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Posted on Assault Weapons (not political)

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 06:07 PM

While i won’t get into the use of the term “assault rifle” I do have to disagree with this comment:
”If you want to protect your family with a fire arm train them to use a ( i use this term loosely) a assault style shotgun ) 3 in. magnum 18in barrel folding stock and pistol grip and add a light for night time. 1500 dollar investment that will do the job better then any pistol or AR-15. You or any family member just has to point NOT AIM in a general direction and fire. If i was invading your house and your wife had a pistol i may take my chances she is to nervous to aim but the shotgun i am exiting quickly.”

Don’t get me wrong, they are both well suited to home defense but if given my choice the AR-15 would be my preferred firearm over a shotgun every day of the week. The allure of the shotgun is that it is a very easy weapon to use effectively which tends to lead people to not training with it sufficiently. It is NOT just a point and shoot type of weapon. You can miss with a shotgun and if the person operating it isn’t accustomed to it’s recoil his can severely effect their ability to re-acquire their target which can be detrimental if they a) miss with their initial shot or b) there are multiple targets.

Then there is the issue of cycling the weapon, that small amount of hesitation can lead to disaster. The AR-15 has, for me at least, a minimal amount of recoil and being semi-automatic I don’t have to readjust my site picture after cycling a fresh round. Factor in it’s accuracy and unlikelihood of causing collateral damage and the AR is better suited at QC defense. If anyone to break into my house I am in a position to defend it then i want to put rounds into them and not spend the next day patching numerous holes in my walls. In addition it may not be about ending the invaders life but simply putting them into a position where they are no longer a threat and a well placed round of two of 5.56 will accomplish this with no problem. If you are going to keep any firearm in your home for defense then you should train with it repeatedly….just simply having it is a false sense of security.

In regards to the intimidation factor, if someone breaks in and they are unarmed then ANY firearms is going to be a deterrent.

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