It's a strange world.
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lansing, IL
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HDW: Home Defense Weapon - idea/concept
So after the dissy upper questions that CLSB helped me with, I was thinking of more interesting things you can do with an AR lower.
Three more AR-themed topics that have peaked my interest:
1. larger caliber conversion uppers
2. AR pistols
3. a trend in "serious" or maybe "real" gun blogs is that rifles are better home defense weapons then handguns or shotguns
Addressing Those Topics
Number 3, the rifle/carbine - I have a shit load of gun feeds in my daily RSS reader, and a trend that I've been reading about seems to be that the belief that a carbine (mainly AR) is better for home defense. The carbine's round energy and magazine capacity definitely make it attractive compared to a handgun or shotgun (if you can accept that a shotgun is maneuverable enough for home defense, then a light weight AR with a collapsible buttstock would fit the bill and carry more rounds). Then the only argument would be "stopping power" and over-penetration, which if you used .223 designed for hunting, you could probably skip that whole argument?
Number 2, the pistol AR - Even more compact and maneuverable then a shotgun or carbine with more rounds to use, yet negates the accuracy of the platform for distance?
Number 1, larger caliber upper - Larger caliber equals more "stopping power", a la shotgun slugs and any pistol round starting in ".4", right? I was thinking of .458 SOCOM for use with any mil-spec pistol lower. I'd also stay with subsonic loadings due to the idea that in a home defense situation, you won't putting on ears to protect your hearing (not breaking 1125 fps is the reason why I think 200-230gr .45 +P and 180gr .40 S&W are better in a pistol for use inside your home versus 9mm). And looking at subsonic .458 SOCOM, a 410gr or 500gr loading is bringing 910-1022 ft/lbs of energy, I'd say that would probably drop a bad guy. Yeah, it's pricy (sub SOCOM is about $3.50 a shot versus $1 for double aught or .45 auto), so there is that. You could use a .223 upper on the pistol for practice to save though?
The Idea/Concept Part
So what about a larger caliber conversion upper attached to a pistol lower? I know this is not a new idea, but why shouldn't it get some love? Slap a light and red dot/laser on it and call it a HDW. What say ye CLSB?
So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.