A flash suppressor, also known as a flash guard, flash eliminator, flash hider, flash cone, or muzzle brake, is a device attached to the muzzle of a rifle or other gun that reduces the visible signature of the burning gases that exit the muzzle, which also reduces recoil. This reduces the chances that the shooter will be blinded in dark conditions. A secondary benefit of flash suppression is the reduction of the flash visible to the enemy.
"The Flash Suppressor hides muzzle flash but will not hide the player on the minimap. It also acts as a compensator, decreasing vertical recoil but reducing accuracy from the hip due to their additional weight."
175 Kills (Assault Rifles)
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In Battlefield 3's multiplayer, the flash suppressor attachment is one of the last attachments made available on most weapons, but is available on almost all of them.
Unlike the sound suppressor, it hides only the muzzle flash and not the firing sound. Due to the added weight, the player will have a slight penalty to hip fire, but this is offset by the flash suppressor compensating for recoil. However, the weight of the flash suppressor does not have a significant effect on recoil. The recoil reduction is mainly due to the release of gasses from the ports on the flash suppressor. The flash suppressor does not have an effect on damage. Unlike the suppressor, the flash suppressor has no effect on concealing the player from the minimap when they fire a shot. Also, the flash suppressor does not have any effect on bullet drop, unlike the normal suppressor.
- True flash suppressors are intended to hide the flash from the shooter, not observing enemies. In truth, the suppressor does little to mask the location of the shooter from enemies except in very bright daylight where the flash is almost unnoticeable anyway.
- In reality, a flash suppressor has an effect similar to that of a muzzle brake, and in fact reduces the effective recoil of a rifle by directing more of the gasses from the fired round to the sides of the barrel, and would have no negative impact on the accuracy of the firearm. This is more accurately reflected currently in BF3 than before, as the flash suppressor now does not compromise accuracy but improves controllability.
- Normal players can equip the flash suppressor on Carbines, Assault Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, PDWs and the SKS, DICE developers can also equip it on other semi-auto and bolt-action sniper rifles