I have been saying for many years that an AR-15 is an excellent rifle for self-defense, home defense, and many other applications. However, we continuously see politicians and many different groups attacking this type of firearm. Some people argue that it is a weapon of war and not practical for any American to own. Nevertheless, we continue to see many examples where members of our communities continue to protect their families with this platform. In this blog, I will talk about some of the benefits of an AR-15. Also, I will share a recent example where a woman utilized this rifle to protect her family during a violent attack.
Below is a video I posted on the Jarhead6 Channel regarding this incident.
First, Why the AR-15?
This is an interesting question because many individuals will argue that a shotgun or pistol is more than enough for self-defense. This can be the case for many individuals, and some can feel very comfortable with these platforms for home defense. I am currently utilizing a Smith and Wesson M&P CORE 9MM as my primary choice for home defense. I love this handgun because it offers excellent capabilities. Some examples are high capacity, fantastic ergonomics, the ability to mount a weapon light, etc. Nevertheless, a pistol or a shotgun will not provide you with the capabilities found on a respectable semi-auto rifle such as the AR-15, AK-47, and many others. There is a reason why our military and police officers are using rifles such as the AR-15 as their primary choice.
Benefits of the AR-15?
So what are the benefits of the AR-15? First, this rifle has been proven to be a very reliable and dependable platform. We can see this on the fact that our military and many law enforcement agencies in the United States have been using this platform as their primary fighting rifle. I have owned AR-15s for years and never had any significant issues. It just works as long as the rifle is in good condition. Also, this rifle is extremely popular in the U.S, which means that parts and accessories are easily accessible.
Capacity is a great benefit of this rifle as well. Mostly, you will have a 30 round capacity on your standard magazine unless you leave in a state with magazine restrictions. Also, some magazines and drums will give you the ability to have more than 30 rounds. This amount of rounds will allow you to address multiple threats at a rapid rate. We know criminals like to attack in numbers, specifically during home invasion attacks. Therefore, having enough rounds to address numerous threats during stressful moments is critical and can save your life.
It is also great to know that re-loading an AR-15 can be very easy. Anyone with some basic training can become very effective in conducting reloading procedures under stress. Again, this will take some preparation, but with some weekly practice, you can quickly bring more rounds into the fight.
The AR-15 is chambered in 5.56/ 2.23. In my opinion, this round is excellent for self-defense situations. As we know, the U.S. military, as well as law enforcement officers, have been using this caliber for years, and in my opinion, it works. I know many people have concerns about over-penetration or even lethality. However, I think our military has proven that the 5.56 round can do its job. This round can work for close combat situations but also will give some range in the case you have to take a long-distance shot. Also, in today’s market, we can find it at very affordable prices. This ensures that training is affordable, plus you can also stock up on ammunition without breaking the bank. Finally, this round does not kick too hard, which makes it great for all kinds of shooters.
I also have to say that this rifle is lightweight and very easy to shoot and maneuver. I think with the right amount of training; you can learn the basics of moving inside your home and in close spaces. Again, it will take some time and practice, but you can become very effective with this platform in close self-defense situations. Furthermore, it is very easy to shoot multiple rounds at a fast rate, which can be very beneficial when addressing numerous threats.
An excellent capability the AR-15 gives you for self-defense is the ability to mount different types of accessories. For example, you can attach different types of optics. I think having an optic is critical because it will help you to put rounds on target effectively. In today’s market, we have red points such as the Trijicon MRO that can be very easy to use. Generally, all shooters have to do is place the dot on the threat and engage. Make sure you know all your laws, and deadly force needs to be appropriate at that moment, or you will find yourself in jail.
Another great accessory for the AR-15 is a weapon-mounted light. Mainly having a weapon light will allow you to identify the threat. This is a critical component of a home defense firearm. Think about it, you do not want to shoot an innocent person during the night due to lack of visibility. Again, a weapon light is a must for home defense. Companies such as Streamlight and Olight Flashlights are putting out great weapon-mounted lights at affordable prices. Check out the Streamlight ProTac Rail Mount HL-X (1,000 Lumens) and the Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie 1500 Lumens. Very cool lights for self-defense.
A great example of why an AR-15 can save your life and be very beneficial for self-defense recently happened in Florida. According to Spectrum News Bay News 9, Jeremy King was a victim of a horrible home invasion attack. According to him, two masked men armed with guns entered his house demanding money.
“They came in heavily hooded and masked. As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter,” he said.
“I’m telling them, ‘I have nothing for you,’” King explained. “(A)nd they’re like, ‘Give me everything you got.’ It became real violent, real fast.”
Essentially, these guys started to pistol-whip and kicking King, which caused him to have a fractured eye socket, a fractured sinus cavity, a concussion, 20 stitches, and three staples to his head. Fortunately, his wife grabbed an AR-15 and engaged these two criminals. Most definitely, her courage as well as having the right tool (AR-15) for the job play a critical part in saving her family lives.
We are continually seeing good American and innocent people getting attack by horrible people. We need to take our safety and the safety of our family seriously. Having the best tool for the job is a critical component of any home defense or self-defense plan. I think an AR-15 can bring some significant advantages to your self-defense plan. Obviously, pistols and shotguns can also be great choices. However, I believe the AR-15 is overall the best choice for protection. This is why I owned one and it plays a critical role in my home defense plan. Plus, our Second Amendment gives us the right to own this rifle. Don’t Give Your Rights AWAY! Thanks so much for reading this blog, and God is in Control.