On a local note, the Chair of our Judiciary Committee (Miguel Diaz de la Portilla) refuses to hear bills for open carry and campus carry on the Senate floor, despite having overwhelming majorities in the house. Instead a bill on "slungshots" goes through.
A bill essentially banning backyard ranges gets signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.
Due to this I'm abandoning my suppressed SBR build and am converting that gun to a MagPul MOE-SL mid length style. The barrel is staying at 16.5."
The wife is complaining about money...so her build has been abandoned and she can use this .22 if she likes it (I don't know if I could give it to her when done ) It saves us $600.
I have abandoned my SBR tacticool 22 idea and am making a mid length style clone out of it. While waiting for parts I chopped the A1 flash hider into a mini style. 20160304_091345(0) by Slick_Rick77, on Flickr
Not useless, but not better than a lot of other options.
Current "wisdom" says that pistol caliber carbines are obsolete in the face of the improved range and power of the .223 and 7.62x39 carbines.
maybe... but having a carbine in a matching caliber to your sidearm has made a lot of sense for well over a century. I've been shopping for a good carbine ( cheap ) for a while. A Marlin lever action in .357 for example would be adequate and legal for deer hunting in some local counties and more than adequate for home defense, and plinking.
Not, I freely admit, as good or useful as a rifle caliber carbine out past, say, 200 yards... OTOH... If I have to engage the enemy out past 200 yards, We are not talking normal home defense. It would have to be really apocalyptic for that. Not unlikely, in the world we live....
Still, it's fun to look at other people's toys.
And that 9mm short barrel rifle would be a great gun for introducing beginners to shooting. Not too much kick, yet loud and big enough to be a step up from a .22LR.
With an affordable progressive press, you can reload a LOT of 9mm in a pretty short period of time.
The more you shoot a particular setup, the better you get.
And 9mm from a longer barrel isn't trivial in terms of ballistics. 1250 foot pounds. .223 is 1500 foot pounds, but that likely assumes a longer barrel. So while there is a measurable difference, you are within 20%.
So factor in practicing 4x as much because you can reload the 9mm for 1/10th of the cost of the .223...
I don't consider anything over 100 yards as a relevant home defense scenario. And in that case I'd want an M1 anyway, even if it is just of the downrange drama factor of a semi-auto .30/06 and the sound of bouncing clips between reloads.