Shooting Airgun Pellets Out of A .22 LR, Using Nail Gun Blanks (Follow Up)

    I don’t think I have to say: Kids, do not try this at home.

    As we reported previously, Taofledermaus, unsafety expert and ammunition experimenter has solved the rimfire ammunition crisis for those who do not so heavily weigh the continued use of their limbs. He has experimented with muzzle-loading a .22 caliber airgun pellet (weight: about 14 grains) into a .22 LR rifle and chambering and firing the weapon using a nail gun blank round. This is a very interesting (and not particularly safe) test, which gave me a whole new level of respect for my nail guns!

    RyeOnHam, though, wasn’t satisfied: He decided to conduct his own tests using a chronograph. Anyone who watches the Taofledermaus video should definitely also watch Rye’s, which contains great examples of why this combination is dangerous:

    His results though, are frankly jaw-dropping. With the most powerful nail gun blank, he achieved an astounding 2,864 ft/s with the 14 grain pellet. Not only is that terrifyingly high velocity from a .22 LR firearm, it’s also much, much more powerful than a standard .22 LR would, producing about the same energy as a .22 Magnum, in fact.

    Taofledermaus responded with a second video, where they try everything from loading the pellet backward to shooting the pellet at kevlar body armor:

    Will nail-gun blank cartridges ease the .22 LR ammunition shortage? Boy I hope not. For now, I’m going to keep shooting centerfire, instead.

    Nathaniel F

    Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at [email protected]