President Biden famously said, “You don’t need an AR-15. It’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use. And, in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun.” He continued, “If there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here … put that double-barreled shotgun, just walk out on the balcony and fire two blasts outside the house.” Politics aside, we shouldn’t need to tell you this is bad advice — in any defensive shooting situation, you’ll need to account for every round you fire, so blindly slinging buckshot off the porch is a terrible idea. Furthermore, I’d argue that a 30-round-capacity, semi-automatic, low-recoil carbine is in fact an excellent choice for home defense. However, if your AR-15 home defense plan starts and ends with placing a loaded carbine by your bedside, that isn’t enough to be fully prepared. If it’s your first-line defensive tool, you should train with it. More importantly, your training should be realistic to the scenario.
Rogue Methods is a training company founded by U.S. Army veteran and former Chicago PD undercover officer Raul Martinez Jr. — you can read more about him in my Spotlight interview in Issue 57 (on sale August 15th, 2023)….