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AMN Gear Review: The Deflector Brake helps avoid ‘brass burn’

The Deflector Brake (Deflector Brake)
May 20, 2018

One of the most frustrating parts of going to the range is getting a “brass burn.” This is caused when an ejected casing ricochets onto you or a neighbor’s skin, and causes a skin burn. This can be dangerous if the shooter loses bearing, and points his or her weapon in an unsafe direction.

Most guys in my old infantry unit (me included) had a nice 2- to 3-inch scar on our neck as proof of this issue. The Deflector Brake has provided a solution to this painful problem.

Safe Zone (Deflector Brake)

If you fire a 30-round magazine from your typical AR-style weapon, your spent brass casings are going to go in 30 different directions. The Deflector Brake makes the patterns more predictable, and angles them forward and away.

The product itself is a small pad with a temporary adhesive that goes on the brass deflector right behind the ejection port. It will not only come off without damaging custom paint jobs, but it will protect that investment.

This is ideal for instances where you have multiple shooters standing next to each other. This will also help minimize the chances of a brass casing bouncing off a range booth wall and landing back in your shirt.

Having the casing sent forward is extremely helpful when firing the weapon left-handed, and to protect a coach or safety observer from being burned. This also makes clean up easier, as the casings will be more centralized, significantly cutting down time spent on “police-call.”

Product box (Deflector Brake)

We spoke to the manufacturer at Havoc Tactical Solutions (a service-disabled veteran-owned small business), and they had this to say: “We saw the need for something like this but also understood from the beginning it had to be simple, no nonsense, had to deliver real functionality and essentially have zero downside. We took our time, went through an incredible number of prototypes and materials over the course of three years, and at the end of the day are proud of the final result. We are confident, with some range time, the community will see the same added value.”

Low profile (Deflector Brake)

The manufacturer says the pad will last well over a thousand rounds and the included four pads should last the shooter over a year.

From opening the package to being completed, installation took me about three minutes total. They do recommend letting the pad sit for 24 hours before firing. However, you can change them out on the range if needed. Just plan ahead and enjoy the effects of not having to get yelled at by a range neighbor for burning them with your brass.

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