With the explosion of aftermarket bolt on, add on, and trinkets for the AR series of rifles lately, I have honestly stopped trying to keep up with what is out there and who is using it. I have gone back to my steadfast accessories and used what I had been using for years because I was familiar with them and they worked well for me. Honestly, with all the marketing hype and celebrity wink wink, shake shake, paid promotions that are going on in this industry right now, for any accessories used on a rifle, I have lost consumer confidence.
Trusting what is actually “advanced”, or “XX% better” or even “gives the Tactical Advantage” has gotten so cliché. So, in saying this, when I started to see the videos and advertisements for the new Lantac Dragon brake, I have to say I was not overly enthused about running right out and getting one. Especially because I already had brakes on my rifles of various makes that I liked. During a conversation with the guys over at Cold Dead Hands, the Lantac Dragon came up. I told them I had seen it and was skeptical about the claims that it could cure freckles and warts. However, because they were dealers, I would try one out just to see. Upon receiving the Lantac, my first impression was what seemed to be design inspirations from Surefire for the external body, Miculek for the porting layout, and PWS & KAC for the tri-venting end cap.
Out of the packaging, I noticed a sample packet of Frog Lube and found that the two companies are paired up. Knowing the quality of Frog Lube I could only assume that they would only accept another company on board if they met a similar level of quality and production. In the package came the crush washer needed to time the brake correctly, so I grabbed up one of my 16” AR’s and screwed on the new device. Now this thing isn’t the shortest brake I have, but it isn’t so long that I would call foul either. It is actually a great length for that 14.5” rifle you need to make NFA legal.
Lantac puts serial numbers on each of their brakes for “quality control”. I assume if there was an issue with some of them, they would at least know where to start with a serial number range to recall IF there were ever metallurgy or machining issues, which is a good thing as most companies do not do this and have no idea when or in what sequence their brakes are made. As always, I pushed through a cleaning rod to check for match up just to make sure there is nothing in direct blockage of the bore. Last thing you want is to add a super awesome cool guy thingy and have it be the weakest link in the chain that makes your gun come apart or worse, you. At last, I took the rifle fitted with the new Lantac Dragon out to the range for some shooting. For an initial judgment, I can say that after about 400 rounds with the Lantac it is at least on par with the PWS, Surefire, Miculek, and KAC brakes I have used. However, I am not sure if it quite sets the bar as high as my Seekins precision brakes, which is on both my Seekins precision guns. Now, in saying all of this, I truly feel that proper weapons mounting, stance and grip have A LOT to do with recoil reduction. However, having a brake is most definitely a HUGE step when it comes to being able to place rapid follow up shots without having to be super aggressive with your rifle.
In closing, I did like the Lantac Dragon and will add it to the collection of “would buy” for our rifles here at Shadow 6, and am actually a bit impressed with the lack of felt recoil and the minimum movement of sight on target during rapid fire or quickly timed fire drills. Does the Lantac Dragon cure freckles or warts? I'm pretty sure it won’t, but will it help you drive your rifle and make rapid and accurate follow up shots in a controlled manner?