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What is the difference between a rimfire gun and a centerfire gun?

What is the difference between a rimfire gun and a centerfire gun?

What is the difference between a rimfire gun and a centerfire gun?

The main difference between rimfire and centerfire guns is the location of the primer within the cartridge. In rimfire guns, the primer is located within the rim of the cartridge, while in centerfire guns, the primer is located in the center of the base of the cartridge.

Centerfire ammunition is used for rifles, shotguns, and handguns. In this type of ammunition, the primer is located in the center of the casing base. Most centerfire ammunition is reloadable. Rimfire ammunition has the primer contained in the rim of the ammunition casing.

This refers to how the primer is loaded into the cartridge and how the firing pin in the gun sets it off. Primer compounds are lead-based (most commonly) impact-sensitive explosives that ignite the main powder charge.
In a rimfire cartridge, the primer compound is spun into the base and hollow rim of the cartridge. The firing pin of a rimfire gun crushes the primer compound in the concave rim, causing it to ignite and set off the main powder charge.

In a centerfire cartridge, the primer compound is spun into a small metal cup with a small metal frame placed on top. This is called the anvil, and the assembled components form the primer. The primer is then installed into a pocket at the end of the cartridge. To fire the cartridge, the firing pin hits the center of the primer cup, crushing the primer compound between the primer cup and the anvil. The flame is directed through the flash hole in the base of the case, which ignites the main powder charge.

There are two primary flavors of centerfire primers, Boxer and Berdan. Ironically, Boxer primers were invented by an Englishman but are more prevalent in the U.S. because they are easier to extract for reloading. An American designed Berdan primers, which are more commonplace in the U.K.
Here is an illustration of how they work.

P.S. Although explosive, the primers are safe and stable. Centerfire cartridges are very hard to set off accidentally. You must hit the primer precisely in the center and deform it with enough force to strike the anvil. It is rare to happen accidentally. They also last a very long time. I have had ammo in my garage for over 20 years, and they fired just fine.

What does center and rim fire mean? I’m still new to guns and want to understand.

An annotated illustration is worth a thousand words.

Cartridges have several things in common. They have a bullet at one end of a cartridge case containing the powder charge. The case is most commonly made of brass. Centerfire cartridges may also be made of aluminum, steel, polymer, or a hybrid of brass and polymer. The significant differences are in how the cartridge is formed and the ignition method.

In the centerfire case, the primer igniting the cartridge is a small metal cup inserted into the bottom. When hit by the firing pin, the impact-sensitive primer compound is ignited, sending a flame through a small hole into the cartridge case, igniting the powder.

The rimfire case is formed from a brass sheet and drawn into the proper length. A die is used to create the rim, so it has a hollow space around it. This is also known as a balloon head case. During manufacture, the primer compound is inserted into the case as a damp slurry before the case is spun rapidly to distribute the primer compound into the hollow space at the rim. The cases are then run through a warm air dryer to dry the compound before loading the cartridge.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

In a rimfire gun, the firing pin is offset to contact the edge of the case along the rim. The impact crushes part of the rim and ignites the primer compound, which ignites the powder.

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Because the rimfire firing pin crushes the case’s rim against the chamber face inside the gun, these empty cases cannot be reloaded reliably and are usually discarded or recycled.

Why aren’t more cartridges rimfire types?

Rimfire cartridges have long been known to have a higher rate of misfires and hang fires due to their priming system. This is one reason why the centerfire cartridge exists.

What can happen is the primer compound exists as a dried, compacted material in the rim. If the material isn’t evenly distributed, it can prevent the ignition of the powder charge. Then, when you have that fat rabbit lined up for the supper pot, you hear a click! Instead of a bang. The firing pin hit the rim, but no primer was there to ignite. If there was barely enough primer compound to crush, you might hear a click pause bang of a hangfire. The small amount of primer you ignite must ignite the rest of the mix first, which may take a few milliseconds before enough flame is generated to lighten the powder.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

Another reason you don’t see more cartridges with rimfire ignition is pressure. The rimfire’s hollow rim works fine at pressures below the 24,000 PSI max pressure for the .22 LR and .22 Magnum cartridges. But you risk blowing out the case’s rim under pressure when you get into high-pressure cartridges, like .223 (55,000 psi) or .30–06 (60,000 psi). This is why many .22 caliber revolvers have recessed chambers for the cartridge. It helps contain or deflect the hot gases if the case head ruptures.

