22 Short Ammunition
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Developed about 1858, the 22 Short was the first American metallic cartridge. It was introduced in the Smith & Wesson Model 1.
The 22 Short is a low power cartridge, originally designed for self-defense revolvers. The basic design is used for the 22 long, 22 long rifle, and all other rimfire ammunition. The cartridge features a straight wall case with a hollow rim, which holds the priming compound and controls headspace.
The 22 Short cartridge in the Smith & Wesson Model 1, isn't much by today's standards, but in its day it was truly revolutionary.
Originally loaded with black powder and a 29-grain soft lead bullet. It's available today in both solid and hollow-point design. Today the cartridge is used mostly for small game hunting and target practice and is still going strong.