Glock 44 A 22 LR Pistol Review: Is it worth it?

Glock just released their newest pistol, a rimfire plinker, the G44 in 22 lr.

Was this a smart move for Glock? Is the G44 a good pistol? Read on to see what we think in the rest of our Glock 44 review.

GLOCK’S FIRST PLINKING GUN

Glock teased the industry and made a big announcement via a live event about their newest product offering.  We were all left to guess and speculate about what the newest Glock pistol (or rifle) might be as we waited.  Thanks to some help from Patrick at the Firearm Rack, we correctly guessed that the new Glock is a rimfire G44 in 22 long rifle!

Glock has introduced a G19-sized rimfire pistol for plinking and training.  The Glock 19 is the most popular Glock pistol and it might just be the most popular semi-auto handgun in the market.  It only makes sense for Glock to introduce their 22 trainer/plinking pistol in the G19 size for familiarity (and holster compatibility).

GLOCK 44 SPECS

Operating System

Semi-auto Recoil Operated

Caliber

22 LR

Weight

12.6oz/16.4oz

Capacity

10 rounds

Barrel Length

4.02 in

The G44 is Glock’s first rimfire pistol.  Why have they waited so long?  One reason might have to do with the fact that it is very difficult to make a striker-fired rimfire pistol.  That’s why every other rimfire pistol we know of, even if it’s a replica of a striker-fired centerfire gun, has been made with an internal hammer.

Glock 44 (22LR)

1 22 LR Marksman Barrel

A non-fixed barrel rimfire! Truly innovative.

3 Polymer/Steel Hybrid Slide

To reduce weight for a rimfire but retain the durability of steel, Glock is using a unique design.

2 Front Slide Serrations

Thankfully Glock is continuing this trend on their new pistols.

4 Glock 19 – Sized

This results in training familiarity with the most popular Glock pistol and holster compatibility.

2 10-Round Magazine

The G44 magazine comes with a easy-load tab and round count indicator.

GLOCK 44 REVIEW – OUR TAKE

Despite what many others think online, we think that this is a REALLY smart move for Glock and we’ll be purchasing one for ourselves.

Why do we think a plinking Glock is a great idea?

First, 22’s are a TON of fun to shoot. Second, when we teach a new shooter to shoot, we love to start with a rimfire to help them get used to shooting a firearm.  And third, if we’re going to be using a 22 anyway (whether for plinking, training, etc.) why not have a 22 pistol that is the same size and has the same features as a full-sized firearm?  You’ll be getting great practice and you can use the same holsters!

I really wish more manufacturers would follow this lead… we’re looking at you, Sig.   By coming out with a 22 trainer, Glock is going to take back some serious market share.  I’ve slowly migrated away from Glocks lately but this alone is really enticing me to go back – a 22 trainer is AWESOME!

Striker Fired Rimfire Pistol

We mentioned above that it is very hard to make a striker fired rimfire pistol.  So hard, in fact, that we don’t know of any.

Why is it so tough?  If the striker fired pistol is already fully cocked (like a Sig p365, Smith and Wesson M&P, or Springfield XD) then the recoil spring on the slide must be strong enough to return the slide to battery to load and chamber the next round AND be strong enough to allow the striker to be cocked.

Surely, a strong spring can be used but… then the spring is too strong for the weak 22 round to reliably cycle the gun.

The same problem exists with striker fired guns that are partially cocked as you pull the trigger (Glocks)… if the striker spring is strong enough to fire the round, then it’s likely going to overpower the recoil spring that has to be light enough for the gun to cycle.

This is why the rimfire Smith and Wesson M&P looks like the 9mm M&P from the outside (great for training familiarity and holster compatibility) but it is actually a hammer fired 22 lr on the inside.
Glock can sometimes get picked-on for their lack of innovation but, they make a pistol design that works very well (so why change anything) and we think that this striker fired G44 is pretty darn innovative.

In fact, we’re blown away that Glock came out with features nobody else has been able to incorporate into a rimfire pistol thus far.

Polymer and Steel Slide

Along with potential spring issues on a rimfire semi auto pistol, there comes an issue with slide mass.

If you didn’t know, most centerfire semi-auto pistols have a locking function that locks the action while the pistol is fired and which must be unlocked prior to extraction or ejection.  Rimfire pistols, on the other hand, are typically direct blowback (spring tension and slide mass only) and don’t have a locking mechanism because the diminutive 22 lr is too weak to unlock an action.

This is why 22 pistols have very light slides.  To get a light slide, many manufacturers use junk metal, zinc, aluminum, or something other than steel.  Of course, this reduces the pistol’s durability but a steel slide would just be too heavy.

