Beside the current cool guy muzzle devices, pushed into the airsoft market by celebrity shooter endorsements, there is an understated choice. A hider which does not compete for your attention. A hider which is subtle.
It does not have the fashionable three prongs of more modern hiders (although in fairness, the move towards three prongs is less about trending and more about strength). It does not make your gun look like it’s going faster. Nor does it make your gun look like you grabbed just anything in the hipster flash hider shop. In RS world it is known for being very good at what it was designed for: hiding muzzle flash. That is all.
This is a mil hider, which only became available on the civilian market in late 2012. There are some great pics of the RS version at Gear Scout.
What prompted this blog was seeing the Meyers hider on a new pic (below) of Jack’s CQBR.
It can be observed In The Wild, as the pic at the head of the page attests; and can also be seen here:
Tuomo’s blaster has one:
…as did my Noveske build:
And so has Simon’s 416:
A few brands make the airsoft version: Apple Airsoft (which is the one on Tuomo’s blaster), UFC (below left) and King Arms (below right) to name some manufacturers.
The King Arms version is the cleanest looking, but not everyone wants clean. I’ve owned the UFC version as well and I really liked the tarnished finish.
This hider is a great way to differentiate a mil build, while staying within the canon. It also provides a knowing subtlety to Free-solo builds.