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Old 06-28-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Reading the #3 Recoil magazine, they make a strong suggestion that a rifle be your primary home defense weapon. With handgun second and shotgun as the final choice. I practice shooting house drills with my AR and handgun. But, when I get home my rifle stays in the case, and my handgun goes in a biometric safe. Is this article just AR sales propaganda? Should I keep my AR on the ready at home? What do you do?

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Old 06-28-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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The handgun is for fighting your way to the long gun or to be used when the long gun goes down during a fight. Do you practice transitions at the range ? Load two or three rounds in the long gun or use snap caps, when the rifle goes dry transition to the handgun and re engage.

The best answer is prob what works for you, do you live in an apt with someone on the other side of the wall ? Do you have enough room in your home to navigate safely with a long gun? Is it equiped wiht a white light of some sort ?

There are a lot of things that need to be considered when planning you home defense scenario for an emergency.

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No, though I know there are good arguments for it. I do keep 10 mags loaded but the ARs are not my primaries. I like handguns in the home because they're maneuverable and easier to operate with one hand, if necessary. May be bad logic but the way I've done it for 40 some years.

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Get the best of both worlds, sbr / ar pistol.

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The handgun is for fighting your way to the long gun or to be used when the long gun goes down during a fight. Do you practice transitions at the range ? Load two or three rounds in the long gun or use snap caps, when the rifle goes dry transition to the handgun and re engage.
I don't practice transitions enough. The shooting house drills are kinda shock and awe, individual or two man teams with 3 or 4 targets. A transition would certainly be practical in the case of a malfunction. I have shot IDPA stages that required transition from rifle to handgun and primary handgun to backup. Sounds like a good suggestion for a day at the range.
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I always try to mix in some drills when I go to the range. The one I don't do enough is weak hand shooting. I always have good intentions but then forget

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Get the best of both worlds, sbr / ar pistol.
My ARs are in the safe , I do keep several handguns close that are ready to go . so I guess my .40 and 9mm are my home go to until I can get the safe open
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I always try to mix in some drills when I go to the range. The one I don't do enough is weak hand shooting. I always have good intentions but then forget
I don't practice weak hand enough either, especially with my AR. Weak hand or "loss of strong hand" is a frequent scenario in IDPA. One handed reload, etc. My reaction is always aw $hi_.
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I would prefer an AR sitting next to my bed but w/ a 4 y/o it isn't an option. An AR is by far the best choice. It points better/faster, allows for faster follow-up shots, and larger magazine capacity.

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I keep all of my guns locked away when they are not being used. For my pistol, I've got a Gunvault micro that is biometric. Because of its design, I can easily find it and open it in the dark, so the pistol is my default for anything in the house. Anything outside of the house I use the Mossberg chainsaw. We live in the country and have problems with raccoons, opossums, stray dogs, coyotes, ect. When you spot them, you've only got a second or two to fire before they dissapear into the trees. I always take an extra second to verify that I'm not about to shoot a family pet, that doesn't leave enough time to aim a rifle. My mossberg chainsaw has a combination flashlight/lasersight and is designed to be shot from the hip, making it very effective for my needs.

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