why would a mere pistol amount to a hill of beans? cause you stupidly chose a bolt action that offers no rapidfire (and very few rds), or a big, heavy clunk of 308 auto that you can't WAIT to lay aside, every chance you get? Or you chose a shotgun that has little in the way of penetration or rds in the mag. or you chose only a .22lr rifle, and you're too dumb to have a silencer on it and you're out during daylight hours? IF so, and shtf, youu're going to WISH you'd spent that "extra" $1000 that would have enabled you to have the option of an AR's 223 softpoints. You can make $60 a week selling your blood plasma and you can get a half time loan for jr college, $3000, ,just by signing up for the classes. So you CAN have the proper gear, and you can pay for it, too.