Range Report: Glock 44

Way back before the pandemic arrived (in the US) or some cities descending into chaos I was able to go to the range. A real range where I could run targets out to different distances and all sorts of cool stuff. On my last trip to one of those (now) mythical places I spent most of the time practicing with rimfire ammunition; specifically .22 Long Rifle (read the write up here). I thought it was such useful way to train and had enough benefits that I purchased a Glock 44 on my way out the door. We went into quarantine shortly after that and so the G44 sat on the desk in my office unfired…mocking me.

In case you have not seen them the Glock 44 is a .22 LR version of the Gen 5 Glock 19. It is the same size and uses similarly sized magazines. Disappointingly, the magazines only hold 10 rounds rather than the 15 of the G19 (more on that in a bit). It is also a lot lighter than the G19 (more on that too in a bit).

Gen 5 twins, the G44 and G19

A few weeks back we were able to head out to some property in the country and do some shooting. This was the same trip that I was able to put some rounds through the Charter Arms Professional (link). Unfortunately, I was not able to get a good feel for the accuracy of the Charter Arms on that trip. I had a good bit of gear packed and ready to go that was rated to handle .22 LR which means I was able to get a good feel for the accuracy of the G44 so this should be a little better and more comprehensive review.

Woohoo!

Initially, I had several feeding several issues with the G44. It was always chambering the first round. I am always a little nervous clearing jams with rimfire ammunition and these were pretty severe. the rounds were literally being bent as they entered the chamber with another round trying to feed in right behind it. This happened with several different shooters and with both magazines. I was pretty disturbed by this until I determined the cause. Although these are ten round magazines, eleven rounds would fit. They wouldn’t feed properly but they would fit in the magazine. Once I started counting rounds and making sure to only load ten rounds we encountered no more issues and it was 100% reliable. Semi-auto .22s can be a bit finicky when it comes to ammunition. I had a box of Federal bulk ammo, a mixed box of odds and ends from at least two and possibly three different manufacturers. All fed fine in my pistol. As with most .22s your mileage may likely vary. All in all we sent somewhere between 200 and 250 rounds downrange through the G44.

The slide of the G44 is mostly plastic. Some early purchasers of the G44 have reported issues with the slides cracking. At this point I have seen no indication of any cracks or issues with the slide or frame.

Being mostly plastic, the G44 is very light. Glock’s website says the G44 weighs in at 16.4 ounces when fully loaded. It seems lighter than that. Not flimsy, just really light. I think part of it is because of how much it resembles the standard compact Glocks like the G19. It seems lighter because you are expecting the extra weight of the more traditional Glocks, if that makes sense.

Now, one of the unexpected side effects of this lack of heft is the amount of felt recoil. It is surprisingly snappy for a .22 or this size. It is not overly so (it’s a .22) and there is still not as much recoil as with its 9mm sibling but it does have a surprising amount of snap. Personally, I think this is a good thing. As discussed in my previous post there are some serious advantages to training with .22 LR versions of your carry weapons but one drawback (to me) is the lighter recoil. Less recoil means that problems with your grip can creep in without being noticed, forming some bad habits for when you switch back more potent calibers. That is far less likely with the G44 than some other rimfire versions of carry guns.

The sights are the same plastic dot in a box sights as on all other Glocks. The rear is windage adjustable with set screws. I don’t know if that is standard on other G5s or just the G44. I do know the sights on my Gen 5 G19 MOS were not adjustable. The seemed dead on with no adjustment necessary. I was able to ring a three inch gong at 15-20 feet (depending on where I was standing at the time) pretty consistently. Any misses were the fault of the shooter and not the gun.

Glock 44

Overall, I am pretty enamored with the G44 and I feel it was money well spent. I will get a lot of trigger time (once we are out of quarantine) with it. Since it is, essentially, a duplicate of the G19 (although lighter) it will be a very good training tool. The rest of the family enjoyed shooting it and Wonderful Wife really liked it (bonus!).

Whether the cost/benefit of training with .22 rimfire ammunition makes sense for you is something you will have to work out since these are not super cheap. They have an MSRP of about $400 and a street price around $360. As for me, it is worth the money.

Take care and God bless.

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