In the 10 Ring with the Taurus TX 22 Competition: Full Review

The Taurus TX 22 Competition entered the rimfire pistol market earlier this year and is making some big waves. This 22 LR handgun is a more affordable option for an optics-ready, suppressor compatible rimfire pistol that has proved itself through the months since its release to be extremely accurate, reliable, and ergonomic. What ISN’T there to like about it? Spoiler alert: I didn’t find the answer to that question. Below, you’ll find some more of my thoughts about this phenomenal firearm.

The TX 22 Competition in its natural habitat. Mounted on top, a Crimson Trace CTS-1250 reflex sight helps make quick and accurate shooting easy.

First Impressions

First, I just want to say what everyone is thinking: Taurus did a fantastic job making an attractive looking pistol. It’s not extravagant and it’s got a nice splash of detail worked in with functional purpose. The slide serrations on the front and rear do as intended, providing a place for positive grip while racking the slide. The stippling of the grip is not too aggressive but feels like it also adds some traction in my hand. The slide cut up top isn’t only aesthetically pleasing, but loses some weight to allow the longer slide on the TX 22 Competition to reciprocate under blowback operation just as reliably as its shorter progenitor, the TX 22. This slide cut also provides the space needed for the slide to reciprocate without contacting the optics mounting plate which is attached to the barrel of the gun. The finger groove, which I typically don’t like on pistols, is actually very comfortable and positioned perfectly for my medium-sized hands. Because there is only one, and it was strategically placed at the top of the grip to provide a comfortable groove for your middle finger to sit under the trigger guard, I think that this design will fit most people well.

You can see how the slide was cut so that it can reciprocate freely past the optic mounted on the barrel. Also, note the threaded muzzle and 1913 Picatinny rail located in front of the trigger guard.

The optics mounting method is very clever and simple, providing you with the option to mount most of the popular reflex sights on the market. This design uses a base plate that mounts directly to the slide, with double-sided inserts that can be changed for compatibility with different reflex sight footprints. The slide and barrel can be removed for cleaning by pulling down on the lever located on both sides of the frame inside of the trigger guard. simply pull this lever down, slide the barrel/slide forward and pull the trigger and it will all come off. There is no need to take the optic off of the barrel in order to remove it from the slide.

My favorite feature may just be the 1/2×28 TPI threaded muzzle. I have an OSS RAD 22 suppressor that I want to attach to this gun, but it’s currently in another state. I have no doubts that this pistol would make a reliable suppressor host and I’ll update this article in the future when I get the pleasure of shooting it in this configuration.

The Taurus TX 22 Competition field stripped for your pleasure.

The Trigger

With something like “competition,” in your name, you have to have a good trigger. The TX 22 Competition doesn’t slouch in this category. The trigger pull weight comes in at 4-5 pounds depending on if the scale is in the middle of the trigger shoe, or at the bottom. It has a steady pull and clean break. I was pleasantly surprised when I first fired the gun because it exceeded my expectations in feel. I did notice that the trigger shoe itself has some wiggle to it, but after further inspection, I found that this bit of slop is required for its function. See, instead of having a blade safety located in the middle of the trigger which is depressed and deactivated by pressing the trigger, the trigger in the TX 22 Competition is the safety. let me be even more clear: the trigger on this pistol also acts in the same manner as a blade safety. If it is not rocked backward, the trigger cannot be actuated. The silver pin that can be seen in the picture above is the pivot point on which it rocks. While running the TX 22 Competition, you can’t even feel this happening and the trigger seems rock solid.

In this image, you can clearly see the silver pin that is the pivot point for the trigger. This pivoting action allows the whole trigger shoe to act as the trigger safety that you usually see as a protruding blade. I think this leaves the TX 22 with a very clean look.

In the Field

As I mentioned already, the Taurus TX 22 Competition has incredible ergonomics. When this pistol is in my hands, it truly feels like it was made specifically for me. I ran hundreds of rounds through this handgun with very few malfunctions and I feel like the ones that I did have were partially caused by me. I took this gun straight out of the box, filled a magazine, and went to shooting. At this point, I had some stovepipes, but they were still far in-between. The gun came bone-dry so I put a couple of drops of oil in the slide rails and went back to shooting. From here on, 0 malfunctions. During this process, I installed my Crimson Trace CTS-1250 reflex sight and went back to shooting. With this optic, I felt like the gun, as well as myself, were incredibly accurate because I was hitting everything that I pointed it at. The true accuracy test was coming up soon…

I put many rounds through the Taurus TX 22 Competition and I’m looking forward to putting many more down-range.

