How Much Does Muzzle Brake Installation Cost?
Muzzle brakes and recoil compensators are devices that are either fitted to, or designed as a permanent part of, the muzzle of a firearm or cannon to redirect propellant gases with the effect of countering both recoil of the gun and unwanted rising of the barrel during rapid fire. This is usually used for combat or shooting competitions. If you own a firearm, be it a rifle or pistol, you would need to have a muzzle brake installed to ensure that it will work well when you use it for rapid firing, such as during shooting competitions. If the muzzle rises or kicks back, it can greatly affect your aim when shooting. The muzzle rises primarily because for most firearms, the centerline of the barrel is above the center of contact between the shooter and the firearms’ grips and stock. The forces from the bullet being fired and the propellant gases exiting the muzzle act directly down the centerline of the barrel. If that line of force is above the center of the contact points, this creates a moment or torque rotational force, causing the firearm to rotate and the muzzle end to rise upwards. Installing muzzle brakes can stop this from happening and make your shooting more accurate.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a muzzle brake installation may vary depending on several circumstances. The location or region, type of firearm, type of brake, difficulty of installation, or servicing store may have an impact on the cost. On average, the costs of muzzle brake installation are going to be between $125 and $300.
- According to Longrangehunting.com, the cost of a muzzle brake installation is around $125 to $185.
- On the other hand, at Centershotrifles.com, the retail pricing of muzzle brake installation ranges from $115 to $210 (3 port), $125 to $225 (4 port), and $150 to $250 (Magnum 4 port).
What is going to be included?
- The cost of muzzle brake may include the materials, installation, and labor.
- A muzzle brake is a device that reduces the recoil of the weapon by directing the propellant gases sideways and backwards. By adding one, this can add an additional two inches to the gun length.
- The force generated at the muzzle brake baffles or ejector ports acts in the opposite direction to the force of the recoil, reducing wear on the recoil-damping mechanism and allowing a lighter design. In smaller caliber firearms, it lessens the effect of kickback on the shooter. When one is installed, the gas and sound of the gun will be redirected to the sides, rather than forward. By doing so, this is going to make the gun louder than a traditional gun without a brake.
- Muzzle brakes are useful for combat and timed competition shooting; they are usually found on rifles firing large cartridges, artillery, and tank guns.
- At Center Shot Rifles mentioned above, for example, muzzle brakes are made of 416SS and hardened to 30 Rockwell. Its benefits include the following: increased recoil reduction, concussion elimination, no back blast to the shooter compared to typical angle port, and radial port brakes, and the brake to barrel joint can be tapered and blended for a seamless appearance.
What are the extra costs?
- For a brake that has to be clocked to a certain position, plan on spending another $25 to $50.
- Stainless steel muzzle brakes tend to cost 20 percent more, but they are higher quality and can last longer.
- Additional services on top of the muzzle brake installation would also require additional costs. This can include recrowning, threading a cap or shortening; these services will typically cost less than $50.
- Maintenance and repair of the firearm would also incur additional costs in the long run.
Tips to know
- Most muzzle brakes are going to be able to cut the recoil back by more than 50 percent.
- It is known that by installing a muzzle brake, this can include the accuracy and can form positive effects for the shooter.
- On the downside, there are some disadvantages:
- Unless you frequently participate in shooting competitions, the price will not be worth it.
- When shooting with a muzzle brae installed, the gun will be much louder. If using the rifle for hunting, this can be a very bad thing.
- The gun will have an increased length after the muzzle brake has been installed. This means that you will have to re-train yourself to shoot that particular gun. Two inches can make a huge difference.
- If you gun has a scope, the muzzle brake can cause damage to it or even break it.
- Some people regret installing a muzzle brake. Make sure that you try out a firearm with one installed first before investing your money. Many shops will actually allow you to test a gun before going forward with the purchase.
How can I save money?
- Talk with a handful of companies in your area to see what they are going to charge. Most of the time, they will give you free quotes over the phone.