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Gimme a Brake

Gimme a Brake

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Published by: Jorge Rodriguez Fernandez on Dec 01, 2010
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uzzlebrakes,airstrippers,callthemwhatyouwil1,they'vebeenaróundforalmost20 yearsandit'stimeweunderstoodmoreaboutthem.Someshootersswearbythem,a fewthinkthey'rehttle-o.LthaÁornamentsandmostusethemwithoutfullyunderstandingwhy.Asa long-termdevotee,here'smytakeonthebrake._ _Alittlehistoryfirst.TheSportsmatchGC2wasthefirstproductionairguntohaveanysortofmuzzle,brakefiitedas
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pneumaticriflestandards,itcan'tbecalledto.taTlv**recoilless,twasarevelationlnthelatei9B0s.DaystatesoonfollowedsuitasdidRipleyandAir_Armsbyfittingsimpleventedmuzzledevices.Theresbeensteadydevelopmentofmuzzlebrakes.evolvingintowhatwenowcall,strippers.paint'splash'on,apaintedtarget,butwillhave,pelletandthe*o."-r"óilisTelt,,troubleseeinetheshotfall.,**onabadlysplatteredorshot-up'one.ThemoreinefficientevalvingsystemofthePCpthenthemoreairitwastespropellingthetinymovement.Whathemightnoticetooisthathecan'tsee,,everypelletlandingonthemetaltarget.Theyyseehe",whenthe pelletexitshebarrel.This-issimplythe'foreveryactionthere'sanequaland.oppositereaction'bitofNewton'slawsofmotion"'comingintoeftect.Mostof''theenergyeleasedbytheexpansion
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discerningshootercanfeeltheupintheBasicaily,hepurposeofsuchdevicesstostripofftheturbulentairfromaroundthepelletas tleaveshebarrel.Thetheorvbeingitmakesthe peiletmorestableflightandthereforemoreaccurateandalsodirectstheunwantedairblasttonesatesomeofthefeltrecoiloftherifle.Aloiofffi^terminalballisticsq:ofthe pelletnrrungthetarget,butsomeisdirectedintorecoil,This,,.happensmostnoticeablvIwithaplainmuzzle,whárethearblastisdirectedforwardsandthereforepushesthebarrelbackr,tardsntheoppositedirectiontothipellet'slight.
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brake acted as a front barrel supporttoo,itbeing fixed to the reservoir.A variation ontheinitialsimple design isto fit moderatorstylebaffles betweenthe vents, andthisworks very well.The very simple angled slotmuzziebrake design wasfoliowed by Ripley Riflesuntil they began fitting a cone inside theveryfrontof the brake body.The reasoningbehind the cone wastocapture anddirectthe air blastquickerthan thefirst simplebrakeswith no conepresent.fupleymaestro,Steve Wilkins, machíned a threadedholeinthe frontofthebrakeinto which theconecould bescrewed.It also meant theconelength couldbemade speciftc to thepelletlengthpreferredby the owner andmadecleaning withapuli-through quickerandeasier as the cone could beremoved.Another benefit was owners couldfit amoderator into the end of the brakewith anextended tube from the mod'goingbacktothe crowning of the barrel to turnthe rifleintoaproperlysilenced one.Airgunboffin, PeteDutton, fitsconestoall the muzzlebrakeshemakes and withmore barrels of PCP's overhangingthe aircylindernow he cutsright-angled slotsonthe top andbottom ofthe brake. I haveoneof theseon mvAir AimsMPRHFT rifle-Petemodifiedihelarge MPR muzzlebraketoproducesomethingvery special. Thestandardactorybrakeis verylong withno.conesystem andhas massiveslotsonthetopsurface.Peté'snew brakehasamedthefelt recoil ofthe MPRto asignificantamount.That to meis the mainreason ofit a brake-to cutdown therecoil.MySteyrLG-l10FTriflegeneratesnorecoil butI wanted anair strippertypebrake toenhancethe u..ur".y^at lóngranges. SoI wentto Precision...where Iwashelped byPhilHassle.Precision MadeCustomBitsIPCBJandPhil Has_sles themanIwentto. Heuses amodified conewhich Waltherand Steyralso use ontheirpaper-punchingpistols. The cone'sinternaldiameteropenstowards thetarget end.The conehasa larger internaldiameterat its exitthan wherethepelietentersitafterleaving thebarrel. Theaddedbonus withthePCB air stripperistheconeisadjustableforgapsize, orthedistancerom theend of thebarrelproperto thestart ofthe coneThisishandywhenshootingdifferentlengthsofpellets;forexamplea .777calibre,7.9grainCrosmanPremierpel1et,whlchIuse,s 5.6mmlongandthe .177 8.4grainJSBclonepelletss6.1mm1ong.WhenI firstfitted the PCBmodeltomy FTLG- 110Ishota 42mmthreeshotgroup at 100yardsfrom aclassicFT sittingposition. I think thisprovesthe air stripperstabilizeshepelletatlong ranges.The PCBdoes not haveangledslots orbafflesto act as an anti-recoil device,hat is notneeded on Steyr's.Phil has changedthe shallowangleof theconeto a steeperonefor useonotherriflesnow, wherethe airblast stripped offdoesnottravel mainlyforwardsas it doeson the earlyversionhe madefor me.Nowa word ofcaution;beware of somemuzzle brakesandair strippersmade byso-calledengineersand toutedas the realdea1.Not all suchdevicesare made to theexactingstandardsfoundin Pete andPhil'swork. Someof these'gardenshed types'havebeen knownto opengroupsizes andincrease feltrecoilrather thanmaking therifle moreaccurateor cuttingdown onrecoil. Justdon'tgowiththehype. Ask toshoota rifle withanexampleof the brakeyou wantfirst, then askthe ownerof thatrifle if itreally worksandif it altered thepointofimpact whenit wasfitted. The realtest isto shootityourself,A.tymisalignmentofthe brake/stripperto theTheStevr LG-100 and LG-l 10PCPrifles have a moving, spring-loadedweightdirectlv beh¡nd the bore of the barrel.Thiscounterweightisprojectedbackwardsasthepelletis fired tocounteract the feltrecoil. It works very well at12 ft.lbs.but iseven better at its originally designedpowerof 6ft.1bs.,making paper punchingversionsof theLGll0/100 totallydead toshoot. IownthreeStevrrifles fittedwiththedeviceand I can always see whereI hit, orindeed miss, which is veryhelpful onFT/HFT courses with a tríckvwind.With veryfew riflesháving suchananti-recoil devíce, let's look atthedevelopment of themuzzlebrakeintotoday'sair strippers. As ontheGC2 thefirst muzzle brakes were simple tubeswithangled slots machined into thetop surface.These were angled backwardstowards theshooter to direct the blastof air in theopposite direction to the flightof thepellet. The vents were alsomachined onlyon the top of the brake as early PCPshadthepressurizedair reservóirbelow thebrake,with themuzzle flush tothe endof thereservoir.The

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