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November 30, 2008, 05:40 AM
Please let me know if you can identify the weird-looking thing at the end of the bottom barrel. What's its purpose - Is it useful (I suspect not, or everybody at the skeet range would have one ! ).

Also - the device under the bottom barrel is, I assume, some sort or recoil dampening gizmo. Do these things work ?

It looks as if the owner went to the Widget store and loaded up, but he forgot the flashlight and red dot scope.

November 30, 2008, 06:34 AM
The muzzle attachment is simply another type of compensator, something that works to reduce muzzle flip by forcing the propellant gas up, which keeps the muzzle down (the same thing that the ports in the barrel are supposed to do). The thing hanging off the lower barrel appears to be a mercury weight, which is ALSO supposed to reduce recoil, and to ensure smoothness when you're swinging through a target. All in all, more gimmicky than anything else, and if someone is fighting recoil to the extent that they think they need all of these things, they should probably stop shooting skeet with the 3" Magnum loads.

November 30, 2008, 07:26 AM
The thing at the end of the barrel is a spoon compensator. It supposedly directs the gasses upwards and reduces barrel jump, thus allowing a quicker second shot.

The gadget under the barrel looks like a standard Skeet weight. When you don't have the tubes (sub-bore barrel liners) installed, the weight helps to keep the gun handling the same. And, yes, any added weight reduces recoil.

There are similar looking devices, like the BreaKO mercury filled recoil reducer, but they are heavier and typically placed in the butt stock's bolt hole.
Graco weight set
BreaKO recoil reducer

Today's quiz:
Back to the spoon compensator, anyone know why this gun might have one when the barrels are already ported?

December 1, 2008, 08:41 PM

Back to the spoon compensator, anyone know why this gun might have one when the barrels are already ported?

The easy reason is that the shooter wanted more anti-lift action than the ported barrels provided. But, I doubt this is the case.
Remember, the barrel weight suggests this is a tubed Skeet gun. As many Skeet shooters have found out, ported barrels are fine when shooting the 12-ga; but, when you install the tubes, the barrel lift is back. The spoon compensator is primarily to reduce barrel lift when shooting the 20-ga tubes. With the 28-ga and .410-bore tubes, lift isn't a significant problem.