And given the fact both the ammo and gun are so affordable this makes it the ideal gun for plinking or small game hunting. The earliest beginnings of this little cartridge can be traced back to its even smaller predecessors and probably owe a lot to Smith and Wesson.The earliest .22 caliber rimfire cartridge was the Flobert 22 BB cap and was initially created by pressing a .22 caliber round ball into a rimmed version of a percussion musket priming cap. These were used primarily in "Parlor" or gallery rifles and pistols which were actually used for indoor target practice and recreation, much like a dart board game would be used today.This cartridge had a much longer case length and used a 45 grain conical projectile with a 7 grain charge of black powder.There were problems reported with this round quickly fouling up rifle barrels and it never gained popularity.
The results were the most miraculously popular cartridge of ammunition ever conceived.
In 1991 Crosman Corporation acquired Benjamin and Sheridan.
In 1992 the manufacturing facility was moved to the East Bloomfield plant in Upstate New York.
As the parlor gun craze was drawing to an end in rides Smith and Wesson to the rescue.
In 1857 the .22 short was developed specifically for the first Smith and Wesson revolver the Model 1.