For the first time in a long time Glock has announced a handgun in a new chambering, well, it’s a rather old chambering, but new for the gunmaker.
The Glock 44, which has the same frame size as the popular 9mm Glock 19, will be chambered in .22 LR.
That’s right, a rimfire Glock is around the corner, and since it’s the same size as the G19, it will work with G19 holsters and provide a great training tool for new shooters and for concealed carriers who want to save some cash on training ammo.
The company says the Glock 44 has a “unique hybrid steel-polymer slide and mirrors the iconic Glock 19 frame size for optimal performance for new shooters, sport shooters, and everyone in between.”
“The way the G44 mirrors the iconic G19 is great and all levels of shooters will benefit from owning and practicing with the G44,” said Retired Marine Gunner Christian Wade in a release. Wade helped test the new handgun in a variety of climates and adverse conditions.
“I subjected the G44 to a variety of adverse conditions and it holds its own with every other GLOCK ever produced,” Wade said.
The company also has a fairly big boast attached to the Glock 44: that it will function to “near perfection” with all types of .22 LR ammunition.
Even the best rimfire semi-autos that feed from box magazines will have hiccups with certain ammo, mostly because a design intended for rimless cartridges has to be forced to work with the rimmed .22LR or other rimfire cartridges. Some have gotten close to perfecting it, and rotary magazines are a bit more reliable—but Glock promises a performance from its G44 equal to that of its notoriously reliable pistols.
“While many .22 LR firearms exhibit tendencies to function differently with particular ammunition types, the G44 pistol functioned to near perfection,” said Bryan Peterson, Manager of Product Concept Development at Federal Ammunition. Peterson was also a partner included in early testing and extended his expertise of ammunition through testing the G44 with thousands of rounds and a large variety of ammunition.
The G44 features many of the latest enhancements seen in the 5th Generation of GLOCK pistols such as the ambidextrous slide stop lever and reversible magazine catch, the GLOCK Marksman barrel (GMB) for increased accuracy and performance, adjustable back straps, and adjustable rear sights.
The G44 also features a ghost hole loaded chamber indicator and comes standard with two 10-round load-assist magazines.
The Glock 44 will be available January 20.
Glock has also announced that a threaded barrel for the Glock 44 will be sold separately and will be available when the handgun is available, making the gun suppressor ready.
- Caliber: .22 LR
- Magazine Capacity: 10 Rounds
- Barrel Length: 4.02″
- Weight: 16.40 oz. (loaded)
- Overall Length: 7.28″
- Slide Length: 6.85″
- Overall Width: 1.26″
- Height with Mag: 5.04″
- MSRP: $430