than pistol, and many, many times more likely to profit from pistol skill than rifle skill. can you jump up, punch a 12" long pine 2 x12 that is hanging on a string, and break it (with the grain) while you are "hanging" in the air? If not, you don't have much of a punch, and you should work on it. Sparring, I've stunned men with little love taps of backfist to temple or knife hand to the side of neck. With full power hits, they'd drop dead. In actual fights, the only time I hit a man with my hand (as vs my feet) a backfist broke his nose and ended the fight in 1/4 second. Kicks to knees/nuts often make the guys run like hell, even when you miss. They can TELL what's going to happen if they don't flee, and what they DIDNT know is that I was going to break their collar bones AND their jaws after I got them down. I always looked it like this, one of us was leaving that prison yard and not coming back, and it was not going to be ME.