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“I have had three different Glock Model 22 pistols in...”

Written on: 08/10/2007 by DJR (10 reviews written)

Good Points
Reliable, accurate, dependable, easy to clean.

Bad Points
Must press trigger to field strip, sometimes sights are an issue, somewhat finicky with older magazines.

General Comments
I have had three different Glock Model 22 pistols in the last eight years. Overall I rate them very high. I utilize one daily for concealed carry and work purposes. I have never had one suffer a malfunction; failure to feed, failure to eject, double feed, stovepipe, etc. I have used numerous brands of ammunition, bullet types, and weights.

The first time I tried a 25 yard ten round slow fire string from the prone position, I could cover nine of the holes with my thumb, and the tenth was just outside the rest. Very accurate and certainly more than enough for a tactical weapon. On rapid fire the pistol would function as fast as I could press the trigger. The trigger system takes some getting used to. Glock calls it a "safe action" system. It is halfway between a single action and a double action. Mine has 5 lbs. of trigger pull. Once the slack is taken out, the trigger is crisp and breaks cleanly. The trigger reset is quick and positive, allowing for immediate follow-up shots.

I always install the extended slide catch. The pistol was initially designed for the off-hand slingshot method of initiating forward slide travel once a fresh magazine was loaded. I prefer to to use my strong hand thumb to release the slide just as my off hand slams the fresh magazine into the well. It saves fractions of a second, but those may save your life.

The Glock 22 holds 15 rounds of .40 S&W in a magazine. Add one for the chamber, and you have 16 potent rounds on tap. The magazine catch is quite pronounced and easy to depress. The one drawback that I sometimes run across is that older manufacture magazines can hang up in the magazine well, requiring the off hand to strip them from the weapon. Newer manufacture magazines seem to jettison themselves readily.

I did have one problem with the first Glock 22 I owned. The pistol was shooting approximately 10 inches high at 25 yards. After swapping the rear sight for the lowest profile sight available, it still shot 6 inches high at 25 yards. Glock replaced the entire pistol at no cost. I always swap out the factory sights with Trijicon night sights. These sights contain small amounts of tritium, affording a sight picture even in total darkness. One must be tactically aware of these sights though, as they can give away your position to an adversary.

The grip is not quite as ergonomic as I would like. My 1911 style pistols are much more to my liking. The Glock feels more akin to a wooden block clutched in my hands. The plastic grips can get quite slippery in wet weather, but this can be remedied with after-market rubber grip covers or skate board tape on the grip panels.

The weapon rides easily in a hip style holster and hides readily under a jacket. For warmer weather I use an inside the pants holster and my shirt conceals the weapon nicely.

The Glock field strips easily. The only thing I do not like about the take-down procedure is that the trigger must be pressed before the slide can be removed from the frame. If one is religious about safety, it is not a problem. However, I have seen distracted or complacent shooters have negligent discharges with this pistol; one even lost a finger.

Overall this is a well constructed weapon that is reliable and accurate. The best thing I can say about the Glock is that, when I press the trigger, I know it will go "bang," every time.

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