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SHTF/Home Defense Rifles

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dynasty, Dec 22, 2008.

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  1. Dynasty

    Dynasty Well-Known Member

    What other rifles are the "go-to" rifles when a SHTF/home defense situation? Something that can handle close encounters as well as 100-200 yard threats? From what I've found out searching through the forums...

    -Mini 14

    Those seem to be the most popular. What other rifles would do well?
  2. monkyboy1975

    monkyboy1975 Well-Known Member

    An appalacian assault rifle, aka winnie 94 or marlin 336.
  3. Redneck with a 40

    Redneck with a 40 Well-Known Member

    I have an SKS for this purpose.:D
  4. Macmac

    Macmac Well-Known Member

    To me no rifle is a good inside the house SD weapon.. A shot gun does this job better than anything.

    Most any real rifle will shoot thru a bad giy and then a few more walls.

    I suppose if you live alone it might not matter.

    For outdoors a folder can be about no more than a big pistol..

    I was never sold with Rugers mini 14 in any caliber.. They seem to be very fussy guns.
  5. QuietEarp

    QuietEarp Well-Known Member

    I was gonna add the lever guns that monkyboy1975 mentioned. I think I would grab an SKS. If they got too close that scary bayonet might come in handy. One of the shorter barreled ones would be best.
  6. alaskanativeson

    alaskanativeson Well-Known Member

    Nothing says "safe home security is practiced here" better than the cycling of a 12 gauge shotgun.
  7. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    I don't consider anything 200 yards away (or even 100 yards) to be a "threat." That said, mine is a Marlin 1894c .357.
  8. T191032

    T191032 Well-Known Member

    "An appalacian assault rifle, aka winnie 94 or marlin 336."

    Agree. Either in pistol calibers .357 Mag, .44 Mag, .45 "long" Colt or rifle calibers .30-30, .35 Remington, .38-55.
    No "Assault Rifle" stigma, more "grandpas or grandma's old deer rifle"

    "What other rifles are the "go-to" rifles when a SHTF/home defense situation? Something that can handle close encounters as well as 100-200 yard threats? From what I've found out searching through the forums...

    -Mini 14

    Those seem to be the most popular. What other rifles would do well?"

    May face the "Assault Rifle" stigma unless a good defense Attorney effectively points out the "good guy" (police) use of said rifles by example.
  9. Big Bill

    Big Bill Well-Known Member

    Has anyone tried one of these Hi-Point carbines in 9mm or .40?


    Barrel length: 17.5"

    Overall length: 32.5 "

    Weight: 7 lbs.

    Stock: All-weather polymer

    Finishes offered: Black, Camo

    Capacity: 10-shot magazine standard

    Sights: Fully-adjustable

    All Hi-Point carbines feature:
    Scope mounts
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    Quick on-off thumb safety
    Operations safety sheet
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  10. Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Well-Known Member

    Pistol caliber carbines especially .40 and .45.

    M1 Carbine

    Kel-Tec SU-16


    Cetme .308


    Honestly even 100 yards is long for self-defense (that's why I included the Carbines)for most situations but who am I to argue against something a person whats to do.
  11. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Well, pretty much all the testing and real life disagree with that.

    It's all about ammo choices, not what fires the ammo.

    I can find shotgun loadings that will go through walls all day long, and I can find rifle rounds that will not.

    Ammo is what matters, not the delivery system.
  12. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    My primary is my 870, but my backup (and my wife's primary) is an M-1 carbine.
  13. DarkCharisma

    DarkCharisma Well-Known Member

    I'd personally take my AR-15 out of any of those rifles. Damn good accuracy, unmistakable "evil gun" look, and the .223's ballistics make over penetration a minor concern, especially with hollow point 55gr. rounds.
  14. Doc_Jude

    Doc_Jude Well-Known Member

    That's a great combination. Even though the M-1 carbine isn't a 30-06, it's an outstanding short-range urban weapon design.

    A little data comparing the .357mag to the .30 Carbine, courtesy of Chuck Hawks:

  15. SHvar

    SHvar Well-Known Member

    I have both the AR and the Mini-14, unless you had no other option, or you had a perfect shot that you knew the bullet would stop safely, I wouldnt use either in the house, thats what my Glock 22 is for.
    A 12 gauge shotgun would be a good choice, people dive for the dirt when you rack a round into a 12 gauge.
  16. Paladin_Hammer

    Paladin_Hammer Well-Known Member

    12-gauge. No man alive could resist breaking out into a cold sweet if all of a sudden you hear a 12-gauge pump cycle and don't see it. It's a sign from the universe that bad things are about to happen.
  17. monkyboy1975

    monkyboy1975 Well-Known Member

    But I thought this was a rifle thread:confused:
  18. ccsniper

    ccsniper member

    im an anti, i use harsh words and a big stick :)
  19. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    A Marlin 30-30 works for my needs but it's a bit more of a utilitarian rifle than a home defense rifle.
    Shotguns are effective for HD but too limited in their use to justify my keeping one around.
  20. Ignition Override

    Ignition Override Well-Known Member

    When these topics emerge, it always puzzles me to imagine people in cities, suburbs, semi-rural housing developments or in their cars (being well-aware of "uncivil unrest" where they need to be driving), who can identify the likely need for self-defense at a range of more than 50 yards, maximum 100 or so, unless people are running amok on sidewalks or through streets and breaking things.

    What criminals display a weapon from much more than 20-40 feet, much less use it? Maybe my impressions from reading the news are totally mistaken.

    People in the Katrina, South Central LA race riot aftermath might describe these longer-range situations, i.e. standing on your shop's roof with a rifle in your hand. Other than with a possible riot, certain trouble might be hard to categorize.
    Feel quite free to contradict my skeptic view. Real world scenarios are always educational.
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