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AR 15 Rifle for home protection


AR-15 Rifle For Home Protection

The AR 15 rifle for home protection is a question that comes up a lot. You may remember a previous article that I listed the 12 gauge pump shotgun as the best home defense weapon. I still stand by that. But can the AR -15 rifle be a good home defense weapon? Of course it can. It’s actually a great weapon for this.

ar-15 rifle colt


AR-15 Rifle Operation

The AR -15 rifle is so easy to shoot and operate. Men and women can shoot this rifle accurately and efficiently.  The AR- 15 rifle chambered in 5.56 x 45 mm round doesn’t produce a heavy recoil. It can easily  take care of any home  intruder. The military uses and trusts this round.

The recoil factor is a real selling point for the AR- 15 rifle. The recoil from a pistol is quick and sharp. This makes getting the pistol  tougher to get back on target. The AR- 15 rifle recoil is negligible and this makes the second and third shots faster. It is also  easier to stay on the target. This point alone makes the AR 15 rifle good for home protection.

AR-15 Rifle Accessories

The sights on the AR 15 rifle are easy to use. But there are so many optics and lighting systems that can be attached to your rifle. You can attach a flash light, laser, or red dot scope. These will enable you to pick up your target (threat) quickly in the light or darkness.

ar-15 for home defense with light

AR-15 Rifle Inside Your Residence

The argument always arises about over penetration.  This comes to play in an apartment or house.  A pistol and shotgun can easily penetrate a wall or door. You need to be proficient with any weapon that you are using for home defense. The AR -15 rifle for home defense is no exception.

You need to put in the time at the range and practice, practice , practice. You should practice moving around with your rifle.  There aren’t many ranges that you can do this.  You should practice the correct AR-15 fundamentals. There are some outdoor ranges that may accommodate you. You can find a safe isolated outdoor location to practice.  It is important that you are moving around and engaging targets with your rifle. This will help simulate you moving around your residence. You should also be proficient in loading and unloading your AR-15 rifle.

AR-15 Choices

The specific make and model of the AR-15 for home defense is going to be a personal choice.  There are so many companies manufacturing these  rifles. It will depend on how much you want to spend. You can get a quality AR-15 for under $600 or spend thousands.

I recommend finding a range that also sells AR-15 rifles.  These ranges will often let you rent a rifle. This will give you an opportunity to test different rifles.

AR-15 Concerns

The storage space for any rifle can be a problem. It is definitely easier to have a handgun on the night stand or in a drawer (not recommended). You want your rifle readily accessible, but not just lying around.  Place your AR-15 in a quality gun safe with a digital lock.  With a little practice, you will be able to access your rifle quickly and safely.

AR-15 For Home Protection Conclusion

The AR-15 is a viable choice for home protection. It is easy to operate and manipulate. The recoil is low  which makes it easy to put rounds on target.  There are hundreds of after market accessories to customize your rifle. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.



Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 for off duty

Springfield Armory XD Mod 2  for off duty


The Springfield Armory Mod 2 Pistol is a compact pistol in the popular .45 ACP. It’s a hard choice to decide on an off duty firearm.  You want something that is compact yet big enough to neutralize a threat. I remember sticking my academy issued Beretta 92 in my waistband.  It was big and bulky and certainly uncomfortable.  You made do with what you had available at the time. This was my only option back in the day.  But times have changed and there are so  any choices out there today.

The Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 pistol is a great choice. Not only do you get a slim pistol but in the powerful .45 ACP round. The problem with off duty weapons is that you are usually limited to the amount of rounds it will hold.  The original XD-S held 6 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber giving you a total of 7 rounds. Springfield Armory addressed this in the new XD Mod 2 pistol.

The XD Mod 2 allows for 9 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber. This gives you a total of 10 rounds, but wait there’s more.  Springfield Armory offers the X-Tension magazine that holds 13 rounds. That is an impressive 14 rounds total. Not only is the total incredible but remember this is with the .45 ACP.

The first thing I noticed when holding this pistol is the textured grips. Springfield Armory prides themselves on this feature called “Gripzone.” Basically it’s every surface of the pistol that makes contact with the shooter’s hand. The “Gripzone” is broken into 3 zones.

Springfield Armory’s Gripzone

springfield armory xd mod 2 gripzone



Zone One


springfield armory xd mod 2 zone 1

Zone One features a firm anti-slip surface texture. This enables positive hand to pistol engagement with the corresponding more sensitive parts of the hand.

Zone Two

springfield armory xd mod 2 zone 2


Zone Two is more aggressively textured. It is still comfortable to the touch. This Zone is intended to make contact with your hand where maximum friction is needed. It works in combination with Zone One. It helps to keep the pistol in place and under control during recoil.

