Is a pistol compensator as helpful to a handgun as a rifle compensator is to a long gun?
People love accessorizing their pistols, right/ Who doesn't want to slap some sights on, a red dot, a light, and maybe a compensator. Compensators have gotten awfully popular as of late, and it's easy to see why. Any little thing that can improve your capabilities might be worth the squeeze, right? Today we are looking at the Griffin Armament Micro Carry Comp and determining if the little fella has enough oomph to be worth the squeeze.
Compensators are designed to redirect the gas emitted from the barrel of a gun after a round is fired. The redirection of this gas can be used to reduce muzzle rise and recoil. The intended effect is to allow shooters to fire faster with more control. Compensators are huge in the competition world but have slowly slid into the world of defensive use firearms. The Griffin Armament Micro Carry Comp, in particular, was designed for concealed carry.
Most comps are big brick squares attached to the barrel of a firearm. They add length and bulk to a firearm. The Griffin Armament Micro Carry Comp is hardly any bigger than a traditional thread protector. It extends just beyond the barrel and provides a ported baffle face to mitigate recoil.
The Micro Carry Comp keeps things light, short, and easy to install. Thread it on, ensure it's correctly oriented, and bam, you are done. The small size and design keep things simplistic and ensure you have total compliance with almost every holster out there. Including this one, and this one, and hey, why not, this one.
I took two of these Micro Carry Comps and attached them to my P365 XL and CZ P10 C, and it took me a whole ten minutes total. That's all there was to it, and I can't say I wasn't psyched. I get a little finicky about attaching stuff to my guns. I want it to be perfect, and well, these are perfect.
As stated, they are essentially the size of thread protectors. These little things threaded on without issue, and I was at the range blasting away before I knew it. The Micro Carry Comp took a fair bit of bite out of both my P365 XL and P10 C. Neither gun is known for its exceptional recoil, but if you can reduce a little here and there, why wouldn't you?
I instantly noticed a rather exceptional improvement in the control of my SIG P365 XL. The CZ P10C is a fair bit bigger and easier to control as it is, but even then, I can feel a decent difference in recoil and muzzle rise. With the reduced recoil and muzzle rise, I saw my times decrease a fair bit for drills like the 10-10-10 and failure to stop drills.
With my P365 XL, my usual time is often barely under 10 seconds if I shoot it clean. I can go faster, but I see a decline in accuracy. With the Micro Carry Comp in place, I dial it down to right around 9.5 seconds, which is a time savings of between .25 and .4 seconds for me. Sure it's fractions of a second, but fractions of a second matter.
Because the Micro Carry Comp is hardly any bigger than a thread protector, it never changes the way the weapon handles. It remains balanced without weight sticking off the front. It also doesn't impede concealment. It's hardly noticeable and easy to forget about until you start slinging lead, that is.
The little Micro Carry Comp does a surprisingly nice job at reducing recoil and muzzle rise. It makes a smaller firearm handle like a larger one, and I mean that in a good way. The Micro Carry Comp makes a very minimal footprint but provides performance well above its weight class. It's truly surprising how effective such a little piece of metal can be.
Sure, larger, dedicated compensators will reduce recoil and muzzle rise even more, but they often cost more, are larger and heavier. However, the Griffin Armament Micro Carry Comp is an impressive little option. Check it out here!
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.
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