We offer 5 different versions of the CAR-15 "Moderator" muzzle device. The first three choices are authentic to the originals, and the last one is a hybrid smaller size version.
First three versions also have hand welding on the back side just like the originals.
- Gen 1 - 3.5 inch, no slots.. used on the Survival Rifle and first model CAR-15 shorty (colt model 607)
- Gen 2 Light Weight - 4.3 inch, hollowed out inside to reduce weight (6 oz.)
- Gen 2 Standard - 4.3 inch, real size & weight (10 oz.) of original.. the most authentic Gen 2 Moderator reproduction available today
- Hybrid - 3.5 in length, basically a reduced size/weight moderator that can be used a variety of ways (4 oz)
- Gen 2 - 4.3" - Ultra light Weight- Aluminum
*All exception the Aluminum moderator are steel and made in the USA.
1. In the early 1960's Colt started testing a small 10" submachine gun version of the CAR-15 family. They first tried the flash hider (FH) they had - the "Duck Bill" 3 prong, and then later the second generation of this 3 Prong when available. Neither were satisfactory in taming the blast/sound to their liking.
2. The first lengthened muzzle device tried was the 3.5" long Moderator and had no flash slots.
3. About 1966 the final version, 4.3 inch, was being issued on XM177's; and then in early 1967 this model continued to be used on the XM177E2 (now also with the Grenade Ring). Colt stopped making Moderators in the Mid-1970's due to ATF ruling it a Sound "Suppressor".
4. Though not historically correct, we also offer a special 3.5 inch with Flash Slots. This is the smallest/lightest Moderator style muzzle device available. Good for applications where you would like the style, but want less size & weight up front.
11.5 inch barrel versions (XM177E2 / GAU-5) use a Grenade Ring in conjunction with the Moderator (Here)
For the washer (Here). Recommend using a lock washer.
Mail service and communication could improve but the product is top notch. I’m very pleased with the flash moderator. Thank you for your business.
I was always smitten by the muzzle device on Vietnam era CAR-15s, and now I can replicate the look thanks to retro rifles. Yeah, my pistol build is way more modern, but this gives it that touch of nostalgia that is missing in so many AR builds. This thing is heavy, that is the down side.
Do yourself a favor and get a crush washer and some shims to set the timing
I would have gave a 5 star but the crush washer was not sent with the moderator like advertised. Over all very nice workmanship.
Coating is excellent and fits like a glove. Great modern take on old-school cool.