Always Ready Giveaway
Primary Arms Staff8/3/2020 9:10 amwww.primaryarms.com
In uncertain times, the best thing to be is always ready.
That’s why this month’s Primary Arms gun giveaway centers around the ultimate self-defense package: a Geissele Super Duty 14.5” AR15 with our Primary Arms PLx 1-8x24mm FFP Riflescope and GLx Rifle Scope Mount. This package also includes a SureFire M640U Pro Scout Light and LMT Back Up Rifle Sights, along with other range-day essentials from Magpul, Walker’s, and Red Rock Outdoor Gear.
As always, this giveaway is completely free with no purchase requirements. All you have to do is click the button above, fill out some basic information, and you’re good to go. We’ll reach out to our winner in early September and post an update on social media to announce our winner.
The total value of this package adds to over $4,400, but you can enter to win for free. Just complete the form on our giveaway landing page to claim your free entries. This contest runs through the month of August, and we will contact the winner in early September.
In the past, we’ve discussed purchasing a personal defense firearm and optimizing a rifle setup, but we’ve never strictly covered why an AR15 is the definitive best choice for self-defense. If you’re new to firearms or AR15s, you may be surprised to learn about their performance benefits, particularly in home-defense.
AR15 for Personal Defense?
The common debate on self-defense firearms has always split between the three major categories: pistols, shotguns, and rifles.
Pistols are a popular choice for their compact size. When it comes to personal defense outside the home, pistols are the most practical option. That said, many gun-owners still favor pistols for home defense, but pistols are always going to be a compromise for size. They are less controllable than shotguns and rifles, and pistol cartridges are inferior when it comes to terminal ballistics.
Where pistols fall short, shotguns excel in terminal ballistics. This fact is proven by over a century of real-world cases, where shotguns have consistently demonstrated their effectiveness in everything from home defense to military units and policing. Despite their low capacity, stiff recoil, and slow firing tempo, shotguns are still capable in most personal defense scenarios, but professionals look beyond raw stopping power when it comes to defensive firearms.
Nowadays, most professionals choose carbines to defend themselves—both on and off duty. Rifles are more effective than pistols, more user-friendly than shotguns, and offer unparalleled precision and versatility. In general, the benefits of a carbine for personal defense can be summed in five points: accuracy, agility, operability, versatility, and ballistics.
Reason 1: Accuracy
There are two types of accuracy: absolute accuracy and practical accuracy.
Absolute accuracy describes the actual mechanical accuracy of a firearm, often measured by a 3-5 shot grouping at 100 yards. Rifles are easily the most accurate of the three categories, but when we’re talking about personal-defense, does absolute accuracy even matter?
The short answer: not really. The better metric is ‘practical accuracy.’
Practical accuracy describes the user’s realistic performance when engaging a target under duress. That is to say, practical accuracy describes the performance of a firearm when it’s being deployed in a real-world scenario. This is an important distinction—especially when comparing handguns to long guns.
In combat, the surge of adrenaline causes an immediate reduction in manual dexterity. With pistols, your only point of contact is through the hand, making the pistol harder to grip, stabilize, and operate. The user is also more likely to rush their shots without full sight picture, and the recoil is exacerbated by poor grip. To improve practical accuracy, the pistol-owner must constantly practice to the point that movements are second-nature and repeatable in high-stress environments.
On the other hand, rifle accuracy is far easier to retain, even in duress. With several points of contact, a rifle will always be more stable than a pistol, leveraging the whole body for support. Similarly, the reduced recoil impulse will keep the user on-target, allowing for faster hits with greater consistency. Even with iron sights, AR15s dominate shotguns and pistols in practical accuracy, but that gap grows when allowing optics.
Low-power variable optics like our PLx 1-8x24 FFP Rifle Scope add an additional level of precision at distance. The crystal-clear glass and intuitive reticle system allow for rapid target acquisition and engagement, even out to long-range. While red dots are available to shotguns and pistols, rifles can mount a wider variety of optics to suit your needs.
Reason 2: Agility
The AR15’s lightweight design revolutionized small arms, bringing intermediate-caliber rifles to the forefront of western militaries and police.
Like accuracy, agility can be considered in absolute or practical terms. While pistols are objectively more agile than rifles, point-shooting is less accurate, especially when taking multiple shots. Even if the pistol points faster, that speed is irrelevant if it isn’t backed by some degree of accuracy. AR15s strike a superior balance, especially when using a short 10.5”-11.5” barrel.
Once again, AR15s benefit from access to optics and attachments. AR15s are easy to equip with performance-enhancing accessories like foregrips, lasers, weapon lights, and optics. These additions all improve your rifle’s engagement speed, especially in personal defense, where pinpoint accuracy can be critical.
Reason 3: Operability
Operability is an important consideration, especially when comparing rifles to shotguns.
The AR15’s control scheme has defined small arms design for over half a century. All of the user’s controls are intuitive and accessible, such that even novice marksmen could learn the rifle with ease. Many gun-owners take this benefit for granted, as modern firearms emulate these controls as much as possible, but the ingenuity of the AR15 is even more pronounced when compared to a traditional pump-action shotgun.
