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.22 Is a caliber of a gun used mostly for punching holes in paper. However, in order for the paper to be punctured, it has to be so thin the Olsen Twins are jealous of it. That may lead you believe the the .22 rimfire is totally useless, but that statement could not further from the truth.
edit Application of the .22
The .22 caliber rimfire is a rifle and pistol round. They are ideal for destroying paper targets, vermin, flies in your house, annoying party balloons, and zombies. This is all at a low cost to the consumer, as .22 rimfire cost 25 cents per box of 100. That is a lot of dead (or re-dead) zombies. Since the .22 has almost negligible recoil, well placed shots are pretty much a guarantee. Also due to the low recoil, small children have the ability to defend themselves from the walking dead. No more, "stay here Johnny, daddy will be back for you." Now you and your son can embark on a zombie blasting adventure that he will be bragging about for years to come! "My dad and I killed 500 zombies on our vacation to Colorado!"
The .22 long rifle was originally devolved by gun enthusiasts, after they noticed that they did not enjoy spending $5 on a box of 50 rounds for conventional centerfire bullets. Instead, they wanted a rimfire cartridge that could sell for about $5 for 500 rounds. What they got was a tiny, almost toy-like bullet that was very quiet and had the penetrative power of a thrown rock. Now, even kids could experience the joy of shooting helpless animals. Most who actually hit their target positively will do so again. Watching an animal die is an awe-inspiring experience. That is why .22s are better suited for "plinking." This is redneck speak for shooting tin cans off a fence. It's not Gears of War, but hey, everyone's gotta start somewhere.
Interesting Fact: the #2 largest grizzly bear was taken by a native woman picking berries with a Cooey 39 .22 rimfire. Further proof that guns pwn nature.
edit Minor Discomfort
You see that guy over by the bar. He keeps on giving you that dirty look and it's starting to get you mad. Well, if you're smart you should walk over and slap that idiot with a brick. Or, if you're feeling nice, bust out your .22! Then all you have to it hit his eye and BAM! minor discomfort for a few minutes. Need a bird to go away but you're too much of a cream-puff to fire a shotgun? Just fire a .22 at it and the minor discomfort might be enough to make it go away. If the bird is an eagle, well, kiss you face goodbye. You can also use this type of round to get someone's attention to warn them about something, like, a wild cat about to attack them while listening to music.
edit Baby Killer
Yes, uncyclopedia is for real. A .22 round aimed at a baby's head will puncture the front of a baby's skull, rebound off the back, and kill it by shredding the brain as it bounces around. However, with this puny projectile your only hope is a headshot, preferably through the eye. If you miss, its face will become agitated and mutate into a horrible monster so you've only got seconds to pick between two options: The first is to run, or walk moderately fast, the second is to readjust yourself and squeeze off another shot. The .22 is a very nice choice for a baby invasion. The ammo is light, so instead of 5 rounds for your Desert Eagle you can carry around 400 rounds of .22 for the same amount of weight! Another bonus over the Desert Eagle is the ability to keep your wrist working. So when the dead rise, your trusty hole puncher will serve you well.
edit Other Uses
T.V. Remote So, you can't find your remote but you just happen to have a .22 laying around. Well just pick that sucker up and aim it at the power button and pull the trigger. Worried about running out of ammo? Well don't! The average box of .22 rounds holds about 1,000 rounds, and goes for an average of $5 bucks. Boxes of ammo purchased on the black market have a 42% chance of breaking your T.V., so avoid them at all costs.
Back Scratcher AAAAA! There's that darn itch. You can't reach it. You try and try but you just can't reach it! A safe and healthy alternative to your grand mom's yucky back scratcher. Just set whatever .22 gun you have to full auto (if your gun is not full auto at all times, you don't deserve it) and fire at your back! Instant back scratcher.
Dramatic Fuse Put-er-out-er Oh noes! In your stupid B-movie plot line, that you're only making to show to your friends, you have no way to put out the fuse that lights a fire-cracker of death from lighting! If you have this problem, then you movie is probably horrible and you friends will think so too and demand to never be seen with you again. If your 4-year-old is playing with a lit firecracker, then a .22 is your best friend. Just add heat seeking rounds to the clip and aim that sucker at the burning fuse. BAM! Lawsuit and child custody case avoided. Now aren't you glad you bought that wimpy little gun? I'll bet you are.