Don't know if this image will show. its the Indian .22 version of the Delise in action.
Not sure about the method of conversion used for these. A member of another board once posted images of his Indian police SMLE in .410 that came with a .22 conversion kit consisting of .22 barrel liner and rim fire bolt head and firing pin. I don't remember if it was single shot only or had some sort of magazine.
You didn't specify suppressed .22 weapons in regard to British police or military shooting rioters. I mentioned the use of the Silenced .22 Rimfire conversion of the SMLE only in respect to Indian police having used these.
The Israeli Police have in the past and more recently used silenced .22 caliber Ruger 10/22 rifles to injure rioters. They mainly shoot at the legs but apparently there have been fatal wounds.
The Russians are also believed to use silenced .22 rifles against rioters.
Found this snipet.http://www.onthisday.com/countries/unit ... nd/belfast
1972-07-09 Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast.
The men and one thirteen year old girl were unarmed and posed no threat to the army sniper team. A Priest who witnessed the first shootings was shot dead while trying to help a wounded man.
Not the only incidence of British Army snipers killing unarmed civilians in such a manner.
"Many of the rounds fired were "from the hip at close range" hardly "sniping"!"
The report mentions only one soldier seen firing "from the hip". One of the victims was shot in the back twice, once while fleeing, the second shot as he lay paralyzed and helpless on the ground.
I found a PDF of one report on this incident that listed the L42 sniper rifle as one of the weapons present. Unfortunately I haven't figured out how to magnify this file enough to read it easily. I don't know if any of those shot were shot by snipers. I'll add a link to that PDF later.
Other than a window breaking incident early on there's no evidence that any British soldiers were struck by thrown stones or endangered by stone throwers.
The only shots fired by anyone other than the British soldiers were fired after the shootings of the unarmed civilians.
To be clear Bloody Sunday was not in fact the incident I was thinking of at all.
If I still have it I had a magazine with an article about a shooting of a unarmed young man during a demonstration by a British soldier who did use a silenced .22 rifle, though I don't remember the make of the rifle. The story was mostly about the efforts of the boy's mother to find out the truth of the events leading to the shooting.
I've read of a number of incidents of British police and troops firing on demonstrators and strikers in the past, not that I keep a log book of this sort of thing its never been that uncommon on either side of the pond. I'm not even considering the killings of unarmed protestors in Greece in 1944, or the many incidents in India going back many generations before they won their independence, or the murder of Crispus Attuck at the Boston Massacre.
The use of silenced weapons, particularly .22 rifles, by police and military is pretty well established in modern times. The development of less dangerous and more advanced less than lethal weapons has put a dent in their use.
In earlier days the use of small bore shotguns and downloaded gallery cartridges was more common. Turkey has manufactured a .410 gauge replica of the AR-15 rifle with military and police anti-riot use as one selling point.
The subject of the Indian police silenced .22 came up on this board long ago. The thread can be found online but the links to photos and articles are dead. That thread is where I first learned of that Indian police rifle. If I recall correctly Tikkirocker posted the link.
British General in memo suggested shooting ringleaders of "Derry's young hooligans" shortly before the Bloody Sunday shootings.https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2000/mar ... ernireland
He suggested snipers use .22 RF rifles to inflict non life threatening wounds.https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/oct ... ernireland
Perhaps a coincidence but the existence of this memo may mean some further down the chain of command believed it was open season.
Back to the DeLise
If this link works theres plenty of information and images on this site.http://www.rifleman.org.uk/The_DeLisle_carbine.htm
Nice images and information on DeLise's personal .22 RF suppressed carbine built on a Browning autoloader action.