|Available on||Assault Rifles |
Personal Defense Weapons
|Unlocked at||20 Kills (Handguns)|
30 Kills (Light Machine Guns)
|Special feature(s)||• 25% less vertical recoil|
• 30% more spread increase per shot
|Source of statistics||Battlelog (Kills)|
The Muzzle Brake is a barrel attachment in Battlefield 4. The attachment reduces the vertical recoil of a weapon by 25%, at the expense of lowering the accuracy of a weapon when fired continuously due to a 30% increase in bullet spread. It is the counterpart to the Compensator, which decreases horizontal recoil.
The attachment makes the recoil of weapons with significant vertical recoil, such as the SCAR-H, FAMAS, M240B, or DMRs, much more manageable and easier to control. However, weapons using the attachment will be much less accurate due to the increased bullet spread per shot, making it difficult to handle ranged engagements unless the user fires in short bursts or tap-fires. Because of this, the attachment lends itself more to close-medium range firefights where accuracy won't be as much of an issue.
The accuracy decrease can be minimized, however, when the Muzzle Brake is used in conjunction with the Stubby/Potato Grip. The grip will half the spread increase per shot from the Muzzle Brake, and completely remove its effect on the maximum spread of the weapon while aiming down sight. This makes the combination of the two a good choice if the user wants to minimize a weapon's vertical recoil and still be fairly accurate at range, though burst or tap firing will still be necessary to be as accurate as possible.
Similarly, the Ergo/Vertical Grip will also help improve accuracy by reducing the minimum spread amount when the player is moving, which will slightly minimize the Muzzle Brake's spread increase. This makes the combination useful for close quarters battles as long as the player is staying mobile.
The Muzzle Brake is a weapon attachment that reduces side to side and vertical recoil slightly. This attachment has no downsides.