your still very much outgunned against any longarm.
Of course! What was that Clint said? The only reason we fight with a pistol is to get back to the rifle that we shouldn't have laid down in the first place...
So the pistol is sort of a stand in compact rifle in effect. Even a full size pistol is very very compact when compared to a rifle. So why handicap yourself with a micro pistol?
It's not about needing to shoot past 10 yds, it's about ease of effective use. It's easier to get effective hits at 10 yds or less with a bigger pistol than it is with a smaller pistol. It's easier to shoot faster with a bigger pistol than a smaller pistol.
I can shoot twice as fast with my 5" 1911 than I can with my j frame. (effectively). I'm not slamming on you snubby guys, if you can shoot fast and accurate with your snubby, wonderful! I can not. But I can shoot my 911 better with one hand fast than I can those infernal snubs with two hands.
Or so it seems to me.
Here's the problem.
You can't wear a full size 1911 in a dress shirt.
You can theoretically wear a full size 1911 in shorts and light T shirt in August in Texas.
If your locale and lifestyle permits you to carry a full size pistol, then excellent. For other people, conditions vary. One should carry what they can comfortably carry and confortably 24/7. That may be one pistol. It may be sveral different pistols.