M16 3 prong flash hider

freekforge

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I picked up an early m16 style 3 prong flash hider for a build I'm working on. When installing the hider is it clocked to a certain position or is it just tightened and left where it is? I would assume you'd want a prong at 12 o'clock but I'm not sure.
 

Cheeki Breeki

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I’ve got my prong at 6 o’clock and it works fine in the evening. I think the idea is to simply disperse the gases evenly outward so the angle of the prongs probably don’t matter too much.
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In 1971 to 1973, I was my Army EOD unit armorer. We had 8 each A1 rifles in the rack. They all were indexed just like the AK picture above as I recall.. Prong on the bottom. I can't imagine it making much difference. Just tighten yours down and go.

I put a Smith Enterprises three prong on one of my rifles in the mid-90's. I don't recall anything special in their instructions. The thing operates like a tuning fork to break up the flash..

But I seem to recall that the gasket changed between the A1 and A2 so the A2 would index with the solid side down. I might be totally wrong though. I don't think you can get the A1 gasket so its kind of moot. I am old.. So there...
 
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I've installed several 3 prong hiders from AAC and JP Enterprises and Surefire. In the instructions on the JP and Surefire it calls for a prong on the bottom. The hider should form an upside-down Y. The AAC as I recall didn't have specific timing.
 

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Holy guacamole this thing is a tuning fork. Even dry firing it rings. Thanks for the help everyone I mounted it with a prong at 6 o'clock. For anyone interested its a 30cal version on a 300blk 8.5 pistol.
 
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