...Since we only fight with a pistol, to get back to the rifle that we shouldn't have laid down...then the pistol is merely a stand in for the rifle.
Whenever I hear this I always wonder in what part of the US are people always trying to fight their way back to a rifle?
I totally agree with Neal G.... Unless I am in my own home, my rifles and shotguns are completely unavailable to me ... whatever pistol I have is going to have to do the job.
For 99.99% of gun owners, this bit of wisdom "only fight with a pistol, to get back to the rifle" is generally worthless advise.