Originally Posted by kilogulf59
Tgrif gunfights lasting more than a few seconds are exceedingly rare. You will undoubtedly be using whatever you have on you at the time so I would not rely on fighting your way to your long gun.
Wise words, Kilo. In a military situation, using a handgun to fight one's way to a more powerful weapon like a rifle or shotgun may, at least at times, make some degree of sense. In a civilian confrontation odds are that what you have in your hand is all you are going to have. Against a single target, a 5-shot is likely enough, but what if one is faced with more than a single assailant? Hey, I like and carry a snubbie myself, but more and more often nowadays, I now carry a Glock 26 or 33 instead, along with an extra mag. Any sort of sustained firefight is highly unlikely, I agree, but I feel comforted having the capability available nonetheless.