The cost of shooting has gone up significantly in the last few years, which has boosted the less expensive-to-shoot rimfire market. As a result, many new rimfire guns have flooded the market, and this plinking not-so-little pistol is one of them. Read our Taurus TX22 review; I’ll take a closer look at this popular pistol and let you know if I think it’s worth the squeeze.
Taurus TX 22 Specs
- Frame Size Full Size Polymer
- Caliber 22 LR
- Magazine 16+1 Standard
- Sights Adjustable
- Barrel Threaded (with collar)
- Twist Rate 1:16
- Grooves 6
- Barrel Length 4.1 inches
- Overall Length 7.06 inches
- Weight 17.3 Oz. (unloaded)
- Safety Ambidextrous + Trigger
Taurus TX22 Background
Rimfire pistols have been a fun but touchy subject for longer than I’ve been around. Likely due to the soft recoil and the commonality of inconsistencies in rimfire ammunition, it has been a challenge to many gun makers to produce a reliable and feature-filled auto-loading pistol.
As a child, I remember shooting my Grandfather’s Ruger MkII pistol. What a party it was for a kid like me to burn through a brick of ammo!
Other manufacturers have tried to create something similar to the MkII and its cousins, but often with hit-and-miss results. I’ve shot several other modern rimfire pistols, which always seemed to leave me just a bit underwhelmed. They often feel like a toy, too small for a man’s hand. They are usually maxed out with a full mag of ten cartridges; worst of all, they are unreliable.
Taurus has a reputation that many would call questionable, I myself swore off Taurus more than a decade ago. But all these years later, I thought I would give them another try after fondling the TX 22 at their booth at SHOT Show a few years ago. My very first impression there piqued my interest in the gun, so I ordered a T&E unit to ride the bull one more time.
Taurus TX22 Features
1 Polymer Frame
Makes the gun very lightweight and comfortable
2 Striker Fired
Hammer-free, just like many full-size pistols
3 Suppressor Ready Barrel
The TX22 comes from the factory threaded and includes a suppressor collar.
4 Picatinny Accessory Rail
Mount your chosen accessories.
5 Adjustable Sights
Fully adjustable to accommodate your preferences, eye dominance, or attempts to sabotage your buddy’s ability to hit a tight group.
6 Ambidextrous Safety
While optional, it is nice to have.
7 Trigger Safety
For an added level of security.
8 16-Round Magazines
This is a big step for rimfire pistols.
Models and Variations of the Taurus TX-22
The TX 22 is available in a variety of models. The frame can be had in Black, Green, FDE, and Purple Wine. The slide is hard anodized black.
You can also purchase the TX 22 Competition model. That variant has a cut slide that is drilled for optical sights. The former model can also be had with a muzzle compensator instead of the bare crown.
Taurus TX22 – Our Take
When my TX 22 first showed up, I was interested to see if the shine had worn off since SHOT Show. But as I opened the box, I was greeted with the same giddy feeling as before.
I plucked the pistol from the box, and after checking its safe condition, I buried the web of my hand deep into the grip. One of the first things that caught my attention was the feel of the pistol in my hand.
It felt like a real gun, something similar to an M&P. It didn’t seem like a gun made for my daughter to shoot, it filled the palm of my hand and allowed for a proper two-handed grip.
The petite magazine release rested perfectly under my thumb, requiring little effort to drop the magazine but not so easy as to do so by accident. The square trigger guard houses the trigger, which is where I went next.
Typical trigger safeties use a blade or something to deactivate the safety, but the TX 22 uses a different design. The entire trigger shoe pivots on applying proper pressure in the right spot. Once it is pushed into place, the trigger can be actuated. The actual trigger pull feels pretty good, with a positive reset. I don’t use safeties much on pistols. However, since I was expecting my kids to get some instruction on this pistol, it was convenient.
Running the slide a few times. I was surprised to feel such little resistance.
With the slide open and locked back, I could inspect the chamber and extractor, a claw type. With the slide back, I could see that thread protector on the muzzle. I loosened it with a wrench and pulled the suppressor collar from the box.
Happily, I’d come prepared with a suppressor in my pocket, so I threaded it straight on.
Everything was shaping up very nicely with the little plinker. I could hardly keep myself from going straight out and shooting it.
A few minutes later, I was up on the hill by my house, stuffing the two magazines that had come with the gun. I’d brought a box of Blazer ammunition but had exhausted the whole lot in just a few minutes.
I was having far too much fun to stop that quickly, so I ventured home for more ammunition – and my son. Together we ran a significant amount of other types of ammo through the gun, enjoying both the company and the TX22. The ammo was mainly cheap bulk-packed types of different brands. The majority of my stash was green box Remington and Winchester white box.
Suppressed shooting took the fun to another level (as it always seems to do). Let’s just say the can rarely comes off. Aside from a bit of debris coming back at the shooter, I found no change in the pistol’s performance.
