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5 years 33 weeks ago, 1:12 PM

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I notice several manufacturers, such as Glock, offer so-called 'compensated models' that basically have vents on the barrel pointing up. This has the effect of a jet engine of sorts and helps compensate for the upwards recoil by diverting some of the blast upwards, thus forcing the barrel down. The idea is to keep the barrel level so you can re-acquire the target faster. These guns are slightly more expensive than the non-compensated models. I've heard one criticism that in a night-fire situation the jet blast can be so bright that it interferes with night vision. The Glocks fire in a V-shape to either side of upright supposedly to counteract this issue. What do you think? Is this a worhwhile idea or not?

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 1:40 PM

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got me a 20c, yes the compensator helps, but it only does so much when you are firing the ever so powerful 10mm, i nicknamed it the baby shotgun, i could do without the compensator seeing as the main thing that bothers me with my g20c is the big grip, and the compensator helps on placing multiple rounds accurately by controlling recoil, but i dont need to "re-acquire" a perp/attacker as like i said, the 10mm is a cannon, and one shot from it is more than enough...or maybe even overkill.

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5 years 33 weeks ago, 2:02 PM

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compensation

yes. compensated models work. the flash will be very bright or evem temporarily blinding in low light situations.

"Proelium Comminus Auctoritate" "Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a muzzle flash."
5 years 33 weeks ago, 2:50 PM

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My thoughts

Compensated guns are good for competition, but I don't like them for defensive use. The issue of bright flash can be a big one in larger calibers, but most ammunition manufacturers have flash reducing components in the powder of their defensive ammo. My biggest problem with compensators is that if you have to fire from a retention position or any position wih the weapon close to your body, the compensator directs the jet of hot gas directly at your face.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:00 AM

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unless your firing a large caliber, save your money. the amount of recoil that the compensator nutralizes can also be done by training yourself to counter the recoil yourself.

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