The best home defense weapon is a shotgun, right? Well, not exactly.
Monderno contributor Aaron Cowan discussed this topic on Recoil in a two part series titled AR vs. Shotgun for Home Defense, wherein he discussed his choice for a home defense weapon – the AR-15.
He started by saying what everyone needs to hear BEFORE commenting:
When it comes to the topic of “Best Weapon for Home Defense,” no firearm has the amalgamation of features and performance that would make it serve perfectly in every single home. The reason for this is explicit; the vast majorities of homes are not identical, do not share identical (or even similar) floor plans, and are constructed of different materials, by different methods. Homes vary in location; from wilderness to rural to suburban to inner city, etc.. The word “home” can mean an estate, mansion, single family dwelling, condo, apartment or something that doesn’t easily categorize. Because of the differences between the residence of a reader in Georgia to another in California, there can be no “Best Weapon for Home Defense.”
He then moves on to slaying what is to some, a sacred cow:
There is one weapon that best fills the role due to versatility, effectiveness and availability of enhancements: the AR-15.
I’m sure that gets a gasp or two, perhaps come shaking of heads and I’m sure that more than one person said aloud “No, it’s the shotgun.”
No, it isn’t the shotgun, but we will get to that.
In part 1, Aaron discussed the desired characteristics of a home defense weapon and briefly touches on some of the myths surrounding the AR-15 and the 5.56 round.
In part 2, he talks “stopping power,” addresses why people fall when they’ve been shot, specifically examines “stopping power” within the context of the 5.56 round, and takes a brief critical look at the shotgun as a home defense weapon.
It’s already ruffled some feathers, and it’s sure to ruffle some more.