.22 Short

Cartridge Data Published On: December 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm by Bullet-Blog and last updated on February 12, 2015 at 11:24 am


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The .22 Short is a Rimfire cartridge with a Bullet Diameter of 0.223 in” (5.66mm) that is primarily used in Pistols. The .22 Short originated in The United States in 1857. The .22 Short also has a case length of 0.423 in” (10.74mm) and an overall length of 0.686 in” (17.42mm).


.22 Short rimfire ammunition is a low power cartridge that is part of the .22 Caliber Rimfire ammunition family, alongside its big brothers the .22 Long, .22 Long Rifle, .22 Extra Long, and .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR).

Because of its moderately low power, the .22 Short was and is considered a novelty round and is often the template used for starting pistols, in a Blank variation. Because of the light powder charge and short casing of the .22 Short, it can often be quieter than many Air Rifles and offers very little report on impact.

Associated Firearms

Winchester 1873 Lever Action, Winchester 1885 Single Shot, Remington Model 24, Remington Model 241 Speedmaster Semi-Auto

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  • 1857
  • The United States
  • Rimmed, Straight
  • Pistols
  • 0.223 in” (5.66mm)
  • 0.226 in” (5.74mm)
  • N/A
  • 0.226 in” (5.74mm)
  • 0.278 in” (7.06mm)
  • 0.04 in” (1.09mm)
  • 0.423 in” (10.74mm)
  • 0.686 in” (17.42mm)
  • Rimfire (Rimfire)
  • 105 MPa (15229 psi)
  • ~137 MPa (19798 psi)

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