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Pistol Caliber Carbine for HD (Concerns?)

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MeanStreaker, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker Well-Known Member

    Hello, my wife is very proficient with our handguns but I'd like her to have the option of a long gun for HD.

    I usually keep my 870 next to the bed, but she can't stand the recoil and won't practice with it. Before I start looking into the effects of a Knoxx stock and other recoil-reducing efforts, I wanted to look into other options for her.

    Would a pistol caliber carbine be a good choice? I would like your opinions on effectiveness, danger of overpenetration, concerns, etc.

    I know a trusty 12ga is about the best bet for HD, but tell me what our other options are for her long gun. Thanks.
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I've been wondering if they are the worst of both worlds. Not as handy as a handgun yet not shooting a truely effective round.

    Have you tried very light 2" loads in your 870 for her.
  3. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker Well-Known Member

    Tried light birdshot loads and my Reduced Recoil HD loads. No go.

    You're not happy with the effectiveness of a 9mm or even a 357mag out of a carbine for HD? Our purpose for it won't be for making 300 yard kills. I was worried people would say it's too powerful for bedroom duty and the bullet will exit the perp, penetrate our walls, and enter every house on the block. :)
  4. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Have you looked at a 20 gauge auto???
    I have a Marlin 1894C filling the HD role in my house, look at a pistol caliber carbine.
  5. 2k5Adam

    2k5Adam member

    Have you thought about a 9mm AR variant? They seem to work VERY well (with the right mags) and aren't heavy at all. Little to no felt recoil.

    (Tamara's 9MM AR)
  6. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Brian. I'm certainly interested in the 1894C. "Looking at a pistol caliber carbine" and answering the questions I posed is the purpose of this thread.
  7. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    I have a Sub2000, 9mm Glock mag well and find it a pretty effective gun out to 50-75 yards. I put the lower rail with a light on it and I think it would serve effectively as a HD gun. I've got several 31 round mags loaded with Federal 124 gr. Hydrashocks so feel like it will get the job done. Would probably penetrate more than a shotgun, but it is much easier to move around with than a shotgun. They are very small and light, and with something like the Sub2000 you could keep it folded and in a drawer.
  8. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

    Advantage is that the report isn't as loud as with a pistol, follow-ups are faster. I would not advise to use tube-fed carbines because she'd tear up her fingers ont he loading gate even during practice. At least for my taste, box magazines are the way to go...maybe a KT Sub2000 with a 33-round mag or an AR in 9mm?
  9. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

    .45 Colt lever guns have been killing people dead for eons. Winchester makes a short 16" barrel "Trapper" that holds 9 + 1. You can use .44 Mag level loads, cowboy loads or anywhere in between, whatever is your pleasure. They make a good hole.

    I would also give serious consideration to a 20ga.

    Good luck.
  10. Freddymac

    Freddymac Well-Known Member

    You have soooo many chioces

    You have 9mm and 45 acp autos like the CAR15, marlin camp carbines, the HK USC (I have been itching for one for a while) and many others. Then there are the lever guns in 357, 41 mag, 44 mag, 45 Colt. I would get her one chambered in the same caliber as you side arm that way you can exchange ammo if TSHF big time.
  11. Pistol

    rounds, even out of a long rifle barrel, are not the way to go if you want a long gun for HD. I would suggest a 20 gauge shotgun or an M1 carbine. .30 carbine has alot more power than any common pistol cartridge, espescially in a carbine.
  12. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    What I meant was that a pistol caliber carbine has no advantage over a rifle caliber carbine like the SU16 KelTec.

    Overpenetration is no better or worse. (the pistol rounds penetrate more through walls than a 50 gr 5.56)

    Neither weapon is any more handy than the other.

    Recoil is no worse for the 16 than for most pistol cal carbines.

    Mags are readily available for the SU16.

    Ammuniton is roughly equivalent.

    The energy on target is much greater for the 5.56 out of a 16 inch barrel compared to a 9mm or .45 out of a 16 inch barrel. A .45 will give you another 100 fps or so from the carbine. Call it 440 ftlbs vs 1000 ftlbs for the 5.56. It looks like more bang for the buck (both dollar and recoil) from a lightweight 5.56 carbine without any more disadvantages than the pistol calibre carbine would represent. If the two weapon systems are equal in all other respects I'd have to find a reason not to get the one with more energy on target.
  13. Langenator

    Langenator Well-Known Member

    Last poster beat me to it. M1 carbine. Light weight, easy to handle, light recoil, stone reliable, mags up to 30 rounds, and more oomph than a pistol round.

    I've heard good things about the replicas that AutoOrdnance (Kahr) is putting out.
  14. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

    I have a 30 caliber M1 Carbine, cool gun! 30 rounds are nice. If I ever have to hit a BG in my home, I would rather have my big, fat, heavy, 200 to 325gr .45 Colt rounds slapping him in the chest than the smallish 110gr 30 carbine or .223 round. That's just me though, go figure. I would rather have a shotgun slug over that though. Maybe there's trend there? Maybe that's why I don't hunt deer, pigs, hogs or bear with a small, lightweight caliber? I figure a 250lb BG is just as deserving. Who knows? I'm probably all wet. Maybe I'll through out the big stuff for the small stuff.
  15. C-grunt

    C-grunt Well-Known Member

    I think a good carbine in the same caliber as your pistol would be a great choice. The KelTecs and Berettas are good ones.

    Though, as some have already stated, a good little rifle would be better. The KelTec SU16 is a good rifle for this, as is a Ruger Mini14. A rifle round trumps a pistol round in terms of power. A light weight frangible 5.56/.223 wont go through everything behind the BG too.
  16. enfield

    enfield Well-Known Member

    Why would you want a 7 lb pistol for home protection? Personally I'd pick a short-barrelled AR in .223.
  17. 1911user

    1911user Well-Known Member

    For someone not comfortable using a shotgun or pistol, a pistol-cal carbine is a good choice. It becomes an even better choice if there could be a need to step outside for a 50-75 yard shot (fox in the hen-house?). There may be a place for shorter barreled 223s in certain house settings, but a set of electronic ear muffs should always be with the rifle IMO.
  18. +++++ F'N PLUS

    Sheesh, .44 mag, .45 Long Colt & .357 mag pick up significantly in power when fired from a 16 inch barrel. Load specifically for the longer barrel, higher pressure and the gains are even more. Just wear your ear muffs.
  19. steve635

    steve635 Active Member

    I have an Olympic Arms K-40, an AR style that takes 40 S&W ammo and Glock magazines. I love it for HD, very accurate at 100 yds (and that's a whole lot longer shot than I'll need in my house) and I can put any magazine I grab into it or my Glock 23. I put 200 rounds through it last Saturday and the recoil is about the equivalent of a Red Ryder BB gun. Sweet.Only problem is Glock doesn't make big magazines (in 40) and the aftermarket ones I've found (Scherer) are nothing but problems.
  20. Srigs

    Srigs Well-Known Member

    A 9 or 40 or 45 cal carbine would work great for her. The 9mm have virtually no kick at all.

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