AK47 / AR15 Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Scope Or Not To Scope?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense - Scope Or No Scope?
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

People LOVE to accessorize their AR-15's and other carbine-style rifles.

And I get it…

I'm a huge fan of using a carbines for home-defense and I love gizmos (great combination, eh?)

I think I've done a pretty good job of not “over-accessorizing” and sticking only with those modifications that will help me protect my family in the middle of the night during a home invasion.

One of those gadgets is a red dot scope because I know I'm not going to necessarily see my iron sights in a low-light scenario (or even in high-light environments in my home's close-quarters).

But not everyone feels the same as me… and I asked my friend and tactical instructor extraordinaire, Rich Nance, about what he thought about scopes on a home defense carbine.

Here's a synopsis of why he doesn't believe in them.

(I'll be curious to hear your feedback as well — so don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom.)

The Home Defense Carbine Rifle: Do You REALLY Need A Scope On Your AR-15?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense - Scope Or No Scope?
Home Defense Carbine Rifle: AR And AK For Home Defense – Scope Or No Scope?
Rich Nance | Tactical Firearms Instructor
Rich Nance

When it comes to home defense use of the carbine rifle, one thing many people add (but don't need) is a scope.

It’s going to make things much more difficult for you, because when you’re close up it can skew your point of aim so dramatically that you could miss what you’re aiming at.

Or it could just be a blurry mess to try to see a close range threat through.

At the very least, it’s going to do something we never really want to do, which is to focus your vision on a very narrow spot.

We refer to that as tunnel vision.

That’s usually not conducive to survival and personal defense.

There are three reasons the home defense carbine doesn't need a scope.

1. Home Defense Rifles Don't Need Scopes Because They're Snag Points

When using a rifle for home defense, you're using it indoors.

You're at close quarters, surrounded by things that can get in your way.

You're already likely to be bumping into things while trying to maneuver around your home with a rifle.

A scope is one more thing that can get snagged on the curtains or the tablecloth, or whatever along the way.

Keep your home-defense rifle streamlined to prevent this from occurring.

For that reason, you might not even want a sling on the rifle, much less a scope.

2. Home Defense Rifles Don't Need Scopes Because Of The Ranges Involved

Really, have you even considered what a scope is for?

You've probably been thinking you need one because all the other cool guys have them on their rifles… but for the distances a home defense rifle will be used, is a scope even necessary?

Most homes aren't big enough for a scope to be a factor.

When defending your home, you're shooting at relatively short ranges.

That means a scope is unnecessary… and may even be a liability.

(Read on to find out why.)

3. Home Defense Rifles Don't Need Scopes Because They'll Throw Off Your Aim

At close range your point of aim and point of impact are not going to be the same with an AR-15.

Because the sights are about on average two-and-a-half inches above the bore, your round is going to go two-and-a-half inches lower than you think it’s going to go at extreme close quarters.

You need to know that when you go to the range and you shoot at the 50-yard-line, and your point of aim and point of impact are similar, if you’re instead shooting from the five-yard-line your point of aim and point of impact will not be similar.

Again, your round will impact lower than you might anticipate because the muzzle is below the sight.

That’s the same, whether you’re using iron sights or any kind of optic.

Consider all these points before “hanging glass” on a rifle intended for home-defense.

It's temping to add all kinds of cool accessories.

You should always consider whether you really need them and can use them, however, before you add them.

Keep that in mind.

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MCS 252 – AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense

AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense
AR Pistol Tactics For Home Defense

I'm just going to say it right now… pistols SUCK.

It's not that you shouldn't own one or that you shouldn't carry one.

You absolutely SHOULD.

But a pistol is actually a very under-powered weapon.

If you want to take down an aggressive, determined attacker… …you want something more than a pistol, but something more maneuverable than a rifle.

The AR pistol is the best of both worlds.

But how do you best use an AR pistol for home-defense?

What accessories do you need?

Which options should you avoid?

This is TOO IMPORTANT to get wrong… because a mistake, when it comes to home defense, could be deadly.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews firearms expert and martial artist Rich Nance to answer these questions… and more!

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The REAL reasons why an AR pistol is better than other home-defense options. . . some of which may surprise you!
  • AR pistol features you absolutely need. . . and a few to AVOID at all costs.
  • Accessories that are MUST-HAVES for your AR pistol. . . one of which could make the difference between taking down a bad guy and murdering a family member!
  • The tactics you should be training to better defend your home with an AR pistol.
  • Training tips that can better equip you to survive a home invasion. . . IF you know which gear works best.

