NcStar SKS Muzzle Brakes

Hi to all you bloggers,

Today’s Blog is all about an interesting device who’s origins go back nearly 90 years, with the invention of the Thompson Sub-Machine gun. It was discovered that if you put a device on the end of your barrel that had “angled cuts” or “vertically placed holes” in the top of the device, then, when the gun was fired and the bullet was exiting the barrel some of the hot gasses would be blown up through the cuts or holes. This had the effect of countering the unwanted rising of the barrel during rapid fire, as it tends to push the barrel downwards. (hence the reason they are called “Muzzle Brakes”) They actually operate as a Brake on the muzzle flip. The concept applies Newton’s 3rd law – “The hot gasses directed upwards, causes a reciprocal force downwards………………………… You can tell the “Scientist” in me is coming out now!!!!!

So successful was this device that today you see muzzle brakes on many guns, from Pistols, Sub-Machine guns, Rifles, Cannons, Artillery guns, Tank guns, Etc. It doesn’t matter what size the caliber is, it will still works the same. Gun manufactures over the years have experimented with various muzzle brake designs and came up with another bonus. With the careful placement and angle of the Cut’s and Holes in the muzzle brake, you can achieve a considerable reduction in recoil as well. “You Little Ripper!!!!!!! I hear you shout……….. Any reduction in recoil is most appreciated. You try and shoot your old Lee Enfield .303 all day, or worse still your old K98 Mauser 7.92mm and tell me it doesn’t hurt………………… It Bloody Does!!!!!!!

Right, enough of the history lesson. The gun that we are talking about today is another of my favorite Russian guns – the venerable SKS (Samozaryadnyj Karabin Sistemy Simonova) rifle that was designed in 1945 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov using a 7.62×39 intermediate cartridge. Now those of you who have fired a SKS will know that the “Kick” or recoil from the 7.62×39 cartridge is nowhere the same as a .303 or a 7.92mm cartridge, but there is still a kick all the same, albeit not as much. So this is where the folks at NcStar have stepped in with their special muzzle brakes for the SKS rifle, because there are a hell of a lot of shooters around the world that are still using and shooting this Great 1/2 a century old rifle.

There are 4 different models to choose from that will fit most models of Russian or Chinese origin. -

1) SKS muzzle brake short ~ W54 – This is a short (2.1 in long) pin-on brake, that resembles the “Cutts Compensator” on the Thompson SMG. It uses the front sight pin to hold it on to the barrel and has a series of 3 slots cut in the top for gas vents. It only weighs 2.9 oz.

2) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W55 – This is a longer (3.4 in long) Twist-on brake that simply twists on around the back of the front sight post and has a series of holes at the top for venting the hot gases and only weighs 5.2 oz.

3) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W87 – This is a longer (3.1 in long) pin-on brake that resembles the AK-74 model muzzle brake. It uses the front sight pin to hold it on to the barrel and has a series of holes on the top for venting gases as well as a large side facing chamber to help with recoil. It only weighs 3.8 oz.

4) SKS muzzle brake long ~ W88 – this is the longest (3.9 in long) bolt-on brake that is similar to the AK-74 model muzzle brake. This one clamps around and bolts on behind the front sight post and has a series of holes in the top for gas venting as well as a large side facing chamber to help with recoil. It weighs 7.5 oz.

They all do a fantastic job of keeping muzzle flip to a minimum and will help with taming recoil. So what we are saying is that, your venerable old SKS will be a “mild mannered” controllable shooter with one of these muzzle brakes on, and a real pleasure to shoot………………… Try one, you wont be disappointed.

Happy SKS Shooting………………………….. The “Quartermaster”



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