Home Defense Rifle.
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January 9th, 2010 05:18 PM
I much prefer the AR over the AK. That said, inside my house they stay in the safe. There is ALWAYS a 12ga. with an 18.5" barrel and cylinder choke loaded full of 00 buck though. Not to mention the glory of John Browning on the nightstand
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January 9th, 2010 06:58 PM
Go with whichever rifle you are the most use to, the middle of the night with an intruder in the house is no time to try and remember how to work the weapon.
Ammo selection is better for the 5.56x45mm (.223 Remington) than for the 5.45x39mm, but either rifle will get the job done.
January 9th, 2010 11:35 PM
January 10th, 2010 10:02 PM
I agree with ALMOST everything....except I load mine with #5 or #6 shot....it is devastating at interior home range, and will not penetrate walls like 00 buck...just my .02
Originally Posted by Plumberguy
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January 11th, 2010 04:35 AM
From a static position I much prefer the shotgun for home defense.
I use a 12 Guage, but the 20 works too. Mine is loaded with 00. If I was worried about overpenetration I'd load #4's in it. I have a brick home, so penetration isn't as much of a concern.
If the shotgun doesn't do the trick, the M4 is loaded and nearby too. The shotgun buys me time to get the M4. If it gets that bad, I want something with some range, as I intend to be keeping people off my lawn.
The AR/M4 is more manuverable than the shotgun. I can, although I would prefer not to, clear my house with the M4. While it can be done with a shotgun, it's not a good option IMHO. If I actually had to clear the house with a firearm, I would prefer a handgun due to it's versatility and ability to be shot one handed.
Since you were asking about a weapon to use from a fixed position, top of the stairs IIRC, I would look at the shotgun. The shotgun is used when power is needed, IMO. I use the shotgun because I am the last line of defense in my home. If they get past me, that leaves the other residents of the home at the badguy's mercy. In my mind, that leaves no room for the attackers having the ability to continue in a forward motion. Thus, give me the shotgun.
One can argue that follow-up shots are faster with the rifle, and I will concede that point to a degree. The moderately trained individual can however learn to be very effective with the shotgun in an afternoon. The rifle has a longer range, but in a home defense scenario I don't see it being a matter of range so much, as a matter of power. It also takes longer IME to learn to be moderately accurate and quick with the rifle.
Of the two rifle platforms listed I'd go with the AR/M4 in 5.56/.223.
January 11th, 2010 05:03 AM
Birdshot is for birds. It might make a gruesome surface wound, but it lacks the penetration to reach the vital organs.
Originally Posted by snowdoctor
There's truly no such thing as a free lunch. Anything that can penetrate the human body to the degree needed to reach the vital organs and incapacitate an assailant will penetrate interior walls with ease.
Check out the Box O' Truth for some interesting experiments with shotgun loads. The Box O' Truth - The Box O' Truth
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