Fastbolt, I enjoy reading your posts. Always very well written. Anywho, I just don't agree with this part...
It's still just a handgun.
I think this phrase is sung quite often without much thought, it seems to be the "easy" way to categorize the performane levels of a platform. I feel this to be unfair when actually investigated. An M4 with an uber cool 11.5" bbl is set up to be a slouch. It is a rifle, yes, but you're probably better off with a handgun with missiles contructed to perform on people.