Before there was an explosion of high-performance centerfire calibers based on the .22 caliber platform, the .22 LR reigned supreme in all sorts of varmint control. However, it was never adequate for larger varmints and smaller predators of the world, namely the coyote. The .22 LR was well into its much storied tenure when the .22 WMR was dreamt up. Initially released in 1959, .22 WMR came about as a way of taking the cheap and plentiful .22 bullets and making them much more potent.
Hornady, always on the cutting edge of ammunition design and engineering, has produced the next step in the evolution of the .22 WMR. The FTX is a bullet designed right out of the gate as a defensive cartridge and is available in all of the common handgun calibers. So why put it in the .22 WMR?
For one thing, even though the .22 WMR 45 grain FTX is intended for use in handguns, it will create a real defensive viability in your carbine. That little semi-auto coon and possum killer suddenly becomes a formidable opponent to any would-be home invaders. Those little rimfire rifles are light, compact, easy to use, and accurate making them an excellent home defense weapon for smaller statured shooters who are sensitive to recoil.
While there are not a lot of handguns chambered in .22 WMR, there are a few extremely compact revolvers which gain some serious punch through the use of quality ammunition like this. Also, there is at least one (okay, probably only one) manufacturer who makes a medium-frame, ultra-light semi-auto pistol in .22 WMR which has a capacity of 30+1. With a spare magazine, you’ve got potentially 61 shots to a comparable 9mm’s 31, 35-to-39 absolute tops.
Whichever camp you are in, whether casual homeowner or looking for deep concealment, the Hornady FTX in .22 WMR is an excellent complement to your firearm. Exiting a 1.875” snubbie barrel at 1,000 ft/s, you can imagine the velocity it would exit a 16” barrel from! This is a flat devastating round for the size, and you can grab it up now because it will not last for long.
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