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Do muzzle brakes help with noise?

Admin Changed status to publish September 26, 2022

No. A muzzle brake does reduce recoil and muzzle rise, but it also increases noise.

Muzzle brakes work by redirecting the gasses that escape from the barrel after the bullet has been fired. These redirected gasses create a force that pushes against the brake, which in turn creates a counter-force that pushes the gun backward and reduces recoil. Muzzle brakes also help to stabilize the gun and keep it from jumping around as much when it’s fired, which helps to reduce vibration.

The majority of the noise usually dissipates in a forward projecting cone from the weapon. Sound is deflected to the side and rear because of muzzle brake gases. As a result, bystanders and shooters are exposed to greater noise.

The hunting experience can be very sensitive to the noise you make, see what hunters say about using a muzzle brake:

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Martin Mapa Edited answer September 22, 2022

No, muzzle brakes don’t reduce noise.

They work by redirecting the gas that is expelled from the barrel of a gun upwards and sidewards from the shooter, which in turn reduces the felt recoil and muzzle rise. Muzzle brakes can be very effective in reducing recoil, but they also increase muzzle flash. They make the noise seem louder to the shooter, as high-speed propellant gas is directed sideways to minimize recoil.

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Anonymous edited answer September 22, 2022

No, a muzzle brake doesn’t reduce noise. By redirecting the gases exiting the barrel of a firearm, a muzzle brake effectively decreases felt recoil. Some brakes are more effective than others at reducing recoil, but they all have some degree of effect on noise levels, which tend to get higher.

Mike Seeklander Answered question September 22, 2022

No. A muzzle brake doesn’t reduce noise.

Muzzle brakes redirect the expanding gasses that are created when a round is fired down and away from the shooter. Not only does this help to reduce recoil, but it also helps to reduce muzzle rise. However, a muzzle brake doesn’t make a rifle louder or quieter it just directs the noise to which direction the brake is venting.


No, it doesn’t. A muzzle brake is a device attached to the muzzle of a firearm that redirects propellant gases forward, away from the shooter. This reduces the amount of recoil felt by the shooter. Some shooters report an increased noise level when the muzzle brake is installed.

Andy Larsson Answered question September 22, 2022
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