Lately I’ve had the pleasure of testing one of the newer carbines from Savage Arms, the MSR Recon. This AR-platform rifle comes with some great features out of the box, but outfitting it, or any long gun, for home defense requires serious consideration when it comes to choosing accessories, which can make or break a gunfight.
We’re using the Recon as an example, but the components named here could go on most any long gun outfitted to accept them. Though it’s tempting to trick out an AR with any of the dozens of gadgets on the market, the KISS principle is a good one (keep it simple). Excess bulk on the rifle can slow the time it takes to get it into action and every accessory you add also adds weight to the gun.
Along with choosing add-ons for your own carbine or home defense shotgun, your interface with them must be functional. The coolest gear is little more than a joke if it interferes with firing the gun or manipulating its controls.
Let's take a look at some accessories that are a safe bet in most any home defense situation: