I was just watching "Alaska: Dangerous Territory" on the History Channel. While watching, I was reminded how there are no new ideas. In the show, they recounted the story of Castner's Cutthroats. It was a really interesting story about native Alaskans fighting off Japanese invasion on the Aleutian Islands. What I found most interesting was their choice in gear. They were put into service as scouts and were expected to find their own food. They chose their own clothing, carried longer range rifles, and .22 pistols for shooting animals. Castner's Cutthroats - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I have been handgunning small game for about 2 years now. I started out just trying to find a way to kill time between deer hunts. I have to say that with practice, it may be the most fun form of hunting I currently do. Success was slow, but sure once I got the hang of it. There are a lot of talks about the "best SHTF gun". And while a sh*t-storm ensues that usually is dominated by the latest and greatest people shooting smoke poles, little thought is given to long term hunting. I think that long term use (as in not shooting other people) should be at the front of this discussion. In the memory of Castner's Cutthroats, I submit the .22 pistol: .22 is the lightest round available. It has an extreme range of 100 yds with the right shooter. A pocket full of rounds weighs nothing and lasts a long time. While aimed fire is necessary, survival hunting is not sporting. Shooting ducks on the water is ok when hungry. Large game have been killed with .22 LR many times before. While not ideal for this purpose, it could be used. A step up, the .22WMR is the preferred cartridge of poachers for it's accuracy, killing power, and low sound signature. The advantage to a pistol is the ability to carry it easily along with a defensive long gun. Price is also a factor. For $200 I can stock up on over 7,000 rds of .22LR.