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Which Gun Is Right For Defending Your “Castle?”

You want to have a firearm in your home for self-defense. Many people do. In fact, tens of millions of Americans keep weapons for expressly this purpose… unfortunately for those just thinking about getting their first home defense gun, there are about as many opinions about what the “best” weapon is as there are gun owners.

Well, fortunately there are four basic firearms that you can use for self-defense. They each have their own pros and cons and they each should be considered before you go off and pick up a shiny new gun to protect your home.

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As with many things in the world of self-defense and firearms, there’s no one “right” answer. A lot of this is going to come down to you, your needs, your personal abilities and other factors. There is no “one size fits all” solution. Hopefully, however, we’re able to provide you with the information that you need to make an informed choice about the best way to defend yourself and your home. 



Shotguns are what a lot of people go to when they’re looking for a weapon for home defense. Unfortunately, they’re not all they’re cracked up to be. While they do have their advantages there are some serious drawbacks.

Before we get into the pros and cons, there are two things you should absolutely know about shotguns: First, you absolutely should not rely on the sound of a shotgun being cocked to scare off an intruder – it might just make them decide to fire first. Second, semi-automatic shotguns are notoriously unreliable, jamming a lot and largely unsuited for home defense.

Pros: Shotguns require little in the way of accuracy. Basically anyone can pick one up, point it, shoot it and, at the very least, wing their target. 

Cons: The same thing that makes shotguns good for people who can’t shoot accurately makes them bad for, well… everyone. If you’re firing into a small room with a shotgun, we hope you don’t value anything in the room. What’s more, a lot of home defense shotguns are going to kick like an angry mule. 


A lot of people write off carbines because they think they’re too powerful for home defense. Still others swear by them as the best way to defend your home against an unauthorized intruder in the dead of night. 

Pros: The AR-15 is the most popular carbine in the United States. As such, there are a whole host of accessories you can add to it to make it fit your own needs, such as a foregrip, a light, and sights. They’re also incredibly accurate and can easily be carried “hands free” with a sling, allowing you to pick things up while you move around hunting for an intruder in the dead of night. Finally, nothing can match the magazine capacity available for carbines.

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Cons: Many of them are heavy, making them unsuitable for people unable to wield such weight. The overall length of the weapon might also make it likewise inappropriate for some shooters. 


Semi-automatics are weirdly still controversial. Some people swear by them as the be all and end all of handguns. Still others hate them because they jam up. So how do they rank as a home defense weapon?

Pros: The “jamming” issue is largely, though not entirely, a thing of the past. With a quality semi-automatic you should have very little fear of a weapon jamming up. Shy of a carbine, these are the best for magazine capacity, unless you are unfortunate enough to live in a state which restricts magazine capacity. They’re easily carried, require little strength to fire and don’t kick nearly as much as a shotgun. When you do have to reload them, it’s as easy as sliding in a new magazine and racking a round. 

Cons: People with grip issues might have problems with larger handguns. And while semi-automatics jam much less than they used to in years past, they can still jam, so having a spare magazine around in the event that yours jams is always a prudent move, bringing another moving piece into the equation. 


Just as some people swear by semi-automatics, still others swear by revolvers. And while they’re sure nice to look at they come with some serious drawbacks when it comes to home defense.

Pros: A revolver simply isn’t ever going to jam up on you unless it’s severely damaged or incredibly poorly maintained. Basically everyone has some sense of how to fire these if they’ve ever seen a movie in their life. 

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Cons: The main con with a revolver is capacity. You’rre not going to find a revolver capable of carrying 8, 10, 12 or 15 shots before reloading. When you do have to reload them, it takes quite a bit more time than a semi-automatic and requires much more manual dexterity – something you’re going to have in short supply in a life-or-death situation. 

Again, there’s no “one size fits all” solution here. But we hope we’ve been able to bring you a little closer to deciding what the best weapon to secure your castle is. 

