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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #1
 
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Recently took a couple of carbine classes and I was surprised by how many of the participants maintain a carbine as their go-to home defense firearm. So, how many here do the same? M&P 9fs with a TLR=1 and some Ranger T's seems sufficient to me.



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Old April 14th, 2011, 09:52 PM   #2
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My first grab is a 28" Rem 870 12 ga loaded with eleven shells of Hornady Critical Defense (2-3/4", 8 pc 00 Buck @ 1600 ft/s) and six shells of Winchester Supreme Elite® PDX1 (2-3/4", 3 pc 00 Buck 1 & 1oz rifled slug @ 1150 ft/s) in the sidesaddle with a TLR-1.





Then, there is a FS M&P357 with a LaserMax Uni-Max Green laser, an Insight WX-150 and a stack of mags all loaded with Winchester Ranger 125 GR. SXT.





There are a few rifles in the house but the 12 gauge is my best friend, but even before I grabbed a rifle I might be using a few of the many sharp, pointy and blunt tools the hidden all over the place. My 7ft pole spear would be one of those, I think I need a vacation in the Keys.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 03:45 AM   #3
 
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So, how many here do the same?
My pistol is closer most times, but I still consider my primary defensive weapon to be a 5.56 carbine. The carbine has so many more advantages over either a pistol or shotgun, but this has been debated ad nauseum and it usually ends badly.
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5.56 SBR loaded with Lake City Green Tip... I want to be ready for virtually anything. LOL



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Old April 15th, 2011, 05:38 AM   #5
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Recently took a couple of carbine classes and I was surprised by how many of the participants maintain a carbine as their go-to home defense firearm. So, how many here do the same? M&P 9fs with a TLR=1 and some Ranger T's seems sufficient to me.



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Who did you take classes from, and what were the specific classes?
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Old April 15th, 2011, 05:53 AM   #6
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It all depends on the situation. Indoors FS M&P and 12 gauge. Out doors depends on the threat and range. Could be 12 gauge,5.56 or 7.62. Always FS M&P for backup reguardless.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 10:05 AM   #7
 
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The classes were tactical carbine classes, though no one pushed to use a carbine for defense, I was surprised by how many people actually have them as their primary. I get the whole "be ready for anything" mentality, I myself have a carbine that has mags loaded with some TAP rounds and a shotgun that has some PDX rounds in it. All things being equal, my primary remains my M&P sheerly on the fact that it is almost always readly available. Civil unrest happens, I got the AR. Though I love my shotgun, I live in a condo that shares a wall with the adjacent unit. I'd rather use my handgun and get 1 bullet a trigger pull than my shotgun(though I'll never argue the effectiveness of a shotgun as a home defense weapon, just not as feasible in my circumstance).



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Old April 15th, 2011, 10:11 AM   #8
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I sleep with the wifey on one side and the shotie on the other.
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18" Remington 870. My M&P is usually more readily accessible though.
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Old April 15th, 2011, 10:31 AM   #10
 
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Wow, 80 some views and only 9 votes...



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Old April 15th, 2011, 03:22 PM   #11
 
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The answer is technically NO, but I didn't want to vote no b/c I have a carbine ready to rock, and I didn't want to answer Yes b/c I would likely get to one of my pistols before the carbine. Also, I have narrow hallways that don't accommodate a rifle nearly as easy as a FS 9. My "go to" AR is loaded with green tip lake city, with orange tip tracers every 4th or 5th.



If I had an SBR I might position things a little differently, but I don't so until I do, it's a handgun on the nightstand with LED flashlight.



It should be noted that my primary home defense tool are my dogs, two APBTs
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My go to is the M&P but the wife prefers the AR.
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You know the saying...the pistol is just to fight you way to your rifle. M&P15 Piston .556
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Old April 15th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #14
 
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I agree that you have a pistol to fight your way to a rifle, I suppose I should have worded the question a little better.



If you hear a noise in the house at night, do you investigate with a carbine?



I get people have ar's, AK's, FAL's, shotguns and laser guns. I'm just curious how many prefer the carbine to any other option.



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If you hear a noise in the house at night, do you investigate with a carbine?





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Nope. M&P or 12 gauge.
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