun wants to jump up, and to the right a lot. Maybe its just placebo effect. Either way, great muzzle device!

Also, if you're wondering why im bandaged up; Im recovering from a broken arm after I was run over by a truck in the desert and left for dead. Did I mention the Imperial County Sheriffs confiscated my legally registered and unloaded Ruger GP100 that was in my backpack? Still waiting for DOJ to reply to my request to get it back, but I think it's probably gone for good knowing our government. :(

Specs:

Parallax Tactical upper
BCM Gunfighter charging handle (LOVE this thing, as it is the only way I can charge my rifle with my gimp arm)
Daniel Defense CHF 1:7 16" barrel
Parallax Tactical Paracomp Gen 2 muzzle device
Magpul rear MBUS
Magpul BAD lever (Also another useful item as I cannot strike the bolt catch with my gimp hand without EXTREME pain)
RRA Commercial buffer tube and stock
Samson Evolution 9" forearm
RRA Chromed BCG and Nickel Boron coated hammer (thanks Joe, it's got an awesome trigger:)

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/7251/pxtar.jpg
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/8/pxtt.jpg
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/7427/flashsw.jpg
http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/8030/flash2y.jpg

wsmc27
05-24-2012, 2:40 PM
Good info! I am gonna go git me one-a those Gen2 from a fine local San Diego shop!!

vile1, get well soon man! Sorry to hear.

thebokdude
06-04-2012, 1:57 PM
how are they for volume?

ExtremeX
06-04-2012, 2:59 PM
how are they for volume?

If you can shoot any AR-15 with a muzzle break without hearing protection then you have already gone deff.

They are all loud as ****.

fiddynut
06-04-2012, 4:15 PM
I have a gen 1 and will be picking up
A gen 2 soon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTLoFoQY9ME&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Xtracrispy
06-04-2012, 8:09 PM
I just got a complete Parallax upper with the Paracomp Gen 2. Seems to work very well for controlling muzzle rise. Shot it outside in daylight so I don't know about the flash.

vile1
06-05-2012, 7:56 PM
how are they for volume?

STUPID loud!

Sent from my PG86100 using Tapatalk 2

loosewreck
06-05-2012, 9:03 PM
I like the price, I'm gonna keep an eye out for more info on these, wish they were also available in a shorter version.

Someone needs to do an official objective comparison of all of these similar units.

So there's the Battle Comp, Spikes Dynacomp, Paracomp, KAC Triple Tap, Effin-A and there's one more I forgot the name?

MrExel17
06-05-2012, 10:36 PM
Man thats pretty bad$$! Nice pix

Prc329
06-05-2012, 10:50 PM
I like the price, I'm gonna keep an eye out for more info on these, wish they were also available in a shorter version.

Someone needs to do an official objective comparison of all of these similar units.

So there's the Battle Comp, Spikes Dynacomp, Paracomp, KAC Triple Tap, Effin-A and there's one more I forgot the name?

I can report on the Gen 1 against the Battle Comp. As far as recoil reduction Gen 1 work just as well if not better then the Battle Comp, the battle comp is a flash hider as it did not produce the fireball the muzzle break did. I'm hoping Thursday I will have a comparison between gen 2 and the battle comp.

loosewreck
06-05-2012, 11:20 PM
Good to know, thanks! However, what I meant was a full write up or video. I think it would be interesting.

Prc329
06-05-2012, 11:47 PM
Good to know, thanks! However, what I meant was a full write up or video. I think it would be interesting.


I'll see what i can do. My rifle and my buddies are very similar both have Armalite SPR Mod 1 uppers so it would be very fair comparison. It would only be those to muzzle devices as they are all I have access to. I'll take video of both.

Arkangel
06-06-2012, 12:26 AM
My AR has a gen 1, I love it, but the wifey hates it ( she was in the next lane). It's loud, but it does reduce muzzle climb so its a winner in my book.

loosewreck
06-06-2012, 4:13 AM
I'll see what i can do. My rifle and my buddies are very similar both have Armalite SPR Mod 1 uppers so it would be very fair comparison. It would only be those to muzzle devices as they are all I have access to. I'll take video of both.

Wow, I didn't mean to put you up the the task, but I'm sure I'm not the only one that will appreciate your future efforts.

Also, anyone know if the Paracomp would be GTG on a featureless rifle? Parallax Tactical's description in their web site doesn't mention anything about flash or sound suppression.

Arkangel
06-06-2012, 8:06 AM
Also, anyone know if the Paracomp would be GTG on a featureless rifle? Parallax Tactical's description in their web site doesn't mention anything about flash or sound suppression.

Should be g2g... I don't know about the gen 2's, but my gen 1 is loud... And it spits out some very large fireballs (especially with AE .223)

Prc329
06-06-2012, 10:07 AM
Wow, I didn't mean to put you up the the task, but I'm sure I'm not the only one that will appreciate your future efforts.

