Glock is a name synonymous with reliability and perfection. Law enforcement officials and militaries all over the world use Glocks as their service pistols, and when it comes to raw reliability and performance, they are also the first choice of many civilians who use them for concealed carry, personal defense, and even competitive shooting.
Glock makes a lot of incredible pistols, in various sizes and different calibers. One of their most common models is the Glock22. It is very popular among American Law enforcement and civilians. So, today we are going to talk about the Glock 22 in detail.
Judging from the name of the pistol, many people think that the Glock22 is a .22 caliber pistol. However, the Glock 22 wasn't designed for plinking at the shooting range and is a serious full-sized service pistol chambered in 40 S&W, which is a very popular law enforcement caliber in the US.
In fact, the 40 S&W was developed as a result of trials held by the FBI after the 1986 Miami shootout, in which some FBI agents had to engage armed assailants and found that their firepower wasn't sufficient. The FBI wanted something between 9mm and .45 ACP, and they settled on a shorter version of the 10mm caliber, which is known as the 40 S&W.
So, the Glock 22 is a pistol purpose-built for law enforcement in America, and many civilians carry it as a self-defense weapon as well, since the 40 S&W has more stopping power than a 9mm. As far as the capacity is concerned, the Glock 22 can carry 15+1 rounds of 40 S&W.
Glock was the first brand to introduce Polymer Frame pistols in the firearm industry, and like all their pistols, the Glock 22 also has a polymer frame and steel slide. The design of the pistol is very simple and practical.
The grip is textured for easier handling, and you also get cocking serrations on the slide. Some design features can vary depending on the generation you have, however, anything after the Gen 3 will have a rail on the frame to mount lights and lasers.
Getting into the dimensions of the pistol, the Glock22 has an overall length of 8.03 inches. It is a full-sized pistol with a 4.5-inch barrel, which has right-handed, hexagonal rifling. Its height is 5.47 inches, with the magazine inserted, and its width is 1.18 inches.
Moving on, The Glock 22 comes with a set of polymer post and notch sights. The front and rear sight have a white outline which makes it easier to quickly get the pistol on target. The stock sights on the Glock are good, however, some people do prefer aftermarket fiber optic or three-dot sights on the Glocks. Whether you like the sights or not depends a lot on your preference, however, the stock sights are decent and they get the job done quite well. However, they definitely aren't the best.
The controls on the Glock 22 are similar to any other Glock pistol, and they are very simple and intuitive. You get a button Magazine release on the left side, along with the slide release lever. On Gen 5 Glock 22s, have an ambidextrous slide release and the magazine release can be configured for both left and right-handed shooters.
The Glock 22 comes with a flat-face single-stage trigger. It is a very smooth trigger, with a crisp break and quick reset. The stock trigger has a weight of about 5 lbs, however, there are several aftermarket options in the market that have a much lower trigger pull.
As far as shootability is concerned, the simple design of the Glock 22 makes it comfortable for almost every shooter. It is a very accurate pistol, however, it may have a little more recoil than Glock 17 (9mm) and the Glock 21 (.45 ACP). This is because of the Caliber 40 S&W, which tends to be a more “Snappy” round than the 9mm and .45 ACP. The recoil impulse may be a little stronger, but the Glock 22 is still quite controllable. Moreover, the modified spring on the Gen4 and 5 Glock 22 does decrease the recoil really well and makes the pistol easier to shoot.
One of the best things about the Glock 22 is that it is a very versatile pistol. It is chambered in 40 S&W, but with a quick barrel change, you can also get it to fire the .357 Sig, which is another very effective self-defense caliber. The stock Glock 22 magazine also accepts .357 Sig rounds. Moreover, with a simple barrel swap, and a 9mm Glock magazine, the Glock 22 frame can be used to fire the 9mm round.
The immense popularity of the Glock 22 led to the release of several other Glock models chambered in 40 S&W as well. The Glock 23 is a compact version of the Glock 22, the Glock 24 has a longer slide, and the Glock 27 is a sub-compact version of the Glock 22.
In conclusion, the Glock22 is an excellent pistol. It is very reliable and is chambered in a very capable caliber with a lot of stopping power. It is a favorite of many police departments in the US and is used by FBI agents as well. The Glock 22 makes for a really good self-defense pistol as well.