I think it was du Toit that said it first 20 years ago, but I could be wrong. It’s bullchit so it’s entirely possible…😂👍
The purpose of your pistol is to do the job when your rifle can’t. If you are in. Pitched battle and you are separated from your rifle - it’s gone. Your job doesn’t change; you need to keep killing bad guys or find cover.
At close range your pistol may even be the better bet than the rifle. At long range, a pistol (in the hands of a person that can use it) can induce rifle guys to seek cover rather than break it to shoot at you.
Mastering pistolcraft is much harder than mastering a rifle so a lot of gunnies neglect it. You need the gun capable of real precision, and then you need trigger time and coaching.
Take your pistol seriously. You will be surprised at what you can actually do with it.