This is just a thought/question that crossed my mind and really can’t have a wrong opinion but I value everyone’s opinion and take a little from every thread I read. So here goes my dilemma or question for you all. With mass shootings seemingly becoming more and more common, or at least portrayed that way, are the single stack pocket guns and small sub compacts still viable options for edc? With these psycho shooters in a lot of these incidents wearing body armor and using AK and AR variants as their weapon of choice we are clearly at an disadvantage at distance and even outgunned in closer ranges. Let’s face it, a bodyguard 380 vs an AK47 is like bringing a pocket knife to a sword fight, in comparison of course. I understand you’re not likely to be in a mass shooting statistically speaking, but tell those people in El Paso and Dayton that. Most self defense shootings are at close range and over in a few rounds and the attacker hardly uses sporting rifles. We know this. But what if you’re caught in a situation where you need to take a shot at a clearly more heavily armed shooter than you at at distance to get a head shot, pelvic, or leg shot to immobilize the threat or at least slow him down. Do you have confidence in your m&p shield, ruger lc9/lcp, walther pps, bodyguard 380, small j frame revolver, sig p365, Glock 43, etc...... that you can take a precision shot at 25-50 yards or so when need be? Not to mention the limited capacity of these smaller guns vs the 100 round drum mags or 30 round standard mags that are used in common sporting rifles. To be honest I know I can make that shot under stress with probably only about 1/2 of my handguns and all of them are pretty much compact to full size, most notably my ppq 5” 9mm if given the choice. I’ve never carried pocket pistols or sub compacts as my main carry guns because I just like that Goldilocks compact size that’s small enough to conceal but large enough to fight with that’s become the motto for those who choose this size pistol. Making precision shots at distance has now become part of my range shooting and training and if I can’t do it with a particular pistol at least a majority of the time I carry something else. The guns I can make these shots with pretty consistently that I carry are my ppq’s (4” and 5”), cz 75 p01, Glock 19X, and hk p30. My other carry guns hit percentage and accuracy at distance doesn't fit my personal preference of being good enough in a potential stressful situation. These lunatics are planning for maximum carnage in a short period of time and my personal preference is to have a gun that I can get a precision shot with at distance if need be. Big stores like Walmart offer a lot of cover and having a long range shot at a perp isn’t out of the question the way most are laid out. For example at my Walmart you can take cover behind the open top frozen meat cooler in the meat department and have a vantage point at quite some distance in almost every direction. I was just thinking in the summer I would much prefer just a small single stack that I forget is even there and then these incidents take place to put me right back to my original mind set.What do you think, are pocket guns and small single stacks with short barrels and sight radiuses still viable in the trending era of cowardly mass shooters who are heavily armed and wearing body armor?