The second AR15 upper I purchased had a Phantom flash hider with the crenelated front pin and welded to it.
It looked the the bottom flash hider in the picture. Not only was the Phantom flash hider a superior flash hider, it could be used as a pain compliance tool on others. The sharp front on it would cut holes in my rifle cases. I chose to get rid of that upper for that reason.
Shawn and I were just talking on the phone and he mentioned pistol Standoffs. That got me wondering what ever happened to them.
Some years back, there seemed to be a very short burst of popularity of having a standoff on a pistol in case you have to fire at contact distance. That popularity seems to have died off quick.
I mainly saw Standoffs sold for the 1911, Glock, and CZ. I did a quick search to find a good picture of one, and I see that ProofMark still sells one for $120.
That one actually looks pretty nice compared to others I have seen. It combines all the desired features of a Muzzle Standoff. It looks pretty rigid, and has a surface with a profile that would encourage compliance of someone it was pressed against. It appears to have an inserted glass breaker. There is also a rail on the bottom so that it doesn’t remove your ability to mount a light or laser on your pistol.
Why is the Muzzle Standoff not a massive popular commercial success?
- Cost: Not a great deal of people want to drop $100+ on an accessory.
- Perceived need: Many people buy their firearms to be toys, or don’t expect to be in a close fight.
- Possibility for failure: Debris or clothing can get stuck between the standoff and the slide and induce malfunctions, or the standoff can get bent or damage allowing for malfunctions. The polymer frame of the Glock can flex enough to cause some standoffs to create reliability issues.
Striking with the firearm or contact shots are a serious concern. There is the very real possibility to push your pistol out of battery where it wont fire if the muzzle is in contact with the target. Firing a shot at contact distance can cause enough flesh, meat, and bone from the target to come back into a firearm and cause a firearm to stop working. Striking with a firearm can break it.
Self defense tends to be up close, and there is the possibility of having to grapple or ground fight with a pistol is something you NEED to prepare for if you choose to carry a pistol for self defense. But despite all that, the issues of contact shooting can be mostly mitigated with training and techniques. It is not good to spend money on equipment when training would be better.