Just a reminder: you should always wear glasses when shooting, no matter what.
The adjustable sights were easily adjusted with a small screwdriver. I never really needed to adjust them other than an obligatory try for review purposes.
The pistol was accurate to my taste, accurate enough to take several squirrels from the forest that never knew what a suppressed 22 pistol sounded like.
I also added a Surefire weapon light to the front rail, which made the TX 22 a perfect weapon for running an evening trapline. Or just to take out unwanted vermin around the campsite.
The first few trips out with the little Taurus perhaps accounted for nearly fifteen hundred rounds fired, which made the pistol foul up over time. However, I don’t recall a single malfunction during those first thousand or so rounds fired.
That is acceptable for a pistol that is essentially for pure recreation.
If you’re not ready to pull the trigger (see what we did there?), and you’d like to see how the TX-22 stacks up against other rimfire pistols, check out our complete guide to the best 22lr pistols.
Taurus TX22 Pros and Cons
- Affordable – Pistol and magazines have a very reasonable price point.
- Reliable – Thus far seems to be a reliable little (recreational) pistol.
- Excellent Suppressor Host – I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Accurate –I had no trouble hitting rimfire-sized targets in rimfire range.
- Magazine Capacity –Sixteen rounds go fast, but two mags come with the gun.
- It’s a Taurus – Some Taurus models have a troubled past. Your friends might give you a hard time when you tell them what you bought.
The gun was comfortable and easy to shoot well.
The gun functioned very well but fouls quickly.
The gun fit very well, and the controls were easy to reach.
Hitting small rodents inside twenty yards wasn’t challenging.
Excellent value, I liked the TX so much I had to purchase another
Taurus TX22 22LR Ammo
I put a bunch of different ammunition types through the TX22, but the best one, in my opinion, was the CCI Subsonic 1050 FPS. As you can see, we killed quite a few rabbits with it. Most every ammunition I tried functioned fine other than the very slow subsonic cartridges.
Taurus TX22 Starter Pack
Are you considering the purchase of a Taurus TX22? If so, you’ll need more than just the gun to make it safely go bang. You’ll need proper protections, extra mags, and something to clean it with at the end of a long day at the range. Here are our recommendations:
- Gun Cleaning Kit: Otis All Caliber Elite Range Box on Amazon or build your own personalized cleaning kit with premium components.
- Shooting Glasses: All it takes is one piece of rogue hot brass, and you’ll learn the importance of shooting glasses. But not all glasses are built the same. See our recommendations for the Best Shooting Glasses.
- Hearing Protection: Firing a gun without wearing proper ear pro can be very dangerous and detrimental to your hearing. Find out the best hearing protection for you in our full-length review.
- Storage: Check out our article on the Best Biometric Gun Safes
- Targets – If you’re wanting a great resource for shooting practice or zeroing your optics on your optics rifle or pistol, download our FREE Sighting in Targets below.
Taurus TX22 Accessories
I did find that the TX 22 fit in holsters for a Glock 26, which came in handy for shooting from the retention holster. I used a Blackhawk Serpa. You’ll want to perform your due diligence before deciding on a rig for your own use, particularly in the case of a weapon you intend to carry/use defensively (unlikely with this pistol, but possible).
The Surefire weapon light I used was also very handy, the A300U-B model fits perfectly.
Taurus TX22 Accessories
Taurus TX-22 vs Other Rimfire Pistols
If you’re considering purchasing a TX-22 pistol, you’ve also been looking at other rimfire pistols. If you haven’t yet, you really should!
Here are some quick comparison specs between the Taurus TX22 vs other rimfire pistols.
If you’d like to see the full breakdown about how it compares (and which 22 lr handgun might be right for you), you should check out our 22 lr pistol “best of” guide and our best 22 pistols for defensive use.
|Ruger Mk IV Tactical||10||33.3 oz||8.5"||5.5"|
|Sig P938 22LR||10||15.2 oz||5.9"||3.9"|
|KelTec CP33||33||24 oz||10.6"||5.86"|
|Walther PPQ 22||12||18 oz||7.1"||5.3"|
|Beretta 21A||7||11.8 oz||4.92"||3.7"|
|Taurus TX 22||16||17.3 oz||7.06"||5.44"|
|Ruger Charger||10-25||50 oz||19.25"||5.4"|
|Walther P22 Q||10||16 oz||6.5"||4.5"|
Taurus TX22 Maintenance
A reliable handgun requires regular maintenance and cleaning. We’ve found a great video on breaking down and cleaning your plinker. Check it out below!
Suggested Resources For You And Your Taurus TX22
Looking for some more information on the Taurus TX22 and 22lr cartridge? Check out the links below.
- Care and Maintenance of the TX22
- TX 22 Video
- Active Response Training: Testing .22 Caliber Defensive Ammunition
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