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Old 04-06-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Home defense: 9mm or 5.56?

Okay, I need some help deciding which gun to purchase. I plan on purchasing a 9mm handgun as well a .308 carbine sometime in the future. But right now, I need a carbine that I can use for home defense as well as go out to 100 yds, tops (the .308 can fill the longer range role later). Also, I'm on a budget. Because of that, I've narrowed my choices for a home defense carbine down to an M&P 15, (or some other ar in that price range), a jr 9mm carbine, or a Beretta cx4 9mm. Some things to consider... My wife is very small, so recoil is a problem, and remember that generally, a muzzle brake on an ar will make it even louder inside. Also, overpenetration of walls is not an issue.

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Old 04-06-2014, 03:06 PM   #2
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My wife likes the 9mm carbine. She has been using the 9mm Hi Point for over 10 years. We have an AR15. She prefers the Hi Point because she has the most trigger time with the gun. It has no surprises like an adjustable stock. The Hi Point fits her well and she is familiar with the safety.

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My wife likes her AR.

You can get a 5.56 and get a 9mm upper and mag adapter. The recoil of the 9mm in an AR is different. Neither is is heavy kicking round.

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Still, I'm on a budget. I thought about the hipoint for a while, and I still might get one someday since they are so inexpensive. But the magazine capacity is hard for me to overlook.

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Default Home defense: 9mm or 5.56?

This is a great time to buy or build an AR. The prices are lower now than in the last 20 years probably.

If you don't have one and want one I suggest you get one. The 9mm will probably always be available, but don't forget "the leader of the free world" doesn't want you or I to be free to own one.

Also, if you are not familiar with them, there is very little felt recoil by design.

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I looked at a hi point 45 carbine the other day, it looked well built for the money. The buttstock held two extra mags, I'm assuming the 9mm model does too?

As far as home defense, the pistol caliber carbine would be my choice.

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IMO, a good 12 ga. pump shotgun is still the best SD/HD firearm ever. best bang of the buck too. a decent pump shotgun can be bought at a very decent price, new or used.

yes, a shotgun does need to be aimed, but doesn't require the same precision in aiming a pistol or rifle requires to be used effectively.

i have an AR, but my primary long guns for HD/SD are still going to be a pump shotgun. i live in very rural area, and my closest neighbor is almost 1/2 a mile away, so over-penetration isn't anissue for me. and i still choose my shotgun first.

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Still, I'm on a budget. I thought about the hipoint for a while, and I still might get one someday since they are so inexpensive. But the magazine capacity is hard for me to overlook.
If you can't get it done w/ 10 rounds, better take some classes. My bed time piece is a 1911 in 10mm, 8 rounds. I've gone back to single stack mags altogether, even my 9x19 holds 8, .45acp 7 or 8 depending on mag, 9x17(.380) 7. even the lowly .357 Wheelgun only holds 6.
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If you can't get it done w/ 10 rounds, better take some classes. My bed time piece is a 1911 in 10mm, 8 rounds.
or move to a nicer neighborhood!
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