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    Calibre of firearms

    In print, guns are described as .22, .38, .45 etc.

    In speech, however, the decimal point is never mentioned.

    What is the origin of this practice?

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    Re: Calibre of firearms

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    I assume it's for brevity's sake. Who wants to say "point twenty two" if you can say "twenty two"?

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    Re: Calibre of firearms

    And why the 'point' before 'blank'. Imagine someone being shot with a point 22 at blank range?

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