Sometimes it’s necessary to understand self defense in context, for my family it is a matter of logical progression. We understand that statistically the odds are quite long that something will occur. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t have fire extinguishers and a plan if something happens.
In this case the plan is regarding potential home invasion for us there is a simple plan, gather kids into one room, wife defends that room and my job is to secure the hallway to the bedrooms. We have vests for the kids and plate carriers for us. Solid setups and easily donned for protection. Again it is essential to understand that everyone’s needs may vary according to your individual requirements.
Each of us has a Glock 19 and an ar, both of us practice to be sure of our aim and understand target acquisition as well as what the bullets will do when used. After extensive testing we have come to the conclusion that the following rounds are superb in their role of defense.
For the glock 19s we have 135 grain hornady critical duty or 115 grain speer gold dot. The wife prefers the lower recoil of the hornady round and it’s performance is stellar with average 14″ penetration and expansion at 3-4″ at all times. The speer gold dot also is quite solid in its performance with 14-15″ penetration and superb expansion characteristics. I prefer this round which has a sharper recoil but is accurate and quite speedy averaging 1100 fps from the standard glock barrel and 1050 out of the wolf aftermarket barrels I love so much.
For the AR’s we have chosen the 62 grain winchester fbi open tip match rounds. With solid blind testing results from the FBI and personal testing showing amazing penetration and expansion (starting at 3″s on average) and extending 8-9″ in stopping around 15″ through five layers of denim this is an amazing round. It is also superbly accurate from the Radical Arms barrels (1/9 twist and 16″ length with qpq melonite treated barrel) it continues to preform amazingly. Sub moa at 100 with sling wrapped riflemans cadence applied.
The tools and ammunition together mean we have an amazingly accurate, easily utilized setup that allows reach and the benefit of superior penetration and expansion at the standard short 5-15 yards that will be seen in most home situations. I highly recommend the DPMS sporter, Olympic arms and the extremely cost effective very solid Delton platforms.
Regardless, every house should have a solid practiced plan in place for the potential for home invasion as well as fire and other potential issues. Blackouts are common during the hot months and as a result it is amazing how many people do not have plans in place for these events. More people die every year during the hot months due to blackouts and power shortages than as a result of terrorist attacks in the usa, and this alone should be reason enough to be prepared. However, my preparations for this are another article entirely.
Self defense, every free individuals prerogative and necessary to retain your freedom. Always be prepared, know who you will call and what to say. If you have any questions on what to say make sure you know your rights per their legal system and always say only what must be said to establish your role as victim should you be attacked.
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