I always wanted to kill a deer with my pistol and took it on every deer hunt (along with my rifle) waiting for the right opportunity. After wearing most of the blue off of the pistol. I finally realized that I was never going to kill a deer with it as long as I had my rifle along. I joined the North American Handgun Hunters (now defunct) which held a handgun only hunt at the YO Ranch each year benefitting Sportsman Against Hunger. With expert guidance and lots of "targets" my handgunning efforts really took off. It has been over 30 years since I have hunted with a rifle. Now the pistol is my weapon of choice. Easier to pack, easier to carry, easier to handle in tight spaces. Most states allow handguns for hunting, and the number is increasing. Thank you for your comments and your interest.