an AR for home defense? Lets talk about it

an AR for home defense? Lets talk about it

Welcome back to the 13th installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.

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Is the AR-15 a good choice for a home defense weapon?

While surfing through gun blogs a popular and frequent post you see is someone showing their home defense protection gun. Most commonly I see people post a picture of their shotgun or a bedside pistol. I don’t see many people talking about using their AR-15 as their primary weapon for the defense of their home and family, and why not?

I think the AR-15 can be and maybe should be your primary defense weapon when it comes to home defense for these 7 reasons.

1. User Friendly – Blanket statement, the AR is easy to shoot. Well, I think it’s easier and more accurate than a pistol. Plus if you spend more range time using your black rifle, then maybe that should be your number 1 defense weapon.

2. Magazine Capacity – While there is no questioning the stopping power of a shotgun, you fall short with the amount of rounds that can be loaded into it. In a perfect world you confront an intruder in a small room and don’t need to spend much ammo but what happens if you get into a shoot out? Or your backyard? Even the best semi automatic shotguns are not as reliable as your AR-15. High magazine capacity makes the AR a nice choice.

3. Maneuverability – You might be able to point your pistol faster than your AR-15 but since when does pointing and hitting your target the same thing? Let’s be honest, pistols point fast and miss fast when compared to the precision of your AR-15.

4. Low Recoil – AR’s have low recoil considering their stopping power. Lower recoil means more time on the target. Good for you, bad for your intruder.

5. Noise – I’m not here to say your AR-15 isn’t loud. But is it much louder than your shotgun or pistol? Even if you make the argument that it is, in many states you can buy a suppressor to mitigate this potential negative. Plus deafening noise alone can intimidate an intruder, or better yet startle them and get them off their mission. 

6. Range – I don’t need to argue the effective range of your pistol and shotgun are under 15 yards at best (maybe 30 yards for you tactical operators lol). In closed quarters this may surfice, but life isn’t perfect. It’s better to be prepared for a long range assault than to not have the proper weapon when needed.

7. Sight acquisition – Anyone who has shot through a red dot knows how superior it is compared to shooting through iron sights on a pistol.

Whatever weapon you choose, make sure you have spent significant range time training with it, as well as shooting it with 1 arm. Training is the most important part in defending yourself and not mistakenly shooting your toilet.

 Who else uses their AR-15 as their home defense weapon? Leave a comment.



4 Responses

Jeff
Jeff

May 03, 2017

I have an ever evolving PPG for the house. That both me and the wife practice with. Current configuration is 10.5in barrel with AAC M4-2000 suppressor. We do practice drills through out the house with snap caps and live fire at the local LE range. ARs are more friendly to my wife as she has arthritis in both hands and prefers a revolver for carry. Also, there are several hidden magazines located/hidden around the house for reloading if necessary.

Gregg
Gregg

April 18, 2017

In my suburban development of 3,000 square foot average construction mdf and vinyl sided homes I’m afraid I will take out my neighbors child three houses down on our 1/4 acre lots if I shoot my 2700 fps AR

DCT
DCT

April 18, 2017

Sir… You need to consider maneuverability, collateral damage, and stopping power. With subsonic specialized rounds, a 300 blackout may be good PDW but in general, 556 / 223 is too hot. We struggled with this in combat. It’s why LE SRU teams in cities use MP5 variants. You really want a slower larger round that will drop a target fast without having to hit a headshot. And unless you are by yourself on a ranch you do not want a round going through walls. A shotgun allows a person to stay in a room and be secure and has a much larger accuracy tolerance. A pistol allows much faster maneuver and target acquisition than any rifle. It’s why we practice transitioning in Military and LE.

Jay Andre
Jay Andre

April 18, 2017

I’m in 100% agreement with you, on all counts. My weapon of choice, for home defense, is my AR 15 7 1/2’’ pistol. And believe me, if Florida had open carry, I would carry that at my side. I designed a carry holster by ‘’adapting/altering", a ’’Swat Type" thigh rig. I works fantastic. Th AR is secure, but very fast on the draw!! The #5 comment about noise, is a real issue. Because we’ve seen so many movies, and tv shows where good guy and bad guys alike, shoot handguns and rifles and shotguns in confined spaces, as in bedrooms, living rooms, and especially inside cars, we have become ’’conditioned’’ to think it’s no big deal. Well it most certainly is! I’ve had the situation arise, more than a couple of times, where a gun, had to fired in a room, and believe me, my ears were ringing for about a day after!! Fortunately, there was no ear/hearing damage of any kind. Shooting outside, as in the wide open spaces, it’s not an issue. There was a time, in South Florida, when one could shoot outside, and I never wore ear or eye protection, other than my sunglasses, then only because it’s so bright here. And I was shooting everything from .44 Magnums, to .30-.30’s, to .308’s, etc. So, just be careful inside a confined space. I do understand, that in a ‘’panic situation’’ one isn’t going to have time to put on ear protection, and one does what one has to do to survive. I would rather be deaf and alive, than dead with intact hearing!!

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