Good ole trusty thudy-thudy will serve you well for hd beyond your initial 25 yard perimeter to about 100 to 150 yards. YMMV
If you're willing to think outside the 5.56 box, the responses from other members here also provide good ideas for simple HD rifles. There are always AK's in 5.45 or 7.62x39. AK's are generally cheaper than AR's. Good AK's go for about the same prices as low-midgrade quality AR's. SKS's are a very affordable option.
A rifle just isn't a great HD gun unless you're defending the whole farm from the rooftop. THEN you want a good rifle that will reach out and touch someone. I all depends on what exactly HD is to you- an apartment with kids on the other side of the wall, or a farm on 1000 acres, or somewhere in between. - Most homes don't really have more than 20-30 feet of straight line sight anyway; a good handgun will take care of that with no problem and you won't even need the shotgun other than for the missus to provide the 'last line' in the bedroom if you have to go clear for some reason (like going to protect your kids in the other room).
My opinion only. Sks, good round, simple gun, inexpensive, highly modifiable, not sure that's a word. You get the point. And you can finally use the term clip correctly in a conversation when referring to stripper clips!
I have read different articles stating that a high speed round such as the 5.56 is ideal for home use with proper bullets because the bullets will expend their energy in the walls and not continue on to your neighbors house. Where as a larger and lower velocity round would plow through the walls and into the next house with ease. Makes sense to me.
Im ganna go on a limb with something I know little about but how about a Rossi Circut Judge? Sure it has the disadvantage of a revolver (only six rounds) but it has the versatility of choice. You can shoot .45 and .45 Long Colt as well as 410 and that is not to mention the different loads of each to choose from. Plenty of people do rely on revolvers vs semi-autos for defense... this is just a revolver carbine so to speak?
Again I dont know much beyond what I have read and hears about them but they seem formidable and I have yet to hear anythinf negative.
Never shot the Rossi revolving rifle but I have made the mistake of having my hand in front of the cylinder when firing large revolvers. They put off some hot gas. As I said, never tried it with the Rossi.Quote:
Rossi Circut Judge?
Ahhh! For whatever reason I cant edit my post.
The Rossi Circut Judge is well within a realistic budget. I have found one at Wally World with a wood stock and foregrip and a picatinny rail for optics and its $530 I think. They have several options like wood or synthetic, iron sights only or a rail, etc.
It really seems to be an ideal home defense weapon if your on a budget and are willing to sacrifice hicap and semiauto. Both of thoes can be made up for with having a pistol for backup of course
this is exactly what I heard, I heard they can also be better than a pistol in the home, and with 00 buckshot, there can be over penetration, and when birdshot, there may not be enough penetration. most likely I would use my glock 23, this rifle will also definitely be used for fun lol .'.any good, affordable ak that fires 5.65? thanx for making me feel welcome also
One can only answer this question in a situational sense. If you live in an apartment, use any name brand riot gun with bird shot in order to avoid overpenetration, or any name brand handgun with hollowpoints or frangible ammunition. If you live in a house, you may upgrade your shotgun to slugs or buckshot. If you live in a rural area with your neighbors at a respectable distance, you may wish to include an intermediate range semiautomatic rife such as an ak clone, an sks or a ruger mini 14. Whatever you choose, practice with it until you are very comfortable, and be sure to purchase enough magazines if warranted.
Where do you live?
Eat Ramen and hot dogs for a couple months and make the budget $1K.
Then buy a Colt 6920.
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For Home Defense I prefer pistol caliber carbines, if you can find one in the same caliber as your psitol then you've just increased your ammo buying power