When Glock announced the G44, I found myself in the “oooh, shiny” camp (as opposed to the “my Taurus TX22 laughs at thee” tribe), placed a deposit with the FLGS, and started counting down the days to the release date of January 20, 2020. I’m not going to say anything about what a horror show the rest of 2020 turned out to be, but still, man did I have absolutely no clue what was in store when I went to the store to pick up my G44.
Oh What Fun We Had
I’ve documented the numerous range visits with the G44 here, and while I’ve utterly lost track of how many rounds I’ve put through the thing, I would hazard a guess of at least a couple of thousand CCI Mini-Mags were shot out of it.
Aside from a few dud rounds over the past year of plinking (and I’ve experienced way more malfunctions with the S&W M&P 15-22) the G44 has just plain worked. It went bang when it’s supposed to, didn’t go bang when not, and it’s been easy to clean between range visits.
But Did It Really Turn Out Bad
I remember hearing horror stories of other folks' G44s not feeding or ejecting, and there’d been tales of the hybrid plastic/metal slide cracking. Fortunately I’d experienced none of that.
The G44 looks like a Glock, field strips and cleans like a Glock, feels and sights and triggers like a Glock, which may be a minus for some, but it’s been a fantastic way of practicing sight picture/alignment and trigger press with less expensive ammo over the past 12 months.
I’d say it’s pretty accurate at 10 yards, and I’m getting better with it at 25 yards:
There are more accurate .22LR pistols out there for bullseye shooting, and I’m sure at some point I’ll pony up the big bucks for a S&W Model 41. In the meantime I’ll save my pennies and keep practicing.
Given the ongoing shortage of ammunition, having this less expensive option for live fire practice has been great. As pictured below, I’ve also been using the Mantis x10 widget with the G44 for additional training feedback.