The Taurus TX22 is a striker-fired pistol dedicated to rimfire
By Daniel Terrill
The Taurus TX22 pistol on display at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
Taurus USA introduced a striker-fired pistol dedicated to rimfire cartridges at SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas. As Taurus engineering manager Jason Pittman explained, the Taurus TX22 pistol is the reverse of what most gun companies do. They actually built a duty gun chambered in .22 instead of giving a .22 the aesthetic of a duty gun.
“Everyone had either an exact clone of a 9mm, but it was not designed to be like the 9mm. It was designed to be an internal hammer — just trying to get the looks. Or the .22 were like a micro gun,” Pittman said. “So we wanted something that was designed to be a full-size .22 plinking gun.”
Making a .22-caliber striker-fired pistol presents interesting engineering challenges — mainly the round doesn’t generate enough force to push a heavy slide to the rear. Standard velocity .22-caliber ammo firing out of a 4.1-inch barrel is actually subsonic, Pittman explained.
Taurus managing engineer Jason Pittman posing next to a row of TX22 pistols. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
The Taurus TX22 fields strips in just a handful of pieces. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
Besides the ammo losing 200-300