Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments

Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments is a guide which teaches the best attachments to use for the weapons you are using. I have taken the guess work out for you, so that you won't have to guess which attachment is best for which weapons. If you already have the game mastered, you need not read any further. For the rest of you, who love information, read on... 

Over the last 5 days, I have tested every single weapon in game with all the barrel attachments that change recoil up to Para Bellum. I will share with you what I think are the best barrels for every single weapon in the game, and I will give you a link to check them out yourself if you want to.

Lets start by discussing the differences between a Compensator, Flash Hider, and Muzzle Brake.

Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments

Compensator – reduces ONLY horizontal recoil. It does not reduce the vertical climb speed, but it reduces the variety between every shoot.
Flash Hider - reduces BOTH vertical and horizontal recoil. It’s like Jack of all trades, does everything, but it’s not best in anything.
Muzzle Brake – reduces ONLY vertical recoil and on top of that moves the aim back to X0Y0 (the point where you started shooting) faster than any other barrel.
Silencers and Extended Barrels - do not reduce horizontal nor vertical recoil.

Note that all the weapons were tested with vertical grip, when available. After I tried Silencers and Extended Barrels for some weapons and I concluded after a few hours of testing, that both of this barrels DO NO AFFECT RECOIL. So I tested only Muzzle Brake, Flash Hider and Compensator for all the weapons. All recoil patterns are from 14m distance. This is done for 2 reasons. 1. The white wall on Coastline is amazing for testing recoil and 2. This seems like an average distance in a siege gun-fights. Here is the link to the position i tested the recoils from.

Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments

On top of that i tested every weapon and barrel in T-Hunt.

BUG: MK17 (Blackbeard) has no vertical variation between shoots. You can check this in the images I’ll post below. 

Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments

Method used: I started shooting from the same spot every time until the recoil was high enough and hit the wood, then i would stop and wait for the recoil to come down to the X0Y0 position (the spot i started shooting in the first place). And I continued to shoot until i ran out of bullets on each weapon. So let’s finally start with the recoil patterns.

Best barrel for every weapon:

  • Every pistol – Muzzle Brake
  • Every DMR (Twitch, Glaz, Buck, Blackbeard, Dokkaebi, Lion) – Muzzle Brake
  • 6P41 (Fuze, Finka) – Flash Hider (no other barrel that improves recoil)
  • 9x19VSN (Kapkan, Tachanka) – Compensator
  • 416-C Carbine (Jager) – Compensator
  • 552 Commando (IQ) – Compensator
  • 556XI (Thermite) – Flash Hider
  • AK-12 (Fuze) – Muzzle Brake (this weapon has horrible recoil with any barrel, but the vertical climb is impossible to control with anything other than Muzzle Brake. On top of that since, it has horrible recoil you can tap fire much faster with Muzzle Brake.
  • ALDA 5.56 (Maestro) – Muzzle Brake (since this weapon has almost no horizontal recoil there is no point in using anything other than Muzzle Brake)
  • AR33 (Thatcher) – Flash Hider (too much muzzle climb for compensator)
  • AUG A2 (IQ) – Compensator (for some reason not only is it better for horizontal recoil, but it’s better for vertical recoil too)
  • BEARING 9 (Hibana) – Compensator
  • C7E (Jackal) – Compensator (sooooo much better than the other 2)
  • C8-SFW (Buck) – Flash Hider
  • F2 (Twitch) – Muzzle Brake (the horizontal recoil is too small to worry about it, so there is no need for Flash Hider or Compensator)
  • FMG-9 (Somoke) – Flash Hider
  • G8A1 (IQ) – Compensator
  • G36C (Ash) – Compensator
  • K1A (Vigil) – Compensator
  • L85A2 (Sledge, Thatcher) – Flash Hider
  • LMG-E (Zofia) – Muzzle Brake
  • M12 (Caveira) – Flash Hider
  • M249 (Capitao) – Compensator
  • M762 (Zofia) – Compensator (it’s mind blowing how good this is compared to Muzzle Brake and Flash Hider)
  • MK17 CQB (Blackbeard) – Muzzle Brake
  • MP5 (Doc, Rook) – Flash Hider
  • MP5K (Mute) – Compensator
  • MP7 (Bandit) – Compensator
  • MPX (Valkyrie) – Compensator
  • Mx4 Storm (Alibi) – Compensator
  • PARA-308 (Caipitao) – Muzzle Brake (no horizontal recoil, so there is no need for anything else)
  • PDW9 (Jackal) – Compensator
  • R4-C (Ash) – Flash Hider (both the Flash Hider and Compensator work very good, however, it much easier to get head shots with flash hider since the distance from the first to second bullet it’s much smaller)
  • Scorpion Evo 3 A1 (Ela) – Compensator (Compensator it’s the only one that “works”. As in, it is only horrible, while the Flash Hider and Muzzle Break are an abomination)
  • SMG-11 (Smoke) – Compensator (it should be illegal to use anything else on SMG-11 since it’s light years better then all of the other barrels combined)
  • SPEAR .308 (Finka) – Muzzle Brake (same as Twitch and Capitao)
  • T-5 SMG (Lesion) – Flash Hider (the gap between the first bullet and the second is waaaaaaay to big to use Compensator)
  • T95-LSW (Ying) – Compensator
  • TYPE-89 (Hibana) – Compensator (off topic: somehow Muzzle Brake works 100x better than Flash Hider on this gun, but they are both inferior to the Compensator)
  • UMP45 (Castle, Pulse) – Compensator (this weapon as almost no vertical recoil, so there is no point in using anything other than Compensator)
  • V308 (Lion) – Muzzle Brake (same as Twitch, Finka, Capitao)
  • Vector .45 ACP (Mira) – Compensator

Since I am not going to post the entire set of images here, and force this page to take forever to load, I still want to prove with images my findings. I uploaded all the images on over to Imgur. Check out the full album of my findings for this Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments guide here.


Rainbow Six Siege Barrel Attachments written by Syrius-Wormwood

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