The time to figure out how to use your AR pistol for home defense is NOT when a home invader kicks down your door.

Arm yourself with this information and you'll be better prepared for any threat you — and your family — may face.

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What's Your Call? AR Pistol Or AR Rifle For Home Defense?

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Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling, Or Not To Sling?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I was at the outdoor range the other day and I saw a lot of guys rocking single point slings for their assault rifles.

A sling helps us to feel all “operator” and can be of benefit in certain scenarios.

But would it shock you if I told you… you don’t always need it?

Specifically, that sling could just get in the way when you are using your carbine for home defense!

I spoke with firearms expert Rich Nance about this issue not long ago.

Here is a summary of what he had to tell me.

The Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling, Or Not To Sling?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling Or Not To Sling?
Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling Or Not To Sling?

Rich Nance | Tactical Firearms Instructor
Rich Nance

Generally speaking, the sling is the second of two essentials for the home-defense carbine rifle, where the first one is that white light.

A sling is important when you’re “operating” because without it, there’s no way to “holster” the rifle.

You can’t put it down or otherwise keep it on you but not hold it if you don’t have a sling.

But a sling might also be a liability for home defense!

Here are three reasons why that might be true.

1. A Sling Is A Liability When Exiting A Vehicle

A lot of people carry a rifle in a vehicle because it's not convenient to carry one around any other way.

You can't just walk down the street with it over your shoulder, after all.

Police officers carry rifles or shotguns in their cruisers for this very reason.

The problem, though, is that when you go to get that weapon from your vehicle, a sling could become a problem.

If it snags or hangs up on something in the vehicle, it could slow you down while you try to get it into action.

This is especially true of real-life shooting scenarios because you'll be under adrenaline and your fine motor skills will go to hell.

For that reason you might want to consider removing the sling from a rifle typically carried in a vehicle.

2. A Sling Is A Liability When Deploying The Weapon

A sling might also catch on other items that are, say, in your gun safe.

Picture it: There's a bump in the night.

You go to grab your trusty home defense rifle from the safe…

…only you get it caught on one of the other rifles in there, and you lose valuable seconds trying to get it untangled.

Do you want to be behind the curve when responding to a home invader?

That's a good reason not to have a sling on a weapon kept at the ready for home defense.

3. A Sling Is A Liability When Clearing The Home

Finally, you may not want to have a sling on your rifle when clearing your home.

Clearing your own house is incredibly dangerous and should be a tactic of last resort.

If you do have to do it, however — because, say, a family member is in danger — a sling could be a problem as you move around the tight confines of your house.

You don't want the sling getting snagged on objects around the house, or perhaps even knocking something over and tipping off the invader as to your location.

For home defense carbines, therefore, a sling isn’t necessary and could possibly be a hindrance.

Honestly, though, for home defense, you don’t need to waste time worrying about the sling.

Just hold the carbine as it’s meant to be held.

Either hunker down and defend your location, or start moving through your home to locate the bad guy if the situation dictates.

That’s all you’ve got to do…

…and it just might save your life while protecting your family.

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MCS 121: Gunfighting On The Ground – Life Or Death Training Tips From Rich Nance

Ground Fight Gun Fighting

Ground Fight Gun Fighting

You hear it all the time in the self-defense and hand-to-hand combat world in relation to the realities of a street fight…

“80% of all fights end up on the ground!”

Whether that's a scientific number to believe in or not, as you've probably seen yourself, most fights DO go the ground in a tiring wrestling match.

This is a very dangerous place to be under any circumstances – and even more so when you're armed with a firearm… can't get to it… and your attacker can!

In this week's podcast, innovative firearms expert, Rich Nance, reveals the biggest mistakes most gun-owners make when it comes to preparing (or not preparing) for a life-or-death ground battle.

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Here's what you'll discover in this episode…

  • The “big mistake” high school wrestlers and mixed-martial artists make in those first critical seconds of an ambush!
  • Why “position” matters when you're flat on your back! (It's all in your legs!)
  • The one time your attacker grabbing your gun can actually work FOR you in a ground struggle!
  • Why you may NOT want to get off the ground… even if you've gained some space from your attacker!
  • The “first step” you should take (right now) to train for a gunfight on the ground!  (Do this one thing with a “training gun” and avoid freezing if you're ever in a struggle on the pavement!)

Very few gun-owners ever even think about this dangerous scenario, let alone train for it.

Get started right away with these simple steps that will build your confidence… and perhaps one day save your life!

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 Have YOU Ever Considered The Challenges Of Fighting On The Ground With Your Firearm?

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