Defensive rifles vs shotguns and handguns: The
rifle is more accurate than the shotgun and much
more accurate than a handgun. It also holds many
more rounds than either a pistol or a scattergun.
What separates these rifles from regular long guns
is their minimal-length barrels of 16". Four,
below, have folding or collapsible stocks which additionally
reduces their length. They should not be of small,
rim fire, calibers, due to very limited stopping
power. They have an overall reduced length because
they are used/stored in places where personal defense
could be necessary: a vehicle trunk or back seat,
a dresser drawer or closet or at one’s bedside,
etc. So as not to draw attention #5, #6, and #7 can
be transported in a Head tennis racquet case or any
number of small musical instrument cases. A laptop
case is large enough to hide/transport #9. Downside – unlike
a handgun they can’t be concealed on a person’s
body. Upside – again, they are many times more
accurate and more easily shot, than a handgun, for
the average person. The cross-section of defensive
rifles below are all of a caliber very capable of
stopping a large and determined person with one center-mass
shot. All except #1 is semi-automatic and have very
high capacity magazines.
- Savage, .Model
99, 308 cal., lever-action, six shot. This is the
cartridge used by a number of our military and
police sniper rifles and can be used to hunt large
animals … like
- AR-15. .50 cal. Beowulf, made
by Beowulf / Bushmaster, 13 rounds, fires a 334
to 600 grain bullet that can stop vehicles by
breaking their engine block or it can penetrate
brick walls. Developed by US Special Forces during
the first Gulf War for house-to-house fighting
and designed to guarantee a first round “stop.”
AR-15 with rigid stock. This version is made
by Olympic Arms. 223 / 5.56mm cal., 30 or 40
rounds, with flash suppressor. This weapon, with
a full-automatic selector switch, has been the
standard rifle of the US military since 1965
and is now globally manufactured by at least
70 companies. Very common, worldwide.
with collapsible stock. This version,” The
Minuteman,” is a “high end” rifle
made by Next Generation Arms and is ceramic-coated
for an extremely long life and smooth operation.
223 cal. / 5.56mm, 30 or 40 rounds.
C-16. Under six pounds empty, .223 cal. / 5.56mm,
30 rounds, folding stock, can be fired (as seen
below) as a pistol, 23” long and easily
- AK-50 (AK-47 with paratrooper
stock), 7.62 x 39mm (.30 cal.), made since 1947,
very common worldwide, all steel, 11+ pounds,
25” long and rather easily concealed.
PS-90, recently developed in Belgium, “.223
/ 5.56mm ‘Short,’ (one half the length
of a normal .223 / 5.56mm round),” 50 rounds
in top/horizontal magazine, optical dot sight
(same weapon used in the Star Gate TV series),
light, easily concealed.
- Beretta CX4 “Storm.” .40
cal., 30 rounds, Red Dot optical sight.
2000. .40 cal., 16 rounds, very light and small
(16” long when folded), will fit into a