Question for the firearms people

by WolfFan

Does anyone know when the first muzzle brakes were developed? I've seen them on high-velocity artillery, mostly anti-tank artillery, made in the 1940s (mostly German ATA: 7.5 cm PAK, 8.8 cm PAK/FLAK, 12.8 cm FLAK) and on some small arms, notably the Cutts compensator on some Thompson guns and assorted muzzle brakes on anti-tank rifles (see the Boys rifle, for example) and on some fully automatic battle and assault rifles. Except for the Cutts compensator on the Thompsons I can't find a mention before the 1930s. Was the Cutts the first muzzle brake?

And, oh, does anyone know if any naval artillery ever had muzzle brakes fitted?

Posted on Apr 14, 2012, 7:43 PM

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  1. I think they dated to WWI. bunker_o_matic, Apr 14, 2012
    1. Re: I think they dated to WWI. Anonymous Coward, Apr 15, 2012
  2. Naval Guns. Madcat, Apr 15, 2012
  3. Possibly some WWI Lewis Guns. Hans, Apr 15, 2012
    1. Re: Possibly some WWI Lewis Guns. WolfFan, Apr 16, 2012
    2. Image of Lewis with muzzle brake. Nighthawke, Apr 16, 2012
      1. The Lewis Gun was gas operated.nt. Flank, Apr 16, 2012
  4. Cutts first patent dates. Tiffany, Apr 16, 2012


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