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Yes, OP. In every single case, EVERY SINGLE TIME, without

ANY doubt, a rifle is always better than a pistol, no matter what.

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Yes, OP. In every single case, EVERY SINGLE TIME, without

ANY doubt, a rifle is always better than a pistol, no matter what.
In the 'real world' of gunfights the words 'always and never' do not apply!!!!
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Yes, OP. In every single case, EVERY SINGLE TIME, without

ANY doubt, a rifle is always better than a pistol, no matter what.
For concealed carry?

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The question is too vague.

Better for what?

Rifles typically have greater power, but that depends on caliber of the rifle and barrel length. F'rinstance, a .22 Hornet - and I have one in my arsenal - is a small varmint round, and at pretty much any range is out-powered by a full charge .357 or .44 Magnum. F'rinstance, the U. S. M4 carbine turns out to be too short a barrel to develop the velocity needed for the 5.56mm round to have suitable energy for shooting enemies of the realm at any distance greater than hand gun distance.

Rifles typically have greater accuracy than a pistol. There have been some tests done (look them up yourselves if you want to quibble) which seem to show a three to one accuracy advantage of rifle over pistol. (A 'good' rifle shooter can shoot the same group at three times the distance of a 'good' pistol shooter; OR the rifle group will average one third the size of a pistol group at the same distance.) It is a basic factor, not a guaranteed Cosmic event. However, some (individual) rifles simply will not hold a group on a good day, and some types of rifles (the M1 Carbine comes to mind) are just not target grade rifles.

A handgun is far more portable, generally. Unless one considers a BRF single action revolver in .45-70. (Gads!) A holstered handgun is far more convenient to carry than any rifle or carbine with any sort of sling arrangement. Not that a rifle cannot be carried constantly, it's just not as convenient. Especially if eating or relieving one's self. Or watching a movie. Driving a passenger car with seat belts.

A handgun can be employed with one hand. Okay, generally one can shoot better with two hands, but this is why cavalry troops had repeating handguns as soon as repeating handguns were practical. Yes, a rifle can be fired one handed, but not very effectively or gracefully.

So what is the intent? I carry a sidearm every day, nearly every place I go. (I cannot carry in the courthouse; I don't go there often.) I simply could not do that with a rifle or carbine. (Or any legal shotgun, for that matter.) I am happy with my sidearm. However, I don't intend to divest myself of the majority of my rifles for a very long time.

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I think the best way to show the difference is look at the 357 Remington Maximum and the 358 Winchester.

The 357 Maximum with a 180 gr bullet will give you around 1400 F.P.S. out of a 10" barrel.

The 358 Winchester will run a 180 gr bullet at 2600 F.P.S. out of a 24" barrel.

So the advantage goes to the rifle. Adding 1200 F.P.S. adds a lot of power.

Don't get me wrong, both will kill. The hand gun will reach out to 200 yards and knock over a 80 LBS steel target. The 200 yard Ram IHMS target.

I have used the rifle out to 300 yards and cleanly killed a deer. She didn't take four steps before falling over dead. She was hit 5" behind her shoulder and maybe the same down from the top of her back. I could put four fingers in the exit wound.

The rife is always the better choice for power but the hand gun is more handy.

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I like handguns because of their small size which makes them easier to carry.I like rifles because they are better with accuracy and better with hunting.......rifles are better, my opinion.

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Yes, OP. In every single case, EVERY SINGLE TIME, without

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This^^^

And it's not only about power. CONTROL is a huge issue when your neurotransmitters are going apesh*t. Much harder to hit a target with a handgun under those circumstances.
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This is going to draw a lot of debate. Personally I think shotgun is more effective at personal defense and close distance. Rifles on the other hand are more effective at longer distance.

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I did a google search to come up with a stupid, awkward looking holstered rifle, but after finding this, yes a rifle is ALWAYS better than a handgun (yeah, technically it's a handgun)!

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