Thoughts on the Taurus TX22 compared to the new Glock 44 pistol
Taurus TX22 pistol Image courtesy Dean Weingarten
United States of America –- (Ammoland.com) – I rarely do gun reviews. You need a lot of time to do the right thing; many others are already doing it. That doesn’t mean I won’t be leaving comments on articles that deserve it.
Taurus TX22 pistol
I mentioned the Taurus TX22 from the shot show last year. I was impressed with the gun. I recently bought one at the normal price.
It’s a formidable pistol, a great choice for almost anything a .22 pistol needs to do. I was having a hard time finding serious accuracy tests of the gun online, so I did what I could on the ranch, away from sandbags, with the standard sights.
The best results can be seen in the picture. A five-shot group under an inch at 50 feet is respectable accuracy for a .22 stock that retails for $ 250. I believe that once someone with excellent eyesight and dexterity can get constant 1-inch groups 15 yards from a break, once they find the ammunition that fired the best. An online commentator who installed a red dot sight claimed constant 0.8-inch groups at a height of 15 meters from a rest. A video review showed 10 groups of shots at 25 yards of approximately 1.5 inches using a telescopic sight in windy conditions. It’s not up to target accuracy, but it’s not very far from it. It’s much better than most shooters can use in most situations.
The trigger is very good for a serial pistol. I measured mine at 4 1/2 pounds. It breaks pretty clean.
My Colt Woodsman’s trigger is better, but the TX22 trigger is quite usable.
The handle fits my hand wonderfully. My hands are about average for a grown man.
I fired about 200 rounds through my TX22. In preparation I just pushed a patch through the hole. I fired about 125 CCI rounds at standard speed and about 75 old gold Remington bullets. I had a few partial boxes so the count was not accurate. The accuracy was about the same. I shot 5 Aguila Sniper Subsonic 60 Grain cartridges. They worked perfectly, but started at 50 feet with the keyhole and opened the group to 4 inches. You need a spin faster than 1 in 16 to properly stabilize. Maybe someone will come out with a 1 in 9 twist barrel for the TX22. The Taurus barrel can be easily removed during the normal takedown. Even though it’s not fixed, the accuracy is still good. The Astra 400 shares a similar system and has a good reputation for accuracy.
There wasn’t a single bobble. The reliability, as mentioned by many others, was excellent.
The heart of a semi-automatic pistol is the magazine. Magazines make a semi-car reliable. The TX22 comes with two 16-round magazines. Magazines 1 and 2 are carefully marked at the factory so that you can tell them apart. It’s a nice touch for a Taurus pistol that was designed and made in the United States. The magazines are made of plastic except for the nib. I suspect that this is one of the reasons for the remarkable reliability of the TX22. I found the tabs on both sides of the magazine easy to use.
Taurus TX22 magazines
The TX22 is ideal as a replacement for center fires. The feel of the trigger is more “bell-like”, if a little nicer. The size comes very close to a Glock 19. The cost of .22 ammunition has dropped so much that firing two thousand rounds through the TX22 is enough to pay for the pistol, saving yourself from firing two thousand rounds of 9mm. Shooting with the TX22 is so much fun that most people will be using 2,000 rounds in less than the first year!
The TX22 weighs just 17.3 ounces with a 4.1 inch barrel. It’s an excellent choice as an equipment weapon for walks in the woods, in a tackle box, or in a survival kit in a pickup, SUV, or car.
I have a little problem with the TX22. I couldn’t keep the adjustable visor at 50 feet. They were either 1 inch high or two inches low. I was unable to hold it in an intermediate position. An inch tall at 50 feet isn’t bad for a kit pistol.
Glock 44 22LR pistol
Glock 44 22LR pistol left
The Glock 44 was recently released with a .22 long rifle chamber. It is a direct competitor of the TX22. I didn’t shoot it, but reviews and videos show it will be popular. We’ll soon know if it has the famous Glock reliability.
At 14.64 ounces, the Glock 44 is 2.6 ounces lighter than the TX22. The barrel of the Glock is about a tenth of an inch shorter. The magazines hold 10 instead of 16 rounds. There are rumors of 15 rounds magazines in the works for the Glock, which would add to the usefulness of the G44 as a training rifle.
The suggested retail price of the Glock is $ 81 higher than the suggested retail price of the TX22, at $ 430 versus $ 349. I don’t expect the Glock to be discounted as much as the Taurus, so the price difference will likely be $ 100.
One advantage of the Glock is that the controls are identical to other Glock pistols.
The Taurus has a model without external manual fuses; I found the fuses on my TX22 useful as I didn’t get a holster for the pistol the first shot.
The Glock 44 should fit in all holsters for Glock 19 pistols, a clear advantage.
I haven’t seen any accuracy tests on the Glock 44. People show them in videos as they are hand-fired. That doesn’t give you a great idea of the guns accuracy potential.
There are many situations in which pistols can be fired effectively from a rest position or from a supported position while kneeling, sitting, or lying down. I once shot a crow from 70 yards from a kneeling position with my Colt Woodsman. It’s not a big boast, it took me three shots! The point is that good accuracy is a desirable trait that may have practical implications, especially on a .22 worn in the field.
I would love to see the Glock 44 seriously tested for accuracy. As a .22, I expect it to do better than the usual 2 1/2 in. Groups at 25 yards we get from the centerfire glocks. .22 Pistols are fired more frequently at smaller targets than centerfire pistols.
I doubt that Glock can meet demand for its new G44 this Christmas with the release set planned for January 20, 2020. The TX22 is already flying off the shelves of dealers. Extra magazines for the TX22 are sold out.
Next year I want to see both the Glock and TX22 in slimline versions, with handles the size of a Colt Woodsman. The current grips fit me very well, but half of the people in the US have above-average hands. There is plenty of room in the handles of both weapons to allow for a slim grip without changing the magazine size or mechanical functions.
Both of these fine pistols will be hugely popular for years to come.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten was a peace officer, military officer, served on the University of Wisconsin’s pistol team for four years, and was first certified in 1973 to teach firearms safety. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the Constitutional Protection Carry goal was achieved. He holds degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and has retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in army research, development, testing and evaluation.