The .22 Long Rifle rimfire (5.6×15R – metric designation) cartridge is a long established variety of ammunition, and in terms of units sold is still by far the most common in the world today. The cartridge is often referred to simply as .22 LR (“twenty-two-/ˈɛl/-/ˈɑr/”) and various rifles, pistols, revolvers, and even some smoothbore shotguns have been manufactured in this caliber. The cartridge originated from the Flobert BB Cap of 1845 through the .22 Smith & Wesson cartridge of 1857, and was developed by the American firearms manufacturer J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company in 1887[3] by combining the casing of the .22 Long with the 40-grain (2.6 g) bullet of the .22 Extra Long. For many decades, it has been a very popular cartridge around the world. It is one of the few cartridges that are accepted by a large variety of rifles, as well as pistols. The .22 Long Rifle and related cartridges (.22 Short, .22 Long and .22 Extra Long) use a heeled bullet, which means that the bullet is the same diameter as the case, and has a narrower “heel” portion that fits in the case.

The Box O’ Truth #26 – Little Guns vs. The Box O’ Truth

Many of us have, from time to time, carried small guns that are easy to conceal. If asked, we would justify it by saying, “A .32 in your hand is better than a .45 ACP in your safe.” But, as Clint Smith has observed, “I never met a man that had been in a gunfight and wished that he had a smaller gun. Ever.” But if we decide to carry a small gun so that we can more easily conceal it, how effective [...]

The Box O’ Truth #29 – The Helmets O’ Truth

Several people have asked me to shoot a new Kevlar helmet. My old buddy Ponyboy finally found a couple and sent them to me to test. Before we start, let me explain that we are not conducting “scientifically valid” tests on these brain buckets. It is my understanding that the military requires these helmets to withstand a round of 5.56 Ball at 200 yards. I am not certain of all the parameters, but it [...]

The Box O’ Truth #31 – The Books O’ Truth

I have had a number of folks send me notes on two related questions. The first is regarding the Bibles that some US troops carried in their shirt pockets in WWI and WWII. There were reports that some of these guys had bullets or shrapnel stopped by the Bibles in their pockets. Some enterprising guys even started selling metal covered Bibles that relatives could buy and send to troops. The question: Could a small Bible [...]

The Box O’ Truth #34 – Bullet Proof Wallboard

I recently got a message from my friend Pighelmet. He said that he had a piece of bullet-proof material and would I like to shoot it. Whadda you think? When I got it from the Brown Truck O’ Happiness, I took a look at it. It was about 14 inches square and a little over 1/4 inch thick. I sent him a message and asked for all the details he had. “What you have there Don is a true piece of “Ballistic [...]

The Box O’ Truth #58 – Homemade X-Ray Film Bullet Proof Vests

I short while back a friend of the Box O’ Truth sent me an email. “I’ve been a fan of your site for a long time and wanted to reach out. I recently visited the antigovernment protests in Bangkok and was able to talk them into selling me some of the homemade body armor that they make using old x-ray film for plates. I would like to send one of the vests to you for testing.” I told him I would be glad to test [...]

Educational Zone #87 – Wolf .22 LR Accuracy

Wolf centerfire ammo has a reputation of being cheap, but that it tends to shoot well enough for plinking and training. Not target accurate, but good enough for “government work.” But their .22 Long Rifle Match ammo is another story. It is some of the most accurate .22 ammo I’ve ever shot. Today we went to the range and shot .22 rifles and pistols. I brought my Smith and Wesson Model 17-4, with a nice, [...]

Educational Zone #69 – A Young Man Meets the 1911

My stepson, Abel, is on his spring break, so we decided to make a trip to the range. He has shot my .22 Ruger pistol before and enjoys shooting it, and has also tried a few shots out of a couple 9mm pistols. But today, he will get to meet John Browning’s Finest. On the way to the range, we reviewed the Four Rules of Gun Safety. I was pleasantly surprised that he was able to repeat all of them with a little help. [...]

Educational Zone #22 – Great Firearms – Ruger 10-22

I own a fine .22 rifle, the Ruger 10-22.This is it. It is a heavy barreled, Hammer Forged, with a laminated stock.It is a great and very accurate shooter.The Hammer Forged barrel has a great crown and the exterior of the barrel has a “swirl” type finish. One of the secrets of accuracy with any rifle is to have a high quality scope.This is mine. It is a Leupold VARI-X II, 4 X 12 power, with adjustable [...]

Educational Zone #170 – Testing Aguila .22 Competition Ammo

My good buddy Ted, recently was hunting some .22 ammo to shoot (like most of us nowadays), and ran across a brick of Aguila .22 Match ammo. It said right on the box, “For Competition”, and “The Best of Accuracy”. Here it is. Sounds like just the thing we need. Our “standard” of ultimate .22 accuracy has been Wolf Match Target, and it is some great stuff. But it, like most other .22 ammo has been a little hard [...]

Educational Zone #158 – Some Very Accurate .22 Ammunition

I got a note from my friend Smokiexd45 that said, “I have some ammo that I have had good luck with regarding accuracy. I would like to give you some to test in your new .22 rifle.” I told him that sounded interesting and we arranged a meeting. I brought a box of Wolf .22 Match to trade him for his ammo, but when I got there, he has 5 different kinds of ammo to give me. I offered to pay for the other ammo, but he [...]
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