The AxeTac TALON muzzle brake is made by Axelson Tactical out of Nevada. If you recognize the name it might be because the company was started by the brother of Matt "Axe" Axelson of Lone Survivor Fame. They have brought out a number of products for AR-15 type rifles, along with their AXE series complete rifles.
I have put quit a few rounds through the TALON brake they sent me. I also have shot a couple of the AXE rifles with them installed. The brake does an excellent job of reducing felt recoil, not that a 5.56 AR has much recoil. But what I was most impressed with was its ability to keep muzzle rise to almost nothing. It was easy to get accurate double taps, shooting off hand, at a 24" steel target at 200yds. This was with a 16" barrel and a red dot optic.
The AxeTac TALON is sold as a muzzle brake, but it really is more. It is noticeably louder than a standard A2 flash hider, but not as loud as my 3 port comps that direct the blast out the sides. The TALON also does a great job as a flash hider, keeping the flash contained within it. And as a compensator it also does an excellent job. It will still allow some of the blast to go forward, but it doesn't seem to hurt its effectiveness as a comp. I ran the TALON on a 16" and an 11.5" AR. Yes, it worked better on the 16", but it worked quite well on the 11.5" also.
Now onto the technical stuff. The TALON has 3 small slots, 1 facing up, and the other 2 facing the sides but slightly lower than 90 degrees. It also 2 large ports between the small slots. And 3 open ports at the end spaced evenly. The bottom is mainly closed except for the port at the end of the muzzle. Also on the bottom is the Axelson Tactical logo. The brake is 0.940" in diameter, and 2.5" long, not counting the crush washer (which is included). There are also flats to fit your standard muzzle device tools or a 3/4" wrench. It is made from stainless steel, heat treated, and then black Melonite coated. It is threaded the standard 1/2"-28.
I would not hesitate to install one of these on another rifle. The finish is excellent. It does a good job at being a comp, brake, and flash hider. It's made in the USA. If you are looking for a good all around muzzle device, check into the Axelson Tactical TALON muzzle brake.
Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points
Claim to Fame:
AR-15 Muzzle Brake, Compensator, and Flash Hider all in one.
Shooters looking to mitigate recoil.
FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product):
Reduces felt recoil
Reduces muzzle rise
Made from stainless steel
What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?
Link to other reviews:
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MSRP = $94.99
Retail = $94.99 on Amazon
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Almost no muzzle rise
Made in USA
Includes crush washer
Longer than a standard birdcage flash hider
Score: 8.5 Great
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