“What About Pistol Caliber Carbines (PCCs) For Home Defense?”

I got a great question yesterday from Dave about Pistol Caliber Carbines for home defense.

Pistol caliber carbines come in many varieties, but the most popular right now are AR pattern/style rifles that take Glock mags and shoot 9mm.

There are also versions with barrels that are under 16″ that fit easily in a backpack or briefcase called “Pistol Caliber Pistols” or PCPs, like this:

It’s a Next Generation Arms X9 Pistol Caliber Pistol (short AR pattern pistol in 9mm with a 6″ barrel) and am a HUGE fan of PCCs and PCPs, which I’ll refer to collectively as PCCs.

They let people do AR training way cheaper and in more places than what you can do with a .223 and they don’t have the .22 specific malfunctions that you get with a .22 conversion kit or M&P 15-22 (which we use a lot)

Recoil isn’t as hard on PCCs as ARs, but I’ve found that PCC recoil throws my sights off more.

With a good barrel, trigger, and decent ammo, you can still shoot hand sized groups out to over 100 yards.

As for a home defense weapon…

The bullet design and performance shortcomings of pistol ammo apply to both pistols and PCCs, so there’s no difference there.

That being said, let’s go back to the fact that the best way to avoid a bullet going through several walls is for it to go through your intended target first.

Now we’re not just looking at the bullet, but how to get that bullet on target 100% of the time and as quickly as possible.

And, when that’s the goal, I’d argue that the PCC beats a traditional pistol every time…and that’s why tactical teams are using PCCs over pistols in both military and law enforcement applications. Most still use traditional ARs more often, but PCCs are carrying more and more of the load when teams aren’t expecting distance shots or body armor.

This isn’t a new thing. The PCC is basically an MP5 in an AR shell and the MP5 has been a proven and effective tactical weapon for decades.

You can run a LaserMax Spartan 200 lumen light/laser combo on a PCC that’s intended for a pistol rail and you end up with a very small, compact, effective setup…more effective than a pistol, but still not as effective as a .223.

Which brings us to the question of the best training for using Pistol Caliber Carbines and Pistol Caliber Pistols for home defense.

The fact is, home defense tactics are VERY different than what military and law enforcement use while doing their jobs and VERY different than what you may have learned in a carbine class taught by a military or law enforcement instructor.

In addition, there are high leverage tools and tactics that you can use with a PCC/PCP that aren’t practical with a pistol.

That’s why I want to strongly encourage you to check out this home defense training that will help you more effectively defend yourself if you do end up being the target of a home invasion. Learn more now by going >HERE<

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