The AR-15 is the Best Home Defense Weapon

Last month, experienced firearms owner Joe Biden advised gun owners across America that the AR-15 is a poor self-defense weapon because it is “difficult to aim” and “harder to use”. At about the same time, Piers Morgan claimed that he was “okay” with Americans owning pistols for self-defense and went on to claim that “no one needs an AR-15”. After listening to all this advice, I was forced to take a moment to reflect on why I, and many other gun owners, would opt for an AR-15 (or similar modern rifle) in the event my life were to be threatened.

The first point that Vice President Biden tried to make about the AR-15 is that it is difficult to aim. Just thinking about the average home, it is highly unlikely that any invasion attempt would necessitate a long range, precision shot to achieve the desired results. Furthermore, if the AR-15 is so difficult to aim, why is it the most ubiquitous match rifle in competitions throughout the nation? Would this not be equivalent to Tiger Woods intentionally selecting a set of clubs that he struggles with, just so this year’s U.S. Open will be more difficult? Of course this is ridiculous; the match shooters pick the AR-15 because it is a highly customizable and accurate platform, making it ever so slightly easier to post excellent scores. On the flip side, a shotgun shoots a spread, which by its very nature is less accurate and less predictable.

The Vice President also mentioned that the AR-15 is harder to use than a shotgun. I suppose at its heart, the AR-15 is more complex than your typical pump-action shotgun, but from a controls standpoint the debate is a wash. The last thing any homeowner wants to do while trying to protect his/her family is to fumble around with shotgun shells and reloading. The AR-15 with a standard capacity magazine is ideal for these scenarios. Additionally, the recoil of most 12 gauge shotguns is more substantial than the typical medium to petite female can comfortably handle. Here, the AR-15 with its mild recoil once again prevails.

Piers Morgan’s assertion that pistols are better self-defense tools flies directly in the face of widely accepted field studies. Contrary to some peoples’ beliefs, the AR-15 is not some villainous machine of unmatched firepower. In reality, the .223 Remington/5.56mm NATO round is an excellent and appropriate choice for personal defense at a wide variety of ranges. This is exactly why the Department of Homeland Security has chosen to equip officers with AR-15 variants. The truth of the matter is that any round capable of meeting the FBI’s Ballistic Test Protocol will run the risk of overpenetration, including handgun rounds. The important difference between using a handgun for personal defense as opposed to a rifle is that the rifle round becomes destabilized after passing through tissue or even dry wall. While still potentially dangerous, the bullet would be very deformed and less likely to travel straight through additional walling and insulation. Pistol rounds on the other hand tend to maintain their shape (unless using hollow-points, which are illegal in some areas) and can chug along through several light barriers before stopping. Shot from a shotgun has been shown to behave similarly to pistol rounds in this regard. To say that a rifle is excessive as compared to a handgun or shotgun for self-defense scenarios is a clear manifestation of ballistic ignorance.

Lastly, we must consider that an AR-15, like any other rifle, has two points of retention. As a result, a user is much less likely to be disarmed by the invader in a self-defense situation. Having two hands on the firearm greatly increases overall control of the weapon and helps to provide a better base of fire for more accurate shots. I suppose an intruder could grab the barrel, but he is likely to be in for a wild, but short ride if he decides to go this route.

So the next time Joe Biden tells you that you will “kill your kid in the bedroom” with your AR-15, remember that his shotgun is every bit as likely (if not more likely) to do the same.

Source Material:

http://www.theboxotruth.com/

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/vp-tells-ar-15-assault-rife-fans-buy-shotgun-article-1.1268084

http://greent.com/40Page/general/fbitest.htm

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10 thoughts on “The AR-15 is the Best Home Defense Weapon

  1. The best defense strategy for a home is to have: 1. A well-advertised alarm system. 2. More than one exit, that you have rehearsed using. 3. Insurance against theft losses. 4. A functioning brain armed with a superior attention span.

    Anyone with a functioning brain would know that remaining in a home to confront an intruder entails incredible risk. It’s so much smarter to just SCRAM, on the double. Stuff can be replaced. Keep yourself safe, by a quick exit. Leave the shootout to the cops! They have better weapons than you could buy.

