In my humble opinion, the best weapon for home defense is a carbine.
It offers far less recoil, easier follow up shots and more ammunition capacity than a shotgun, and a carbine is much easier to shoot — especially for a novice — than a handgun.
However, the main concern with using a carbine for home defense is over penetration.
On this episode of SNN-TV, morning anchor Kathy Leon and I preview upcoming ballistic testing of carbine ammunition. We will try to find to best round — the one with the least amount of over-penetration concerns.
The first carbine platform we’ll be testing is the AK, of course.
Widener’s Reloading & Shooting Supply — our newest sponsor — graciously provided us with a huge selection of 7.62x39mm defensive ammunition: HP. FMJ, SP, and more, from Tula, Brown Bear, Golden Bear, Wolf and Federal (American Eagle and Power Shok).
We’ll be testing the ammunition’s ability to penetrate drywall, plywood and concrete blocks.
We hope to have the testing completed in a week or two.
We’d really like to thank Widener’s for making this type of real-world testing possible.