Flash hider, compensator, muzzle brake, recoil reducer, pronged, slotted, bird cage, forked, hybrids. What do they all do? Some eliminate the signature of the rifle after
being fired, some direct gasses away from the shooter to aid in recoil reduction, some vent gas upwards to keep the gun on point, and some do a little bit of everything. I prefer the “little of everything” category.
BattleComp is a small veteran owned business out of California, with a very simple mission statement: To make some of the world’s finest tactical kit items and get them to the professional warriors who can use them. The idea behind their compensators is to offer some of the best muzzle control on the market, without the concussive force of other brakes in use in the industry.
Being an AR fanatic, I’m always looking for different styles to make my guns look unique. I’ve tried a variety of different flash hiders and muzzle brakes on my guns, Surefire, Yankee Hill Machine Co., Advanced Armament Corp., Primary Weapons Systems, Rainier Arms, Smith Enterprises, JP Enterprises Inc., Troy Industries, and Spike’s Tactical. I had always liked the more aggressive look of flash hiders, so that’s mainly what I stuck with, until a friend handed me a rifle with a BattleComp on the end of it. I figured it would be like every other compensator out there, noisy, obnoxious, and have enough concussion to literally knock the snot out of me. I reluctantly tried a few rounds, not too bad. I fired a few more in rapid succession, and was starting to believe all the internet hype about the BattleComp. It did it’s job well, but what could it REALLY do with a lot of rounds down the tube? I was building a new rifle and opted for the BattleComp to finish the build. All of my builds are 14.5” barrels, so I was using the latest 1.5” BattleComp. Test firing, it worked flawlessly, no accuracy issues, GREAT muzzle control, very little muzzle flash, and no concussion to the shooter. After putting about 2,000 rounds down range in about 2 month’s time, I was excited to run the gun in a Viking Tactics Carbine 1.5 course. I put 1,800 rounds through the gun over the course of 3 days, and was extremely impressed. We did a ton of shooting while on the move, and my shot groupings were very consistent and tight. I was able to fire faster and with more accuracy than a lot of other guys on the line. I’m not a competition shooter but now I know why guys opt for the BattleComp. My split times were incredibly fast. I was so impressed with this first build, I used the BattleComp my next two builds, one being a super light weight 6.2lb gun. I’d shot other light weight guns and while there is significantly more felt recoil (as much recoil as you can imagine from a 5.56), the biggest problem is quick, accurate, follow up shots. With my new lightweight gun, and the BattleComp, the problem was eliminated. Scoring accurate hits, while being timed was not a problem with this gun. There was most definitely a reduction in felt recoil, very little muzzle flip, and no ill effects of concussion on the shooter. I was convinced. The BattleComp is a winner. I’m going to begin replacing most of my standard muzzle brakes and flash hiders with the BattleComp series.
Shown above is a short demo of how the 1.5 assists in keeping your muzzle on target with a steady cadence
I have used the 1.5 for some time now, including drills with Kyle Lamb.
Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed by the BattleComp. The videos and testimonials online all speak the truth. This is probably one of the best tactical compensators on the market today. On a scale of 1 – 10 for recoil reduction, I’d give it an 8. I haven’t shot it that much in low light conditions, but for the times I have, I’d give it a 7 out of 10. As far as muzzle control (what it’s main purpose is), 10 out of 10, and as for concussion cancelation, 9 out of 10 (for the shooter only). I say for the shooter only because if you are on the line next to someone with a BattleComp, you’ll want to move real quickly. It lets off a significant muzzle blast to nearby shooters. Not the worst I’ve seen or heard by far, but there is definitely more felt gases being released by being next
to it than a standard flash hider. I must say, I’ve become a big fan of the BattleComps and will continue to use them. I’ve already got three builds utilizing them and will most likely kit out some more guns with the compensator. I feel BattleComp brings a tool to the market that will significantly help shooters improve scores in competition, achieve faster, more accurate shots, and stay on target easier in carbine courses. The only drawback I’ve seen and heard from other is the price. These things aren’t cheap! As I always say, you get what you pay for, and good kit ain’t cheap! BattleComp does offer discounts for military, law enforcement and NRA instructors, so no, they’re not limiting their market, they are most definitely trying to get their products in the right hands. That being said, I can’t wait to get my hands on an AK BattleComp! applicant