    • You dumbass, cops use semi auto ar 15’s and glocks. Civilians can own those in 44 states in the Us. Your a gun protagonist because your a ignorant pussy who is unaware of the second ammendment and if I were a robber I would want to come at a female in a males body like you. I guarantee your are in with the Brady campaign on trying to take civilians guns when we pay the taxes amd run this country.yur waiting your time on gun control because the way the contrition is stayed is that no matter how many gun control laws they pout into affect, people can still keep the guns and ammo they already have. A gun is controlled by a person, 32 people a day are killed with a gun every day in the U.S., that’s the best fact that your gun protagonists can say when over 311 million people live in the U.S, if you take away guns than you are starting a civil war with the south returning to kick the north s’ gun controlling ass. You don’t have time ypto run away if someone breaks in lastly and they would shoot you If they saw you run from them. I would put up big money to assume that because of your ignorant views on guns and home protection that you are either gay, a stoner, or both. Go live in California with all the hippys who have terrible views on guns because they are high while asked about this topic. Besides you would be in a body bag by the time the police come to assistance. Better yet let’s put you in the ghetto four a week with your theory and tell me how that works out for you

    • You must not have a functioning brain buddy. You are assuming incorrectly that you will even have time to make an exit. You may just have seconds to react to the intruder. He may be armed. He may want to harm you. If it is up to this fail government all you will be left with is a pocket protector to defend your home.

      My greatest hope one day is that you are visited by a cracked out junkie looking for loot, and he decides to make you his butt buddy. Good luck there Sparky. I hope you remember your exit strategy, because its going to rather be an entry strategy for him. Too bad you didn’t do the smart thing and buy yourself that AR. You could have shined that strobe light accessory to blind him in his face and taken him down with a well placed shot. And if you missed, you would have 9 more in the magazine to make sure the job is done. If your shot doesnt kill him, the noise alone will scare him to death.
      Instead you are going to have something else in your face, and when hes done maybe he’ll let you live. Congrats exit strategy boy. And just thinking about your ridiculous statement, what about if you dont want to jump off a second story window? What if you live in a high rise apartment, or you are too old or too young to run away?

      Get a clue dummy. Too many cappucinos have made you soft and weak.

    • HEY INVISIBLE MIKEY: The best defense strategy for a home is to have: 1. A well-advertised alarm system. 2. More than one exit, that you have rehearsed using. 3. Insurance against theft losses. 4. A functioning brain armed with a superior attention span. AND A FIREARM (AN AR15, AS THE ARTICLE SAYS WOULD BE ONE OF THE BEST CHOICES) THAT GIVES YOU THE CAPABILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOU COULD ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL OF GETTING YOURSELF AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY TO SAFETY WITHOUT BEING OVERPOWERED BY VIOLENT HOME INVADERS. YOU CAN’T JUST JUMP OUT A WINDOW AND LEAVE YOUR FAMILY BEHIND, AND TO IGNORE THAT NEEDING TO CONFRONT VIOLENT CRIMINALS TO GET TO YOUR KIDS COULD BE A PROBABILITY AS MUCH AS A POSSIBILITY. IF RUNNING AWAY WORKED – NOBODY WOULD EVER BE HURT BY CRIMINALS. IF WAITING FOR THE COPS TO SHOOT IT OUTWORKED – THERE WOULDN’T BE CASUALTIES. AND IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW – THE US CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES US THE RIGHT TO THE SAME WEAPONS THE COPS USE! (OF COURSE THE NEW PROGRESSIVE SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO CHANGE THAT)

  2. As much as I agree that getting out is the best option, often this option does not present itself.

    I disagree with the premise that the police have superior weaponry. Though some departments do have fully automatic weapons, generally the police are no better equipped than the average person from a firearm standpoint.

    • Why run, when your in your own home? i wouldn’t. don’t want to get shot in the back. call 911, sit where you are, you will have the drop on the bad guy. your property, defend it.

    • Here you’re falling into the trap that fully automatic weapons are somehow superior or more deadly in a firefight. They really aren’t, apart from making noise, missing things, and wasting ammo really fast, fully automatic weapons are generally only good for target suppression or moving targets into an area where the guys with the semi-autos are waiting to take them down with precision shots. Selective fire weapons are great in that they can serve both functions, but when engaging a single intruder in a gun fight, your semiautomatic rifle is just as good if not better than the cops cheap department issue rifle, selective fire or not.

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  4. Never try to have a discussion with gun grabbers,they have made up their minds as have the gun owners. The last statement,while true,only fuels their fight that all firearms are deadly(think22cal)Guees what? All firearms are deadly. As are cars,and swimming pools and or life in general.I bet gravity causes more deaths than anything. Just remember, if you own a gun,join organisations that help our cause.Be safe and teach others all you can.can. Don’t be a caliber or platform snob.We are all in int together.Just stop trusting people like the ones currently in office.And get out there and fight for freedom.

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