Important note: The firing pin has to hit the case hard to ignite the primer. Without the brass case in the chamber, the firing pin can strike the steel chamber face, which may either damage the firing pin or make an indentation on the chamber face or both. Never dry-fire a rimfire gun without a dummy cartridge in the chamber. An occasional dry fire may not cause damage to well-made firearms, but any damage is cumulative over time. If the chamber face becomes damaged (indented), it can lead to misfires because the firing pin can’t properly crush the rim of the case.

There are two types of centerfire cartridge cases. In the U.S., we use what’s called a Boxer primed case with a single flash hole at the bottom of the case. The type used in Europe and some other countries is called a Berdan primed case with two smaller flash holes in the bottom. Berdan cases are more complex to reload due to the twin holes in the bottom.

The cartridge determines if a gun is a rimfire or centerfire. Rimfire cartridges are fired by the firing pin hitting the priming mixture inside the cartridge case’s rim.

The resulting tiny explosion of the priming mixture, in turn, ignites the powder charge inside the case, propelling the bullet down and out the barrel. A centerfire cartridge has a self-contained primer in the center of the base of the cartridge case. The firing pin hits the case’s center to ignite the priming mixture to start the chain reaction.

What is the difference between a rimfire rifle and a centerfire rifle?

This is a centerfire cartridge. Ignore where the graphic says ‘bullet.’ That is a colloquial term. The correct term is cartridge.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

The graphic explains everything very well. Unfortunately, I could not find a similar one for rimfire. You should remember that the cartridge’s parts are the same – for both types.

Do you notice where they’re indented on the side? That is where the firing pin struck the primer contained in the cartridge.

The difference between a rimfire and a centerfire cartridge is that one has the primer in the center (Centerfire) and one on the rim (Rimfire).

Now that you know this information, you can extrapolate what that means for rifles, but I’ll spell it out anyway.

A rimfire rifle has a firing pin that hits a cartridge on the rim (To fire a rimfire cartridge). A centerfire rifle has a firing pin that hits a cartridge in the center (To fire a centerfire cartridge).

A rimfire rifle is for firing rimfire ammunition. It will not fire centerfire ammunition. And vice versa.

How do rimfire and centerfire rifles differ?

It has to do with the primer. A rimfire cartridge, the earlier type, has a case made of uniform-thickness brass material in which the “rim” is hollow. The priming compound is “spun” into this concave rim and allowed to dry.

When the rimfire cartridge is fired, the firing pin strikes the thin brass rim, compressing it and setting off the pressure-sensitive primer.

In a centerfire design, the primer is manufactured separately from the case. It’s a small cup of metal (usually monel) with a bit of priming compound inside and a device called an “anvil.”rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

When seated in the primer pocket of a standard case, the anvil rests on the base of the pocket. When the firing pin hits the outer “cup,” the priming compound is squeezed between the cup and the anvil and fires, projecting a hot flame through the priming hole into the main charge.

The rimfire, made of thin material, can only stand a certain amount of pressure….And it is presently confined to cartridges like the .22 rimfire.

The centerfire is much stronger…The primer pocket area and the cartridge base are solid brass, and the breech area of the firearm supports the primer itself.

A rimfire firearm is designed so that the firing pin strikes the cartridge on the edge of the ‘head,’ or back end. Rimfire ammo is designed so the primer is located around that rear edge, on the inside of the case.

Centerfire ammo contains a primer located in the center of the head, so centerfire firearms are designed so the firing pin strikes the cartridge in the center of the head.

This is an image of some fired .22 casings. You can see the imprint of the firing pin on the edges of the heads.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of rimfire ammo compared to centerfire ammo?

OK, The saying goes… A picture is worth a thousand words…

To the left side of the penny is the common, 40gr .22 Long Rifle. The .22 was initially developed in France around 1820 as a shooting gallery round. It was created by pressing a lead pellet into a primer cap for a cap lock firearm. As I said, it was primarily a shooting gallery round. Still, people got the idea, extended the case, and added more powder and a heavier ball, till today we have .22 rimfires up to a magnum (.22WMR) loading, limited to about 300 ft/lbs of energy in a rifle (much less for a pistol). A .22 Long Rifle fired from a gun goes only to about 120 ft/lbs of energy.