Glock took their patented design of a polymer/steel hybrid slide that they use in their simmunition guns and brought it to this pistol – another innovative idea!

Barrel

Don’t fret!  We’d be upset too if Glock didn’t offer a threaded barrel – they’ve told us that there will be threaded options available.

We’re super excited about this new Glock rimfire pistol and think that the training opportunities are excellent (especialy with the same size and trigger as the G19).  What do you think?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

G44 PROS AND CONS

  • Same size as the G19 (familiarity and holsters)
  • Steel slide components for durability
  • Same trigger operation/feel as regular Glocks
  • Awesome training/practice pistol
  • Honestly can’t see any yet!

REPORT CARD

SHOOTABILITY

Very easy to shoot and operate – Perfect for hunting, but not as stable as a dedicated target rifle.

A+
RELIABILITY

Very easy to shoot and operate – Perfect for hunting, but not as stable as a dedicated target rifle.

B+
ACCURACY

Very easy to shoot and operate – Perfect for hunting, but not as stable as a dedicated target rifle.

A+
SHOOTABILITY

Very easy to shoot and operate – Perfect for hunting, but not as stable as a dedicated target rifle.

A
VALUE

Very easy to shoot and operate – Perfect for hunting, but not as stable as a dedicated target rifle.

A+
Glock 44 22LR Gun University Final Grade

FINAL GRADE : A+

The Glock 44 22LR is a great compact gun suitable for anyone. Same dimensions as the Glock 19 5Gen, but without the recoil.   Now, owning a gun doesn’t just mean having the actual weapon. You’re gonna need some key essentials, and the great thing is ,the ammo costs much less with this one.

Once you’ve got these particulars situated, it’s time to move on to more fun stuff. And there’s plenty to customize for the Glock 44 22LR.

Best Sights for the Glock 44 22LR

With most guns, sometimes you need sights and sometimes you don’t.  However, if you own ANY type of Glock, the one thing you’re going to need is new sights. The standard sights that come installed with Glocks are not worth anything, and they can break pretty quick after you get your firearm.,  So here’s our top sight recommendations for the Glock 44 22LR,  and this is so you don’t have to deal with a broken sight anytime soon.

Ameriglo-sights-Glock-43x-Gun-University.

AmeriGlo GL-436 Hackathorn Sight

Not much needs to be said for Ameriglo, they have nice tritium dots and excellent durability.  The standard sights you get with a Glock 44 22LR are not great as I mentioned, but these will replace nicely and I found in low light they are almost PERFECT.  For this reason alone, I gave this our Editors choice! Check Amazon Price

Because the Glock 44 22LR is the same dimensions as the Glock 19 Gen5, there are a ton of options when it comes to sights for your firearm.  There is no way to see them all, however this is another good set that we like that has excellent tritium dots along with a lifetime warranty.  This gets our Best Night Sights Award! Check Amazon Price

Truglo Tritium Night Sights GU

Best Holsters for the Glock 44 22LR

With most guns, sometimes you need sights and sometimes you don’t.  However, if you own ANY type of Glock, the one thing you’re going to need is new sights. The standard sights that come installed with Glocks are not worth anything, and they break not much longer after you get your firearm.,  So here’s our top sight recommendations for the Glock 44 22LR, so you don’t have to deal with a broken sight anytime soon.

Glock 44 22LR Holster Gun University

Concealment Express IWB KYDEX Holster

Sometimes, the best way to carry is with a simple IWB holster. And this Concealment Express is one of the best out there. It’s made with Kydex so you can experience maximum comfort and stability. The Concealment Express holster also sports adjustable screws with passive retention that way you can be sure to get a snug, secure fit without it being too tight or loose.  This is my Editors Choice for the Glock 44 22LR.  CHECK AMAZON PRICE 

Other Compacts Guns of its Class to Check Out

The fact is,  most people don’t carry around a .22 caliber as there CCW.  But, with this new Glock 44 22LR I am considering that as a possibility.  This baby shoots straight and has an incredible feel.  (Especially since I have big hand) . But I get it,  you still thinking you need a little more oomph and power behind you and  that is why I am giving you another option below to check out and review.

SIG-p320-Gun-University

The upgraded full-size p320, is the X-Five series p320 and the Legion series of each Sig firearm.  It is an upgraded model with professionally unique features. This new gun is the upgraded upgraded p320 9mm… and I LOVE it. READ MORE

How To Care For Your Glock 44 22LR

Glocks are generally regarded as one of–if not, THE–most reliable handguns available on the market. But reliability is only as good as the maintenance you give your firearm.  This is an excellent video showing you exactly how to break down this gun, so you can clean, lubricate, and put it back together safely.

There’s so many Glock models out there. So I have compiled some more info on the G44, take some time to check it out. 

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