Strike Industries King Comp Review | AR 15 Muzzle Brakes
AR-15 accessories such as muzzle brakes have become more and more mainstream as the AR-15, or SHTF gun as we enjoy calling it in prepper land, become more popular. We have a full list of the best AR-15 muzzle breaks here. The Strike Industries King Comp muzzle break is one of the best around. In fact, it’s the main one I use on my rifle. The even better news is that it is commonly available for a budget price of around $50, depending on where you choose to purchase it.
Strike Industries King Comp Review | A Muzzle Break That’s Incredibly Effective
The concept of a muzzle break is simple: it aims to reduce recoil. If you are shooting 5.56 or .223 through your AR-15, you probably aren’t overwhelmed by the minimal recoil experienced. However, even a smidgen of recoil increase or decrease can vastly affect you’re follow up shots. If recoil is reduced, your target acquisition after one or more shots is increased. As this Strike Industries King Comp review puts on display, you can reduce your recoil to almost nothing for a good price.
Strike Industries makes two versions of their King Comp, one for 30 cal and one for 5.56. Today, we are dealing specifically with the 5.56 version because that’s the one I own and use. Don’t mix these up. However, the 300 blackout version will transfer to a .308 because the thread count remains the same.
King Comp Specs | The Brass Tacks
- It is 2.62 inches in length
- It weighs 2.8 oz
- Made from steel
- Its black (I would not recommend painting a muzzle brake)
- Comes in .223/5.56 threads, or .308/7.62 threads
- Finished: parkerized
King Comp Review
Here is the packaging that the Strike Industries King Comp muzzle brake comes in. I know, who cares? Well, often times, I like to prove any review I do is legit by showing you the box. Also, Strike Industries makes a pretty cool box.
The King Comp muzzle brake comes with the brake as well as the needed crush washer.
Here’s a couple of looks at the King Comp installed on my M&P Sport 2 AR-15
First and foremost, upgrading your muzzle brake from the stock version to a King Comp automatically benefits the overall optics. I know, you want performance and usability before anything else, but we’d all be lying if we didn’t admit to how much we love an increase in the optics. In the case of the King Comp, the design stemming from the end of the barrel adds a more aggressive look to your rifle. It also tends to increase the appearance of value to your rifle.
The ports on the side are angled in a way that reduces any side concussion you are used to experiencing.
There are two chambers on each side that serve to lower overall recoil experienced.
Also, and this may be a con for some folks, the King Comp is long. You can see that in the images. It definitely extends off the rifle more than some other muzzle brakes would at 2.62 inches. You’d need to decide if that’s an issue for you personally. For me, I don’t mind it at all. And truthfully, all the good muzzle brakes, including the Lantac Dragon, have similar length. Length is part of the equation when it comes to increasing the brake on the muzzle, so that would be a hard attribute to get away from.
Its not overly bright, but clearly, you don’t want to shoot it at night. If you were to get the .308 version and use 300 blackout, you’d see even less brightness due to the fast burning powder aspect.
This thing wreaks of quality. In the hand, it feels like it could last you 10 lifetimes.
Strike Industries King Comp installation
First order of business, you are going to need a vice, make no mistake about it. Yes, you can manually do this with a second person holding down your rifle, but you’ll end up missing a half a revolution in turning that only a severe amount of elbow grease can foster. Additionally, you need the sides to be facing the side, or you will screw up how the release is aimed. So in other words, you’ll need to get it as far as you physically can and then use the vice to attribute to the final turn that also aligns the King Comp muzzle brake correctly.
The King Comp muzzle brake is one of the better ones around, and at a price typically just under $50, its hard to beat. If you are looking for a flash hider, or just don’t understand the difference between a flash hider and a muzzle brake, go to my flash hider vs muzzle brake guide.
Author: Jim Satney
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