Let me preface this post to say that I kinda stumbled onto the product at the suggestion of an expert in the M14 world. I’ve been deep in the M14 platform for many years. I recently called Ron Smith, of Smith Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) to discuss suppressor options that I could run on my M1a, but also swap over to several 5.56 guns. He immediately chimed in that he carries a suppressed 10.5" AR in his vehicle, and had just what I needed for my 7.5" AR pistol. I must say, I’m amazed. More on his product in a minute.
First, everyone has said a 7.5" barrel means fireballs are a fact of life. Ok? Sure, fun on the range, but I’m building this gun for genuine home defense. It’s short enough to turn 180° in a hallway, and the big flash wouldn’t be helpful in a dark house. So, I started playing with some muzzle devices…
First up, A2 birdcage. Might as well be nothing on the barrel. The A2 is so short that everything happens in front of it.
I just happened to have a Troy Industries Medieval comp laying around. This is said to be a flash hider/compensator. I think it works well on carbine length barrels, but it’s no match for some others on the market. On this short barrel, it did help manage the muzzle a bit, but nothing awe inspiring.
Now, about that SEI comp… SEI is best known for their M14 work, having supplied many to the military over the years. Part of that was development of their Windtalker suppressors that started back around 1986. A dozen years ago, they changed the game in the middle east by providing their patented Vortex flash hider to G.I.s free of charge. Many years ago, they supplied the US Coast Guard with a 7.62 muzzle brake that truly tames 7.62 full auto fire. Each of these is available as a QD mount for their suppressor, hence my call to Ron. When my 7.5" barrel came up, he said he wanted to send me something. A few days later, I received his Good Iron #1007 comp. It is based on the Vortex flash hider, but has a port arrangement that makes it particularly effective on short barrel M4/AR15 type weapons. It was shocking to see the video after this test. It also did a better job on muzzle control and felt recoil. I’m sold! Five Stars!