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Biden’s Newest Attempt to Take Your Guns


The Biden administration finalized a new rule last week, touted by Attorney General Merrick Garland as a “historic step” in combating gun violence. This rule aims to increase background checks on gun sales by broadening the pool of people required to obtain a federal firearms license (FFL). The administration claims this will address the so-called “gun show loophole” and reduce illegal gun sales.

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), there’s a “large and growing black market of guns being sold by people without a license.” They argue that this black market is fueling violence because these sellers are not conducting background checks. However, many see this new rule as yet another attempt to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

Understanding the New Rule

To grasp the impact of this new rule, it’s crucial to understand the existing laws governing gun sales. Federal law mandates that all gun dealers conduct background checks via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) before selling a firearm. However, private sales between individuals who are not in the business of selling guns do not require background checks.

Currently, 20 states have implemented their own laws to require background checks for all gun sales, including private transactions. In the remaining 30 states, private sales can occur without a background check as long as the seller is not engaged in the business of selling firearms.

The new rule seeks to limit the number of legal private sales by expanding the definition of who is considered a “gun dealer.” Previously, a person needed an FFL if they were involved in the “repetitive” buying and selling of firearms with the primary objective of “livelihood and profit.” The new rule changes this to require a license if the goal is to “predominantly earn a profit,” regardless of whether the seller relies on this activity for their livelihood.

Debunking Myths and Clarifying Facts

Myth #1: The New Rule Closes the “Gun Show Loophole”

Despite claims from the White House and mainstream media, there has never been a “gun show loophole.” Gun shows operate under the same legal framework as other venues: dealers must conduct background checks, while private sellers are not required to do so. The new rule does not close any loophole; it simply creates more confusion and potentially drives private sellers away from gun shows, where they are easier for law enforcement to monitor.

Myth #2: The New Rule Provides Clarity

The rule is marketed as providing clarity, yet it is anything but clear. The ATF’s 19-page FAQ document only adds to the confusion. It states that to “predominantly earn a profit” means the primary intent of the sale is financial gain, as opposed to personal reasons like upgrading a collection. However, there is no clear threshold for what constitutes “repetitive” sales or what amount of profit triggers the need for an FFL.

The lack of concrete standards means law-abiding citizens are left in a legal gray area. The rule could easily be interpreted in a way that criminalizes ordinary gun owners who occasionally sell firearms.

Myth #3: The New Rule Is a Major Change

Both proponents and critics of the rule suggest it will have significant impacts, but this may be overstated. The ATF has long maintained that even a single transaction can require a license under certain conditions. The real effect of the new rule is to sow uncertainty among private sellers, potentially discouraging lawful sales and undermining the Second Amendment.

The Real Impact on Gun Owners

The Biden administration’s new rule will likely deter lawful gun owners from selling firearms due to fear of legal repercussions. This does little to address the criminal misuse of firearms and instead burdens responsible citizens. The rule could particularly impact hunters and sports shooters who want to sell old guns to upgrade their equipment.

By creating more obstacles for law-abiding gun owners, the administration risks driving gun sales further underground, making it harder for law enforcement to track illegal activities. The people most affected will not be the high-volume sellers the ATF claims to target but ordinary Americans who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

The new rule from the Biden administration is another step towards greater government control over private gun ownership. It doesn’t close any loopholes or provide meaningful clarity. Instead, it creates a chilling effect on lawful gun sales, turning responsible citizens into potential criminals.

As with many gun control measures, this rule places undue burdens on the law-abiding while doing little to address actual crime. It’s a reminder that vigilance is necessary to protect our constitutional rights from overreach by those who seek to undermine the Second Amendment. Now more than ever, it’s crucial to stand firm against any attempts to erode our fundamental freedoms.

What do you think of the Biden Regime’s latest attempt to take your guns? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Did the ATF Just Turn You Into an Unlicensed Gun Dealer?


