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Axelson Tactical 30 cal. ROC Muzzle Brake

The Axelson Tactical ROC Muzzle brake took me some time to get used to. I’m not gonna lie, while I was impressed by the quality of the muzzle brake I didn’t think tuning a brake was a real thing. I was, however, willing to experiment. The ROC Muzzle brake is more than a gimmick. The ability to tune the brake offer shooters a significant advantage over a flash suppressor.

When it comes to tuning the ROC muzzle brake you need to experiment with that works for you. For me, the recoil impulse from my rifle was up and to the left. No doubt the AR-15 is not a heavy recoiling or rapidly rising rifle. It can be fired rapidly comfortably. However, for most competition shooters every little advantage is helpful. Competitions can be decided by fractions of a second. The ROC competition brake allows you to remain on target with minimal movement. To tune my ROC brake for the recoil impulse I have, I removed 4 of the removable tuning screws. These were the furthest four to the left. With these four tuning screws removed the barrel simply stopped moving. Almost all noticeable recoil and muzzle rise is completely eliminated.

The ROC muzzle brake performs impressively. Removing the tuning screws was simple, and could be done at the range. The biggest problem was not losing the tuning screws when they are removed. The ROC muzzle brake is a hybrid brake and compensator that isn’t afraid of a little flash and noise to accomplish its goal. The Axelson Tactical ROC muzzle brake is well designed and the tunable screws cannot actually get in the way of the projectile leaving the barrel. They bottom out well before that becomes an issue.

Like any brake, you don’t want to take this bad boy to an indoor range. If you do your fellow shooters will absolutely hate you. The concussion is absolutely brutal for the person to the left and right to you. The brake makes shooting ridiculously loud and is best left for outdoor ranges. There is also a ton of flash in low light conditions, however, it does make for cool pictures. This isn’t a model I’d use with a self-defense rifle due to the bright muzzle flash. However, if you toss the Axelson Tactical Blast Shield over it, the brake can serve dual roles. 

The Axelson Tactical ROC muzzle brake is more than a gimmick and is a well-made piece of gear that has given my rifle a deserved edge.

The ROC is designed for the utmost in extreme recoil reduction and elimination of muzzle rise. A series of alternately-sized slots and holes span the top of the muzzle brake, venting gases vertically and significantly reducing the upwards climb of your rifle’s muzzle during recoil. In addition, carefully spaced holes are positioned at each side of the muzzle brake, allowing gases to escape horizontally; this venting placement reduces felt recoil. This brake is threaded 5/8 x 24 to fit 7.62 NATO or 30 cal AR-10 rifles and machined from 4140 steel. The ROC assists with improved accuracy, faster follow-up shots, and greater stability – and that’s only the beginning.

Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.