Specifications

  • .22 LR
  • 16 or 10-round magazine capacity
  • 3 magazines included
  • striker fired, single action
  • fixed white dot front sight
  • fully adjustable white dot rear sights
  • 3 safety mechanisms: striker block, manual, trigger safety
  • full sized frame
  • polymer grip
  • hard anodized aluminum slide
  • 8.15 inch overall length
  • 1.25 inch overall width
  • 5.44 inch overall height
  • 23 oz. weight
  • additional features
    • picatinny rail (Mil-STD 1913)
    • threaded competition grade barrel
    • 2 different optic mounting plates (4 different footprints)
  • MSRP: $533.33 (increased since the launch of this product, used to be $484.00)
Here you can see the manual ambidextrous safety in the “safe” position. Simply push it down with your thumb and get to shooting.

Accuracy

For accuracy testing, I placed a target at 15 yards and shot 5 shot groups with 8 different common ammunition types. For each group, I would waste 5 rounds into the berm when transitioning ammunition types, followed by a 5 shot group on paper. Sometimes switching between plated vs non-plated or waxed vs non-waxed ammo can impact groups and I wanted to minimize this. Yes, I realize that there are some high-end target ammunition options that I did not test, but I’m convinced that at least 2 of the different ammunitions that I tested shot better than my own capabilities. The eight ammunitions I tested were Remington Subsonic 36 grain, Winchester Bulk 36 grain, CCI MiniMag 36 grain, CCI Quiet 40 grain, Federal Target Grade 40 grain, Norma Tac-22 40 grain, Aguila Super Extra 38 grain, and Aguila Super Extra 40 grain. NOTE: without a suppressor, my TX 22 did not cycle the CCI Quiets, as is common with many semi-auto pistols. If you shoot them suppressed, the added backpressure may be enough to cycle the gun though, depending on suppressor design.

Below, you’ll see the results of my testing. The group size in inches and MOA can be seen below each group inside of the grey box. I will also list group sizes in the description of each photo in case the decreased photo quality from upload makes it hard to read.

From left to right: Remington Subsonic 38 grain- 0.465″ (2.960 MOA), Winchester bulk 36 grain- 0.390″ (2.483 MOA) I felt myself pull the shot that is crossed out. group size excludes this shot. CCI Mini Mag 36 grain- 0.984″ (6.327 MOA). CCI Quiet- not measured because group size is atrocious and is due to inconsistent velocities.
Left to right: Federal Target Grade 40 grain- 0.597″ (3.789 MOA), Norma Tac-22 40 grain- 0.776″ (4.939 MOA), Aguila Super Extra 38 grain- 1.181″ (7.521 MOA), Aguila Super Extra 40 grain- 7.25″ (4.615 MOA)

Final thoughts

I’ll keep this part short and sweet: I had a phenomenal experience with the Taurus TX 22 Competition. I have no major gripes about the handgun and I will be recommending this pistol to anyone who is in the market for a reliable semi-auto 22 LR handgun. It is extremely comfortable in the hand, the manual safety is very positive, the trigger is excellent, accuracy was amazing… I almost feel guilty giving this handgun such a glowing review, but I feel that it earned it thoroughly.

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More Pictures:

The design of the grip allows for a comfortable, high and tight hold on the gun.
An additional mounting plate is seen in the background. These plates are reversible and with 2 available, you have 4 different mounting footprints that are compatible with many popular optics.
The rear sight is fully adjustable.

About the author: Riley Baxter is an avid and experienced hunter, shooter, outdoorsman, and he’s worked in the backcountry guiding for an outfitter. He also get’s a lot of enjoyment out of building or customizing his firearms and equipment. Check out Riley’s Instagram @Shooter300

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  • Max Hoyle October 11, 2021, 12:22 pm

    I have owned 6 Taurus autos and 5 revolvers, the revolvers were ok I had no complaints! The autos 2 .22s, 2 45 acps and 2 9mms, The 1st 45 went 2 years befor stopping igniting primers totally, was returned to Taurus 2 times. still didn’t work, traded for a 9mm with same problem, other 9mm never fired a whole mag without problem! The 22s same problem, got second 45 in trade and never even tried it, I have heard that lube in stricker channel caused misfires but seems outlandish, but 9mms and 22s weren’t lubed here! Do your self a favor and get a keltec p17 or p33 and have fun!

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