I have been using the .22 caliber cartridge for more than half a century.
There have been times when I have been involved in training, police work, and competition and left the .22 by the wayside.
I think my shooting efforts were impoverished by this expedient. A .22 caliber pistol is a great trainer and an all-around good target gun.
The .22 is a fine small-game pistol as well. A lot of folks use handguns for single-chore training, personal defense or home defense.
A quality handgun is more versatile and may open up more avenues for fun and recreation while offering a degree of protection as well.
The .22 Long Rifle is a useful cartridge—accurate, powerful enough for target practice and small game, and affordable.
While there are .22 caliber conversion units available for a number of service handguns, I find having a second handgun in .22 Long Rifle more desirable.
Until very recently, a true .22 caliber understudy for the GLOCK centerfire handguns wasn’t available. We now have the GLOCK M44 .22.
GLOCK M44 vs. GLOCK 19
The GLOCK 44 is designed to mimic the size, operation, and handling of the GLOCK 19 9mm.
It will be useful for training if you own other GLOCK centerfire handguns. (Or any other centerfire handgun.)
I agree the GLOCK 19 size makes the most sense for this effort. GLOCK shooters are the target audience for this handgun and many of us will have to have the new GLOCK.
But the pistol is also suitable for beginners who have never owned a handgun or for shooters that own any type of handgun.
A .22 is like that. The most useful role is as a rimfire trainer. The modest price makes it as affordable as most .22 caliber conversions.
The GLOCK 44 is dimensionally identical to the GLOCK 19, but much lighter due to a polymer and metal slide.
A heavy steel slide could not operate with the modest recoil of a .22 caliber cartridge.
The lightweight GLOCK 44 slide gets enough kick from a . 22 Long Rifle cartridge to operate with reliability.
Due to differences in the locking block and other parts you cannot place a GLOCK 44 slide on a GLOCK 19 and convert it to .22 caliber operation.
The sights and trigger operation are the same as the GLOCK 19. The trigger breaks at 5.8 pounds, the same as a Generation 4 GLOCK 19 on hand.
GLOCK pistols of late production seem slightly heavier than the 5.5-pound GLOCK standard we once experienced.
The front post and rear notch sight feature the standard GLOCK white outline. The rear sight is fully adjustable, a nice touch on an affordable .22.
GLOCK M44 Features and Specs
The overall length of the GLOCK 44 is 7.28 inches. The barrel length is 4.02 inches. The pistol fits GLOCK holsters I had on hand, no worries.
Frame inserts are provided of the same type as supplied with other GLOCK handguns to aid hand fit and the pistol features a rail for mounting combat lights.
The GLOCK 44 features a GLOCK Marksman barrel with fluted chamber. The GLOCK 44 may be dry fired without harming the firing pin.
The slide lock, magazine release and takedown are standard GLOCK. The big difference in handling is the weight.
The GLOCK 44 weighs just over 14.5 ounces, nine ounces less than the GLOCK 19. The GLOCK 44 uses a single column style 10-shot magazine.
A high-capacity magazine is very difficult to convince to feed with the rimmed .22 Long Rifle cartridge.
The 10-shot magazine features a nicely located tab on the follower that makes loading easy.
Depress the tab and load one round at a time to properly stack the ammo in the magazine.
The barrel is separate from the frame, not fixed like most .22 rimfire barrels. The frame is a Generation 4-type with finger grooves.
Most .22 Long Rifle self loaders are designed to function only with high-velocity ammunition.
As a rule, this ammunition is less expensive than the less common standard-velocity loads, so there is no point in using the less zippy loads for general target shooting and training.
The GLOCK was tested with more than 100 types of ammunition for reliability, GLOCK tells us. At this point, I am just over seven bricks or 3,500 rounds of ammunition.
The GLOCK 44 isn’t as reliable as most GLOCK pistols, simply due to the nature of rimfire ammunition. It is more reliable than most .22 caliber self loaders.
It functions 100 percent with CCI Mini Mag ammunition, even when dirty from firing 300 rounds without cleaning.
Remington Thunderbolt, Winchester Super-X, and Fiocchi high-velocity loads also did well.
When the GLOCK 44 is clean and well-lubricated, it will function to a point with subsonic loads, but may not lock the slide open on the last shot due to decreased momentum.
If the GLOCK 44 has a few hundred rounds through it and increased powder ash, there were instances of a spent case failing to fully eject and getting caught between the slide and the barrel.
A clean GLOCK 44 with high-velocity ammunition will usually run 100 percent for 300-400 rounds, exceptional for a .22 caliber handgun.
Some loads do not run as well.
.22 ammunition isn’t that expensive, so you can test a variety of loads or simply stick with proven loads from the major makers.
The pistol is comfortable to fire, no surprises there.
It offers real utility in training. As for accuracy, the piece will put five rounds of Remington Thunderbolt into 2-2.5 inches from a solid benchrest at 25 yards.
Other loads offer similar accuracy. The GLOCK M44 is accurate enough for small game hunting at modest range.
The GLOCK M44 is a fine recreational handgun with much to recommend. For more serious personal defense training, the GLOCK 44 .22 excels.
You can get in a lot of trigger time for very little expense.
You will also need to learn recoil control by firing your 9mm in practice, but as far as sight picture, sight alignment and trigger press you can learn well with the GLOCK 44.
This GLOCK may be the best-suited as a first GLOCK and for others, it is the must-have GLOCK to add to the stack in the gun safe.
Would you use the M44 for recreation or training? Let us know your thoughts on this .22 handgun in the comments below.