GUN AR-15 or handgun for home defense?

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  1. Jumpem

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    Which would you prefer?

    And has anyone taken the required NRA type handgun safety classes? I am assuming they have firearms to be used in the class, since it would be illegal to posess one before taking the class and getting a pistol permit.
     
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    I'm pretty sure WMD is going to say

    Both
     
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    I purchased a handgun first, for home defense. Next, I will be purchasing a shotgun. Then, some sort of rifle. But that's just me.
     
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    shotgun
     
  6. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    Pistol for clearing a house (which you probably shouldn't do unless trained)

    AR for a fortified position
     
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    a safe full of ammo in the fireplace.
     
  9. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    take a yard stick and try to maneuver around corners
    then take a shoe and do it

    you'll see which one is easier
     
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  11. Jumpem

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    Correct for manuevering. But in a shooting stance with your arms out a handgun would be about the same distance.

    I am just nervous about having to take a handgun safety class with experienced people. :wtc: I am a handgun newb.
     
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    get both, learn how to use both, and hope you dont have to use either.
     
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    how about an ar15 with that mount for a glock as a forward grip?
     
  15. THT

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    Not a good idea...when the Glock KBs, it'll take out the AR with it.
     
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    mental image of house clearing with a sneaker for the lulz :rofl:
     
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    dude, gun crew (real life gun crew, anyways) is usually good people. just let the instructor know you're not familiar with firearms. pay very close attention to the lessons, and be careful. you'll be accepted and encouraged.:hug:
     
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  19. vettefan52

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    honestly? short barrel rifle if you can...
     
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    overpenetration ftl. especially if there are other people in the house.

    home defense = shotty for the best bet.
     
  21. vettefan52

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    shotty's do rock...

    id say short barreled saiga 12 for home defense... but you would need a welders mask to keep from going blind :rofl:
     
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    if you guys think shot guns won't penetrate walls you need to read (or reread) box o' truth :hsugh:
     
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    I wish this myth would die already.

    An ar 15 would be an excellent choice and give you far more stopping ability than a handgun with more accuracy, the ability to penetrate soft body armor, and less danger from over penetration than other effective choices. its the reason why you see the swat teams and army using rifles instead of shotguns and smg's.
     
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    Ya know...I always thought a shotgun or pistol would be the best but I've been reading and seeing a lot about AR15s for home defense.

    Now I'm no expert but that article from the FBI on Handgun Wounding had some very interesting discussions on what their studies have revealed.
    http://www.firearmstactical.com/pdf/fbi-hwfe.pdf

    I read somewhere, I think it was in an AR15 book, recently that one of the concerns about using the AR15 for home defense was that the rounds would travel too far and endanger your neighbors. However, the article's take was that due to the design of the bullets and the speed at which they are traveling, they will dissipate their energy faster than a 9mm round will. They said an AR15 round fired into dry wall will only penetrate at most 2 walls while a 9mm might actually continue to penetrate walls and if the house isn't made of some sort of brick, teh round would leave the house.

    Anyways, it's just what I've read. I'm far to new to guns to give advice.

    Me personally tho, I'm prolly going to go with a 12 gauge shotgun cuz A) if I get awakened at 3am, I don't want to have to aim and B) simply racking a shell may prevent further escalation.
     
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    I'll grab whatever's close.
    Prefer G22 but keep a S&W .357 and Hi-Standard 12 ga. in bedroom.

    Dogs ftw
     

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