In the last ten years, the options for optics, lights, and even muzzle devices for carry and duty guns have exploded. I've experimented with optics and lights, but my handguns have been muzzle device free until recently. That's all changed now.
A compensator is a muzzle device that is designed to reduce recoil and muzzle rise on a handgun. They vary significantly in design and size, but the T-Comp appears to be a more straightforward design. It's a two-piece design that eliminates the need for set screws. All a shooter need is a threaded ½ x 28 barrel, and an included 16mm wrench.
The two-piece design of the T-Comp includes the actual compensator and housing that fits around it. The benefits of this design are its simplistic installation. Aligning the compensator is very easy, and installation can be done without fragile set screws. The compensator's design does not require a specific orientation inside the housing. It has ports at every angle, and the ports that are to the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions are out of play and covered by the housing.
"Oh, my" was the first thought I had when firing a 124-grain +P SIG M17 through my P365 hybrid equipped with the Tyrant Designs T-Comp. The sights barely moved and, in a snap, I was back on target. Firing these loads through an unmodified P365 gives you some smack and jump as you'd expect potent self-defense ammo to do.
The T-Comp was able to reduce to take that recoil and muzzle flip and reduce it down to something more akin to firing a 115 grain out of a full-sized, all-metal pistol. It makes the SIG P365 a real kitten with more powerful ammo types, which makes front sight acquisition much easier for fast follow-up shots.
That is the height of muzzle rise. That's it, folks.
You won't notice a massive difference with the already soft shooting 115-grain FMJs. You'll feel less recoil, but the most prominent difference comes from heavier, more powerful loads. The little comp does a lot of work for how simple it is.
There is no noticeable increase in muzzle blast or noise either. Low light testing showed minor flare, but I could perceive it from behind the gun. The T-Comp stayed nice and tight after some wrench work ensured it wasn't going to move. After a hundred of those M17 rounds failed to shake it, I doubt much else will.
The obvious downside is the increased length, making it a bit hard to find holsters. But while the gun is longer, it extends the barrel, which is easier to conceal. As far as holsters, I found it fit my CrossBreed DropSlide P365 XL Holster perfectly.
If you don't mind a little extra length, you can tame the P365 quite a bit. It's not an accessory for everyone as the design does make the P365 XL a little longer than a G19 but that being said, it's less snappy than a G19 and much thinner.
The Tyrant Designs T-Comp is surprisingly affordable and a great way to make your concealed carry pistol or any handgun stay on target.
What do you think? Is a compensator a great way to upgrade a pistol? What do you like or dislike about it?
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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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