The only rimfire ammo I've been able to get recently are shorts. I've been wondering if they'd be safe to shoot out of a 1911, Colt Woodsman, and S&W Model 41? I know they won't cycle the action, but are there any other safety concerns?
They will shoot safely. Just clean the chamber real well before using long or long rifle. The dirt in front of the case mouth will cause the longer cased rounds to stick.
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