This thread reminds me of the conversation I had in one of my dealers with a DPD UC Narc, when I was looking at a "hideout" piece or a carry gun when I was doing Pawn Shop Cash Collections, and carrying way too much cash by the end of the day. My dealer, Ed House at Texas Gun's in Richardson was closing out some small Beretta's and small frame Colt Dectectives.
The Narc sez, when I asked to see a 25ACP Beretta for my wife's night stand shooter, She 's gonna shoot some fool with that and Pizz him off, and he'll beat her to death with it...and pointed to a pair of matching Colt Dective 38Spl's except one was blue and other was bright Nickel...and said them right there are your ticket...the bright Nickel for you and the blue gun for her...and pulled out his own bright nickel shooter out his back pocket. Sez every AH in sight can SEE this'un when I pull it and KNOW I'm gonna use it on whoever it's pointed at....and scatters folks like cockroaches. I got his message that you get One Chance to disable someone intent on doing you harm, and regardless if he's drunk stoned or whatever...you got One Chance to get away, or protect your self. PCP was big in those days, in the mid 1970's...and I was making bank Deposits of $5k to $25K a day from the 20-30+ Pawn Shops I called on regularly every week.
I wound up with a tuned LWT Colt Combat Commander 45ACP I wore in the small of my back ...and a very highly tuned S&W M60 in my boot with .75lb letoff SA & just under 2lbs DA that still lives on MY night stand....40 years later.
"These are the times that try men's soul's"...Thomas Paine
"Those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat it" ....Santayana
"There's a sucker born every minute" P.T. Barnum, on why he always had customers to see the sideshow features.