I’ve totally sidelined all my “Combat Rifles” for Home Defense use. Specifically the 5.56mm guns. See, the AR-15 does great for Home Defense in many aspects. They are easy to use, have precision accuracy, and have a great capacity. They should be perfect for Home Defense, right?
The AR-15 has one dramatic problem. They are hella loud. The High pressure, Supersonic Crack, of the AR-15′s Report is severely damaging to human ears. Even Ogre ears.
Last time I took one of my boys out shooting, I provided him with Ear Pro and Eye Pro. We were having fun shooting, and he’s a good Shooter. Well he loaded up an AR-15 and forgot to put his Ear Pro back in after taking them out for some unknown reason. (No, that’s his reason… “I don’t know”.) I wasn’t looking as I was loading a magazine and normally he is a cautious shooter and does it right. Well, he cracked off a shot. Now, we were outside, well away from structures that would reflect sound waves. But the rifle was still so loud that it hurt his ears pretty badly. 2 Weeks later, he still had signs that his hearing took some damage. Unfortunately with Hearing, there is nothing you can do. What’s done is done.
Imagine how this could have gone down if we were in an Indoor shooting range. He could have been made deaf from the AR’s blast.
Imagine in an emergency situation in the home… Bad Guy makes a threat. You suddenly grab your AR and let him have it. 5, 6, 12 rounds into the Goblin. Inside your house. Now you and your wife and all your kids are all completely deaf thanks to the AR-15 and thanks to the Pain In The Ass and Expensive Restrictions on Suppressors. Sure, the Goblin is no longer a threat… but now all of you are going to suffer from this the rest of your lives.
Sure, a Home Defense Shotgun is Loud – but it’s not that sharp, eardrum shattering crack of a 5.56mm Carbine. Hell, even my .45-70 Thumper isn’t that loud. Even pistol caliber carbines are a great option compared to the AR-15.
Another bad choice for HD duty is the .357 Magnum. An ungodly loud handgun that is unpleasant to fire with earpro in an indoor range… Devastating to your hearing when fired indoors unprotected.
The best weapon ever invented for Home Defense remains the Tactical Shotgun. Probably the most effective and least damaging to one’s hearing for weapons running Un-Suppressed. And you can get a good shotgun for a few hundred bucks. Or you could use that Thousand Dollar AR, with that 800 Dollar Can and that 200 Dollar Tax Stamp… Couple Hundred bucks vs A Couple Grand. You chose. But ask yourself this… Is that 2 Grand worth of rifle going to do a better job of home defense than the Shotgun?