Zincwarrior: True enough, but the point I was trying to make is that while a pistol is a pretty rotten weapon to take to a rifle fight, the handgunner can, in certain circumstances, still prevail. Besides, while it's true that the example I gave was more of an LE situation, the fact remains that the rifle-toting BG was shooting at the SF guy. So, while the SF man was, first and foremost, trying to stop a mass murderer, he was also at the same time defending himself. So, at least in one respect, this was an SD situation as well.
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