ARs and AKs Are Scarce: What Else Can I Buy for Home Defense? | USCCA

The coronavirus panic started us down this path in March. The fear of this new and unknown virus was hyped to such extremes that people feared more of a “zombie apocalypse” scenario in its aftermath rather than the virus itself. And the great 2020 gun and ammo buying event was underway.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/ars-and-aks-are-scarce-what-else-can-i-buy-for-home-defense/
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ARs are still available. You just need to dig a little deeper into the checkbook to buy a good one:

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Here in the little town of Mark we have a small company that makes rifles and parts. Contact information is as follows:

MMC ARMORY
10549 Mennies Lane
Mark, IL 61340

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Take a look at the Ruger Mini’s, mini 14 and mini 30.

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Palmetto State Armory.com

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My local has about 10 ARs even had 6 stripped lowers.

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Yeah I have an Palmetto AR

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Here in Southern Nevada, it’s much the same as other places. However, there are a few ARs around but the prices surely meet the demand, high. I have handguns and a long gun but wanted another. I was able to find a Diamondback AR15 NATO for just over $575 brand new as was a friend of mine. Granted, it’s not the top of the line but I added a few things, and it’s as good as any for now. Honestly, it’s pretty awesome. Ammo is a chore most days. I find locally here Thursday mornings are the best. The problem, like arms, the ammo here is .60-0.78 cents a round. $600 gets you a 1000 rounds. CRAZY. Next? a simple shotgun.

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Welcome to the community,train hard and stay safe. from Michigan :grinning:

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@Howard_charles. Welcome to the community,train hard and stay safe. from Michigan :smiley:

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Thank you! You as well.

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I still see ARs around, and technically a few AKs, but who’s counting those? IF you have the money to spend you can purchase high end ARs, AKs, and oddities like Bullpups from smaller custom shops, directly on their website. The lead time is months however. Point is you can still get what you want, just have to look harder, and maybe pay a bit more then usual.

Ammo is the problem at the moment. It don’t exist :rofl: and what does goes for triple the price.

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I think the best home defense weapon is a MP5 or something similar.

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Finding your AR or AK is only part of the problem. You are also going to have to find ammo.
I would consider a 12 ga shotgun. I suspect it would also be a lot easier finding shells for it than rounds for the rifles.

If you are on a budgey check out the Stoeger home defense shotgun. It is not top of the line but it will get the jib done. Stoeger has a good name for making qualitty budget friendly firearms.

Seems like there is still plenty of shotgun shells around. Or at least around here it does.

There are other guns besides ARs that could be used for HD rather successfully with a little training. I have a Rossi ‘92 lever action in .38/.357 that would rain hell on bad people and they can be had used in the $400 range. As a bonus they are usually legal in places where ARs are banned.

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