U.S. Military .22 lr FMJ


#1

I found some info about it but I would like to know what was it for?

Was it used during the war?
Was it for silenced pistols (snipers) or for survival?

Thanks
Martin


#2

These were used in the .22 LR survival guns that were issued to US pilots prior to the adoption of the .22 Hornet FMJ round for the same purposes; if I remember right, these would’ve been the take-down Armalite floating style, where the barrel threads off the receiver, the receiver is held onto the stock by a threaded rod through the pistol-grip, and everything fits into the floating buttstock. I suppose they could have been used in the High Standard OSS-style suppressed pistols that would’ve been issued to U2 pilots as well, but I think someone in that situation has got more problems than a 22 pistol could adequately deal with. Here’s a scan from a 1961 Technical Manual for the Army and Air Force, TM 9-1305-200:


#3

The 22LR FMJ M24 dates to 1944 when the Army lawyers suggested that there might be a possible violation of the Conventions if the standard 22 LR commercial cartridges were used. It was called the T 42 until 1945 when the designation M24 was adopted.

So sayeth HWS II.

Ray


#4

Thank you very much for your answers.
Im still curous about the gun it was intended for.
M6 Survival rifles were made from 1951 to int replacement by the AR7 a few years later.
What .22LR gun was used during 2


#5

The (late) WW2 survival gun was a Savage-Stevens over-under rifle/shotgun with the top barrel being .22 Long Rifle caliber and the lower barrel .410 shotgun. There was no “M_” designation for these.

The M5 survival rifle was made with a quick detach barrel and detachable box magazine, made for .22 Hornet.

The M6 survival gun was another over-under, this time .22 Hornet over .410 shotgun. This gun folds to compact length and had storage in the buttstock for .

As far as I know, the Armalite AR-7 was never officially used by any U.S. military branch.


#6

Thanks John,
I could not find which was the USA WW2 survival rifle.
Doing some searching find this interesting article here:

smallarmsreview.com/pdf/OSSPistol.PDF

OSS Silenced Pistol
Text and photos by Peter G. Kokalis
On page 22,


#7

The (late) WW2 survival gun was a Savage-Stevens over-under rifle/shotgun with the top barrel being .22 Long Rifle caliber and the lower barrel .410 shotgun. There was no “M_” designation for these. They were a regular commercial design with a “tenite” [brown plastic type material) stock.

The bolt action M5 survival rifle was made with a quick detach barrel and detachable box magazine, made for .22 Hornet. This was a cheap looking mostly stamped sheet metal affair with a telescoping wire shoulder stock.

The M6 survival gun was another over-under, this time .22 Hornet over .410 shotgun. This gun folds to compact length and had storage in the buttstock for .

As far as I know, the Armalite AR-7 was never officially used by any U.S. military branch.