Trucks have more power and Ferrari's are faster so why do most of us drive Chevy's and Fords? Handguns are only weak compared to rifles and it isn't a fair comparison. Unless you have a spare arm or don't mind a long barreled gun slung to your back While you are out and about doing whatever it is you do. The logical choice is something you can carry that is small light, not in the way but sufficient to do the job.
For those of you who have bought into the adage of using it to fight your way to the rifle you are already in to deep for comfort. A few shots with the handgun should end the fight. If you still need to get to a rifle you better have a posse coming to help you soon.
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