After all, no one uses them for self defense.
There is an old saying to the effect of "You use a pistol to fight your way back to the long gun you shouldn't have left behind in the first place." There's a lot of truth to that. Even the biggest, meanest pistol calibers don't compare to the .223/5.56 round in terms of damage inflicted on an attacker.
Don't believe me? Understanding that ballistic gel is an imperfect test medium, look at these:
Get out there and fight for you rights if you want to be able to buy them at a reasonable price ever again.