The Taurus Striker Fired TX22 | Dryfire Safe – SHOT Show 2019

Here at SHOT Show 2019 Taurus has released the TX22, a polymer framed 22 long rifle pistol that is long on features. The full sized polymer frame is not designed for kids, it is a full sized gun that feels good in the hand. The ergonomic grip is designed to give a high hand to bore grip and provides for a naturally pointing pistol. The texture on the grip has a fine stippled feel that would give you confidence in maintaining control even if this were a centerfire gun.  The polymer frame and hard anodized aluminum slide make the gun lightweight and a potentially fun plinker or training gun.

Undercut trigger guard and high beavertail give the TX22 a comfortable grip


One of best features on the TX22 is that it comes from the factory with a threaded barrel. It comes with a protective sleeve threaded on which makes the barrel appear to be your standard garden variety factory barrel. However, the TX22 comes with an adapter that replaces that sleeve and has a threaded section beyond the slide that is threaded 1/2 x 28 for attaching a suppressor or muzzle brake if desired. It’s genuinely refreshing to see this level of detail being added directly from the factory rather than having to be purchased as an upgrade or aftermarket.


TX22 disassembles similar to many polymer centerfire pistols

The TX22 has an ambidextrous manual thumb safety located high on the rear of the slide and Taurus’s Pittman Trigger System for safety features. Even with a trigger safety mechanism, the face of this trigger is smooth with nothing moving to distract you from a smooth pull.

Take down latch can be seen above the trigger

The fully adjustable rear sight makes sure you will be on target and the TX22 comes with two 16 round magazines to feed the fun. It also has a mil std accessory rail for adding your favorite light or laser. At a MSRP of $349 Taurus has a solid offering in the rimfire automatic arena.

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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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  • Mike stone July 11, 2019, 11:26 am

    It’s a cross between single and double stack. The back of the magazine where the rim of the cartridge sits is wider than the front where the bullet nose sits. The rims of the cartridges sit in the magazine with every other round offset like a double stack. But each cartridge toes in at the nose so the sit on top of each other like a single stack. It allows the rimmed cartridge to stay flat.

  • James Wagner March 4, 2019, 2:30 pm

    I purchased my Taurus TX22 3 weeks ago and still can not buy a spare magazine for it. I like to have 6 mags for each pistol I take to the range. When will Taurus figure out, IF YOU MAKE IT THEY WILL BUY IT ?

  • richard lane January 31, 2019, 4:10 pm

    When will be on sale at sporting good stores.And what will the price be.Will Rural King stores be selling this gun. If it was on the shelf now I would already bought it. Does it come in a hard plastic case. Thanks,Richard Lane

  • Loughsun January 31, 2019, 11:13 am

    Well it’s about time somebody made a dry fire capable 22 pistol. With all the big names out there it took little old Taurus to do it. I may have to get one just to have it. Great article great product!

    • Taylor Christensen March 8, 2019, 11:08 am

      What about the Beretta M9 in .22lr.
      I have one and it has 15 round mags and is S/A / D/A.
      I love mine!

    • B May 1, 2019, 1:00 am

      Um all the ruger mk series are dry fire safe…they have a block that prevents the pin from striking the face protecting both the pin and chamber.

  • Scott B. January 31, 2019, 4:50 am

    Training day hand gun that doesn’t break the bank. Very curious about the 16 round mags. We must know more. Single stack, god forbid double stack?? We must know the answer??

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