At the risk of sounding like “men are from Mars, etc.,” while my wife was at the movies watching ‘Little Women,’ I went to the range and punched a bunch of holes with the new Glock G44, which is basically a G19 re-engineered to shoot .22 LR.
The most obvious first impression of the G44 is how light it is. I think I’ve handled squirt guns heftier than this. It’s a bit disconcerting for me to go from heavier polymer pistols (e.g., S&W M&P M2.0 Compact 9mm) to this; somewhat analogous of going from a 5.56 AR to an M&P 15-22 which is also mostly plastic. I can tangent to a rant about plastics vs. metals and preconceived notions of “solidness” and whatnot, but I won’t. ;)
Most of the 200 holes documented here were made with CCI Mini-Mags at mostly 10 yards, with some at 3/5/7 to get a feel for the G44. I’ve been dry fire practicing at home with a laser cartridge at 7 yards, and I’d started doing more range practice at 10 with the 9mm.
The trigger is exactly what I remember the G19 that I used in a handgun class. Maybe it’s all that plastic (or even more plastic in the G44), but there’s kind of a popgun feel which messes with my newbie-to-firearms brain a bit. Like having an episode of imposter syndrome behind the trigger; “Am I really shooting a gun? It’s so… plasticky. And a .22, while the dudes in the other lanes are blasting away with 9mm’s and .40’s… blah blah blah.”
These are not the tightest groups by any measure, but that’s a function of the human working the machine and less of the hardware (i.e., I ain’t that great of a shot, and I’m working to improve). And yes, I’m a sucker and printed the G44 target that I’d downloaded from Glock. No, I’m not Instagramming that.
At the end of this outing, there were zero failures with the 200 rounds that went through the G44, and the innards of the Glock didn’t seem as grungy as what I’ve seen in my other .22 LR’s after a hundred rounds of CCI.
One of my favorite lines from an anime comes to mind: “Did you have fun, sir?” Yeah, I’d say I definitely did. The almost complete lack of recoil and reduced noise sort of acted like a low tide that showed how recoil-reactive I am, and that’ll get me to adjust and practice accordingly. I think this is a good training tool that’s also fun to use. Lower ammo costs don’t hurt, either.