rim·​fire ˈrim-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce rimfire (audio)
of a cartridge
: having the priming distributed in the rim of the shell
rimfire noun

Examples of rimfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As befits a company dedicated to performance, the new polymer coating was specially developed to handle the friction and heat associated with the velocities of rimfire ammunition. Field & Stream, 2 Oct. 2020 Any precision shooter on a budget should take a hard look at this scope, which one tester suggested would make an excellent addition to a rimfire rifle competing in National Rifle League .22 matches. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 18 Aug. 2020 The low recoil and limited report of the rimfire round are a good way to ease youths and newbies into the world of shooting. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 14 Aug. 2020 The receiver is also grooved for standard rimfire tip-off scope mounts. Chris Christian, Outdoor Life, 20 Nov. 2019 Does it make sense to purchase rimfire firearm in this environment? Outdoor Life, 6 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rimfire was in 1866

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“Rimfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rimfire. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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