My friend and I were doing a little varmint hunting in his backyard the other day with his .22 Winchester rifle. We had it loaded with .22 Shorts to keep the decibel level down for the sake of his neighbors, and it got me thinking. Those .22 Shorts out of his rifle are about as quiet as it gets without attaching a suppressor to the end of the barrel; but how quiet would they be out of a revolver? I know that in revolvers, the bullet needs to jump the gap between the cylinder and barrel, and that most of the gas from the cartridge escapes through this gap... but would that make a difference? My friend has an old .22 revolver, and unfortunately it's broke... otherwise I would load up the cylinder and find this out for myself. :P
And I know it's a little off-topic for this forum, but does anybody know of any automatic pistols that chamber .22 Shorts?