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What is the Best Muzzle Brake for 3 Gun?

Posted by Daniel Miller on Oct 30, 2018 11:59:00 PM
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There are a lot of things to consider when shopping for a muzzle brake or compensator. With such a wide variety of options, it is important to understand what key features are going to benefit the shooter.

Though a brake may seem like a redundant accessory, it may be the biggest “bang for your buck” up-grade when it comes to enhancing your performance. The reason for this is simple; it makes your gun easier to shoot. 


If you are a 3 gun shooter or an aspiring one you probably already understand how a brake works but what you may not know is what makes one great. Well APA has provided The Answer.


There are a variety of key features that render The Answer a must have for the competitive shooter. The advantages can be quickly summed up as superior build quality, extremely lightweight, endless recoil adjustability, easiest brake to install, and most effective port design know to man. But we will go deeper into all these topics and really unpack this amazing little wonder brake.


Complete Flexibility (Ambidextrous Tuning) 

With the APA Bastard line of muzzle brakes being the most utilized and effective muzzle brake in long-range competition, the guys at APA wanted to bring this caliber of product to the 3-Gun guys. With the Answer muzzle brake, APA introduced a whole new world of adjustability and effectiveness to the off hand run-and-gun shooter by unveiling the URP Adjustable Gas System. 

This is how it works:

The unique tunable gas system combined with the trademark APA ports work together to achieve a sight picture that does not move when the rifle is fired. There are 8 directional gas ports that can be tuned to counter act you’re U.R.P. (unique recoil profile).

There are 256 combinations to keep your sights on target. To calibrate the brake to your U.R.P., start testing with all the gas screws installed. Pay attention the movement of your Red dot, irons or crosshairs, and begin removing the gas screws, as the recoil requires.

When the gas screws are removed on the right side, the rifle will be shifted left. For the opposite effect, simply remove the screws on the left. The gas holes closer to the nut have a more dramatic effect and the ports closer to the brake crown have a lesser effect.  When you find your U.R.P. combination, Treadtite your screws into place.


Why So Light? Titanium?

It is crucial that the device on the end of the muzzle is as light as possible. When moving from target to target there is an acceleration and deceleration of the muzzle. The heavier the muzzle is, the more energy needed to navigate the firearm, intern, the more momentum gained. This creates a new issue when its time to slow or stop the gun on the next target. The Answer is 2.2 oz. That is extremely light yet it does not have the carbon ware issues of titanium. Titanium brakes are known for breaking down under carbon ware. This is simply a natural molecular side effect of the Carbon-Titanium marriage.


20 Second Install

The APA Gen 2 Lock Nut design was a great fit for the Answer brake.  This is a two-piece system that allows the user to install the Answer in seconds. No crush washers, no shims. Simply screw the brake (with nut attached) on to the muzzle until it hits the shoulder, back the brake off to the desired timing and tighten the nut back down. That’s it, its just that simple.  This feature has a secondary use or Secret-Feature; it allows the shooter to exaggerate the angles of the URP Top Ports by canting the brake timing to the right or left.




Most Effective Port Design in the Business

APA Muzzle Brakes are known for their ability to solve big recoil problems not little ones. For years customers have requested APA to develop something for the gas gun community. APA has adopted their famous Bastard port design into the smaller Answer muzzle brake. The Bastard ports are well known for turning 338 Lapua Magnum into a pussycat.


How it works:

This style of port is similar to a Rear Angled Port; however, this design has an added key feature. This feature is an additional geometry near the brake bore that optimizes the “path of least resistance” effect.  The feature is often referred to as a tooth. This tooth directs the gas away from the forward gas stream, stopping the gas from being able to slip back into the stream.  The great efficiency of the tooth is not simply encompassed in its ability to move gas out of the way.  There is a second and possibly more relevant effect as a result of the tooth’s internal geometry. The gas collides into the corner or “nook” generated by the way it is machined.  (This is where the URP ports are located which is also why they are so effective.)

 As a result of this, a Parachute Effect is created, pulling the gun forward, against the gun’s natural recoil.

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Topics: The Answer, .224 Valkyrie, AR Muzzle Brake, 3 Gun Muzzle Brake

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