SHOT 2012: CCI Quiet-22 Shoot Without Hearing Protection

By CTD Suzanne published on in News

CCI has unveiled a new .22 Long Rifle cartridge that is reported to register only 68Db at shooters ear. That’s actually quieter than some of our daily activities, like driving down the highway and the annoying buzz of our alarm clocks.

CCI Quiet 22

CCI Quiet 22

Though it is safe to use in semi-autos, it is designed more specifically for bolt-action and single-shot rifles. The new round, Quiet-22 mimics the .22 Short with a 40-grain lead round nose bullet and a muzzle velocity of 710 fps. It is accurate out to 50 yards and has a 75% reduced noise rate than a standard .22 LR round.

The American Rifleman editors shot the CCI Quiet-22 at the 2012 SHOT Show Media Day at the Range without hearing protection!

A .22 LR cartridge with such a small noise report is perfect for stealth-like pest control, training, teaching new shooters who are afraid of noise, and for areas where noise from firearms is a concern.

I can just imagine what it is like to shoot suppressed. Right now it’s hard to find, so if you get some, let me know and we’ll head out to the range!

Features and Benefits

  • Ultra-quiet plinking round in 22-caliber LR rifles
  • 75% reduction in perceived noise of standard velocity .22 LR
  • Standard CCI .22 LR case
  • Excellent accuracy and low velocity (710 feet per second)
  • Better performance than an air rifle with similar noise levels
  • No hearing protection required
  • Great for backyard plinking and youth shooting
  • Ideal for legal shooting areas where noise may be a concern

Have you shot CCI’s Quiet-22 ammunition? Tell about it in the comment section.

SLRule

Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (18)

  • Brian

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    1) These will not cycle any semi auto gun without some serious modifications.
    2) CB shorts ARE NOT quieter than the .22 quiets, for a simple reason. The chambers are different. As you fire the CB short through a LR chambered gun. There is not a good gas seal, for that short amount of time before the bullet hits the rifling. I have not done ballistic testing to verify if you may be loosing some power in the retrospect as well. However, I am assuming there is some.
    The factors become very apparent when using a bolt gun with a can. Out of my marlin with a 16 inch barrel and a cheap .22 suppressor. All you hear is the hammer drop and the impact of the bullet itself. It is literally a lot more quiet than a bb gun.

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  • SteveA

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    The remington CBee ammo, contrary to what todd would have you believe, is excellent ammo & extremely accurate. Havent had a chance to shoot this new cci quoet-22 yet but I am looking forward to it.

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  • pman5k

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    A suppressor does make much of a difference…. by not much I mean it is nowhere near as dramatic as regular. 22LR suppressed. I would guesstimate maybe 5db reduction when I had the chance to okay with it. It just doesn’t have the blast that would need a suppressor. You still hear the mechanism over the …shot end of story. This may also be due to a 5.5″bbl but I also swapped out recoil springs to a much lighter one…. buckmark… and the suppressor does help it cycle.more reliably but from the shooter’s ear the difference is negligible. And frankly I have a pellet rifle that is louder than this unsuppressed. It does however make my buckmark dirtier if I use a can with it so save the can for standard loads, this stuff just does better without one.

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  • Mac

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    I am very happy that CCI came out with this round, My business is varmit control and many clients, though they now live in rural areas, are uncomfortable with the sound of a standard .22, yes I do use traps however there are time when a particular rascal I am after lifts his little head, and goodnight, thank you CCI.

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  • ipscxtc

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    I recently discovered this ammo while looking for .22lr to quietly hunt ground squirrels close to a ranch house, horses and cattle. This ammo is much more accurate in my Marlin Glenfield 25 bolt rifle I believe due to the 40gr vs 29 gr bullet. A HUGE difference and the downrange smack inside 50yds can almost be felt.

    One doesn’t use .22Short in a LR chamber because it fouls the front of the chamber not occupied by the front of the LR case and can make extraction a pain. It’s also problematic because the bullet must make the longer “jump” to the rifling affecting accuracy.

    Overall, this IS a significant change to the 29gr CB Long especially in the accuracy department. It is now definitely my “go to” quiet .22LR ammo.

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  • Nascar

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    I just ordered a few boxes of this. I’m looking forward to trying it in my new Marlin XT-22TSR.

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