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To the left, we have the two most common, next larger, centerfire pistol rounds, the .32 ACP and the 9mm Parabellum. These are pistol rounds, and note the size of the bullet. Either is much larger than the .22. The .32ACP has about 160 to 180 ft/lbs of energy, while the 9mm Parabellum has 350 to 435 ft/lbs of energy.

To the right of the penny are the most common intermediate centerfire rifle rounds, the 5.56 NATO and the 7.62 X39 Russian. These are not extremely powerful rounds. The bullet of the 5.56 NATO round is only very slightly larger than the .22 LR, weighing in at 55 – 65 grains. The 7.62X39 is marginally smaller than the bullet of the .32 ACP. they weigh in from about 120 – 160 grains. The muzzle energy for the 5.56 NATO is about 1300 to 1360 ft/lbs, and the 7.62X39 goes about 1500 – 1610 ft/lbs, or about 4 to 5 times as powerful as the most potent rimfire.

So, the round’s energy goes up as the caliber goes up. It is all about energy. Rimfire cartridges used to be made in larger calibers, but rimfire ignition was sometimes unreliable in larger rounds and more challenging to load. Centerfire cartridges became popular in the late 1850s because they were easier to load and more reliable but expensive. Once the military began using them, their success was assured, leaving the .22 the last popular rimfire cartridge.

With the gun itself, primarily the position of the firing pin or striker and how much peak pressure the frame or receiver is designed to handle safely.

A centerfire firearm has a ‘central’ firing pin since the primers are in the center of centerfire guns. Rimfire guns use offset firing pins, which strike the rim of the chambered cartridge rather than the center.

A centerfire firearm may have to endure up to around 60,000 Pounds Per Square Inch of peak pressure, but rimfire cartridges only generate up to about 24,000 PSI. This rimfire firearm doesn’t have to be quite as rugged.

What are the main differences between the flintlock, matchlock, snaplock, doglock, and miquelet lock guns?

No one has yet attempted an answer to your question, which in some ways is no surprise as very few understand the evolution of these early weapons and areas of disagreement among those who do. Your question covers the various types of locks that might have appeared on a firearm from the earliest days up to the introduction of percussion systems, so first, let’s break it down.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

“What’s the main differences between the flintlock gun (and) matchlock gun?” You have identified two of the three main types of ignition; the third is the wheellock. “snaplock gun, doglock gun and miquelet lock gun” These are all types of flintlock except the snaplock, which implies any lock powered by a spring (except the wheellock).


The earliest firing mechanism was a smoldering match cord clamped to a lever on the gun, lowering pressure on a trigger into a pan containing an ignition charge. Known as the serpentine lock, the first European example dates to around 1411 but may have originated earlier in China. Later, the arm or serpentine was powered by a spring, and the discreet components mounted directly to the stock were fitted onto a lockplate. These early spring-powered matchlocks are often referred to as snaplocks.


This operates by lowering a piece of iron pyrites onto a roughened spinning disk to create sparks that ignite the powder in the pan. The main problem with this system is that it had to be wound up with a slow SP and manner, and there was always the risk of losing the spanner.


Operates by hammering a piece of flint clamped in the cock against steel or frizzen to shower sparks into the pan.

The wheellock was self-contained but expensive, while the cheaper snaplock/matchlock was awkward to use, with the cord presenting a fire risk in the proximity of gunpowder and needing a separate ignition source. Using a powerful spring to strike flint against steel, the progression from matchlock to flintlock was a simple evolution, and the early flintlocks bear a solid resemblance to later matchlock mechanisms. These early flintlocks are sometimes called snap locks, but snaphance is often used.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

The evolution from early snaphance to the flintlock proper was primarily determined by the differing methods of regional gunmakers to make usable locks. The problem was the need for a gun that could be loaded and primed immediately and fired with minimal effort sometime later.

This meant that the priming powder had to be held in the mechanism by a pan cover, which had to be moved out of the way for firing, but at the same time, the gun had to be safe from accidental discharge. Various methods of achieving this were devised, and in some instances, part of one system may have been used with parts of another, which can blur distinctions between various types of locks. Nevertheless, the following types are generally recognized.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

Scandinavian / Russian lock.

This was a relatively primitive lock with a pan cover pushed out of the way by hand before firing. (Note country designations are blurred as well. Generally, they were popular in the regions given but not exclusive).

