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Home Defense Rifle, Part 2

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But there is one important caveat that we want to restate when we say things like “engaging outside threats from your home” – we are speaking of a societal collapse scenario! There are no rules in scenarios like this; no laws and no police. These could be nationwide scenarios or they could be localized as in the post Katrina looting and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. When we make a recommendation on a rifle, we are speaking strictly from a battle and efficiency standpoint rather than a legal one.

Home Defense Rifle

The right thing to do, in our opinion, is to delineate between scenarios. You more or less have the right to shoot an intruder dead who happens to be inside your home in all 50 states. Conversely, should you spot an intruder on your property, the best thing to do is to arm up, cover the crook, and summon the police. Let them deal with the gray areas, at least while they can still respond. Consult an attorney regarding the laws in your state.

So with that in mind, let’s look at the ideal home defense rifle for engaging these threats inside of 300 meters. Again, we were after a gas operated, magazine fed rifle that was chambered in a military caliber. Here’s what we chose:

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