I like the Glock G44. It’s fun to shoot because of its light recoil, good accuracy, and inexpensive ammo, and I get quite the bang for the buck at the range. On the other hand, the humble .22 LR cartridge remains in the firearms kiddie pool as far as the vast majority of shooters are concerned regarding self-defense, and I don’t think you can go competing in the usual pistol leagues with the G44.
With all that said, the marketing angle of the G44 is for new shooters and those wanting to practice inexpensively, with the implication that those neophytes will graduate to the deeper end of the pool with a G19 (and then onwards to the wild, wide world of Glockdom!). To explore this hypothesized complementary nature of the G44 and G19, I alternated between the two today at the range.
The comparison of the two Glocks went like this:
- Load and fire the G44 with 5 rounds at a specific distance
- Load and fire the G19 with 5 rounds at the same distance
- Load and fire the G44 with 5 rounds at the same distance
The G44 got more trigger time only because of the fact that I got twice* as many rounds to play with than the G19.
Here’s the first batch from both Glocks at 7, 10, and 15 yards:
I think they’re comparable, although things get pretty scattered at 15 yards. Here’s the second batch, this time at 10 and 20 yards:
Again, they’re somewhat close, although what on earth at 20 yards?! It’s interesting that the G19 tended to go far to the left at that distance, as seen with the 15 yard attempts. Maybe my optometrist is trying to send me a message via telepathy.
As observed elsewhere on this blog, the most immediate difference between the Glocks is the weight. The G19 has almost a half-pound more heft than that G44 which feels like a feather in comparison. The trigger pulls are basically identical, although the G19 has had a lot more rounds put through it. The recoil is definitely greater on the G19; I did have to reacquire the target between shots a bit more (which isn’t saying much, as the G44 barely twitches when firing). And more noise, naturally, but nothing that two sets of hearing protection can’t mitigate.
The proper scientific conclusion to this experiment would be to claim insufficent data. One might argue that 150 rounds in about an hour is barely warming up, but on the other hand, I wasn’t feeling that flush with lucre this morning, so this is what happens when you do science on a shoestring. A nice shoestring, but still a shoestring.
To wrap up this visit to the PSTC, I put 10 rounds downrange with the G44:
While less busy than I’ve seen so far this year, there were a number of other folks punching holes with me today:
* Some of the targets got fewer shots with the G44, as I’d obviously had 10 rounds left over to perforate the “Glock Branded, Social Media-ready, G44 target.” I ain’t recounting, ain’t auditing jack, ‘cos I don’t care. Feh.