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Are AR-style rifles useful for home defense?

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A 2015 article in the magazine Tactical Life summarized the views of eight firearm experts about what weapon they use to defend their home. Three of them use an AR-style rifle, four use a handgun, and one uses both. In a 2015 interview with the magazine American Riflemen, Kyle E. Lamb, one of the nation's "most respected" gun trainers, explained why he prefers an AR for home defense. Some of the reasons are that the AR is more accurate than a handgun, has less recoil, and is easier to shoot for the average person. Contrary to media claims, AR-style rifles are also used for hunting. Journalists and politicians often misportray ARs as "assault rifles" or "weapons of war," but they lack the defining feature of such weapons: the ability to fire multiple bullets with the single pull of a trigger. Instead, ARs can fire only one bullet with each trigger pull. The acronym "AR" does not come from "assault rifle" but from "Armalite Rifle," the company that developed it in the 1950s.

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