I myself have shot 22's before I own a GTO CORE 15 5.56 AR and a S&W M&P 9mm .. I was thinking of getting a 22, maybe but I don't see much of a reason I have read that if you wear enough layers a 22 round sometimes won't even break skin. Is this true and if I am to get a 22 .. what should I get rifle wise? H&K...? SMG ...? what kind.
Just looking to expand. Not sure what direction I should go with this.
Any word would be appreciated
I have not shot at any target through layers of clothing, but I have hunted with .22 Long Rifle since I was old enough to carry a rifle. Some .22 LR can reach very high foot per second speeds, such as CCI Velocitor rounds. But I would not recommend it for self-defense, ever.
The Mossad (Israeli intelligence agency) reportedly uses .22LR suppressed weapons for carrying out assassinations. The Israeli military also uses .22 LR in combat in urban settings -- I have seen photos of these in use by Israeli defense forces. I assume these are used because of overpenetration concerns in counter-sniping.
.22 LR works very well against small game -- rabbits, squirrels, etc., and humanely and ethically dispatch such animals with minimal damage to meat tissue.
The best .22 LR, in my opinion, is the Ruger 10/22. I own two of them, one hunting version (stainless steel carbine length) and one target model (hammer forged bull barrel with a match chamber). These guns hold ten rounds in Ruger's very reliable rotary magazine, and you can get the new BX-25 25-round magazines for them for range or competition use. They are very useful out to about 50 yards, but run out of energy downrange after that. The Ruger 10/22 would be my recommendation. I would recommend you buy a target model (around $400), or a tactical model (yes, they make one, seriously) because these have match chambers. Be advised, though, the match chambers will not take the "hotter" rounds because the chamber is machined so precisely to enhance accuracy, so keep that in mind.
S&W makes the M&P 22 which mimics an AR-15 in many ways, and these cost around $400-ish. Might want to look at those since you have an AR-15 already.