So...An AK Isn't For Self Defense, Huh?

While Second Amendment supporters are often pretty good about not needing a reason to want to own a certain gun, those who oppose that right tend to feel a little different. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told an AK-47 style rifle isn’t for hunting or home defense. As someone who has actually hunted with an AK, I’m living proof that part of that is complete bull.


This gentleman from Ohio is proof that the last is bovine excrement.

Dayton Ohio cell phone store owner Adam Seaton used an AK-47 clone to defend himself and his store. It happened about five a.m. on Sunday, 19 November, 2017.

Store video shows the thieves breaking the window at the front of the store, then trying various strategies to get through the security gate. Seaton was alerted on his cell phone by the security system. He was only a block and a half away.

The store has been open since December last year. This was the fourth robbery attempt, the first that has been stopped.


DAYTON — A 22-year-old Dayton business owner fired an AK-47 at burglars breaking into his cell phone store early Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 a.m. after the business owner called to report the attempted robbery.

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store’s security system.

As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction.

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure.

The thieves fled in a silver truck.  Seaton pursued them. He was on the phone to the dispatcher, who urged him, repeatedly, to pull back and let them go.


The fact of the matter is that no matter how much gun grabbers claim otherwise, so-called assault rifles are an ideal tool for personal defense.

Seaton finally did pull back after the crooks took a shot at him, deciding it was too dangerous to continue his pursuit.  That was probably a smart move, because had he caught up with them, it’s possible that a judge might not have viewed his actions all that favorably.

However, that’s a different subject for another time.

The big takeaway here is that yes, the AK platform is a viable weapon for self-defense. In fact, it makes a lot of sense to use a modern sporting rifle for personal defense because it gives you range, accuracy, and a better round count than the handgun most criminals are using. While it’s not practical for day-to-day carry, if you suspect you’ll need a gun, then a so-called assault rifle is hard to beat.

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