Are AK-47s Great For Household Defense?


AK in action

For several years, I have kept an AK-kind rifle in the protected or attic in order to be capable to comment intelligently on the rifle and to present instruction and familiarization for trainees. There have been occasional possibilities for articles and reports.

I have to admit that for most of this time, the AK rifle on hand has been an inexpensive—even cheap—example that served the goal OK. Just owning an AK can be entertaining and only producing brass without having goal is yet another issue we like to do.

For severe use, such as individual defense, a larger level of expectation is required. Some AKs are greater than other individuals when it comes to house defense. But general, is it a strong selection?

The author’s favourite AK is the Arsenal Underfolder.

Household Defense Benefits of the AK

The AK has come to be well-liked in America for the ideal causes. The rifle performs nicely, serves a goal and is economical. A handful of makers, such as Arsenal, have taken the AK and elevated the rifle far above the norm.

For these wishing to personal a rifle that performs as nicely as attainable, the Arsenal gets the nod. High-quality manufacture and interest-to-detail are evident. The Arsenal is a rifle that you could possibly rightly bet your life on, as significantly as you might any rifle.

The AK has endearing qualities. The rifle is uncomplicated to manipulate with easy, intuitive handling. The bolt is conveniently racked to make the rifle prepared. The sights are rugged, no-nonsense units that do not go out of zero. My instance is an underfolder.

In contrast to the AR, which makes use of a recoil spring that juts from the rear of the receiver, the AK adapts nicely to an underfolding stock. The outcome is an uncomplicated-to-stow rifle.

When protection against massive animals, armored felons or gangs is required, nothing at all very equals the AK rifle. I do not want to start off an AR versus AK debate, as all of us ought to personal each.

That getting stated, I like the AK mainly because the rifle will come up shooting with tiny to no upkeep and lubrication and performs nicely as a truck gun. It is basically a workhorse.

7.62 x 39mm cartridge
The 7.62x39mm is an effective cartridge with significantly to advise.

The greatest benefit of the 7.62x39mm cartridge in the minds of most Americans was that it was affordable. (Dirt affordable in the early days.) When we got more than the affordable aspect, more than time we realized that the 7.62 x 39mm is a wonderful cartridge.

In rifles of a comparable barrel length, the Soviet cartridge develops power on par or higher than the .30-30 Winchester. (Most comparisons are in between a 20-inch barrel .30-30 and a 16-inch barrel 7.62 x 39m.)

Quite a few deer and boar have been taken with this cartridge, normally mainly because this was the rifle on hand. Quite a few of these animals had been taken with the humble SKS rifle and other individuals with the AK. The essential is making use of the ideal load.

Whilst steel-cased ammunition from Wolf or Tula is fine for practice a excellent expanding bullet load ought to be made use of for hunting and individual defense. A couple of magazines complete of excellent ammunition is not going to influence your lunch income badly.

The Hornady 123-grain SST and the Remington 123-grain JSP are amongst the American-created loads that are far more correct than most.

Most industrial rifles made for hunting and individual defense are made to sell or to provide a affordable decision for hunting. The AK-47 rifle was made for economical manufacture, but also to survive and thrive in tricky environments.

In a excellent rifle with superior sights that are appropriately aligned with the bore and with superior furnishings, the AK handles speedily and gives great hit probability.

expanding ak bullet loads
There are a quantity of expanding bullet AK loads. This kind of loading ought to be selected for house defense.

Operating an AK in Household Defense Scenarios

Receiving the rifle into action is easy. Angle the magazine into spot, be particular it is locked and manage the rifle with the firing hand. The non-dominant hand reaches more than to the bolt and racks the bolt to make the rifle prepared to fire.

The security lever is occasionally criticized. This lever is moved to the uppermost position to make the rifle protected. This lever is usually extremely stiff in economy-grade rifles. Modification of the lever at the “V” usually performs. A handful of passes with sandpaper cures the stiffness.

The Arsenal performs nicely, is smooth and not overly stiff. It is occasionally overlooked that the AK rifle security is intended to be operated in all situations, which includes harsh winter situations when soldiers are wearing heavy gloves.

There is nothing at all about the AK security that is not constructive. It is conveniently manipulated with gross motor movements. If you are left-handed, the help hand (ideal) sweeps back to the security conveniently.

Champion hearing protection
Retain a set of excellent hearing protectors at house prepared. The new Champion makes it possible for typical communication but baffles great noise. They’re a wonderful AK-47 accessory.

When firing the rifle, I had to come to grips with the correct approach. When operating the AR-15, I retain the help hand forward as far as attainable for manage. With the AK rifle, I locate gripping the front of the magazine is the finest approach for me.

I press the stock into the shoulder and keep my firmest grip. To replace the magazine, the strongly sprung catch need to be mastered. If you fumble the load, the magazine will not be half inserted. It falls away.

The magazine latch is extremely strong and securely locks the magazine in spot. The Arsenal rifle capabilities a superior crisp trigger that tends to make finding quickly uncomplicated for these that practice.

AK Ammunition Choice

I have tested a number of 7.62x39mm loads with either hollow-point or soft-point bullet. The Wolf 122-grain HP opens speedily with great wound possible. The Remington 123-grain JSP gives a superior balance of expansion and penetration.

The Hornady SST is yet another superior decision, nicely-suited to taking game if this is aspect of the rifle’s mission. Amongst a extremely handful of goal-made individual defense loads is the Winchester PDX.

Practice with FMJ and use the expanding bullet loads for duty, hunting and individual defense. The AK rifle (in common) and the Arsenal, in specific, is a fine decision for individual defense and amongst the most versatile firearms offered.

Hornady Steel Match ammo
Hornady Steel Match with the SST bullet is a initially-class decision for most makes use of.

There are a handful of improvements that might be produced without having breaking the bank. For these with an older AK rifle, the CMC trigger gives a match-grade trigger at a fair value. The trigger might be adjusted to a crisp three.five pounds.

Yet another selection I like extremely significantly is the TRUGLO Tritium front post. This tends to make for all-about utility in dim light. TRUGLO also gives a “predator light.”

Whilst the kit might be mounted on the rifle and a stress switch-mounted, I like the uncomplicated on-and-off flashlight selection. TRUGLO gives superior excellent for the value and does not break the bank.

Hornady SST load
These are expanded Hornady SST loads at distinct ranges and velocity. This is an outstanding loading.


I like the AK for house defense, location defense and for maintaining predators away from the homestead. Whilst the rifle would not be best for defense in a crowded complicated, for my situation, the AK is best.

The AK is a modern day rifle that tends to make for a superior home gun for these at danger.

Do you personal an AK? Do you use it for house defense? Let us know your thoughts in the comments under.


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