The M1922 series (including the M2) were basically service rifles built in the Model 1903 Springfield "sporter" configuration at the Springfield Armory in .22 caliber. Way over-engineered for what they were used for. But everyone who owns one considers it a prize piece in their collection! Here is a picture of my M2 the day I got it (and before it got a good cleaning). I later traded stocks for a more "correct" M2 stock that also matched the overall condition of the metal better than this earlier one. There is a really nice one for sale locally at $1500. Same dealer has a sportered 96 Krag he also wants $1500 for!
The use of 22 RF cartridges for US military dates back to the 1880s. Until the introduction of the M1922 rifle, the 22 cartridges were utilized with special cartridge holders such as the Hoffer-Thompson.
During WWII the 22 was even utilized in specially modified machine guns, using belted cartridge holders.
There was a FMJ 22LR cartridge adopted in 1945.
The 22 ammunition was purchased from commercial manufacturers.
About 800 M1898 Gallery Rifles in 22 RF were made. There was also an experimental gallery rifle that used a Hoffer-Thompson type cartridge holder but it never got past the experimental stage and was soon replaced by the '03 gallery rifle. There was also an experimental Krag rifle that used a full size case necked to 22 caliber but it was very short lived.
Last edited by Ray Meketa; 08-26-2012 at 02:31 PM.