The Dragon – Why you need one
When I first heard of the Lantac Dragon, it was via a friend giving me a link to a video of it in action – showing a full auto mag dump in slow motion (Note: The video is at the end of the review).
The barrel didn’t move. No muzzle rise. None. Zilch. Nada.
I was like “What??? No way. That’s ridiculous.” Then my buddy told me the price – $125. I was like “What??? No way. That’s ridiculous.”
Despite the high price tag , I decided I had to grab one and give it a shot, figuring I could sell it once I found out it didn’t work as well as expect, or if it just wasn’t worth the cash.
That was 6 months ago — and I’m still using it. Here’s why.
The Dragon compensator comes with a crush washer, and some Froglube and simple packaging with instructions. In a nutshell, take off your old muzzle device, put on the new crush washer and put on the Dragon, making sure to align it properly with the top holes in the 12 o’clock position. Simple enough. The next step was to shoot the thing.
I went out to my local range club with my buddy and sat down at the bench to zero my sights – my rifle at the time had a scope, a micro red dot and BUIS (the micro was a non-QD 45 degree mount, and is normally just for when the scope is mounted). That is a lot of sights to zero, so I brought a lot of ammo. Good thing too, as you’ll see.
When I first pulled the trigger, I jumped. I’ll admit it. I was expecting a little change in the sound of the round firing but the LanTac Dragon made it a much different sound. Louder a bit, deeper a bit — not a huge difference but enough that the round did not sound like a typical 5.56 going off.
It doesn’t make it sound like a .308, but it doesn’t sound like an AR exactly any more. I noticed a few people look over with eyebrows raised, curious as to what I was shooting.
12 rounds later and I was zeroed for my irons. I stood up off the bench and swapped magazines. I looked over at my buddy and grinned before proceeding to do a mag dump. There was 0 muzzle rise and the recoil was straight back. It feels slightly odd at first when shooting it for the first time, but the end effect is that my barrel didn’t lift and all my rounds were tighter than I ever had doing a mag dump, by far. When the last round ejected, all I could hear was manic laughter from my buddy standing beside me.
“Dude! Holy shit, man! Dude! Holy shit, man! Dude, man! That was amazing!” That’s all he kept saying. He wanted to try zeroing the red dot for me, so I passed him the rifle. I noticed the whole firing line was watching us with interest. In the middle of zeroing the micro red dot (which is annoying being at a 45 degree angle), I got a tap on my shoulder.
“Hey, uh. Is that a compensator?” asked an older gentleman that was sitting a lane over and had been listening to our conversations. I explained about the LanTac Dragon and while doing so, a couple other people walked over to us. And then some more. In the end, 6 people asked to try the rifle – bringing over their own ammo if they had it or offering to give me cash for some rounds to try it out.
Wow says it all
Yeah, the effect is amazing. Nobody could believe that there was absolutely no muzzle rise at all, no matter how fast people fired.
How was this possible? Great design. The holes at the top counteract the muzzle rise by forcing the barrel down at the same rate of the rise, countering the movement. The ports on the side do seem to cause a bit of extra flash, but at the range it wasn’t really noticeable. It was a bit louder to the sides as well, but not enough to bother any of our fellow shooters, so it’s negligible. The extra flash and boom are far less than other brakes I’ve played with.
The ability to dump rounds on target without the muzzle rising means all your rounds are hitting perfectly on target. It’s insane. I’ve played with a lot of compensators over the years but wow. Just wow. I won’t be putting any other one but a LanTac Dragon on my rifles.
Can’t wait for the .308 version!
Fit and Finish:
We liked this Brake so much we contacted Lantac and now offer it in our online store!