History of rimfire ammunition

history of rimfire ammunition

History of rimfire ammunition

I’ve always wanted to know the history behind rimfire ammunition, I just never could get around to researching it…

Since 17HMR rifles are in fashion and in my safe, I decided to look into it and do a little research, as to why rimfire ammunition exists. I know that rimfire ammunition predates almost everything else, so that made me ask another question, about obsolescence – is there a place for them now? Why do they continue to exist, rather than becoming outdated and insignificant? And why are there multiple types of cases/primers, at least in this context? Definitely an interesting topic, one I could spend a lot more time on…

While looking into it (read, procrastinating on YouTube), I’ve stumbled upon a couple of videos that I found very interesting and educational about ‘centrerfire vs rimfire’; and general all rounder about history of ammunition. I really enjoyed the videos and thought I’d share them here. Gun nerds and history buffs alike 🙂

  • Gunning for Dummies (this video is part of a much bigger series. These are very fun two minute videos on all sorts of topics. this one is about rimfire vs centrefire)
  • Things you didn’t know about ammo (R. Lee Ermey taking the audience through the entire history of ammo. This is an excellent full length documentary. Grab a coffee and educate :p )
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