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Choosing the perfect semi-automatic rifle for home defense must be done with careful consideration. DE Guns offers a comprehensive selection of semi-automatic rifles, and we can outline the pros of cons of each. As a major online supplier of firearms, we know we can accommodate your individual needs, and outfit you with a gun that keeps you, your family and your property safe from intruders.

We will discuss:

How To Choose A Gun For Home Defense

Home defense, particularly when rifles are concerned, does not require the same type of rifle that makes an effective choice for hunting or competitive shooting. In fact, the very merits of a hunting rifle become drawbacks in home defense situations. Not only do these firearms take too long to load and reload, and the full metal jacket rounds frequently used tend to over-penetrate targets in defense situations. In other words, even if your round hits, it could pencil through the intruder and wind up going through the house across the street, causing unknown damage, injury or even innocent death.

That being the case, a type of gun rising in efficacy and popularity for home defense over the last few years are tactical rifles, also called modern sporting rifles. Those based on the AR-15 design seem to be the most popular. Other well-liked choices include the AK-47, M1 Carbine and the Ruger Mini -14.

However, do keep in mind that you may find it challenging to maneuver in tight spaces with a tactical rifle, so consider the layout where youäó»re likely to encounter an intruder when choosing a gun. Finally, a shotgun is likely to cost far less than one of these rifles, but at DE Guns, we offer so many options that youäó»re more than likely to find one that works for you.

Consider Who The Rifle Is For

While you may imagine yourself as the defender of your home, thieves and burglars donäó»t care about your plans. In fact, they are more likely to strike if they have determined that someone is out of town, or the house is empty.

The benefit of these rifles is that they are relatively lightweight, easy to shoot, and produce low levels of recoil while providing a high ammo capacity. That could be important for a shooter on the smaller side. In fact, some of these models offer stopping power similar to that of a shotgun, but without the powerful recoil. If you live in a more rural environment as many gun owners do, you will also find this to be an effective choice for handling unwelcome four-legged pests as well.

A Few of the Options Available From DE Guns:

This list is far from complete, but we can point out a few of the semi-automatic rifles we offer in case something peaks your interest.

1. Smith & Wesson M&P-15X 5.56mm Semi-Auto Rifle with Troy Short Quad and Battle Sights

Smith & Wesson M&P-15X 5.56mm Semi-Auto Rifle with Troy Short Quad and Battle Sights. Some features of this firearm:

  • 30 Round PMAGŒ¬ Magazines

  • Chromed Barrel Bore, Gas Key, Bolt Carrier, Firing Pin

  • Model: M&P15

  • Caliber: 5.56 mm NATO / .223

  • Capacity: 30 Rounds

  • Barrel Length: 16äó

  • Action: Gas Operated Semi Automatic

  • Overall Length: 35äó Extended / 32äó Compacted

  • Stock: 6-Position Telescopic

  • Forend: Short Quad Rail

  • Sight Length: 14.5äó

  • Barrel Twist: 1 in 9äó

  • Weight (No Mag): 6.51 lbs.

  • Trigger Pull: 7 lbs. (approx.)

  • Upper/Lower Material: 7075 T6 Aluminum

  • Barrel Material: 4140 Steel

  • Chromed Components: Barrel Bore Gas Key Bolt Carrier Firing Pin

  • Front Sight/Rear Sight: Adjustable A2 Post

  • TroyŒ¬ Folding Backup Iron Battle Sights

  • Receiver and Barrel Finish: Hard Coat Black Anodized

2. HK MR556A1 5.56mm AR-15 with Troy Industries backup sights and 30RD Mag MR556A1

This rifle employs the HK proprietary gas piston operating system, using a piston and a solid operating plunger rod rather than the gas tube typically found in AR-15 or M4 type firearms. This operating method all but eliminates malfunctions typically associated with hot carbon fouling and waste gases entering the receiver.

This firearm has a Picatinny rail machined into the top of its upper receiver. It can mount sights, lasers, aimers and all current optical and tactical accessories.

3. Mossberg International 37234 715 T Tactical 22 Semi-Automatic 22 Long Rifle 16.5″ 25+1 6-Position Black Blued

Experience the look, feel and thrill of the AR platform from this Mossberg Flat Top Tactical. With a 16.25″ blued barrel with a 1:16″ RH twist and removable muzzle brake, this firearm is built around their proven and dependable 22 long rifle autoloader.

The detachable magazine has a capacity of 10 or 25 rounds. The 25-round model will come with an accessory magazine loading cap. You can get fixed or adjustable stocks according to your preference. All models feature a Picatinny quad rail forend to allow customization of this rifle with limitless tactical accessories.

4. Smith & Wesson 10211 M&P15-22 Sport Semi-Automatic 22 Long Rifle 16.5″ 25+1 6-Position Kryptek Highlander Stock

This gun comes with a 10äó M&P slim handguard, Magpul MBUS folding sights, and M-LOK accessories that are easy to mount. The carbine stock adjusts to 6 positions, and the 2-position receiver.




Performance Center M&P15-22 Sport


.22 LR

Magazines Included:

1-10 Round


Semi-Auto Blowback

Barrel Length:

18″ Threaded Barrel

Front Sight:

Folding Magpul MBUS

Rear Sight:

Folding Magpul MBUS




89.6 ounces

Overall Length:

32.5″ Collapsed/36.25″ Extended

Barrel Material:

Carbon Steel

Upper and Lower Material:


5. ArmaLite A10SBF AR-10A SuperSASS Rifle Semi-Automatic 308 Winchester/7.62 NATO 20″ 20+1 Magpul PRS Black Stock Black Hard Coat

The AR-10As of ArmaLite firearms is identical in function to the AR-10B variety.

The maintenance, operation, controls are consistent. But the AR-10A family is made to work with early ArmaLite AR-10 waffle magazines and quality magazines copied off of them, instead of ArmaLite’s proprietary steel magazines that are used in the AR-10B family. Neither family of firearms will function correctly with the other family’s magazine.

The AR-10 SuperSASS features aircraft-grade forgings without die-cast. The Receiver has no extruded parts. The interior surfaces of the upper receiver is hard coat anodized as per military specifications. In fact, all aluminum parts are hard coat anodized to in accord with the same standards.

Contact DE Guns For More Information Today

We have found a match for countless happy gun owners, and we are certain we can do the same for you. Get in touch by calling DE Guns at 402-875-6525, or visiting our website here.