Swedish Lock c1620

The pan cover and steel were combined, but the steel could be rotated through 90 degrees so that it was not presented to the flint before firing.

Dutch Lock

The pan cover was separate from the steel, which was fixed. On firing, the cock was linked to the pan cover and pushed it out of the way.

English Lock c1630

The pan cover and steel were combined. On firing, the flint ran down the steel, which rotated forward to lift the pan cover, which is precisely how we might expect a flintlock to operate. With a combined pan and steel, it is impossible to carry the gun with the lock relaxed without the pan being open (and losing the powder), and it is not safe to take the weapon safely with the lock cocked.

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The solution was to introduce a third position where the pan may be closed, but the lock is not fully engaged, so the weapon is at half cock. This was done by introducing a spur that engaged with the cock (dog in English) at this intermediate position resulting in the doglock.

This was very often supplemented by a catch on the lockplate, which engaged manually with the cock and fell back of its own accord on complete cocking. Such catches are a means of identifying these locks externally, but the actual doglock itself is internal.

Mediterranean Lock c1625

Commonly known as the miquelet lock, this archaic-looking design had a powerful external mainspring, combined pan cover and steel, and a half cock position. It had an extreme action and was quite robust, considering many of the components were on the outside of the lock, and due to its reliability, it remained popular for many years.

French Lock c1650

The French lock is sometimes considered to be THE flintlock. Combined pan cover and steel, half cock position in a streamlined design with all components except the pan cover spring being internal. For simplicity, I have not mentioned sears; this lock had a vertical sear while its predecessors were horizontal, making for an elegant and efficient design. The French lock also introduced internal bridles and low-friction bearings, reducing lock time. It rapidly superseded all other locks except the miquelet, which retained a loyal regional following due to the powerful shower of sparks it produced.

So there is a straightforward answer about the mechanics, but then comes the question of how such advances influenced history. I’ll leave that for another day. It all makes for a fascinating study, and for anyone wanting to know more, I recommend:rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

The Flintlock, Torsten Lenk

European Hand Firearms, Herbert Jackson

Pollard’s History of Firearms, Claude Blair

What does center fire and rim fire mean? I’m still new to guns and want to understand.

A rimfire cartridge is one in which the impact-sensitive priming compound is contained in the hollow rim of the cartridge case. These were among the first self-primed ammunition types pioneered in the 1850s and were expected by the time of the American Civil War. 

The hammer or firing pin would strike at one or more points on the rim and detonate the priming compound. The drawback was that the cases had to be made of pretty soft metals like copper or very thin brass, thus unsuitable for potent rounds.

While perfectly feasible, rimfire rounds gradually gave way to more powerful centerfire ammunition, which could make the case more robust.

A primer pocket was formed in the base of the cartridge case with one or more flash holes leading to the powder charge. The primer was a soft metal cup in which the priming compound was pressed and an anvil extended, either as a separate piece or part of the case primer pocket. 

In operation, the firing pin would strike and indent the primer, crushing the priming compound against the anvil and causing it to explode.

One of the benefits of the centerfire system was the primer could be removed and replaced with a new one, allowing the case to be reloaded. rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

 Martin), and some experimental rimfire/centerfire cartridges were using both priming methods. Still, for clarity, I won’t go into those as they haven’t been made since the 1880s and are unlikely to be seen except by collectors.

Do rifles firing rimfire rounds have a different rifling pattern than rifles firing centerfire rounds?

The two types of modern ammunition are rimfire and centerfire, neither of which has rifling patterns. The difference between the two is centerfire rounds have a primer in the rear center of the round that, when struck by a firing pin, ignites the powder, expelling the round out of the barrel. The rimfire round (.22, .17 calibers) has no primer, and a firing pin strike anywhere in the rear of the round ignites the powder, expelling the round out of the barrel.

Rifling is the lands and grooves inside the barrel of rifles that cause the round to spin, much like a spiral-thrown football by a quarterback, improving range/accuracy. Rifle calibers are determined by measuring land to opposite land in the barrel.

What are the differences between rimfire and centerfire cartridges in handguns? What should I consider for a good home defense pistol?

In a rimfire cartridge, the priming compound that fires and ignites the gunpowder in the cartridge is contained in the rim at the base of the cartridge. The firing pin is located off-center and strikes the edge of the case.

