This week on SNN-TV: Preview of our home-defense ballistic testing

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.

Stay tuned!


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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