If you are not a good handgun shot UNDER PRESSURE may I suggest a 12 gauge shotgun? Say a Mossie 18 inch barrel pump with a 4 shot tac-star side saddle and using Brenneke Black Magic slugs. That gun won't cost you even $300.
I mean a 600 grain slug at 1500 ain't hay.
Otherwise take the most powerful handgun you can shoot with accuracy and controllability. Preferably from .357 magnum on up.
This could be a 10mm, or .41 magnum, or .44 magnum, or bigger.
But whatever handgun you take do note: compared to that 600 grain 12 gauge slug at 1500 you see they are pretty puny.
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