Let’s rock out with our Glocks out.
Any time GLOCK
releases a new pistol, it’s big news–even when it shoots a little bitty bullet. The rumors are true; the law enforcement, military, and self-defense juggernaut has just introduced a GLOCK that’s just for fun: the .22 LR GLOCK 44. Although very few people would ever call a .22-caliber a “tactical” firearm, there is
a tactical reason why you might want to own one (beyond your tactical desire to tactically punch holes in paper at tactical distances, of course). Essentially, the GLOCK 44 allows you to practice with a gun that mirrors the look, feel, and operation of the iconic (and very tactical) Glock 19.
“The way the G44 mirrors the iconic G19 is great and all levels of shooters will benefit from owning and practicing with the G44,” said Retired Marine Gunner Christian Wade. “I subjected the G44 to a variety of adverse conditions and it holds its own with every other GLOCK ever produced.”
Wade, one of two partners selected by GLOCK to rigorously test the GLOCK 44 in a variety of climates and adverse conditions, fields over 30 years’ experience in the Marine Corps and as a firearms expert. Wade understands the importance of functionality and ease of use is realized in the GLOCK platform and carried on to the GLOCK 44. But does it run like a GLOCK should?
“While many .22 LR firearms exhibit tendencies to function differently with particular ammunition types, the G44 pistol functioned to near perfection,” said Bryan Peterson, Manager of Product Concept Development at Federal Ammunition–who was also a vital partner in early testing.
The G44 features many of the latest enhancements seen in the 5th Generation of GLOCK pistols such as the ambidextrous slide stop lever and reversible magazine catch, the GLOCK Marksman barrel (GMB) for increased accuracy and performance, adjustable back straps, and adjustable rear sights. The G44 also features a ghost hole loaded chamber indicator and comes standard with two 10-round load assist magazines.