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Building the perfect home defense AR-15

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Ever since the first days of the double-barreled break action, the shotgun has reigned supreme as the home defense long gun of choice. But that is changing as the AR-15 and related guns becomes more and more popular with American gun owners as a range gun, competition gun and hunting rifle.

But how does it work for defending your home?

Very well, thank you.

First off, let's talk about what we want a long gun (i.e. "not pistol") to do in a home defense scenario. Whether's it's buckshot, rifle rounds or higher-veloctity pistol ammo, a long gun should "bring more to the party" than what your CCW gun does. A home-defense long gun should also extend the engagement range beyond the 25 or so yards, yet still be able to maintain a decent volume of fire and not be too big our unwieldy inside the home. Taking all of that into account, today's AR-15's make a lot of sense for keeping your home safe.

So what would the ultimate home-defense AR look like?

I'd suggest starting with a pistol-length AR-15 for size and ease of maneuver inside your home. Then add a SIG Sauer pistol stabilizing brace for comfort and accurate fire, along with a laser sight for accurate fire from awkward positions, a rail-mounted flashlight for navigation and target identification and a sling for keeping it near you moving around the house. Lastly, because rifle rounds like .223 are LOUD compared to pistol ammo, consider adding a suppressor to your rifle in order to protect your ears and the hearing of your family.

5 thoughts on “Building the perfect home defense AR-15”

  • Mike Krkljus

    This article is anything but. You just gave us an opinion on how you would configure a gun without talking anything about WHY it is a good tool for home defense. No ballistic data on the defense round, no clarification as to why the smaller pistol compared to carbine, and basically no data at all to support your viewpoint. This "article" was all title and no substance.

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  • USMC FURY

    .223/5.56 does NOT have the stopping power & is over penetrating, A 300 blackout firing 240gr subsonic bullets is more ideal and has a TON more stopping power. It is a low pressure fast burning cartridge and will burn all the powder in the 1st 9 inches of the barrel (ideal for an SBR/pistol-SIG brace . .223/5.56 is a high pressure slow burning powder cartridge and will need 16 inches to get best results. Not to mention have a giant beach ball muzzle flash to blind you and set things on fire!

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  • USMC-FURY

    223/5.56 does NOT have the stopping power & is over penetrating, A 300 blackout firing 240gr subsonic bullets is more ideal and has a TON more stopping power. It is a low pressure fast burning cartridge and will burn all the powder in the 1st 9 inches of the barrel (ideal for an SBR/pistol-SIG brace . .223/5.56 is a high pressure slow burning powder cartridge and will need 16 inches to get best results. Not to mention have a giant beach ball muzzle flash to blind you and set things on fire!

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  • The ChrisMan

    Honestly, this is one of the least informative articles I've read on Osage... I have to agree with the other comments; where's the beef? If you're adding a SIG-style brace anyway, why not just have a SIG Pistol with a brace??? if you are anti-pistol for home defense, then why not a carbine-sized rifle? There's a reason shotguns have ruled the roost for so long... point and shoot is so easy anyone in the house can do it. With devastating effects. Also, there's no mistaking the sound of a shotgun racking a round... this alone scared a would-be theif away from our RV one night.

    Disappointing article.

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