Simplicity is the key. You can dream about a dozen guns and defending the homestead scenarios but the truth is that a pistol/carbine combination is the best for the "not tactical but practical." A kel-tec sub 2000 in. 40 that takes g22 mags and a glock 22...no ammo or mag confusion, you can carry both comfortably and you can carry 100 mags in a small backpack. Stay or go... hunt or defend...15 inches or 75 yards... pull either trigger and always hear a bang...