Zone Three

springfield armory xd mod 2 zone 3


Zone Three covers all other areas of the frame. This moderately textured surface supplements the performance of Zones One, and Two.

Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 Features


Slim Slide

springfield armory xd mod 2 slide


The Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 has a forged steel slide. The slide is slim. It makes concealing this pistol easy.

Fiber Optic Front Sight

springfield armory xd mod 2 fiber optic sight


The fiber optic front sight is bright red. It makes target acquisition quick and easy.

Rear Sight

springfield armory xd mod 2 rear sight


The rear sight is a low profile extended sight.  It is snag free and allows for quickly drawing the pistol. It won’t catch on your clothing and fits into standard holsters.

Beaver tail grip

springfield armory xd mod 2 beaver tail


The beaver tail grip allows you to maintain a firm grip on the pistol. It also helps to reduce the felt recoil.

Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 Specs

  • Caliber: .45 ACP
  • Height: 4.75 inches
  • Length: 6.5 inches
  • Slide: Forged Steel with Melonite® Finish
  • Barrel:  3.3 inches ( Hammer Forged / 1:16 Twist)
  • Weight (unloaded):  26 ounces
  • Grip width: 1.2 inches
  • Frame: Black polymer
  • Magazine capacity: 9 or 13 rounds
  • MSRP: $593

Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 Conclusion

The Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 is a good choice for an off duty weapon.  It comes standard with fiber optic sights and a low profile rear sight. It’s a slim pistol that is easy to conceal. The powerful .45 ACP will neutralize any threat.   Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm review




The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is one of the many 9mm pistols on the market today. Unfortunately here in California, we are limited to the pistols that are available for the average citizen to purchase.  The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is an approved pistol on the California Handgun Roster. The approved handgun is the model #187021.


You will notice the “Loaded When Up” tab that is raised when the gun is loaded. This allows you to visually inspect the firearm and alerts you that a round is in the firing chamber.

There is also a manual safety toward the rear of the slide. These are the standard features on the California Compliant version. The Shield is easy to  assemble and reassemble.

Visible Loaded Tab

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm


The tab is a nice feature. You can look down at the pistol and know if it’s loaded.  The tab is raised up when loaded. This enables you to actually feel the gun and know it’s loaded. That could be useful in low light conditions or darkness.


The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm come standard with a 7 and 8 round magazine. The 8 round magazine has the finger extension on it. This will add some length to the pistol. I recommend purchasing the 8 round magazines if you have large hands.

smith & wesson shield 9mm 8 round magazine

Manual Safety

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm manual safety


The manual safety is engaged in the up position. The safety is a mechanical device. It shouldn’t be completely relied upon.


The trigger pull of the Shield is around 6.5 pounds. The reset of the trigger is surprisingly short with a crisp break. This makes the Shield easy to shoot and accurate.


smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm sights

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm comes standard with 3 dot sights.  The large white dot front sight and two large white dot rear sight make it easy to acquire your target. You could also purchase Trijicon self illuminating sights.

Law Enforcement Applications

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm is a small pistol that is being carried by off duty police officers everyday. Check with your department and make sure it’s authorized. The model 10035 doesn’t have the manual safety. The shield is  easily concealed in a waistband holster or ankle holster.

Civilian Applications

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm has a definite spot in the civilian market. The 9mm round has relatively little recoil. You can accurately put rounds on the target. If you are lucky and reside in a city that will issue a CCW, this is pistol is easily carried concealed.

The owner that is using the Shield strictly for home protection will appreciate the small size. The 9mm ammunition that is now available on the market rivals the ballistic numbers of the 40 and 45. (That is another article, soon to follow).

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Complaints

The slide is very stiff and hard to open. I find this is the biggest complaint with new owners. The spring will loosen up after firing a couple of hundred rounds through it. Make sure that you clean and lubricate the pistol after each session.

The Shield does have some muzzle lift when fired.  You need to use a correct shooting grip.  As long as you maintain your correct shooting grip, you will be able to have fast and accurate follow-up shots.

The grips are hard on the hands.  An in-expensive alternative are rubber grips. The Hogue rubber band slides over the pistol grip. It provides more comfort. It also allows a firm grip in wet conditions.

Hogue Rubber Grip

smith & wesson m&p shield 9mm hogue grip


Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm specs

  • Model: M&P9 Shield
  • Frame Size: Compact
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Striker Fire
  • Capacity: 7 and 8 Round Magazines
  • Barrel Length: 3.1 inches
  • Front Sight: White Dot
  • Rear Sight: White 2-Dot
  • Trigger Pull: 6.5 pounds
  • Overall Length: 6.1inches
  • Frame Width: 0.95 inches
  • Overall Height: 4.6 inches
  • Grip: Polymer
  • Weight: 19.0 oz.
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Slide Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Material: Polymer
  • Finish: Black/Durable Corrosion Resistant

Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm Conclusion

This is a compact pistol that is easily concealed. The Shield is affordable and accurate. As a law enforcement officer, I’ve shot and carried the Shield in a waistband holster.

