by David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
April 24, 2008
Back on March 10, 2008, DefenseReview published an article on the B.E. Meyers & Co./Surefire, LLC Open-Prong Flash Hider a.k.a. Open-Prong Flash Suppressor. Well, apparently, Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC) makes an advanced open-prong flash hider/suppressor that’s significantly shorter in length than the B.E. Meyers/Surefire product (and the Smith Enterprise Vortex Flash Eliminator, for that matter), yet offers equivalent, or possibly even superior, muzzle flash suppression.
It’s called the AAC BLACKOUT Flash Hider a.k.a. AAC BLACKOUT Flash Suppressor, and it’s…
commercially available for anyone who wants the highest degree of flash suppresson available for their carbine or SBR (Short Barreled Rifle)/subcarbine in a more compact envelope than the B.E. Meyers/Surefire Open-Prong Flash Hider. In addition to being significantly shorter in overall length, the BLACKOUT Flash Hider utilizes only three (3) prongs instead of the competition’s four (4), so the prongs on the BLACKOUT are thicker. According to Robert Silvers (a.k.a. Rob Silvers), R&D specialist at Advanced Armament Corp., the BLACKOUT’s greater prong thickness translates to greater prong strength.
Just, like the B.E. Meyers/Surefire product, the AAC BLACKOUT Open-Prong Flash Hider is designed to do double duty as a fast-attach mounting platform for a muzzle can (i.e. silencer/sound suppressor). The AAC BLACKOUT Open-Prong Flash Suppressor allows the user to mount any AAC fast-attach sound suppressor/silencer securely in seconds. This, of course includes all AAC BLACKOUT fast-attach silencers/sound suppressors.
"Our quick detatch mount is the best in the industry and offers fast and easy on/off and more importantly — no worry of a thread-on silencer unscrewing as you shoot. Our BLACKOUT flash suppressor, developed for the SCAR program but available to anyone, has stunning performance which is second to none when tested on a 10" barrel with military ammo — all this and the only unit which can approximately equal it for flash reduction has slots
which are 48% longer (and hence are less rigid)," said Silvers.
The AAC BLACKOUT Flash Hider/silencer mount (fast-attach) is available in both stainless steel and Inconel models, depending on user requirement(s). The Inconel model was designed and developed specifically for full-auto weapons, including light machine guns and medium machine guns (MMGs) a.k.a. general purpose machine guns (GPMGs).
Bottom line, according to AAC, the BLACKOUT Flash Suppressor/silencer mount (fast-attach) is currently the shortest and most efficient open-prong flash hider/suppressor on the market, bar none.
Defense Review plans to T&E the BLACKOUT Flash Hider/Suppressor in the not-too-distant future. We’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, if you’d like more info on it, we recommend that you visit the Advanced Armament Corp. website and/or contact them by phone.
Company Contact Info:
Advanced Armament Corp. (AAC)
1434 Hillcrest Rd.
Norcross, Ga. 30093
Flash Hider Match-Up: USGI A2 "Birdcage" vs. BLACKOUT vs. B.E. Meyers/Surefire