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    Considering an Assault Rifle for Home Defense.

    I am a novice when it comes to firearms. The few times I have shot I have done well and am looking into getting more into the recreation of shooting. I am already saving money to but a .45, but the big purchase is an assault rifle. And I
    really want to know what is out there before I sink several thousand dollars into something that may save my life and my future families life.

    After looking online for several weeks, I have come up with a few ideas (without ever actually firing them) of what I wish to get. Generally speaking, they fall into the categories of AK or AR. I am looking for a powerful rifle (hence the 7.62 attraction) but also want something with good accuracy, good follow onto to target ability, low recoil (AR), but relatively inexpensive and gives a lot of bang for the buck (AK).

    Do any shooters here have any advice or a recommendation that fits the bill? Thanks ahead for any advice.

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    For home defense, a shotgun is far superior to an assault rifle. They are also far less costly (assuming you don't buy the elite tactical secret squirrel 5000).

    You're never going to engage a target in your home at 100 yards. No sound puts an "oh no" feeling into the mind of an intruder like the sound of a shotgun being racked. You have multiple load options that allow for considerations about your specific home (thin walls and children might make you consider a birdshot load that doesn't have a lot of penetration).

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    As justin said for home defense you would be better off going with a shotgin (Remington, Mossberg, Kel-Tec, and Saiga are good choices). I have an AK-47 and it is not practicle in a home setting. Firing a rifle especially the AK with the 7.62 round you will be looking at collateral damage as the round will go through walls and whatever else is in its path. With a shotgun, depending on round selection, you have the ability to engage multiple targets with 1 round whereas a rifle is 1 target per round. And with the shotgun you have the choice of lethal or less-than-lethal.

    I love my AK, but for home defense I will use a shotgun instead.

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    Shotgun (I prefer a pump) becuase when a criminal hears the chung, chung of the pump they will get the heck out
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    Get a shotgun. 12 guage, you can find them that hold 2 shells at a time for like 200.00
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    Shot guns do not engage multiple targets with one round. Not at home defense ranges. They must be aimed, just as a rifle.

    Generally speaking, and not including specialty rounds. Any piece of lead that will penetrate enough to stop a human will penetrate a few walls. Bird shot is not a good man stopper.

    Higher velocity hollow point rounds expand more reliably. Higher velocity FMJ rounds will start to tumble earlier, causing more damage to the target and less secondary penetration(after exiting the target).

    A shot gun with buck shot is a great home defense weapon. A light attached to the weapon will help you avoid a terrible accident.

    Practice.
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    If you really want a rifle consider a newer model Ruger Mini-14.

    They are an excellent rifle, similar to an M14/ M1A.

    There are .223/5.56 rounds available that are designed for home defense.
    "Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect."

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    Give me a good Handgun!

    Quote Originally Posted by MaximusMagnus View Post
    Shotgun (I prefer a pump) becuase when a criminal hears the chung, chung of the pump they will get the heck out
    Shotguns are great, especially, loaded with smaller buckshot, #3 or #4.
    But.........Did you ever see what 4 or 5 rounds of Buckshot from a close up shotgun will do to fine furniture, like a china cabinet full of fine china or your big flat screen TV?? Lots & LOTS of Collateral damage Stuff torn up everywhere from the "Spread". Single projectiles from a Handgun are much less destructive to your property. And, I don't want that "chung-chung" of a pumpgun giving away my position.

    A good handgun, a 1911, .45 acp, a Glock, or a good .357 revolver, is much easier to handle, moving from room to room, clearing a house. Try it with a rifle or even a carbine or shotgun. It's difficult to "pie-slice a room" with a rifle, because the long barrel gets in the way. With the Long gun you need to stay much farther back from the doorway, to prevent someone, just inside the door, from grabbing your barrel, when you stick it through the doorway, as you try to clear the room. Believe me, it is much easier with a handgun, it's shorter & closer to you. Try it with both and you'll soon see the difference.

    And, if you are a young lady, who wants to stay in the bedroom and wait for the Police to come and take care of the intruder, rather than clearing the house, herself......That is also much easier, from behind the bed or dresser, with a handgun, than trying to swing around a long barrel, as in a rifle or shotgun.
    Think about it Folks.

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