One downside of rimfire cartridges is that they can’t be reloaded since the primer compound is in the case itself. The only mass-produced rimfire cartridges today are of a minimal caliber, such as .22lr, 22 magnums, .17 her, and so on.

In a centerfire cartridge, the priming compound is contained in a “primer, “a small metal cup that fits into a hole in the center of the cartridge base. The firing pin is centered. Centerfire cartridges are generally reloadable because the spent primer can be removed and replaced with a fresh one. 

Except for cartridges where the case is made from materials such as aluminum or steel, making them unsuitable for reloading. Most commercial ammunition over .22 caliber is centerfire.

As to which is suitable for home defense, there is a lot of controversy about the suitability of small caliber guns such as .22s for self-defense. Various people will present very spirited arguments on both sides. You should use the most significant caliber you are comfortable with. rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

Larger caliber guns are heavier, produce more recoil, and a more giant muzzle flash, which can be a factor at night.

But there are many reasons why someone would want to use a .22. And there is nothing wrong. Iwith t is perfectly acceptable. My wife, for instance, is a small woman with tiny hands with arthritis.

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Keep in mind that when John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan, he fired six shots from a .22 revolver. Of those six tiny .22 bullets, the following results came about…..

A policeman was hit in the neck and went down. He survived but was forced to retire.

James Brady was shot in the head. He went down and was permanently disabled.

A secret service agent was shot in the right side, piercing his liver. He went down, but he later recovered.

Ronald Reagan was hit in the side by a bullet that ricocheted off his armored limo. The bullet still had enough power to pierce his lung, causing him to undergo emergency surgery to save his life.

Out of 6 shots, four people were incapacitated. Out of all the people who scoff at the lowly .22lr cartridge for not being assertive enough, I have yet to encounter anyone who will volunteer to be shot by one.

I recently received my concealed carry permit and am looking to buy a gun. Which is best, a rimfire or a Centerfire?

The best gun for you is the gun you shoot best- and will carry. I would not recommend a rimfire as a defensive firearm unless there is NO centerfire that you can operate. My everyday carry is a Ruger LCP in .380- but that may not be the gun for you. Your best route is to visit a range that rents guns for use on that range, explain your situation, get a recommendation from them for a trainer, get some training, and rent and try some of their guns before buying one.

Since I have not had the chance to meet, know, and love you for the truly remarkable human being you might be, I don’t know what size shoe would be comfortable for you- or what would be a good firearm. Yes, I like 45s, 9mms and .357 Magnums. Mine are relatively heavy and bulky. While I shoot them well, I do not know if you would. My LCP slides into the pocket of my cargo shorts, weighs less than the dust around it- and still has enough power to be effective.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

And the point about a good holster and a good belt? This is excellent advice, especially if you are female and do not have heavy-duty belts. Carry in a purse is usually not a great idea (purse snatchers)

What are the differences between rimfire and centerfire cartridges in handguns? What should I consider for a good home defense pistol?

The two terms denote the arrangement of the explosive primer in a metallic cartridge. Centerfire means that a centrally located explosive cap is pressed into the head of the cartridge. Rimfire means that the volatile priming compound is placed inside the hollow rim, which the firing pin impacts when the trigger is pulled.

There used to be many rimfire cartridges in various sizes, from minor to large. However, through the 20th century, most of what could be had in firearms and rimfire cartridges for them has been the .22 short, long, or (especially) the Long Rifle. Early rimfire cartridges were generally all black powder loads with greased, heel base bullets, best described as ‘low powered.’ Few, if any, exceeded 1,000 feet per second from a revolver, and most weren’t much faster from a rifle. Naturally, it was not practical to reload these. In the past few decades, more rimfire cartridges have appeared, but most are small bores, .22 caliber or smaller. Several are .17 caliber.

Centerfire cartridges took over mainly because a central primer as a separate component allowed a much thicker case head. This was vital for the higher pressures that smokeless propellants generated. Rimfire cases are constructed of soft brass or even copper in a manner sometimes described as ‘balloon heads’ and aren’t powerful. Pressure higher than about 20,000 PSI could cause some real problems. Autoloaders never function quite as reliably when chambered for a rimmed cartridge, and a rimless cartridge is only possible when the priming compound is NOT contained within a rim!

