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Guns of PDTV: Doublestar Patrol Rifle

by Scott E. Mayer   |  June 10th, 2011 31

Personal Defense TV considers the AR-15 in 5.56 chambering unquestionably one of the best home defense firearms. It offers excellent close quarters stopping power, plenty of ammunition supply, and will not overpenetrate walls to the point of endangering folks in other rooms or outside the house.


If there is one gripe we have about ARs, though, it’s that ones ideally configured for home defense are just not that common. For home defense you don’t need bull barrels, and attaching every accessory short of the kitchen sink is an invitation for confusion during a fight. The Doublestar Patrol Rifle that George is using this season is quite simply what we’ve been looking for in a home defense carbine.


At six and a half pounds, the Patrol Rifle is easily maneuverable in tight places, and will not fatigue the upper body as you move slowly and carefully through a building.


Its four-rail handguard has plenty of accessory attachment points unless maybe you’re in Special Forces or a serious mall ninja.


The full-length rail on the flat top upper has plenty of room to mount a red dot or reflex sight with as little or as much eye relief as practical.


The front sight is the all but indestructible A-2 style, and the Doublestar flip-up rear sight provides a rugged back up if your optic is damaged or destroyed in a fight.


Ergonomically, the six-position telescoping stock lets George shoot from a squared up fighting position.


The Hogue over molded pistol grip provides a soft, secure grasp whether firing, or operating the controls.


When it comes to a fighting carbine, leave the heavy barrels and the 1,000-yard accuracy to the varmint and target shooters. Instead, look for ruggedness, light weight and practical features like you’ll find on Doublestar’s Patrol Rifle.


  • robert38-55

    This is a rather unique home defense technquine…

  • Varmintmist

    Not really, I have kept the M1 Carbine close for years for a lot of the same reasons. I don't live in town so if there is overpenetration, its not a factor. I am a rifle guy and honestly if it came to it, I am a lot more confident with one.

    20 cartridges and a pointy thing on the end to dissuade anything from grabbing the front end.

  • centermass556

    Looks more like MOUT..But I guess when you really get down to it, Home defense is nothing more than CQC on your own turf….

  • Bigslug

    The light .625" diameter barrels are much more in keeping with what the AR was intended for than the more common .725" seen today. At some point along the line, either the term "H-Bar" became fashionable, or the collective consciousness decided we needed the heat-sink capabilities of a belt-fed weapon despite the fact there is no belt anywhere in sight. Doublestar has a good concept that I hope catches on. I find it rather tragic that they thought the mall-ninjary of finger-grooved grip was a good idea on a combat rifle, but fortunately, a screwdriver is an easy tool for most to figure out.

    • centermass556

      If I remember correctly the M16A1 was a .625 barrel, but at a 1/12 twist. The A2 and the M4 moved up to the heavier barrel with the 1/7 twist to accomodate the heavier NATO round.

      I think the market moved towards the Heavier barrel is so they can use the "mil-spec" stamp. I don't think most folks shoot their ARs like we shoot our M4s, but a few minutes of sustained fire and our barrels get hot enough to melt MRE plastic.

  • John Roy

    I love my 16" AR-15, but isn't it a bit tooooo loud for home defense? If one is concerned about permanent hearing loss, what is the largest/loudest one should use? I have a SIG P220 in in .45 ACP my bedroom quicksafe, but I want to protect my family, not cause them to go deaf. If I'm firing in my house I've got other issues as well, but it would be nice not to add another problem.

  • Jim

    The AR-15 seems a bit extreme. I have a .45 acp which should be up to the job if needed. Nothing against AR-15, they are fun to shoot as well, please not in the house though.

  • Lt. Col. Jim Kennedy

    A rifle is #3 in the list of home defense weapons. Shotguns are generally #1 with handguns #2 but in certain circumstances these last two positions may be swapped.

    Do you want to kill your 18 month old nephew sleeping in the next room? Use a rifle.

    Do want to spend a critical 5 seconds turning on your laser, light, reflex sight, etc, etc,? Use a rifle. The more gadgets the longer it will take to get into action. My experience in Special Forces combat operations taught me to give the guy as little opportunity as possible to kill me. I even had a Vietnamese gal trying to do the same so one cannot be too careful.

    Before publishing an article such as this I'd ask some guys with solid credentials in this area to review it and provide comments. Clint Smith comes to mind.

    • BPsniper

      Where's the 'popcorn eating' icon?

  • breamfisher

    I seem to remember reading an article by Clint Smith where he found that a .45 ACP slug, due to construction and mass, tends to penetrate a greater number of drywall layers (read walls) than a .223 shooting an appropriate SD/HD load.

  • Eddie Dee

    Oh, and a .45ACP isn't tooooo loud? Did you ever fire one without hearing protection?

  • breamfisher

    Truth be told, any firearm in a "suitable" defensive chambering is loud unless it's suppressed, but that can open up a whole 'nother can of worms.

    As for turning on items: most lights and lasers have momentary on switches that require only a quick button push to render them instantly on, and the AR pictured has a permanently "up" front sight, and the rear sights are flipped up in the demo. Replace the front and rear with night sights (or just the front) and you don't need to run an optic, unless yours is tritium powered or one of the new ones with multi-thousand hour battery life if left "on."