Also, anyone know if the Paracomp would be GTG on a featureless rifle? Parallax Tactical's description in their web site doesn't mention anything about flash or sound suppression.

See pictures and videos above for the Gen 1 :) Both Generations are marketed as Muzzle Brakes so I believe they are. The Gen 1 does not suppress flash and sounds like something much louder.

sharxbyte
06-06-2012, 10:25 AM
If you can shoot any AR-15 with a muzzle break without hearing protection then you have already gone deff.

They are all loud as ****.


Ahahaha... I did that... Once... Then I went inside and got paper towel to stuff in my ears. Never again.

I'll look into getting one of these when I have more moolah and have my LMT bolt.

rero360
06-06-2012, 11:00 AM
For the price ill give it a try... all I am looking for is a good comp that wont break the bank.

The battlecomp doesn't really bother me that much, but I can still see flash in my optics when shooting at night, it gets a little distracting when its dark out. I get less to no flash from the shooters position using my FSC556. I do like comps that push blast to the sides like the FSC and Surefire, even if the flash is there, you don't notice it as much. I would have bought another FSC 556 but I have another lower that will be featureless, so the FSC556 is a NO GO due to those flash hider prongs.

The Paracomp seems to like it would blind me at night, but I have another upper ill be using for night shooting anyways.

I have a surefire mb556k on my AR, put about 150 rounds down range at the zombie shoot back in April, including quite a bit of night shooting, let MrLoneWolf do some night shooting as well. I found that it pretty much completely eliminated recoil and muzzle rise, at night I didn't find the flash to be bad at all, however it is loud, as all brakes are, and while its not that bad outdoors, inside and under covered ranges like Angeles, it gets brutal quickly.

I've shot a buddy's gun that had a battlecomp on it, it was nice but i did notice the flash being directed up into my vision, outside of that its golden.

Not a fan of the flaming pig, puts a ton of weight on the muzzle, increasing recoil and it seemed to make shooting the gun painful to my head for some reason, not sure why.

BucDan
06-06-2012, 12:04 PM
Wow it is a good price! Although I do wish they made one the length of a regular flash hider or battlecomp 1.0. Oh, those are some crazy fireballs! Too big for me lol. I bet the felt concussion is big.

wsmc27
06-12-2012, 12:22 PM
Bought our Gen2 Friday, Joe at Parallax mounted it right up...thanks!

Ran a couple hundred rounds at Prado yesterday in a "Skillbuilder" afternoon class with TASC http://www.stcrispian.com/

Very very happy with it, though the only previous mb we have run is a YHM Phantom flat-end for a couple years. I like this Parallax product better, seems to have less rise/better contollability during controlled and hammer pairs.

Though running it on a 16" mid-length vs the 16" carbine the YHM is on may be part of that?

Loud? Yes, but not a prob outdoors imo.

Flash? None noticed at all. Outdoors, daytime...non-issue imho.

Indoors, love the pics you guys have! :)

Anyway, I'd buy another one of these if we get another upper. Might anyway just to replace the YHM.

:D

ExtremeX
07-12-2012, 8:21 PM
So I FINALLY got a chance to mount up the Paracomp... the size of that fireball is no joke.

The flash is so bright and big even at a lighted indoor range every shot really slaps you in the face.

It is pretty effective is keeping muzzle rise controlled, but if you shoot a lot at night or in low light I would have a hard time recommending it on anything other than an AR you would use for entertainment purposes or on a featureless rifle. I still have to try it outdoors on a bright sunny day.

It is pretty good at its end goal, controlling muzzle rise. It does a great job at that.

Xtracrispy
07-12-2012, 8:38 PM
Yeah. I shot at an indoor range last night. The flash was pretty brutal, looking through the scope at 9x didn't seem as bad as 3x, but 3x had quite the flash into my scope.

With that being said, I usually shoot outdoors in daylight, so it works for me. Like the function so I will definitely be keeping it.

feelgood
07-12-2012, 9:06 PM
My pxt extreme complete upper came with the gen 2. I'm happy with it, but my Jerry Miculek comp on my other AR is easier on the recoil...no complains on the paracomp though...it works and it does the job...

ExtremeX
07-12-2012, 9:42 PM
I like the Paracomp, I plan on keeping in in the collection, but it doesn’t compare to my PWS FSC 556. When you use muzzle devices like the PWS FSC, Battlecomp and Surefire break it does leave something to be desired.

For the money the Paracomp is excellent and works as advertised. I really thought the Battlecomp was bad in terms of flash in the optics until I tried the Paracomp. Personally I am a bigger fan of side fire brakes; they dramatically reduce flash in the optics based on design alone.

From everything I have personally experienced my two favorite brakes are the PWS and the Surefire. For a budge side fire break the RRA is actually really good and priced around the same as the Paracomp.