Everyone knows, at least according to the news, that an AR-15 rifle is capable of leveling an entire city block and creating a rupture in the San Andreas fault. So, why on earth would anyone want to choose an AR-15 or similar rifle for home defense?

Well, when you examine the issue with consideration of the pros and cons in several different categories, it turns out that the AR-platform rifle, aka the modern sporting rifle (MSR), can make an ideal home-defense option. Let’s take a look at how the AR stacks up against shotguns and handguns in a few relevant categories.

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