  • michael

    shotguns are far superior in home defense, I own both rifle and shotgun but the shotgun is by my bed at night.

  • Double Diamond

    Try to CQB with a 16 inch bbl. Tac teams know that SBR;s with suppressors are the way to go. If you are lucky enough to own a SBR mount a suppressor and go to sleep at night. Remember one is none two is one, my glock 23,.40 cal. is suppressed and my SBR has a YHM can attached. Shoot houses aren't your castle, no furniture no toys in the hallway and lots of light…when something goes bump in the night its around 4:00am you've got problems, practice with what you have, safely. BUT PRACTICE.

    Everyone can have a C & R license to own a SBR. Check with your local BATFE and your local Chief law enforcement officer. Contact a Class 3 dealer for more info for your area. Good Luck.

    • centermass556

      It gets done almost on a daily basis…The Marines took Fallujah house by house with the M16A4 w/20 in barrel.Helamand is getting the same treatment. The army rocks a house with the M4 w/~15 in Barrel. Yeah we would love to have the SBR the cool guys use, but the job gets done. You don't put furniture in your shoot houses? I do agree that you should practice with what you have. Know your own home. Know your route, know their AOA….

      I may be approaching it wrong, but I don't want a weapon suppressed in my house. I want the neighbors to know something is going down. If, I end up taking one…I want to know someone else may also be calling the police.

      • Scott Mayer

        "I want the neighbors to know something is going down."

        That is an excellent point.

  • BPsniper

    This place is getting scary.

    • centermass556

      Not as scary as the forum will be when it gets back up…AND, you'll have your popcorn icon

    • breamfisher

      It do get interesting.

      About that can of worms I referred to earlier: anyone wondered how that might taint a jury pool or a DA in the event of a legal shoot? The use of full-auto firearms in one SD shooting did inadvertently paint the victim (the one using the full-auto rifle) as a "bloodthirsty vigilante" and caused him to go through much expensive litigation, while the use of a standard rifle would probably not have gotten him charged in the first place.

  • Peter P. Angelou Jr

    Enjoyed reading the comments about using a AR 15 for home defense.

    In an emergency "you might not be able to shoot straight, be flustered, worried about personal/family safety".

    I favor a 12ga 16" bbl shotgun loaded with #4 buck shot. This round contains 27 pellets that are of.25 calibre. These pellets are slightly bigger than the .223 round.

    Lets see…6 rounds of 12 ga @ 27 pellets per round equal 142 pellets. This almost equates to 5 clips of 30 rd .223 ammo.

    I'll stick to my 12 ga thank you!

    • Wambli Ska

      "This round contains 27 pellets that are of.25 calibre. These pellets are slightly bigger than the .223 round.

      Lets see…6 rounds of 12 ga @ 27 pellets per round equal 142 pellets. This almost equates to 5 clips of 30 rd .223 ammo."

      And yet, it's STILL only 6 rounds of ammo… BTW they are magazines not "clips"…

  • Johh

    1249 to 1400 foot-pounds that can come in more that one round. out to 600 yards.

  • O.R.La Rosa

    I still say "The Judge" is the ultimate home defense weapon. Loaded with #4 Buckshot or some of the new defensive ammo that Winchester has come out with, "The Judge" is my weapon of choice. It's also great for CCW.

  • Jayhawker

    The need for icons is getting critical.

    • BPSniper

      Bail! Bail! Bail!

      I'm going back to civilization.

      • Scott E. Mayer

        Right beside you.

  • Pplaza

    I read an article a while back about 2 police officers and a bad guy refusing to surrender. One of the officers put his index FINGER in his

    EAR and the bad guy surrender immediately. He knew that there will be gunfire. Shoot one handed and cover one ear. When there is blinding light cover one eye, you save your night vision.

    Home invasions are on the news all the time don't be a victim.

    Please don't take that rifle to the bathroom if you have to go in the midle of the knight.

    Do anybody clear the their home after being gone all day? I do. Never use gun hand to carry shopping bags if gone for a long time (hours)

  • Animalhd1

    I cant figure out how to get my AR or my shotgun in the lock box on the night stand! No matter what you choose for home defense make sure it is safely secured so if those kids get up in the middle of the night they cant get to it. Even properly instructed in firearm safety kids still have that impulsive behavior. 15 or more rounds of .40 or 9mm ammo will do the job in a high stress middle of the night situation.

  • Keith

    It doesn't matter what you use for home or personal protection if you can't operate the weapon UNDER STRESS! I am a Doublestar owner but say, To each His own!

  • herbdoc

    how about a mech teck carbine? 1911 or glock lower attaches to a 16" barreled assembly. a .45, 9mm or even a 10mm should be a lot quieter and more accurate.

  • Matt

    I noticed the Hogue grip in the photo above and was considering getting a Hoge grip for my new Bushmaster 6.8SPC. I’m a bit of a “newb” though and I’m not really sure what would be best. Right now I just have the standard grip that came with it. I found this one: for what seemed to be a pretty descent price compared to other places I’ve seen it. I’m on a tight budget so I need something that’s not too expensive. Is the grip in the photo the same one? Is that a good grip to use or is there a better one for close to the same money? Any help in pointing me in the right direction is appreciated, just keep in mind I’m on a tight budget. Thanks.

    Best to all….

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