In terms of repelling a home invasion—which is what most people mean when they talk about home defense—an AR-15-style rifle is probably less useful than a handgun. The AR-15 is a long gun, and can be tough to maneuver in tight quarters. When you shoot it, it’ll overpenetrate—sending bullets through the walls of your house and possibly into the walls of your neighbor’s house.Wow! I've learned so much about ARs over the last few weeks. Did you know, for example, than an AR is only accurate out to about 75 yards? Or a mile or two, depending on the article. Or that the 5.56 can penetrate all the walls in your house, go on to shoot through your car and probably knock a satellite out of orbit? That the only purpose of an AR is to "hose down a room" with bullets? That only John Wayne wannabes and terrorists own one? That owning an AR means my penis is little? That owning an AR and being a Life Member of the dreaded NRA means it's okay to call on other people to kill me?
Wow! Who knew?
Meanwhile, I'm going to start doing more and more on training with .22s, because that is our reality for at least a year, even if we manage to survive this feces-storm unscathed. The ammo just isn't out there, and what is out there is painfully priced. I'm a little worried about ammo for the shows...shows eat ammo! Hopefully, all of you have purchased either .22 conversion kits for your ARs and/or a .22 trainer like a 10/22 and have some sort of .22 handgun. Ideally, you'll have a .22 conversion unit for your regular handgun. I'm using a Ruger SR22 for CCW training.
My friend Tom Yost and I will be filming a video training guide to using .22s both for training and in competition. we're planning on filming in March, and the video should be available long before 5.56 ammo gets back in the pipeline.