The Halbek Device: Does it Work to Control Muzzle Climb?


The Halbek Device: Does it Work to Control Muzzle Climb?

So… way back when, a couple of guys in Rhodesia came up with a simple device to redirect muzzle brake exhaust on a FAL rifle. Their names were Hall and Bekker, so they dubbed it the Halbek device. Here’s what Ian says about it in his video description:

The Halbek Device was a clamp-on muzzle brake designed by two Rhodesians, Douglas Hall and Marthinus Bekker. It was patented in Rhodesia in 1977 and in the US in 1980, and manufactured in small numbers for the Rhodesian military. I have seen these occasionally, and doubt they are actually very effective. But during a filming trip to South Africa I had a chance to actually try one on a select-fire R1 FAL, complete with high speed camera to find out for sure. So, let’s see what they really do…

Ian doubted the device was worthwhile, but was proven completely wrong. Instead of experiencing muzzle climb when firing full auto, his rifle’s muzzle actually dove downward! It’s got to be a weird thing to experience, because it was even odd to watch.

Perhaps the best thing about the device is how easy it is to install and remove.

Anyhow, check it out… and try to forgive the clickbait title on the video.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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