Is The Glock 44 The Best 22 Pistol? Why We Think You Should Buy a .22LR Pistol

.22LR pistols are more popular than any other caliber pistol beside the 9mm and .45 ACP. There are a lot of misconceptions about the .22 LR caliber that push people away from buying a .22 and toward a 9mm.

How many times have you heard someone ask, “why should I buy a .22LR when I buy a 9mm?" I get the argument that a 9mm offers significantly better ballistics in velocity and capability. There are plenty of things that a .22LR can do to help make you a better shooter or just have more fun shooting.

Just like many of you reading this now, I too wanted to know if the Glock 44 is worth the money.

Glock 44

Prices accurate at time of writing

Glock 44 Vs Glock 19

The Glock 44 is lighter, and thinner than the Glock 19, but other than that, their specs are almost identical. In fact, the Glock 44 was created with the same frame, slide, barrel length, height, and trigger pull. The biggest difference is obviously the caliber of the bullet in a Glock 19 is 9mm instead of .22LR.

This is a huge difference because the G19 is the most popular CCW ever made. The G44 just doesn’t have the power and capacity that can be as easily concealed as the G19.

Glock 19X

Prices accurate at time of writing

Glock 44 SpecsGlock 19 Gen 4
Weight12.63 oz/ 0.79lbs21.52 oz/ 1.34 lbs
Weight w/unloaded mag 14.64 oz/ 0.92lbs23.63 oz/ 1.48 lbs
Weight w/loaded mag16.40 oz/ 1.02lbs30.16 oz/ 1.89 lbs
Barrel Length4.02"4.02"
Overall Length7..28"7.28"
Slide Length6.85"6.85"
Magazine Capacity10/1815/17 / 24 / 31 / 33
Trigger Pull Weight26N/  5.84lbs of force26N/ 5.84lbs.
Overall Width1.28"1.34"
Slide Width1.00"1.00"
Trigger Distance2.76"2.76"
Line of Sight (Polymer)6.00- 6.22" Adjustable6.02"
Line of Sight (steel)5.98"5.98"
Line of Sight (GNC)5.94"5.94"
SafetySafe ActionSafe Action
MSRP $415$700

What is the Best Caliber For Plinking?

The .22LR is the most fun caliber to plink with because you have almost no felt recoil, the ammo is cheap, and you don’t have to worry about heavy-duty ear protection from a .22LR.

Plinking can be done with any caliber, but a .22LR provides great training with pistol drills because it’s easier to transition between targets and/or aiming points with a gun that doesn’t recoil.

Who Makes the Most Reliable Pistol?

It’s no secret that Glock makes the most reliable pistol ever based on their sales in the millions for their line of pistols. Glock is the highest-selling pistol in the world due to its reliability, dependability, and ergonomics. I think the ammo compatibility concern in the Glock 44 is so unusual for Glock pistols that it’s being a little overblown.

You may have an issue with lighter and slower ammo, but for the most part, if your pistol is oiled and clean, you’re good to go. Glock is trusted by more LEOs and CCW owners than any other brand of a pistol.

Will a 22 Pistol Stop an Intruder?

There has always been a lot of misconception about the killing ability of a .22LR pistol, but I think we can all agree that it can and will kill if hit in the right spot. I would never recommend a .22LR pistol as a self-defense home invasion, however.

There are many reasons you should consider a .22LR, but as a home-defense gun, I would always suggest a 9mm or .45 ACP over a .22LR. To me, it comes down to the energy of the bullets upon impact.

You can kill with any bullet, but a .45 ACP fired from 1911 can be devastating without hitting major organs or arteries. The impact capabilities are so much higher

.22LR 9mm.45 ACP
Lbs of Force upon Impact131-205 FT-LB Force589 FT-LB Force829 FT-LB Force
Bullet Weight40 Gr124 GR90 GR

Walther P22Q

Prices accurate at time of writing

Glock 44 Problems

So far, the biggest problem I’ve seen is the inconsistency in the ammo it’s able to shoot. Glock pistols have always been known for their reliability and compatibility with any type of ammo you want to run through it.

Unfortunately, the Glock 44 is a little picky when it comes to commercial ammo and will have feeding or extraction problems with light ammo (less than 40 Gr). I’ve also seen issues with bulk ammo from off-brands that are simply not made as well as the major ammo manufacturers.

Is the Glock 44 is the Best .22LR Pistol?

Everyone has their preference, but Imagine shooting a Glock 19 with 10% of the felt recoil. I was kind of surprised when I saw Glock come out with the G44 because I didn’t think people would spend the extra money on a brand for a .22 pistol.

It comes down to the question of if I’d take the Glock 44 over the Walther P22 or Ruger Mark IV? I never thought I’d ever write this, but I think the Ruger Mark IV or the Walther P22 would be a better option at the moment. I know there are millions of Glock lovers who think this is blasphemy, but hear me out first.

Ruger Mark IV 22/45

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Walther P22 has a shorter barrel (3.42"), shorter height (4.5"), and is at least $70-$100 cheaper than the Glock 44. The manual safety on the P22 is another great feature that I’ve always felt more comfortable with, especially when I try to train family and friends how to shoot. As far as I’ve seen, the P22 hasn’t had the same problems that the Glock 44 has had with ammo selection.

The one thing that makes the Glock 44 so special is the resemblance to the Glock 19. The Glock 44 is basically made to mimic the Glock 19 in a lower caliber bullet. Even though there are ammo inconsistency problems with the Glock 44, I know of a few brands and specs that work great and make the Glock 44 just as good if not better than anything else, including the Mark IV and Walther P22.

What is The Best Ammo For a Glock 44?

From what I’ve seen from other shooters at the range and the Glock 44 that our company owns, you need to have heavier ammo or “hot ammo". “hot ammo" means that your bullet velocity is going to be very fast relative to other brands.

For example, the Federal American Eagle brand is great with every caliber they make it in, but since the velocity is only 970 FT/S, the Glock 44 may have trouble with consistent feeding and extracting, even if it’s a heavy 45 Gr bullet. However, the CCI Standard Velocity Lead Nose .22LR bullet has enough weight (40Gr) and enough velocity to cycle the pistol perfectly every time without any issue.

Winchester Hyper Speed 22LR Hollow Point 40 Gr

at Sportsman’s Warehouse
Prices accurate at time of writing

Where Can I Buy the Glock 44?

As of right now, the only place that I have found the Glock 44 in stock on Companies like Sportsman’s Warehouse, Kentucky Gun Company, Brownells, and Primary Arms sell the G44, but all are out of stock.

Glock 44

Prices accurate at time of writing

Best Glock 44 Magazine For Training

ProMag Handgun Magazine Glock 44 .22 LR 18/rd

at Natchez Shooting Supplies
Prices accurate at time of writing

Why Should I Buy A Glock 44?

I can only speak for myself, but I love the fact the Glock 44 is so similar to the Glock 19 for plinking and training purposes. My wife first learned to shoot last year and I was able to train her using my Brother in-law’s Glock 44.

Since my wife trained on the Glock 44, she got warmed up to the loud noise and felt-recoil of a gun by starting with a gun that has minimal noise and almost no felt recoil. She was able to focus on her form and build her confidence using a firearm.

On the other hand, throwing in an 18 or 25-round magazine and plinking on your own range is a lot of fun. You can get 100 rounds for less than $15.00 right now and have a couple of hours of fun for less than $50 in ammo.

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