Wood AR-15 Build: The Muzzle Device
The Muzzle Device: B.E. Meyers 249F 5.56 Flash hider
The business end.
Muzzle devices come in basically three flavors: suppressors, compensators, and flash hiders. We didn’t want to have to get any special tax stamps for this build so suppressors weren’t an option. That left us with the choice of a compensator or a flash hider.
Compensators are intended to reduce felt recoil and muzzle rise, both of which we don’t consider major concerns for AR-15s. The combination of the relatively small .223 cartridge plus a large buffer spring means that even the most basic AR-15s have very little “kick.” Similarly, mitigating the small amount of muzzle rise is primarily a concern for shooters who are competing in 3-gun or other similar events. The Wood AR-15 is primarily going to be used for demos not competition. Finally, compensators work by directing gas laterally and vertically. This means that shooting a compensated rifle can cause significant discomfort for those near you on the firing line. As a demo rifle it is important that the Wood AR-15 isn’t a bother to those nearby so compensators were out.
We wanted a flash hider for two main reasons. First, flash hiders don’t direct hot gas and noise towards those next two you. Second, they reduce the muzzle flash. The reduction in muzzle flash will not only reduce any “blinding” effects from each shot but also make the rifle less intimidating for new shooters.
Manufacturer: B.E. Meyers
Price: $92.95 (MSRP)
Length: 2.75 inches
Weight: 3.5 oz
We chose the B.E. Meyers 249F Flash Hider because all the data we had access to told us that it is the best flash hider on the market. Back that up by years of use by the United States Military and we needed little more convincing that it was the best choice. There are shorter, longer, lighter, cooler-looking, etc. flash hiders out there but the 249F’s 96% muzzle flash reduction and durable construction made it the one for us. Stay tuned to the Wood AR-15 Build to see how she performs at the range.