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Sunday, June 21, 2015

HFD2 Blue Collar Comp-.30 cal

Frank McNitt, of Home Front Defensive Devices LLC makes products that are as functional as they are useful.  Having already released a successful line of breaching devices and a set of reliability-enhancing followers for shotguns, Frank turned his hand to the semi-auto rifle market with the Blue Collar Comp.

As the name suggests, these are hard working devices, not something you'll find on a safe queen. Similarly, with a MSRP of $46.95, shipping included, these are brakes shooters on almost any budget can afford.

One thing that has stood out to me about HFD2's designs is that they are multi-role.  The Pumkin Puncher breaching device doubles as a standoff device and a melee weapon.  So too does the BCC fulfill multiple roles.

HFD2 designed the BCC to give shooters a flat-shooting rifle with the ability to bust glass, punch through light barriers, and go hands-on with an attacker if a less-lethal option is needed, or the rifle becomes inoperable due to lack of ammo or a malfunction.

Starting at the front, the BCC features an aggressive crown with four thick prongs that taper down to a thin edge.  These prongs are sturdy enough not to bend when driven into a barrier, and are not sharp enough to snag or cut clothes or the inside of your gun bag.  They are also short enough not to snag or catch on things during regular use.  This is a smart design, as it allows the BCC to do what it needs to do without being a nuisance.

The muzzle of the BCC is set about 1/3" back from the crown to prevent it from being damaged or clogged by debris.  Behind this rugged crown sits a set of small holes across the upper right and left surfaces of the BCC.  The left side has seven ports, while the right has twenty-one, arranged in rows of 4-3-4 on the right, and 4-3 on the left.  This is another smart design feature as it compensates for how the rifle recoils.  The underside of the BCC is not ported to direct the gas and concussion up, as well as reducing the dust signature when fired prone.

Behind this is a large blast chamber with dual ports on the right and left side.  Like the smaller blast vents up front, these do not face down, rather, they are at the 6 and 9-o'clock positions.  This allows for lateral dispersion of the blast from firing, and keeps gasses and flash out of the shooter's line of vision.

The BCC has large wrench flats behind this for easy and reliable installation onto the host weapon.  A crush washer is included for installation, which is simple and straightforward.

After installing the BCC, I had some fun in the shop smashing the BCC into boards, supports, thin sheet metal and anything else I could afford to break.  The BCC was dirty and stained with drywall dust and paint, but was otherwise pristine.

After loading up several magazines of .300BLK, I headed to the range to test the BCC out.  The results were surprising.  The gun stayed very flat and recoil was minimal, a light push straight back.  I ran the rifle across several targets, engaging with multiple rounds and a mag dump or two, and the BCC kept me flat and on target.  I later shot supine from behind a barrier, and found the results to be equally impressive.  In the supine position, I had the rifle off of my shoulder for much of the shooting to acquire my dot.  The BCC allowed for accurate shots and fast follow-ups despite the compromised mechanics of the position.

If there are any drawbacks to the BCC, it would be the length and the weight of the device.  The weight I see as a non-issue, as I have not used a .30 cal comp that was light, so this fits in with the rest of the pack.  The length almost twice as long as a standard birdcage flash hider.  Again, the BCC is an effective brake, something the birdcage is not, and it is designed to be a compliance device capable of defeating light barriers, something the birdcage just cannot do.

In testing the BCC, I can say that I really like the device.  I replaced a Silencerco Saker 7.62 brake with this and feel that this does a better job controlling recoil.  With the recent riots and civil unrest, having a brake that can be used as an effective compliance tool is a great asset.  Not every situation involved squeezing a trigger, and the ability to apply an effective less-lethal option is an important advantage.

On top of all this, the price is just right-with free shipping-and it's made right here in the USA.

HFD2 is releasing these comps in most common semi-auto rifle calibers and thread pitches, so whether you own a .308, AK, AR-15, or many other common rifles, chances are good that one of these high-value comps on your gun.

Go get your own here.

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