Imagine this for a moment: It’s 4 AM and you’re resting quietly on your bed. Suddenly, you hear your door break open from a violent kick. You hear the muffled sounds of men on one mission: To kill you and take your valuables. What would you do in a situation like that?
Normally, you might pull out a pistol or a shotgun. However, what if there are multiple targets? Would those two guns be sufficient? Maybe…or you could opt-in for a gun that’s designed for these encounters: An AR-15.
This is absolutely perfect for multiple intruders because of the 20-30 round magazine capacity — allowing you to hold your ground while the police come.
And the best part? Since the AR-15 is incredibly accurate (especially if throw on the best AR-15 scope) and doesn’t over-penetrate (with the right ammo), you don’t have to worry about bullets hitting your neighbors.
You’re probably thinking: “You’re overhyping it, dude. Nobody ever used an AR-15 to take on multiple armed intruders.”
You couldn’t be further from the truth. Because, believe it or not, people actually do defend their home from multiple intruders with an AR-15.
For example, last year in Gen St. Mary, Florida, two home defenders (one armed with an AR-15) successfully defended their home against SEVEN armed intruders. But imagine if they didn’t have an AR-15…would we be hearing about that story?
Probably not. And that’s why I can say with confidence: the AR-15 is one of the most powerful home defense weapons in your arsenal.
It can even stop a multi-person home invasion, protecting your loved ones from a dangerous fiasco. And if that didn’t sell you on the AR-15, wait until you hear about the:
Benefits of Using an AR-15 for Home Defense
The AR-15 is accurate, low recoil, lightweight, easy to shoot, customizable and highly versatile. As a result, you could use an AR-15 for plinking, target shooting, hunting and even home defense.
It’s no wonder the AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the United States. It’s just so:
Easy to Shoot
In fact, the AR-15 is actually easier to shoot than a shotgun or even a pistol. The reason? The AR-15 is easy-to-hold and doesn’t kick much. This is really great for beginners.
Because let’s face it: People tend to shoot better with a carbine. If you don’t believe me, why don’t you head out to the range and shoot all three weapons: shotgun, pistol and an AR-15.
You’ll not only notice it’s easier to shoot but the AR-15 has really:
The AR-15 has little to no recoil, especially if it’s chambered in a .223 cartridge).
In fact, the recoil is so light that young children have NO issues shooting an AR-15. That’s why the AR-15 is an ideal choice for families. (Of course, every family member who is authorized to use the AR-15 should be trained).
And as a result of this, the AR-15 has:
Because let’s face it: Every round you miss can potentially spell your death — especially in tense home invasion scenarios.
That’s why you need a gun with really great accuracy. And the AR-15 delivers on that promise.
After all, the AR-15 has virtually no kick along with several points of contact that provide greater stability, making the AR rifle really accurate.
Due to this, the AR-15 could easily reach out to 300-500 yards (if you need to fire from a distance) whereas the pistol is accurate to about 25 yards (for most people).
That’s not all. The rifle is also incredibly:
Lightweight (and Ergonomic)
It’s only 6 pounds empty. Freaking insane. That gives you enough room to throw on game-changing accessories like a tactical laser sight and a red dot to give yourself an unfair edge.
Speaking of edges, the AR-15’s trigger press, adjustable stock, safety location, and shooter fit is so well designed that it gets top marks in the ergonomic department. Even better is the:
Ammunition & Magazine Capacity
The rifle’s 30 round magazine capacity is crazy. But you know what’s more crazy? The AR’s most popular cartridge — the .223/5.56 NATO — penetrates less than pistol bullets and shotgun shells.
How do I know? The FBI put the claim to the test. They fired various .223 rounds and compared them to 9mm, 10mm, and .40 S&W calibers (pistol ammo).
The results? The .223 penetrated the least.
The takeaway? If you’re going to choose a cartridge for your AR-15, go with something like the Hornady’s 55-grain load. It’s specifically designed for in-house use which will minimize bullet penetration.
Speaking of choosing, how about we talk about the AR-15’s:
You can add anything you want: Laser sights, scopes, red dot sights, slings — you name it.
Also, you can upgrade parts of the AR-15 that you personally don’t like. Like the grip, trigger, stock, muzzle device and just about any gun part you can imagine.
But a pro tip: adding unnecessary accessories will bring the weight up which will have a toll on maneuverability. Instead, keep the build simple: A 16-inch barrel, an adjustable stock, a light, and a simple red dot sight.
And that’s it. There you go ladies and gentlemen, you’ve now got yourself a solid, lightweight, low recoil, easy-to-use carbine that can hold twenty or thirty rounds that won’t over-penetrate. Nice!
Here’s the truth: Although the AR-15 is a solid home defense weapon, it’s not for everyone.
Some folks prefer pistols, while others prefer shotguns. There’s really no ‘right’ answer. It just boils down to preference and environment.
And with that said, I’d like to turn it over to you: What firearm do you use (or plan on using) for home defense? Let me know by leaving a comment below (and if you use an AR-15, give the comment section some love and express your thoughts on the rifle).
Richard Douglas is the founder of Scopes Field, a website where he personally reviews the best scopes on the market. He’s a strong 2nd Amendment advocate and believes in science-backed gun solutions to our nation’s biggest problems.
If you enjoyed this article, please consider supporting our Veteran Editorial by becoming a SOFREP subscriber. Click here to get 3 months of full ad-free access for only $1