I would recommend this firearm to the citizen protecting their home or to the off duty law enforcement officer protecting our streets. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.

What is the best home defense firearm?

 What is the best home defense firearm?

What is the best home defense firearm? This is probably the most widely asked question of firearm dealers and most argued around the camp fire. What is the best home defense firearm? Unfortunately, many firearm dealers will try to sell you a firearm that they have in stock or endorse.

I truly believe that the best firearm for home defense is one that you are comfortable operating and able to put rounds in the target (threat).

But, this isn’t the answer that you are probably looking for. So I will give you my opinion and some information to support it. But at the end of the day it is your decision to make. If I had to choose one and only one firearm to defend my castle with  it would be the 12 Gauge pump-action shotgun with 00 Buck Ammunition. This firearm is easy to operate and can  put down any threat.

12 Gauge Shotgun Intimidation

The 12 Gauge shotgun is the most intimidating firearm. Especially when that big barrel is being pointed directly at you. Do you remember Elmer Fudd and his shotgun? That barrel looks that big when you’re staring down at it.

home defense firearm elmer fudd with shotgun



Shotgun Defined

A shotgun is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder. It uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug.

home defense firearm 12 gauge pump shotgun



Gauge Defined

The Gauge is the interior diameter of a shotgun barrel. It is determined by the number of lead balls of that fit exactly in the barrel. The total number of lead balls equal one pound.

Pump Action Defined

home defense firearm parts of shotgun

home defense firearm pump action shotgun




Once you fire a shell from the shotgun. You move the fore- end (fore-stock) back and forth. This causes the spent shell to be ejected and place a live shell into the chamber. This back and forth action is referred to the pumping of the shotgun.



You want reliability  your family’s safety is at stake. Pump action is very reliable and fast to shoot.  This pump-action shotgun is a great home defense firearm. It is less likely to jam or malfunction than a semi automatic shotgun (which automatically ejects and loads the chamber each time you fire the shotgun).  The important thing to remember is to fully pump the action. Don’t short stroke it.


I recommend using 00 Buck Shot. You remember from the definition of the shotgun as saying firing pellets from the barrel. The 00 Buck shot contains 9 pellets (you can get 12 pellet version also). So think of it as 9 bullets being fired from the shotgun with each pull of the trigger.

12 Gauge Shot Shell

home defense firearm 00 buck shot


One of those nine pellets can cause great bodily injury or death. At 15 yards, all nine pellets will strike the center mass of your target (or intruder) .  As the range increases, the number of pellets striking the target will decrease. The average room is 10-12 feet across and you’re able to put 9 pellets into your target at 45 feet.


You can equip your shotgun with a variety of sights (Ghost Ring, Beaded, and Rifled). You can get sights that are sel illuminating. But let’s just talk about a basic sight. The basic beaded sight. It’s a metal bead on the end of the barrel. You just point that bead at your target.


The beaded sight is the easiest sight to use. You don’t have to worry about aligning two sights. You can easily find your target and put the pellets on your threat quickly.

home defense firearm beaded sight shotgun



The shotgun is large and heavy. It will take up a lot of storage space. The biggest complaint is the heavy recoil.


Recoil is defined as the act of a gun moving back rapidly when fired. The shotgun is not only intimidating to the bad guys but also to their owners. So many people are afraid to shoot a shotgun because they are afraid of the powerful recoil. Most of these people hold the shotgun improperly causing them pain from the recoil.

Proper Stance


shotgun stance


The proper stance will allow even the smallest of shooters to handle the shotgun with confidence.

There is a pocket in the front of your shoulder. You need to press the stock of the shotgun firmly in this pocket. While keeping the shotgun firmly in place, slightly lean towards your target. This will cause your body to absorb the recoil.

You can shoot this shotgun all day long like this. You will barely feel the recoil. You should practice shooting your shotgun with this stance. Shooting is a perishable skill. You need to practice, practice, and practice. If you concentrate on using this stance, your body will remember. Our bodies have great muscle memory. You will instinctively hold your shotgun in this position.

I’ve had my 11-year-old son shooting targets with the 12 Gauge pump shotgun in 00 Buck. He is able to shoot accurate and with confidence and so will you.

Best Home Defense Firearm Conclusion

The 12 gauge pump-action shotgun is a powerful intimidating weapon. It is extremely reliable. You can quickly and easily acquire your target. The ease of operation and power to stop an intruder makes the 12 gauge pump-action shotgun the best home defense firearm. Purchase one today at Long Beach Guns.