Again, conflating range ammo with DEFENSIVE rounds. The Hornady “Superperformance” BTHP they tested is MATCH ammo and nothing like the Winchester Ranger 55gr soft point I showed above.
The only non jacketed rounds DRT lists are “training rounds”. This is what they themselves have to say about them:
This product is a jacketless frangible. It is purely for training and not intended to be used as a self defense round.
Gee, I wonder why they would say it’s not intended as a self defense round . Could it be that the round doesn’t have enough penetration on tissue to reliably induce stops?
First, no one said it had to be an AR. All of these rifles are chambered in .223:
Too Big for you? How about these?
All of those carbines are chambered in .223. All are far easier to attach some form of red dot to than a pistol. Other than the lever guns, they are all capable of holding 10+ rounds.
But where oh where could you put them???