Every feature of the AR is easier to manipulate. With an AR15, the user can engage and disengage the safety with the swipe of their thumb, while some shotguns require actuation through the trigger finger. Many professionals choose to leave their shotgun off-safe with an empty chamber to bypass this control scheme, making further compromise on the shotgun’s inferior capacity.
Reloading proves an even bigger difference. Traditional pump-action and gas-operated shotguns feed from a magazine tube, which must be reloaded one shell at a time. Not only is this far slower, but it requires more manual dexterity for any level of proficiency. With an AR15, an experienced user can shoot, reload from empty, and shoot again within 2 to 3 seconds.
Reason 4: Versatility and Aftermarket
AR15s appear in countless sizes, configurations, and calibers.
One reason why the AR15 is so prominent today is its versatility and customizability. The market support is so massive that you can create a rifle to meet your exact needs, building everything from a 24” .224 Valkyrie long-distance masterpiece to a 7.5” .300BLK PDW—and everything in between.
Most popular shotguns and pistols will have a basic aftermarket, but none compare to the AR15’s level of ubiquity. Even Glock pistols, which have the largest aftermarket of any handgun in history, pale in comparison to the AR15’s product support.
Some may argue that it’s splitting hairs—that fine-tuning isn’t a huge deal. We disagree. The best part about your firearm is that it’s your firearm, and you can tailor it to fit just how you’d like. Why ‘learn’ an uncomfortable setup when you can just build one that feels natural from the start?
Reason 5: Ballistics
Ballistics are a challenging science, but we’ve seen tremendous progress in the last few decades, which has shed light on many previous misconceptions.
The largest determinant of ballistic performance is ammunition. Your cartridge’s design plays a tremendous role in its ballistic profile, so ammunition selection is of critical importance. We’ll have a larger blog on ammo choice coming up in the next few weeks, but for this discussion, we want to focus on misconceptions of rifle ballistics.
Many new hobbyists mistakenly assume that AR15s shoot big bullets. While some AR15s are built for larger cartridges, most AR15s are chambered in 5.56. The most common bullet weight for 5.56 is 55gr, which is less than half the weight of an average 115gr 9mm bullet. Even so, rifles are far more effective in self-defense due to their velocity.
The best way to visualize velocity’s effect is through ballistic gelatin. For pistol cartridges, the bullet impacts the gelatin and creates a cavity with a diameter similar to the diameter of the bullet. Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) ammunition will expand on impact, increasing this diameter and reducing the penetrative distance of the projectile. This function is particularly important to personal defense, where over-penetration can injure bystanders, so JHP ammo is recommend for any defensive pistol.
However, when you shoot ballistic gel with rifle ammunition, you see an entirely different result. The projectile impacts its target and begins to tumble and fragment. The high velocity creates a localized ‘shockwave’ of pressure, which opens around the bullet. If the bullet fragments properly, the resulting channel is wider with a consistent depth. In some instances, rifle ammunition might pierce a target without fragmenting or slowing. This is called ‘ice picking’ and is responsible for some of the misguided belief that 5.56 is weak.
With the right bullet and velocity, 5.56 is very consistent for use in close quarters. While pistol ammunition has improved over the years, purpose-made rifle ammunition penetrates less while delivering more energy to target. As a result, rifle cartridges can be both safer and more effective than pistol cartridges.
As for shotguns, 12GA has impressive terminal ballistics, but overpenetration can be an issue. Most buckshot will penetrate several interior walls, and the spread increases the liability. Proper shell selection can reduce the risk of overpenetration, but a rifle achieves greater consistency while delivering similar energy with superior capacity and agility.
If you want to be always ready, a high-quality AR15 is the right choice.
That’s why we’re offering you the chance to win a fully kitted Geissele Super Duty 14.5” pin-and-weld AR15, equipped with our premium PLx 1-8x24mm FFP Rifle Scope with ACSS® Raptor M2 reticle and GLx 34mm Rifle Scope Mount. For low-light, we’re including the Surefire M640U Pro Scout Light, SureFire’s latest and most advanced scout light to date, featuring the all new user-adjustable MLOK mount. We also include a set of LMT back-up iron sights for good measure. Finally, to tie this kit together, we’re including Magpul Terrain Polarized Safety Glasses, two Magpul 30rd PMAG Gen M2 MOEs, Walker’s Silencer Bluetooth Rechargeable Electronic Earbuds, and a Red Rock Outdoor Gear Double Rifle Bag in Coyote Brown. Altogether, this kit is worth over $4,300 and gives you everything to impress on range day.
To enter the giveaway, visit our Giveaway Landing Page through the link at the top, which has all the instructions to give you the best odds for victory. Total value of the giveaway package is $4,419.72. Some terms and conditions apply. The giveaway ends August 31, 2020, at 11:59pm CST.
At the end of the giveaway, we will contact the winner via email by September 3rd. Winner MUST be legally able to possess a firearm and pass a federal background check. Winner is responsible for all taxes. Exclusions apply, and no purchase is necessary. A full list of terms and conditions are visible through the Giveaway Landing Page.