Ok, so I semi-hijacked a thread a little while back, with a question about pistol caliber carbines. It was suggested that it was a good topic for its own thread. So, here we are...and I'm real curious as to what our forum members think about them. What is the practical value of one? How effective are they for home defense/personal protection. Best brand/model? Best caliber? How about cowboy guns? There are a million topics here and I'd like to hear everybody's story, especially personal experiences. I have never owned a pistol caliber carbine but I'm looking hard at a .357/.38 lever gun for a house gun. What do you all think?