Beginning with the legendary Glock 17 — Glock’s first production pistol and one that was a wild success for the Austrian company — the Glock line has steadily expanded, in terms of both pistol sizes and chamberings offered.
Though some of the company’s compact and subcompact pistol sizes in 9mm and other chamberings are now among the most well-known of the company’s offerings, there is a new Glock that is worth a look at: the Glock 44.
Glock 44, A Short History
The Glock 44 is Glock’s only pistol chambered in .22 Long Rifle, a small but incredibly long-lived cartridge that has been in production since the mid-1880s. Despite the small chambering, Glock says that the pistol’s overall dimensions are the same as their G19 Gen5, a compact pistol chambered in 9x19mm.
The G44 has a number of features that make it stand out as a small-caliber pistol, ideal for plinking, new shooters, or both.
The G44 makes use of interchangeable backstraps that come in several sizes and ensure a solid grip regardless of hand size. The G44 also comes with standard 10-round magazines, which though a lower capacity than some of Glock’s other offerings, are aided by a loading assist tab.
Like Glock’s other pistols, the G44 is built around Glock’s Marksman Barrel, a unique design that forgoes traditional grooved barrel rifling in favor of a polygonal barrel. Glocks maintains that this design provides a better gas seal between the bullet and barrel, as well as less bullet deformation. Both of these qualities translate into reduced barrel fouling and wear as well as better downrange accuracy. In the case of the G44, the barrel is 102 millimeters, or 4.02 inches long.
The introduction of Glock’s Gen 5 models saw additional serrations added to the front of the slide, a feature that is also carried over to the G44 and provides for an additional tactile surface for shooters to grip when charging the pistol. The G44 also has a small accessory rail forward of the trigger for attaching a variety of accessories.
Also in keeping with the Glock tradition, the G44 has a metallic slide mated to a polymer frame though, in the G44’s case, the slide is a hybrid metal-polymer design.
The G44 also features Glock’s nDLC (diamond-like carbon), a metal surface treatment that results in high corrosion and scratch resistance. For a plinker like the G44 however, the coating might not be necessary.
Despite the G44’s rather diminutive caliber, the design does not sacrifice any of Glock’s reputation for quality, accuracy, and longevity. For those looking for a reliable .22 plinker, the G44 is a good choice.
Caleb Larson is a Defense Writer based in Europe. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.