Guns for Home Defense in Kansas City
Notes from the Colion Noir Gun Tour 2018
By: Bren Brown, President
Colion Noir’s passion shined recently on the topic of home defense. He met with a group of Frontier Justice members in the Lee’s Summit Gun Club. He and Ryan Smith, with Tyr Defense, joined our members in a candid discussion of what firearms should be considered first when it comes to home defense.
Many people own one firearm that they conceal carry with and that handgun is also what they will rely upon in a home. Better than nothing, for sure, it can be difficult to maneuver in low light situations. It can also be difficult to have precision in hitting your identified intruder. When asked what is their “go to” for home defense, many of the Frontier Justice gun club members, cited the shotgun as their firearm of choice. Why? Because aiming is less problematic due to the spray pattern of the shot. Also of consideration was that sometimes the proverbial “racking of the shotgun” is enough for an invader to tuck tail and hit the road. However, neither were Colion’s choice. What was his recommendation?
There it is– the boogey man of dark guns. The AR15. AR does NOT stand for Assault Rifle. You all do know that a BB gun can assault someone, no? AR stands for the very light weight frame developed by a company called ArmaLite.
The ArmaLite AR-15 is a select-fire, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle manufactured in the United States between 1959 and 1964, and adopted by the United States Armed Forces as the M16 rifle. Designed by American gun manufacturer ArmaLite in 1956, it was based on its AR-10 rifle. The ArmaLite AR-15 was designed to be a lightweight and to fire a new high-velocity, lightweight, small-caliber cartridge to allow infantrymen to carry more ammunition.
Precision is ultimately what you want if you are protecting your family. You want something light, easy to use, and that can hold multiple rounds in case that becomes necessary. You also want a PLAN. There are safe and not safe shots within your home in relation to where the rest of your family members are located. Plan ahead. Think before you pull the trigger. Another consideration is the ease in which an AR (or even a handgun) can be suppressed. When you practice at the range you have on ear protection. However, when you shoot in your house the hearing damage you will inflict (with just one shot) could result in as much as a 10 percent hearing loss. Better to have your life and the life of your loved ones, but if it can be avoided and increase your accuracy due to less recoil, the extra dollars are worth every penny.
We offer a home defense classes involving the AR with AR15 Basics.
and a follow up class more advanced and covering a lot of topics related to home defense called AR15 II Protective Rifle.
Come see why the most trained and professional firearms educators recommend an AR15, even for beginners. I will admit that soon after this discussion, I decided to invest in an AR developed for a back pack with a collapsible stock. Looking forward to seeing you in class with yours!