I have read time and again on the various firearms forums that people "don't carry their XXX Big Buck Shiny Banger" because if they happen to have to use it in self-defense, their pride and joy will end up in the Police's grabby sticky fingers. Now, if one spends a lot of money to get the best gun he can find, the sweetest shooting one, the one that fits him like a glove, the one he can use to selectively shoot the left or the right testicle off a mosquito at twenty yards... why on Earth would he want to carry a cheaper gun that does not perform as well, and wager his life on the "may do the job" version? Is it not wiser to play your strongest hand when the pot is all-or-nothing, then, in the unlikely event that you survive an actual gunfight and see your purebreed confiscated, grab whatever you can afford pending such a time that you get the "best of" gun back, or can afford another one? Dunno, but when I'm tackling big things that can stomp you, I always pick the rifle that will best get me out of trouble (which happens to be my most expensive one), never worrying the least about what would happen if an irate mammoth smashed the walnut stock. When I look at my kids, that seems to be the right priority order... Just shower thoughts in the morning.