Sunday, June 10, 2018

AK-47 Used in Self Defense

Sport Utility Rifles are very effective as home defense tools. They are easy to use, have sufficient power, and the magazine capacity to handle multiple assailants with standard capacity, commonly available magazines.  In this story from Memphis, Tennessee, a homeowner got into a gunfight with two armed burglars. From
"I see my house being ransacked and the dog was still going hysterical in the cage," he said. "When he saw me he notified the other individual that was with him, 'hey, they are here.'"
That's the moment he said when the suspected burglars pulled out guns, but he was able to get to a hall closet to get his.
"I had my own personal AK-47," he said.
The homeowner admits it's not the first time there's been a shooting at his home. Police markings show where the home was shot up less than a year ago.
"I don't know what's going on but I know I'm going to defend my life to the best of my ability," he said.
The shooting occurred on the evening of 1 June, 2018, in the Colonial Acres neighborhood.

Sport Utility rifles were designed with reliability and defense against multiple people in mind. The ergonomics are good for large and small framed people.

People who want a disarmed population are most concerned with sport utility rifles. It does not make sense; these rifles are seldom used in crime, suicide, or accidents, all of which are predominated by pistols.

They are not used much by criminals because they are harder to conceal than pistols.

Use of a sport utility rifle in a home defense plan calls for thought and consideration of the rifle and ammunition. If the home to be defended is in a country/rural setting, the possibility of over penetration is less of a problem. In the Tennessee case, the brick exterior of the house served to limit penetration problems. Sport utility rifles commonly use popular calibers. Cartridges in those calibers are available with bullets designed to limit penetration.

As with any home defense plan, how long the defenders may have to wait for reinforcements is a consideration. In the Tennessee case, the homeowner had been the victim of a previous shooting, which left bullet pockmarks on the outside of the brick.

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A homeowner in Texas prevailed over assailants doing a drive-by shooting at his house, using an AR-15.

I wonder if the defender lives in a rough part of Memphis. Perhaps readers who have local knowledge can educate us about that.

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