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In a world without rule of law, things change dramatically. Home defense changes. Right now, there are police, and there are repercussions to using lethality in your home. What happens when all that goes away? The very idea of home defense changes.
Home defense should start FAR away from your home in a WROL (world without rule of law). If your idea of defense in that kind of situation is fighting out of bed, down your steps, or even with someone in your front yard, you are doing it all wrong.
If we are really going to discuss which guns we should use in WROL for home defense, then we need to talk about the difference in home defense now and in a situation like that.
Right now, home defense has a lot to do with altercations that happen on your property or in your home. If someone breaks in you have a couple options:
- You can address the problem yourself.
- You can call the police.
I didn’t say the police would be there in time to solve your problem, but those are your options.
In WROL, the police option no longer exists. The deterrent that the police provide does not exist either. Without police and courts, that means that lethality will no longer be penalized. So, you have to chew on that.
The biggest difference and best piece of advice I can give you is that you should not be conducting security from inside your house, your porch, or even on your street. In WROL, you are going to need a perimeter that extends far from your home.
A large perimeter means lots of people on security detail. While that might sound like a lot of trouble and hard to pull off, trust me it’s worth it. Prepare for it because your neighbors will listen when the time is right.
In short, you are not going to just be fighting from your bedroom down the hall. Home defense is going to expand well outside of the home. If you choose to do it right. So, the weapons you use for “home defense” will vary, too.
There is something special about a revolver. You get a lot of power with this round in a little package. The 6 shot 38 Special revolver is a great gun for home defense in WROL.
This weapon is easy to carry, simple to store or hide, and will bring the pain when it is needed. It does not leave behind spent shell casings either which adds a level of anonymity.
In a WROL situation, you are likely going to have a firearm on you at all times. You might already! Carrying a gun for any length of time helps you understand the importance of carrying with the right holster and even carrying the right type of gun for you.
The 38 Special revolver is a small weapon that is great for EDC. Holsters are readily available, and this gun can be worn almost anywhere on the human body.
If someone evades your security or winds up in your home, you need a weapon on you so you can deal with that threat. If you buy a big bulky gun that is uncomfortable to carry the first place, you will stop carrying it is around your home. Then you are not defending the home properly.
12 Gauge Shotgun
If we are talking about dealing with a threat in the home, there are few weapons as effective as the 12 gauge shotgun with 00’ buckshot. I am going to assume that you are not a seasoned soldier that has conducted numerous night missions.
I can tell you from experience, in the heat of the moment, in the dark of night, you are not going to perform the way you think you will. So, forget this idea that you will be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 3:30am when you hear glass shatter and someone coming up the stairs.
The 12 gauge shotgun is a point and click problem solver. You do not have to be dialed in and you do not have to make a demanding shot with this weapon. The spread of the pellets is going to make a mess out of anyone who is looking to cause you and yours harm.
I know it seems dark to consider cutting someone down in your own home. If it were to ever happen, you would probably think about it for the rest of your life. However, the alternative might be that you get killed and then your family is left to fend for themselves.
As I mentioned, home defense should not start at your front door. Even now, you should have an idea of who might be on your property when no one is looking.
In a WROL situation, you need to expand that perimeter out very far. You want to affect a threat from far away. The power to “reach out and touch someone” is going to be very important. The modern hunting rifle is a truly a miracle. It gives you the ability to put a large round of ammunition on a target that is far away.
If your rifle is sighted and ready to use, then you will have a serious weapon for home defense in WROL. Rounds like the .308 and 30-06 are just massive and do incredible damage. This is why hunters use them.
Hunting rifles range in price. The best ones can cost thousands of dollars. If you are in the market for a budget hunting rifle, I would recommend you check out the Savage brand. They can get you outfitted for cheap, and they are accurate rifles.
PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine)
Pistol caliber carbines give you some options that I think will be important in a WROL situation. First of all, a pistol caliber carbine is a semi-automatic weapon that fires 9mm or .45ACP. With a longer barrel you get better accuracy out of these rounds, and for home defense they really become something incredible.
Most PCCs have a longer barrel then a handgun but a shorter barrel than your average rifle. This means improved accuracy over a handgun but also increased maneuverability compared to a full size rifle. That means a lot when moving around the hallways and rooms of your home.
Pistol caliber carbines can look like traditional rifles like the Ruger PCC. They can also look incredibly gnarly, like something straight out of a video game. The Beretta CX4 Storm is a great example of this.
Pistol caliber ammunition is also cheaper than rifle ammo. This means that you can practice, hunt, and even deter, with this kind of ammo and it will cost you less. This also makes it more affordable to stockpile.
The PCC deserves a spot on your home defense roster. It is a valued member of any arsenal and in WROL you will really like having something small and deadly by your side.
Semi-Automatic Carbine Rifle
Pick your poison here. You could be the M4, AR, type of person or maybe you like the AK platforms. No matter which you like, you should have a weapon that can throw rifle rounds with intensity and shoot at least 30 of them before having to reload.
These are weapons you can take into battle. If you are looking to apply something like overwhelming force to an “issue” in your area of operation, then it would be the carbine that you bring along for the ride.
These weapons are accurate, deadly, and designed for success on the battlefield. In WROL they will be a weapon of choice and if you are going to conduct active security around your community, it would be good to have one of these.
Don’t Forget a Light
The types of guns you employ for home defense are important. However, if you designate it as a home defense weapon, then it needs a light attached to it. You have got to have eyes on what you are shooting in the dead of night.
What if in the dark of night, you spray buckshot down the hall at a bad guy, but you don’t realize they have a hold of your kid. The clearer you can see your target, the better off you will be.
Your weapon light will also blind the target. Even if they have a gun, they will be blinded by your light and that will affect your aim and could save your life.
Home defense in WROL is a different beast. The best guns for the job are varied and will depend on the level of security that you are utilizing. Remember, it is not about having a bunch of guns. You can only carry a couple at a time. You can only shoot one at a time, effectively.
Better to have a few that you shoot often and become really comfortable with. Study some simple tactics and equip each weapon with a light so you have something that is made for the dark. Most security threats are going to come about in the dark of night.
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