ARP 015 - The AR-15 as a Home Defense Platform


Reed and Jake discuss AR-15 configurations, accessories, ammo and more things to consider for home defense rifle.

Welcome to episode #15 of the AR15 Podcast.  I’m your host Jake Challand with Co-host Reed Snyder. This is THEE podcast about your favorite black rifle! This show is for you; whether you're building your first AR or you’ve been building ARs for years. There’s something we can all do to take our black rifle to the next level.

AR-15 Product of the Week:

Noveske QD Receiver End Plate Sling Adapter - $24.99

Main Topic: The AR-15 for Home Defense

Pros and Cons

  • Force Multiplier
  • Accuracy
  • Morale/Confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Ease of use
  • Long/Cumbersome
  • Overpenetration
  • Overconfidence
  • Ease of misconfiguration

The “Best Home Defense Rifle Configuration”

  1. Short
  2. Lite
  3. Light
  4. Spare Magazines

Ammunition Options

Common Sense Considerations

  • Remove long range optics
  • Zero for CQ engagement
  • Know your surroundings (orientation of each shot)
  • Practice, practice, practice (in dark, scared, heart beating wildly, just awakened)
  • Distance of Engagement - 0 to 21 feet
  • Learn to use AR in Melee situation.  (weapon retention and butt strike)
  • Aimed Point Shooting vs. Point and Shoot
  • Officer-Involved Shootings
  • Know your laws
  • Get Training

T-Shirt Giveaway!

Ronniel C from Cincinnati

Listener Feedback:

Mike D: Great podcast.  Would like to see a series of podcast with example build configurations for budget, midline, and high end components.    It would be extremely helpful to have a parts listing for each.  Continue the great work.

Manny F:  Who would have thought a podcast dedicated to America\'s favorite black rifle would be so informative and entertaining? I'm no expert on the platform but having been trained on it in the Air Force since 1998 and eventually assembling my own in 2009, I'm no newbie either. This podcast has some great nuggets of information for just about everyone. So far I've enjoyed the 300 AAC Blackout the most and I look forward to many more episodes and of course seeing what the giveaway rifle will look like (that is if you Jake ever gets around to making any videos)! Guys, keep up the great work!

Mike in San Diego:  Thanks for the podcast.  Keep it up.  I do have one request...quit with the iTunes feedback.  The feedback is what tells people looking to check out the podcast for the first time whether or not they might enjoy it.  Anyone who listens to the podcast long enough to get to you reading iTunes feedback already knows why they do or don't like it and has probably seen it on iTunes or doesn't care about the feedback anyway.

That said, feel free to ask for the feedback so you can get the improved ranking.

Rob M:  I've been listening since the beginning, great job educating people of all knowledge levels, there is something here for everyone!  A recent episode you spoke about \"offset iron sights\" and I have some experience shooting them in USPSA and 3 Gun competitions.

In my experience, I've only seen these sights used when the shooter is running a traditional style scope on his/her rifle. Several 3 Gun competitions will ask the shooter to engage targets from 30\' to 300 yards (or more depending on the course). Shooters are running the scope for the long shots, and then running the offsets for the close shots (under 100 yards). These need to be offset due to the inability to use a scope close up, and co-witness thru a magnified optic.

The manual of arms for these sights is great as the shooter should already be familiar with cocking their rifle to the 2 o'clock position to visually check the chamber when reloading.

In the competition world these are often referred to as \"Homie Sights\" since they require the shooter to cock their rifle like a gangster to engage the sights.

These sights are relatively new, and as a result there are not too many manufactures of them. Many found on Amazon and other sights are Airsoft quality. Dueck Defense was the first manufacture of them that I know of, calling them \"Rapid Transition SIghts\"  and they are currently Patent Pending by them. Their website lists them for $89 for the front and $149 for the rear. Others that I've seen run seem to be Chinese knock-offs that do not hold their zero after a few hundred rounds.

You asked about the military using these, I left active duty from the USMC in \'06 as a 0369 and never saw them. Our first deployment to Iraq in \'03 we were still using A2 iron sights. When we went back in \'04 we had upgraded to ACOG\'s. I saw some guys in my \'06 deployment to Iraq running an ACOG/RMR combo, but these were Recon guys and not regular infantry. I think as we start to see more free floating barrels emerge that do not have the traditional front sight/gas block, these types of sights will become more mainstream.

Thanks for the podcast and Semper Fi!

@ Brownells Rapid Transition Sights

Jim:  Hello you guys,  I was making a buying list when my wife bought me a Bushmaster XM15-E2s for my birthday.  I guess the old girl still loves me.   With my work schedule I can never listen to your show when I want like.  But I do download your show and carry it with me on my mp3 player and listen when I can. Thank you guys for all the good information that you share and your time to pass it along.  Five stars My Friends..

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