After my initial gun post, and the discussion, I went and did some digging. I’m currently on an extended vacation at my inlaw’s house in rural Arkansas. After questioning my father-in-law about the .22 short, he explained that they aren’t illegal, but are in fact hard to find. He spend his boyhood shooting a .22 short rifle.
He tells me that, at some point, the .22 short became more expensive than the long, so most people started shooting the long instead, and then of course, the long rifle. The short is indeed, very quiet. As you can see, the case is smaller than the Long and the Long Rifle. Both the Long and Long Rifle share a casing, but the Long Rifle’s bullet is larger. Anyway, back to the short.
I asked him if he had any ammo for comparison.( as you can see, he did) He proceeded to take a rifle out of the corner of his reloading room, and a short.
Boy was it quiet. it’s a snap, like dropping one of those snap-caps on the ground that you used to be able to buy in stores. My wife and mother were in the sitting room just inside the house and didn’t hear a thing.
While the .22 short isn’t illegal, it is most certainly hard to come by, and super quiet. If you put a silencer on something that fired it, you wouldn’t hear a thing.