Amidst the world of firearms and gun ownership, scenarios arise where individuals find themselves downsizing their collections or navigating the complexities of buying and selling firearms. For some, it may involve parting ways with budget guns to fund the acquisition of their dream firearm, while for others, it could entail managing the estate of a deceased family member who left behind a substantial gun collection.

However, recent regulatory changes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have introduced new considerations and challenges. With the implementation of ATF Rule 2022R-17, the definition of who qualifies as a firearm dealer has been broadened, potentially impacting individuals engaged in occasional sales or private transactions.

Under the revised regulations, the criteria for determining whether someone is “engaged in the business” as a dealer in firearms have been expanded. This includes factors such as the intention to “predominantly earn a profit” from firearm sales, regardless of the medium or method used for transactions. Additionally, the definition of “dealer” now encompasses individuals conducting firearm transactions through various channels, including online platforms and gun shows.

Despite these changes, the regulations provide clarity on exemptions for individuals selling firearms as part of a personal collection or hobby, as long as sales remain occasional and not primarily for profit. However, navigating these distinctions requires careful attention to detail and adherence to legal requirements to avoid unintentionally falling afoul of the law.

The implications of ATF Rule 2022R-17 extend beyond mere technicalities, potentially impacting the everyday activities of gun owners and enthusiasts. From selling off surplus firearms to acquiring new additions to their collections, individuals must now navigate a regulatory landscape that demands heightened awareness and compliance.

Moreover, the rule underscores broader concerns about government overreach and the erosion of Second Amendment rights. By redefining existing regulations without legislative scrutiny, the ATF’s actions raise questions about transparency and accountability in firearms policy-making.

In light of these developments, individuals involved in firearm transactions must stay informed and adapt to evolving regulatory frameworks. Whether buying, selling, or transferring firearms, adherence to legal requirements and diligent record-keeping is paramount to avoid unintended legal consequences.

Ultimately, as gun owners and enthusiasts navigate the changing landscape of firearms regulation, vigilance and advocacy for Second Amendment rights remain crucial. By staying informed, engaging in responsible firearm ownership practices, and advocating for sensible policy reforms, individuals can uphold their rights while ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

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What’s the Difference Between 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington


For novice gun owners and seasoned enthusiasts alike, understanding the nuances between various ammunition types is crucial for ensuring optimal performance and safety of firearms. One common area of confusion arises when comparing the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges, as their differences, though seemingly small, can have a significant impact on weapon function and safety.

The primary difference between the two cartridges lies in their pressure levels. The 5.56 NATO cartridge operates at approximately 58,000 pounds per square inch (psi), whereas the .223 Remington is loaded to around 55,000 psi. While this disparity may appear minor, it plays a critical role in the overall performance of the ammunition.

However, the most important distinction between the two cartridges lies in the chamber dimensions. A 5.56 NATO chamber features a .125-inch longer throat compared to a .223 Remington chamber. This additional space allows for the loading of approximately one more grain of powder in the 5.56 NATO cartridge, resulting in higher performance levels compared to its .223 Remington counterpart.

The potential danger arises when firing a 5.56 NATO cartridge in a rifle chambered for .223 Remington. Due to the longer throat of the NATO chamber, this combination can lead to significantly increased pressure levels, reaching upwards of 65,000 psi or more. Such high pressures pose a severe risk to both the operator and the firearm, potentially causing primers to back out or even resulting in catastrophic failure.

Conversely, firing a .223 Remington cartridge in a 5.56 NATO chambered rifle may lead to suboptimal performance. The lower pressure generated by the .223 Remington cartridge, coupled with the dimensions of the NATO chamber, can result in improper cycling of the firearm, particularly in rifles with barrels shorter than 14.5 inches. While rifles with longer barrels may mitigate some of these issues, it is essential for gun owners to exercise caution when selecting ammunition for their firearms.

In conclusion, while the differences between the 5.56 NATO and .223 Remington cartridges may seem subtle, they can have profound implications for weapon function, safety, and performance. Gun owners must educate themselves on these distinctions to make informed decisions when selecting ammunition and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

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