BattleComp: Just…BattleComp.

It’s hard for me to write about BattleComp without coming across as a shill, but I have to say…this is an awesome accessory and I’m an admitted fanboy. However, I’m confident if you watch these videos or talk to others who run a BABC you’ll have your misgivings quickly dispelled. In any case, what began as a 5.56mm device is now available in about every caliber you could conceivably want (the 5.56mm can be used in .223 without issue). Most recently they released this prototype of the 300 AAC:

BattleComp 300 AAC prototype.













The BattleComp is exactly what it’s name describes. It is a “Battle Compensator.” The manufacturers don’t pitch it as the greatest muzzle brake on the market, not the most effective flash hider. They describe it as the best available combination of the two, and I think that’s being modest about it.

BC is designed to tame concussion and mitigate flash, and it is surprisingly effective. “Many shooters, faced with the choice, go with a flash hider because they’re cheaper [than a compensator], Alan Normandy of BattleComp explains, “and they can train to accommodate recoil management—you can’t train to accommodate flash. We figured there had to be a way to do both.”

Here’s a BC on an M249. Hopefully the video is high enough quality that you can appreciate the BC’s impact.

This is a great example comparing and contrasting SCARs with and without a BattleComp:

Picture of 5.56mm BCs below. There are numerous videos on line showing how BattleComp performs on different 5.56 platforms and also on AKs.

A rifle belonging to a friend who spends a considerable amount of time around rifles(this is an understatement of course). This build features Battle Comp 1.5 peeking out from an Apex 15" rail. "Flattest shooting rifle I have ever shot," says he.




























Here’s another version:

Another BattleComp equipped rifle waiting patiently to go to work.



























For those of you who need the technical stuff, the BC 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 come with standard 1/2″x28 RH pitch. The BattleComp BABC comes with 5/8″x24 RH for calibers from .300 Blackout, 6.5 Grendel, 6.8 SPC, .270 Winchester, 7.62×39 and 7.62×51 NATO to .300 Winchester Magnum.

Having had the pleasure of testing more than one rifle equipped with a BattleComp, I can honestly say I would be hard pressed to choose something else. I also can’t help but wonder if there’s not a place for this in issued rifles – if not on every grunt’s M4, then at least all the DM rifles…and maybe the M249s?

If you’re interested, I’ll have them send me the video of when they tested an M240 with a BattleComp on it. Let me know in comment section.

Buy one on line at

I’ll end with a picture of the Bench of Awesomeness.

The Bench of Awesomeness, featuring BattleComp, MultiTasker, beer and awesomeness.

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  • Johnny Quest

    Of course it is a matter of preference, and it does work as a comp, but flash signature can get you killed whereas a slight muzzle rise is unlikely to do so. Unless of course you have no control over your weapon whatsoever. That being said, I will take a blackout or vortex.

  • Riceball

    Do they make on for the M1A, if so, is it CA legal?

    • straps

      They’re so California legal that they’re MADE here. By a Cali cop who is willing to sell to the public.

      Like most of California’s gun laws, there are slivers of black and white and vast expanses of gray area that require you to walk and talk your way into trouble. Bear in mind that anything other than a crowned muzzle could conceivably be mistaken for a flash suppressor by the “wrong” Cali LEO in the field.

      There is a solution for the M1.

      • Riceball

        That’s good to know, too bad I didn’t know about this earlier since I’ve already bought and installed the Springfield style muzzle brake some months ago. Still might buy a BABC down the line depending on how Springfield muzzle brake works, the BABC certainly (arguably looks better).

  • Ken

    Riceball the BCE comps are legal in CA and the BABC would work on the M1A

  • Travis

    Love me some Yeungling!

  • NMate

    I’m thinking about getting a BC, but only if that one pictured with the AAC suppressor mount ever makes it to the market.

  • cloggman

    it makes shooting the saw look like shooting an airsoft gun ;-)

  • Al T.

    I didn’t initially buy into the BC, (despite Pat Rogers’s recommendation) but trying is believing. Buddy put one on his AR and it worked like a charm. Zero muzzle rise. Now my lunch money is being horded for more BCs on my ARs.

  • how loud is it?

    • The bullet cracks the sound barrier. Depending on who reports it, it is about +/- 1 to 5 decibels depending on the position of the person hearing it. If sound is a concern, we highly recommend a suppressor adapter like the BC2.0 or the AAC 51T Modification Service.

  • FormerSFMedic

    The BC 2.0 with the AAC mounting interface is available right now! Its an expensive process but worth it if you already own an AAC or you need the BC 2.0’s performance but don’t like the Halo or the NT4. All you need to do is buy an AAC Blackout or Brakeout and send it to BC and they will do the rest. At this point, it’s going to cost around $250 to do.

    • Price for the 5.56 AAC 51T modification is $155 at the webstore, not including the price of the AAC. Those who have them, want more.

  • STRAPS…you wrote; “There is a solution for the M1.” do you refer to the M-1 Garand?

    I’ll check back later. :-)

  • Need to know for certain if the BattleComp is a legal compensator in your state? Please contact the State DOJ. Don’t be surprised if they tell you to go ahead; yet not provide a letter. We would encourage you to take the agent’s name, and the date and time of your call. If you prefer, write a letter. Perhaps you will receive a written response.

    At no time; however, should you trust the legal “opinion” of someone unlicensed to practice law. The buyer needs to make the most informed decision — and that is best found at the DOJ — not someone from the Internet.

    We haven’t been turned down even once, in any state.

  • Thanks, Al. That’s the best compliment we can get. Firsthand experience means the most. Thanks again for putting your faith in us. Be safe, Alan

  • True in many circumstances, but when executing a search warrant and announcing your presence before entry, flash isn’t significant unless it blinds you and your partners. Flash isn’t as significant when taking on an Active Killer threat at a daycare center. Flash is critical when encountering PKM skirmish lines, but that doesn’t happen in the US very often.

  • Johnny Quest

    “flash isn’t significant unless it blinds you and your partners”, is pretty significant.

    As for the “active killer threat” at the daycare or executing a search warrant, the target range would typically be so close that any advantage a compensator might give a shooter would be negligible. Unless of course you have no control over your weapon whatsoever.

  • NMate

    My problem is that AAC’s suppressors are a lot more widely available than the NT4. I’d honestly probably prefer an NT4, it is a proven design. So you send an AAC brake or hider to BattleComp and they cut and weld them together? I wonder if they’d do that with Surefire hiders and brakes…

  • Al T.

    Tomcat, using electronic ear pro, no difference. Big thing, IMHO, was that it didn’t affect folks close by – which other comps do so and some do so viciously.

  • 21st Century Gunfighter and US Shooting Academy just reviewed the Battle Comp and two competing devices here: