CCI Announces new Uppercut .22LR Jacketed Hollowpoint Personal Defense Rounds

by Tommy Grant

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We all know you shouldn’t rely on a .22LR for self defense when there are more effective options out there. But I bet we all know people who still do. Whether it’s because that’s the only gun they own, or because it’s what they’re comfortable shooting, or maybe it’s a backup gun like a North American Arms Mini Revolver. Whatever the reason, and despite recommendations to the contrary, folks use .22’s for defense, have done so since Smith & Wesson developed the original .22 Short back in 1857, and will continue to do so in the future.

Recognizing that fact, CCI continues to improve .22 ammunition making it more reliable and more effective. The latest incarnation of .22LR defense ammo from CCI is the Uppercut 22 LR. It uses a 32gr jacketed hollowpoint design; not something you typically see in a rimfire round. CCI is claiming 950fps velocities and reliable expansion in short barreled handguns, while still providing necessary penetration.

There aren’t a lot of details available yet, but if you use a .22LR for self defense, know someone who does, or carry one for use against critters in the woods, the it’s worth keeping an eye on this one. I’ll be looking for the Uppercut at the 2024 SHOT show to see what else I can learn about it there.

Uppercut 22 LR

Protection should always be personal. Built for how you carry. Crafted for how you defend. Sized to match any shooter. New CCI Uppercut answers that call with power and performance traditional 22 Long Rifle ammunition has never been able to deliver. The difference lies in its exclusive 32-grain projectile. Unlike the simple lead round nose or copper-plated hollow points typical of most rimfire ammunition, Uppercut’s jacketed hollow point bullet features nose skiving that initiates full and reliable expansion through 2.5- to 4-inch handgun barrels, while retaining the weight needed to hit critical penetration depths. Plus, the unwaxed bullet reduces fouling and improves feeding in all conditions.


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