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Rimfire Weapons

 
 

Rimfire History

Historically rimfire weapons tended to be small game rifles or revolvers that were for self-defence.
Post-World War 2 (30 year war) the rimfire became more popular for sporting and target shooting purposes.  In some country’s the rimfire is often subject to less restrictive gun laws.

The 22LR, while not a large caliber round is a very versatile bullet.  Lightweight, highly affordable and quiet compared to other calibers.  With a suppressor fitted it’s whisper silent.  Unlike center-fire calibers the rimfire round is fired by the firing mechanism striking the case-rim.  Not usually a firing-pin but a thin ‘bar’ of metal doing the work of firing the round. 

The 22LR is deadly out to 200 yards, with an modified, ocular scope and bolt-action platform hit’s at extreme ranges beyond 250 yards are achievable.  For hunting small game and vermin control it’s almost enshrined as the go-to round for the budget gun-owner.

The .22LR suffers from a woeful lack of penetration ability though, even against less than quarter inch steel it’s unable to penetrate at point-blank range. 
Worse still is that a .22LR is no match for a .45 ACP or even a 9mm parabellum for knock-down ability.
However on it’s ability to inflict nasty internal wounds (potentially lethal or disabling) from ricocheting about inside a body compared to ‘in and out’ injuries from higher velocity calibers means it has a place in any discerning shooters arsenal.

Another, less known rimfire round is the .22 magnum rimfire.  Looking very similar to a .22LR but with extra punch from a heavier bullet and velocity.  Designed only for a weapon of that caliber, the magnum rimfire is a slightly more expensive bullet and a .22LR weapon will not fire a .22 magnum safely, unless it’s working part’s are changed.  Even then the barrel may not be rated for the power of a magnum round.
Commonly .22 handgun’s tend to be more available in .22 magnum.  
Some revolvers of this caliber are capable of both .22LR and .22 Magnum with a change-out of cylinders.
There are many model’s of rimfire weapon’s are available in the USA and elsewhere in the world.  Listed below are the one's on our database.

To learn more about Rimfire Weapon Types click below.

Models of Rimfire Weaponry

The GSG-9

The Mossberg 715T

The Ruger 10/22

The Walther G22

 

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