Please Please Please remember to tell your shooting mates DO NOT TO BUY ANY LEVI"S stuff. They & their boss are actively sponsoring anti-gun activities.
One of the longest lived old saws in the shooting worlds is that the .22 inch Rim-Fire Long Rifle cartridge is an ineffective "Pip-Squeak" of a round .. only fit for fun target practice on paper Bullseyes.
Hmm - Well I've watched a beef steer start for the freezer by dropping without a twitch - from a 'two-two' through it's skull, and I seriously don't make a habit of staring down that wee barrel hole.
The British authorities used some 3,300 Walther PP .22"s in 1970s Ireland - issued as the L66A1 Personal Defense Weapon - for undercover use and as take-home guns for security personnel.
Mossad - that world renowned Israeli team of some 7,000 operatives - for many years relied on the Beretta Model 70 & 71 two-two to decide the outcomes of various argumentative confrontations ..
Mossad's 'KIDON' & 'METSADA' units are rumored to have now changed over to 9mm sidearms - but I'd guess they have retained some rim-fire units for the quieter moments of death.
This same useful group uses silenced Ruger 10-22s to pacify individuals in a troublesome mob ..
Of course there are some clouds around to take the gloss off of this very affordable .22" round .. Nothing is ever perfect eh. The First issue is 'reliability' - in as much as there is a chance that an occasional round will fail to fire. - Some of the cheap loose-packed bulk ammo may have one or two rounds in every 100 that are DUDS so you need to train and practice with your gun at ejecting the dead round from it's action in a speedy manner.
Then in my experience not every BRAND likes to work properly and cycle every semi-auto efficiently. - This really does mean that you need to buy a packet of each type of long-rifle cartridge you might fancy and fire them through YOUR GUN before going back to the shop and buying a few 1,000 rounds to store ..
- This way you get to be comfortable and familiar with your piece and you get to pick the best feedstock for it. - I tend to choose a bulk low-cost brand for range time fun & training while I get a better quality brand for more serious use - when it counts.
You need to be aware that this wee round actually needs a STRONG firing pin strike to ignite through the metal of it's RIM.. Metal alloys are variably hard as used by manufacturers from batch to batch.
- The IDF uses it as a mid-range system that is “less lethal" than military caliber rifles (5.56mm/7.62mm) and capable of hurting severely enough to stop them committing violence (throwing rocks or molotov cocktails).
- I used to own a bolt-action Anschutz two-two fitted locally with a full body silencer and I reckoned that it made less sound than a soft handclap on a crowded street ..
- But of course - You have to HIT what you are aiming at.
- Marty K.