In a handgun, the .22 allows you economical and mild-mannered shooting. In a quality pistol or revolver, the accuracy can be superb. While few recommend a .22 rimfire for personal protection, a revolver in .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire can push a hollowpoint bullet to about 1600 feet per second and be reasonably practical. Many .22 revolvers are ‘convertible,’ with a cylinder for .22 rimfire and .22 WMR, which can be swapped as needed. This isn’t a bad option if you’re in a rural area and looking for just one handgun to fill several roles.

Centerfire pistols and revolvers launch projectiles considerably larger in diameter in most cases, and those bullets also weigh three to six times more, generating more kinetic energy upon impact. 9x19mm, .38 Special, .40 Smith and Wesson, .45 Automatic… they’re all centerfires.rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

If you limit yourself to a small pistol, a .25 Automatic will be more reliable than any .22 rimfire pistol because no rim can get hung up and cause a jam while the action is cycling. Further, because it’s a centerfire, it’s inherently more reliable since the priming compound doesn’t always get fully distributed around the inside of the rimfire cartridge’s rim, and the ignition isn’t as positive because there’s no anvil in a rimfire’s rim.

You will experience far more duds and misfires with a rimfire cartridge than with a centerfire. For recreational and competitive shooting, this is no big deal. For personal protection, if you have to shoot an assailant, you WANT your weapon to go ‘BANG!’ and not ‘click’!

How do I know if my 9mm handgun has a centerfire or rimfire firing pin?

It’s centerfire. There haven’t been commercially produced rimfire cartridges more significant than .22 caliber and guns for them in over 100 years. All the rimfire handguns in calibers over .22 were revolvers.

So, if your gun is 9mm, regardless of whether it’s 9×17 (.380), 9×18 (Makarov), 9×19 (Luger, Parabellum, NATO), or 9×20 (Largo), it’s all going to be centerfire.

You likely have a modern pistol in 9×19. It’s the most common 9mm round today and probably the most common pistol round that isn’t .22.

If you look at the ammunition,. You will see a circle in the middle of the bottom.

That’s the primer. It’s in the center. Hence, centerfire.

Why do you need rimfire and centerfire cartridges?

“Why do you need rimfire and centerfire cartridges?”

I think an image will help here.

As you can see, the primer is located in different areas. In the rimfire, as the name suggests, it’s in the rim. Here, the firing pin has to strike the brass/copper rim and detonate it. This means it’s less sensitive to percussion. The centerfire can be more sensitive since it’s protected by the rim all around the center cap. rimfire gun and a centerfire gun

Now, I’ve never had a misfire with either. However, some have. And, with the rimfire, this is the last thing you want in a self-defense situation. With the centerfire being more sensitive, most of the time, it’s easier to set off (fire), which is good in self-defense. Centerfire is also used for larger calibers, from .25 on up. Rimfire tends to be used for .22 caliber and .17 caliber weapons. In the past, we did have larger caliber rimfires. This brings up a much more critical point. The larger the caliber, the greater the chances of stopping the threat.

The .22lr has killed more than its fair share of people and animals. However, it’s not always the “instant stop” that people expect. Most agencies go no lower than a .380acp or .38 Special regarding duty and self-defense. Even then, it can go badly. If I’m in the .357 caliber zone, I use the .357 Magnum over the .380acp, .38 Special, 9mm, 9mm +P, and even the 9mm +P+ rounds. The 9mms aren’t bad rounds, but I like the extra power and options I have with a revolver. My pick, however, is the .45, either in an ACP or a “long’ Colt. It is a big hole without relying on expansion, bigger if it does.

This doesn’t mean to say I don’t trust the .22. As I said, I’ve never had a misfire on it. And, when you can hit your target with every shot, with pinpoint precision, it’s not that bad. From a rifle, it’s done its job more than once, especially with a good rap on the primer.

Handguns, especially CHEAP ones, may not strike hard enough to fire the weapon. So, you see many firearms, small and concealable, that offer the pathetic .25acp and the .22lr. As a rule, stick to the centerfire cartridges and at least a .380acp.

Is the Glock 19 centerfire or rimfire?

The Glock 19 fires a 9mm center-fire cartridge. It is the so-called “NATO” 9mm or “Luger” round. It is mass-produced in large quantities and is widely available (transient shortages notwithstanding).

The Glock 19 is the first pistol I ever owned, and it is a good choice for people who expect to own only one gun for home and personal protection. There is a vast volume of online literature and YouTube video material on this weapon.

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