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the 4lbs saved by using a pocket 9 instead of a belt .45 and lots of ammo is more usefully carried as 1/2 gallon of water, believe me. You’ll need that half gallon of water every day. that “extra” ability of the pistol (over the pocket 9) MIGHT happen once in 20 years. :-) Most of the time, when the pistol comes out, you’re going to die anyway., in a full bore military type situation. Reserve the pistol for when you stash the rifle, so as to have an innocent appearance as you hitch rides, cross over long bridges, enter towns, etc. You don’t do such things casually or often. That rifle is your lifeline, so don’t pick one that is so heavy that you are unable to keep it with you constantly.