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Thoughts on Perimeter Defense Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifles' started by gdr_11, Jun 1, 2018.

  1. gdr_11

    gdr_11 Active Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    Pushing 70 years old and now living in the country on acreage with a house set back from the road, I figure it is time to acquire a rifle that can provide some good perimeter defense fire power out to about 300 yds in the event of a SHTF situation where pretty much anyone that plows through my gate is up to no good and would need to be quickly convinced to move on and find easier pickings. I am no longer the kind of rifle shot that I used to be so at this late stage I am looking for the right combination of accuracy, capacity and penetration power. Not a big fan of the 5.56 but I realize its advantages of light weight and accuracy over the 7.62 rifles I have used all my life. I have never owned an AR although I am familiar with them and have shot enough of my friends' to be comfortable with their capabilities for perimeter defense. My two main rifles in the past have been a Remington 742 in 30-06 and a Winchester 100 in .308. Both excellent and accurate rifles for me and the main reasons I never bought an AR. Neither, however, has the capacity or reliability I would want in something that my life or family depended upon to hold off a half dozen or perps intent on bodily harm.

    Given that I intend to buy a quality AR in 5.56, I am a bit at a loss about the following:
    • 30 rd magazines seem to be the right compromise between capacity and weight. Are there better options if defending a well entrenched position?
    • What kind of optics? I am used to using quality 3 X 9 variable scopes but it seems I might be better with a more rugged "point and shoot" optic that provides better sight picture instead of magnification.
    • Night vision is fine for hog hunting but is there any rationale to have it on a defense rifle?
    • Is a suppressor worth the paperwork and cost for this kind of rifle? Will it provide recoil advantages in a combat situation?
    I hope these questions don't sound stupid, but I have spent my life relying on handguns for home defense. Of course, living in the cities and suburbs is a different animal and I now realize the I am a bit out of my element in the country and want to have a plan to defend my property if need be. I feel perfectly safe where I am now but, then again, no place is really safe these days, especially when some folks view older citizens as easy targets. Part of me says having a rifle at the ready with several hundred rounds loaded is foolishness, but the other part tells me it is no more foolish than when I lived in the city and had several pistols stashed in different rooms of the house so I would never be caught off guard.

  2. TheMailMan

    TheMailMan Well-Known

    Dec 3, 2015
    North of Kaufman
    Are you interested in stopping zombies or vehicles? 5.56 is great for zombies but sucks for vehicles.
  3. roadrunner

    roadrunner Well-Known

    Jan 30, 2018
    An AR15 with a red dot would probably work just fine.
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  4. mwrookie

    mwrookie Member

    Apr 2, 2018
    If you are looking for a quality AR talk to the guys at SOLGW, awesome Texas company. Mike is one of the owners. Very down to earth and knows his stuff. If you are retired LE or Mil I believe they have discounts. I have zero association with them, although I will admit I would love to work for them. Although it is hit or miss if Mike is in the shop his staff know what they are talking about as well. They do build rifles as orders come in some it may take some time, but worth the wait.
  5. Jigo23

    Jigo23 Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Excellent choice for stated purpose. If magnification is preferred, several excellent 1-8x tactical scopes available.

    Could also go with AR10 in .308 (7.62x51) with optic but w/20rd mags are heavy.
    Or Springfield M1A Scout Squad (.308) with preferred optic if semi-auto is preferred but not in AR platform.
  6. easy rider

    easy rider Allotropic Transformer TGT Supporter

    Jun 10, 2015
    Odessa, Tx
    Any thought to 300 Blackout?
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  7. mwrookie

    mwrookie Member

    Apr 2, 2018
    Easy...check this 300 Black Out..out
  8. EZ-E

    EZ-E Infidel Patriot

    May 4, 2017
    If you want to stop vehicles the .50 Beowolf would be my 1st choice... fits any milspec ar-15 lower & magazine
  9. Vaquero

    Vaquero Pre-ban Staff Member Admin

    Apr 4, 2011
    Out West
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  10. deemus

    deemus TGT Addict

    Feb 1, 2010

    Yes, but quite a bit more recoil than a 556.

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