The Long-Awaited Glock 44 .22 LR is Here! – SHOT Show 2020

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For decades there have been 22 conversion kits and replacement slides to convert Glock pistols to shoot low recoiling, affordable .22 Long Rifle cartridges — but now Glock has met that demand straight from the factory with the new G44.

The Glock 44 fits in G19 holsters, which makes it a perfect training gun.

The G44 is the same size as the hugely popular Glock 19, chambered in 9mm, however, the G44 is considerably lighter. Plinkers are going to love this gun, as are those firearms instructors teaching new shooters.

The G44 comes with two 10-round magazines. The magazine was designed to maximize reliability and has a load-assist built in the side to pull down the follower, which makes loading easy.

The little rimfire comes with many of the same features that are a hit on its big brothers, such as flared magazine well, standard Glock texturing, front and rear cocking serrations and an ambidextrous slide release.

G44 internals look very familiar making maintenance routine

The slide is a polymer steel combination, to keep it light but durable and reliable. This will be covered in more detail in full review to follow. The slide weight has been tuned to allow reliable function with both low and high-velocity ammunition.

The rear sight is fully adjustable for maximizing accuracy.

The front sight is the familiar Glock dot, while the back is adjustable to point-of-impact depending on ammunition.

Steel slide rails can be seen on lower portion of polymer slide

In support of the new G44 the Glock Shooting Sports Foundation (GSSF) is adding a rimfire division. This will allow owners to compete in one additional class for even more fun.

The G44 is already shipping to dealers, so they should be on the shelves when you read this. MSRP is $430, with the street price expected to be around $360-370.

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About the author: Jeff Cramblit is a world-class competitive shooter having won medals at both the 2012 IPSC World Shotgun Championship in Hungary and more recently the 2017 IPSC World Rifle Championship in Russia. He is passionate about shooting sports and the outdoors. He has followed that passion for over 30 years, hunting and competing in practical pistol, 3gun, precision rifle and sporting clays matches. Jeff is intimately familiar with the shooting industry – competitor, instructor, RO, range master, match director. Among his training credits include NRA Instructor, AR-15 armorer, FBI Rifle Instructor, and Officer Low Light Survival Instructor. As a sponsored shooter, Jeff has represented notable industry names such as: Benelli, 5.11 Tactical, Bushnell, Blackhawk, DoubleStar, and Hornady. He has been featured on several of Outdoor Channel’s Shooting Gallery episodes and on a Downrange TV series. Jeff’s current endeavors cover a broad spectrum and he can be found anywhere from local matches helping and encouraging new shooters as they develop their own love of the sport, to the dove field with his friends, a charity sporting clays shoot, backpack hunting public land in Montana, or the winners podium of a major championship.

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  • LJ January 24, 2020, 12:10 pm

    Any word on price and availability for GSSF members?

    • LJ January 24, 2020, 1:16 pm

      To those GSSF members interested, I just received the following for Glock:

      “The G44 is available through Blue Label and Commercial. There is not any special Blue Label pricing. The MSRP is $359.00 and that is for Blue Label and Commercial. You will not have to use your pistol purchase coupon to purchase the G44 unless you are purchasing a Blue Label. Please let us know if you have any other questions.”

  • Raymond Hudson January 24, 2020, 4:54 am

    I was really excited until I saw the round count of the mags. Really, 10 rounds, Taurus just came out with the TX22 with 16 round mags and Everybody was celebrating ! A cheap round to shoot, the .22, a round you can bang away with and not break the bank, a 10 round mag means reloading a lot, or shelling out for multiple mags. But 10 rounds, naw, as much as I like my Sigs, I’ll stick with the Taurus TX22

  • Will Drider January 23, 2020, 9:42 pm

    These are on the streets and a few folks have reported “from the box reliability” is not the Glock centerfire norm. FTE and FTF with different types of ammo/different guns. They are hoping these issues will resolve themselves with “break-in” cycles of XXX rounds.

    Break-in. Some folks tolerate it while others do not and expect a functional firearm they paid for. There are some Mfrs that identify the possibility of a Break-in requirement. One Italian shotgun Mfr via Customer Service said: 250 full power 3.5s before its a problem for the factory! That’s a sore shoulder and expense I wouldn’t put up with.

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