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Old 04-02-2020, 12:14 PM   #1
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Defensive rifle setup / accessories

How is your primary defensive rifle set up - accessories, modifications, etc?

Mine is a pretty standard-looking AR carbine; an extra-lightweight Midwest Industries 16" pencil-barrel upper with m-lok rail. Sights are an MRO with flip-up buis for backups. The MRO is in a QD mount; not so much for it to be taken on & off on a regular basis, but so it can be removed quickly & easily if it were to fail in a way that blocks the use of the flip-up sights. Fogging up, shattered lens, etc; just to be able to get it out of the way if need be. The MRO is one of the older ones, that has a very minor amount of tinting to it, but itís not bad at all. Some day I may upgrade it and move the old one to another gun, but not an urgent thing imo.

The Inforce WML light on it also isnít the newest or greatest, but itís what Iím used to using, and does pretty well.

The other main noticeable addition is a Redi-Mag. This is the only gun I have that on, and for this particular gunís purposes, I like it. In an emergency-use situation for a private citizen (especially in my area), the odds of needing the in-gun magazine plus the magazine in the Redi-Mag are just astronomically low; so with the redi-mag imo thereís no need to worry about grabbing any additional magazines, magazine carriers, etc. Needing any defensive-rifle ammunition at all is very unlikely in my world anymore, and needing more than the 58 rounds on hand that the redi-mag offers is simply unthinkably low. So in the times that the gun is out & loaded, it's (imo, obviously) loaded & prepped with more ammo than I could imagine ever really needing. The other aspect I like about it is that it can keep one loaded magazine with the gun without actually being Ďiní the gun. Not a big deal, but I like the idea.

The safety lever is a short-throw ambidextrous, which I like because it lets me engage the safety with the big knuckle of my trigger finger as I pull the finger out of the trigger guard. A very simple & fluid motion that works well once you get used to it.

Only other really noticeable non-milspec thing is the grip. On this one gun, I put a grip (BCM or magpul, donít recall) that holds a spare complete bolt with firing pin. Like the redi-mag, itís just a way of making the gun as disaster-proof as possible with only whatís actually Ďoní the gun.

There are some other add-ons & changes, but none that would bother me too much if I had to do without, and to be clear, Iím not saying this is how a defensive gun Ďshouldí necessarily be set up or that if yours is different itís somehow wrong. Honestly, a plain-jane carbine would suffice just fine for most anyone's use, including mine, as long as it's reliable and loaded with a non-retarded ammunition choice. This is just my personal preferences based on my personal uses.
 
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Old 04-02-2020, 03:16 PM   #2
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Nothing exciting. Colt LE6920 with an E-Otec sight. Military 20 and 30 round magazines in a vest. Back up a Colt SP-1 Carbine, basic everything. Shotgun with light, 12 gauge seven shot pump. Glock 21 with light. I do have a couple of magazines loaded with tracer every third round I wouldn't use it unless circumstances demanded it. Tracers work both way's and I did start a pretty good fire once having student's fire tracers out of M-1 Carbines.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 05:24 AM   #3
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Pretty basic set up, with an aimpoint and a vfg. Light is a sure fire.
 
 
Old 04-03-2020, 06:52 AM   #4
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Basic Armalite M4A4, fitted with a Red Dot (currently), Mossberg M590A1 & a Springfield Armoury 1911, but I don't think that this is where "the balloon goes up", we will have to watch and see.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 07:37 AM   #5
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I'm considering switching to a .300 Blk, but need to do some over penetration testing. Don't want to kill my neighbors in the process of defending my home.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 08:04 AM   #6
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I'm considering switching to a .300 Blk, but need to do some over penetration testing. Don't want to kill my neighbors in the process of defending my home.
I haven't been doing a lot of shooting lately, but one of the things I've been off & on working on is getting a .300BK pistol set up. It's basically about done, but I haven't decided which ammo to settle on. So far it's 100% reliable with Hornady's 110 Vmax load, which 'seems' like one of the better options out there. But I want to do some more experimenting and verifying before really committing to it.



If I do start considering it as a primary, serious-use thing, I'll likely upgrade the dot from the cheap holosun, but it's actually worked quite well on it so far.

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Old 04-03-2020, 08:14 AM   #7
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I haven't been doing a lot of shooting lately, but one of the things I've been off & on working on is getting a .300BK pistol set up. It's basically about done, but I haven't decided which ammo to settle on. So far it's 100% reliable with Hornady's 110 Vmax load, which 'seems' like one of the better options out there. But I want to do some more experimenting and verifying before really committing to it.



If I do start considering it as a primary, serious-use thing, I'll likely upgrade the dot from the cheap holosun, but it's actually worked quite well on it so far.

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I have a handled with 125gr ballistic tips that works extremely well (took my Javelina with this load) This would probably be my HD load, depending on what I figure out for over penetration through drywall. (going to have to build my own box-o-truth)

BTW I have a holosun on my .300 pistol, and a LPVO on my .300 rifle.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 08:59 AM   #8
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I'm considering switching to a .300 Blk, but need to do some over penetration testing. Don't want to kill my neighbors in the process of defending my home.
If "the balloon ever goes up" and $hit gets that bad, worrying about the neighbors would probably be your last concern.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 09:26 AM   #9
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I have a handled with 125gr ballistic tips that works extremely well (took my Javelina with this load) This would probably be my HD load, depending on what I figure out for over penetration through drywall. (going to have to build my own box-o-truth)...
I don't load the .300BK yet. I do save my brass and will someday start, but so far have stuck with factory stuff.
 
Old 04-03-2020, 11:13 AM   #10
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If "the balloon ever goes up" and $hit gets that bad, worrying about the neighbors would probably be your last concern.
Home defense and SHTF are inter-related, but not necessarily the same thing.
 
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