A pinned flash hider is a type of firearm muzzle device that is attached to the barrel of a gun with a pin. This type of flash hider is designed to reduce the visible signature when firing, as well as help, protect the shooter’s night vision. While there are many different designs and styles of flash hiders on the market, the pinned varieties are typically considered to be the most effective.
In addition to their practical benefits, pinned flash hiders also have a distinct aesthetic appeal that can make your gun stand out from the rest. Whether you’re looking for better performance or just want to add some style to your firearm, a pinned flash hider is an excellent option worth considering.
A pinned flash hider is a type of muzzle device that is affixed to the barrel of a rifle via structural deformation. This can be accomplished by welding, drilling, pinning, setting screws, or some combination thereof. A traditional flash hider simply shrouds the muzzle and attempts to reduce the muzzle signature by diffusing (scattering) burning gasses as they exit the muzzle. Some designs are more effective than others and they generally come in different sizes to fit different caliber weapons.
While a traditional recoil compensator vents concussion gases upward to counter recoil, a pinned flash hider diverts these gases laterally or forward, away from the shooter’s face. This feature is especially important for left-handed shooters.
A flash hider’s primary purpose is to protect the shooter from muzzle flash, not recoil. However, some designs incorporate features that also help reduce felt recoil.
A flash hider, sometimes called a flash suppressor, is a device attached to the muzzle of a rifle that reduces the visibility of the muzzle flash. The three primary purposes of a flash hider are to protect the shooter’s night vision, to reduce the chance of temporary blindness or disorientation caused by the flash, and to conceal the shooter’s position.
A pinned flash hider is permanently attached to the rifle so that it cannot be easily removed.
This is done for two reasons:
- first, to ensure that the flash hider stays securely in place;
- and second, to make sure that it meets the legal length requirements for the overall length of the firearm.
Flash hiders come in various sizes and shapes, but the most common types are the A2-style flash hider and the birdcage flash hider.
A pinned flash hider is a type of muzzle device that is permanently attached to the barrel of a firearm. This ensures that the flash hider cannot be removed without first removing the barrel from the firearm. Pinned flash hiders are typically found on military-style firearms, such as the M16 and M4 carbines.