Review of the Howling Raven Mosin Nagant 91/30 Muzzle Brake

Howling Raven Mosin Nagant 91/30 Muzzle Brake Review Having recently seen Gear-Report.com Editor Jeff’s Modern Mosin Sniper build, my testosterone laden envy forced me to click my keyboard and order […]

Howling Raven Mosin Nagant 91/30 Muzzle Brake Review

Having recently seen Gear-Report.com Editor Jeff’s Modern Mosin Sniper build, my testosterone laden envy forced me to click my keyboard and order my own Mosin, an Archangel stock assembly, a Timney trigger and a Howling Raven Muzzle Brake.  This review will focus on the muzzle brake.

The Howling Raven muzzle brake came with instructions, the brake, locking fasteners and an allen wrench. The finish on the brake was clean and evenly machined.  There were no tool marks, scuffs or rough spots.

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 Unpackaged muzzle brake

Installation

Installation was extremely easy.  The brake slides over the front sight post and twists down.  Using the allen wrench, tighten the fasteners that anchor the brake to the end of the barrel.  That’s it.  I did find that the screws did work loose after 10 rounds.  To ensure that the brake stayed secured, I used blue Loctite and tightened them down.  After firing an additional 15 rounds, the screws stayed secure without any issues.

howling Raven mosin nagant muzzle Brake Easy to install

Easy to install

Field test

Firing the Mosin with the Howling Raven muzzle brake was a definite positive experience.  The recoil was significantly reduced and the muzzle rise was very minor.  It was easy to put the muzzle back on target.  Without the muzzle brake, the rifle had a significant recoil and muzzle rise. It took a second to put the muzzle back on target without the brake installed.

The weight of the brake is around 10 ounces which does put a little weight on the muzzle but it doesn’t seem to be unmanageable when carrying the rifle for long periods and frequent firing. Overall, the experience of firing the Mosin was enhanced with the Howling Raven Muzzle Brake. Reduced recoil and increased muzzle control are strong attributes that make shooting a Mosin a fun time at the range.  The brake also looks great when modifying a Mosin with modern furniture.  If you own a Mosin Nagant or are thinking of buying one to shoot, you should buy the Howling Raven Mosin Nagant 91/30 Muzzle Brake.  It is probably the single most progressive shooting enhancement you can make for a Mosin.

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Front view 

 howling Raven mosin nagant muzzle Brake side view

 Side view

 howling Raven mosin nagant muzzle Brake spousal unit

The spousal unit firing the Mosin Nagant build.

 howling Raven mosin nagant muzzle Brake phil

Phil with the new build and the Howling Raven Mosin Nagant 91/30 Muzzle Brake installed

About Phil

Bringing more real world “tactical” experience and international flair to the Gear Report team, Phil grew up overseas in Latin America, the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Bilingual in Spanish and English, he joins Josejuan in the Español division at Gear Report (or will, if we ever have one). A natural outdoorsman, Phil spent a lot of time fishing in Peru, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic, hunting in Burma and camping everywhere. Phil is an avid sports shooter and owns several platforms in handguns, rifles and shotguns. He is beginning to train to participate in local shooting competitions. Phil joined the US Army after a brief attempt at college, serving in a combination of active duty and the reserves for 22 years. Earned the Ranger Tab while in the 1st Ranger Battalion and participated in operations world wide in hostile and friendly countries. Also served time in traditional Infantry units, was an instructor for several US Army schools to include Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC), Basic and Advanced Noncommissioned Officers Course (BNCOC/ANCOC) and fundamental rifle and handgun marksmanship. Retired as a First Seargent from the US Army in 2004. Currently a contractor working in Geospatial technologies. Phil is not phased by the often overtly belligerent work environment at Gear Report, having worked in hostile places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. A current Virginia resident, Phil is an avid dog owner, Harley rider and fisherman.