In part one of the home defense rifle guide, we’re going to do something a little different and spend some time telling you what not to buy rather than what to buy. There is a good reason for this: most people will use the rifle they already have on hand for home defense, and in a sense, that’s better than nothing at all. In the end, the rifle you have will be the one you use – but many people don’t realize that there are better choices out there.
Unlike the home defense handgun, where most any handgun is suitable for home defense, rifles are different and more diverse; you have bolt actions, semi automatics, and lever actions. Then you’ve got hybrids of each category; some are overly tactical, some are purely sporting. There are a lot more choices in the realm of rifles than in pistols, where it overwhelmingly boils down to revolvers or semi automatics.