The rimfire rifle is a fixture in almost every part of the country: Plinking, hunting, target practice, even home defense, if it comes to it, are the roles they play in millions of homes. Here at Omaha Outdoors, we’re able to offer a very wide range of rimfire rifles, from many different manufacturers. We offer firearms for sale made by Browning, Marlin, Mossberg, Remington and Ruger, the Cricket for young shooters, and rimfire rifles that are small-bore replicas of military rifles made by American Tactical Imports (ATI), Sig Sauer, CMMG and Walther, plus many others. And it’s not just .22 LR anymore – although there are plenty of those – but .22 Magnum, .22 WMR and the popular .17 HMR. With so many models to choose from, we’re sure that you’ll find one that’s just right for your needs.
For many, a rimfire rifle was the first firearm they ever shot. There’s a good reason for that: The light recoil and relatively inexpensive ammunition make them a good choice for familiarization and training, allowing a novice shooter to concentrate on safety, accuracy and the enjoyment of shooting. This doesn’t make rimfire rifles a toy, as anyone who has experience with them fully understands. A .22 LR projectile has a range of up to a mile and has sufficient energy to kill even larger game – and humans; it should be treated with respect. On the other hand, that’s also the good news: Rimfire rifles are very useful for hunting, particularly rabbits and squirrel for the pot and to keep down populations of varmints, both furred and feathered. At the range, they can be fantastic fun, not only for casual plinking but also for playing marksmanship games (shooting spinning and knock-over targets never grows old). When it comes to firing a small bore semi-auto M-16 look-alike, an “Uzi” or other military-style firearm or a remake of an historical lever-action, a shooter soon discovers just how quickly even an entire brick of .22 can be used.
When metal cartridge ammunition was first being developed in the early 19th century, some of the earliest cartridges were designed as rimfire. The primer material – used to ignite the powder charge – was spun into the rim of the case; the firing pin struck the rim, setting off the sequence that fired the projectile. By the time of the Civil War, .30, .32 and .38 rimfire ammunition was used; soon after, the Winchester 1866 carbine was originally chambered for the .44 Henry cartridge. Before long, however, centerfire primers became the norm for larger calibers, relegating rimfire to small bore .22 ammunition. The old .22 Short and .22 Long ammunition have fallen out of use, leaving the field to the now-ubiquitous .22 Long Rifle (LR). That doesn’t mean that rimfire ammunition – and the firearms that shoot them – has stagnated. In recent decades, magnum versions of the .22 were introduced to provide harder-hitting ammunition and, of course, the energetic .17 caliber round has become wildly popular. The fun – and utility – of the rimfire have given this little giant a permanent place in the shooting world.