Ever want to make your .308 rifle feel like shooting .223? Sounds like magic, right? Well, you too can be a Wizard, young Harry! All it takes is a magic wand. You don’t have one of those, you say? Get yourself a Lantac USA Dragon Muzzle Brake for it will make a fine wand for your rifle!
When we originally got the Lantac Dragon 5.56/.223 muzzle brake, we thought we found the greatest brake ever designed – but it left our .308 rifles out in the cold. Then the Grand Wizards over at Lantac USA – sent us some .308 Dragons to test out. Could they work their magic a second time? We decided to put them to the test not just on a semiautomatic rifle No.. No.. No.. Ryan TGG is madly in love with his Tactical Operation Echo 51 (I think he sleeps with it in his bed every night – I am not judging, though. Well maybe a little). So we wanted to know if the Dragon was worth installing on bolt actions as well.
Caliber: 7.62mm / .308
Material: Hardened Milspec Steel
Dimensions: L: 2.66”, DIA Body: 0.866” DIA Fins:0.900”
Thread: 5/8-24 UNEF R/H
Serial Numbered for Quality Control
Made in the USA
If you haven’t read our previous review of the 5.56/.223 version of the Lantac USA Dragon, I’ll break it down for you:
The Dragon has 4 holes on top to to vent gas out in order to counter muzzle rise, it has ports on the side to vent extra gas out to the side to reduce recoil. Nothing special sounding there, right? But the team over at Lantac got the timings down perfectly to make it the most effective brake we have tested to date.
When we first tested out the Dragon .308 on an AR-10 rifle, we let a stranger help test it after he was watching us shoot (or felt us shoot, rather, since he got some of the concussion to the side). He finished up a magazine I already had loaded and he didn’t realize he was shooting a .308 until he had to reload. Seriously, he thought he was shooting 5.56! While we didn’t do the infamous 1 handed shooting test like we did with the 5.56 version on my AR-15, only because my AR10 is 12lb fully loaded, this muzzle brake does reduce recoil enough for it to be done (gotta hit the gym a bit more!).
On the AR-10, the brake allows us to do mag dumps and still keep all rounds on steel at 200m (the longest range we have access to at our clubs right now). With a bipod, there is no jumping. Offhand there is so little movement that you can keep your eye on your target without fumbling for a new sight picture. Every semi automatic .308 should have the Lantac Dragon muzzle brake installed.
But what about a bolt action?
We installed the Lantac Dragon muzzle brake on a Tactical Operation Echo 51 (TacOps) – Ryan’s personal rifle. It’s a heavy duty tactical 1/4 MOA precision rifle, custom made for long range wet work. Now, without a muzzle brake on it the rifle has very manageable recoil due to the weight and build of the rifle. There was still a bit jump when on a bipod, but not too bad, and time getting crosshairs back on target was reasonable. The one issue we ran into was having to get a 9/16 x 24 thread adapter to fit the Lantac Dragon muzzle brake onto the rifle as the TacOps Echo 51 threads are not the same. We had to wait a week to get the adapter, then another week to get everything to the range. It was a massive pain the keister but was it worth it?
Oh Hell yeah it was!
We weren’t sure if it would make much of a difference, but when I saw the grin slowly appear on Ryan’s face after his first shot, I knew we had a winner. Very little recoil, no jumping and we were able to get back on target silly fast. Wow. His rifle is now the nicest shooter I have ever gotten to play with.
Now, should everyone run out and get a Lantac Dragon for their rifle? That depends.
Do you want a suppressor for your rifle? Then no. It’s not compatible with any suppressors we know of.
Do you need to worry about people standing to your sides getting nailed by the increased concussion, which is very, very noticeable? Then no. The concussion to the side is pretty intense — you will absolutely piss off your fellow students if you’re on a firing line in a class, for example. Seriously, it’s really intense to the sides.
Anyone else? Stop reading and go get one right now.
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