Gun Review: Going 2200 Rounds with the New Glock G44 in 22LR
By Chris Eger
The Glock G44 is a lightweight but reliable .22LR that does not scoff at bulk pack ammo, all while proving a dress rehearsal for a G19. (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Pitched by Glock as a pistol designed for “new shooters, sport shooters and everyone in between,” the G44 has a lot going for it.
Debuted last month after a cryptic build-up, the G44 features an innovative hybrid steel-polymer slide and the ability to adapt to any user’s hands via backstraps supplied with the pistol. Glock’s first rimfire handgun, it is designed to emulate the crowd-pleasing G19, using a 4.02-inch barrel which produces an overall length of 7.28-inches– the same as the popular 9mm mid-size. Likewise, they have the same 5.04-inch height, a factor which means most G19 holsters will work for the G44, should you want to carry the 22LR on the trail or around the ponderosa.
The G44 and the G19 are doppelgangers in profile, although not in weight, magazine capacity or caliber.
Where it departs the G19, which has a 15+1 capacity and 30-ounce weight, is that the G44 runs a smaller 10-shot rimfire magazine and only weighs about half as much.
Why a 10-round mag when other companies have 22LR plinkers with