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her the first ever to compete at the Olympics in
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The harder the obstacle to overcome, the
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REPORTS | PRODUCTS & PROJECTS
A time-honored method of dampening recoil is
to simply add weight, but as this 16" carbine was
always intended to be lightweight and handy, I
made it a point from the outset to cut the recoil
without adding undue extra weight. And while the
host gun for this project is a big-bore, the basic
GRIZZLY GUNWORKS
principles behind these modifications should apply to DEFCON 1
any AR-15.
Starting from the front of the gun, I first
replaced the flash hider with a more efficacious
muzzle brake. There aren't tons of big-bore muzzle
KYNSHOT RB5005
device options on the market today, but Grizzly
MARKSMAN RECOIL BUFFER
Gunworks (grizzlygunworks.com) offers several
quality models in either thread-on or clamp-on
configurations. Available in 7075 aluminum and
416 stainless steel, I selected a threaded, aluminum Defcon 1 brake (MSRP $200) for this project
that weighed a scant 2.8 ozs.-only 0.4 ozs. more
than the factory device. Lateral blast was, naturally,
increased, but rearward push and muzzle rise were
FAB DEFENSE
GL SHOCK
noticeably mitigated.
Next, I swapped out the factory buffer for a
hydraulic replacement; I chose Kynshot's RB5005 Marksman Recoil Buffer
(kynshot.com). Typical buffers use internal weights to slow the speed of the recoiling bolt carrier group, but hydraulic designs incorporate a piston that absorbs some
of the energy before it can be transferred into the shooter's shoulder. Built from
corrosion-resistant 17-4 stainless steel, the RB5005 (MSRP $140) is designed for use
with collapsible-stocked AR-10s, but is equally compatible with big-bore AR-15s.
Installation was no different than with a standard buffer, and at 4.8 ozs., the
hydraulic upgrade added only 1.8 ozs. to the weight of the rifle. Kynshot guarantees
its product for 10 years or 1 million rounds.
Finally, I replaced the aftermarket buttstock that I had previously installed
on the rifle with a recoil-reducing replacement: the FAB Defense GL Shock
(fab-defense.com). An internal chrome-silicon alloy spring absorbs a portion
of the recoil before it reaches the operator. This collapsible buttstock also features two small watertight storage compartments and can be mounted to both
mil-spec and commercial buffer tubes. The GL Shock (MSRP $110) weighs in at
10.6 ozs., only 0.9 ozs. more than the stock it replaced.
Each of these products individually is capable of producing a tangible impact on
felt recoil-operating synergistically, the recoil reduction was substantial. The
.450 Bushmaster's recoil is often equated to that of a 20-ga. shotgun firing a target
load, and prior to the modifications, I found that to be a pretty apt comparison.
With the above equipment installed, I would now characterize the recoil as
being quite comparable to .30-30 Win. through an old lever-action-an impressive feat given how much more energy the .450 Bushmaster generates. Making
this all the more satisfying is the fact that it was accomplished while adding
less than 4 ozs. to the existing overall weight of the rifle.
Most shooters who press their big-bore ARs into practical use do so within
the realm of hunting, and it is here that the value of these alterations really
shines through. The ability to keep the gun's sights on-target during firing
was greatly improved, allowing follow-up shots to be made much more quickly.
Reliability was not negatively impacted; the rifle ran 100 percent prior to these
installs, and has run 100 percent since them.
Big-bore cartridges bring a lot more potency to the AR platform, but at the
cost of controllability. However, with the right accessories and parts upgrades,
we can take much of it back.
-KELLY YOUNG, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
OCTOBER 2016

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