Speaking of underrated guns, Slovakia’s Grand Power — at least in the U.S. of A. — is one seriously underrated brand. Don’t fret if you aren’t familiar; TTAG will be bringing you a few Grand Power reviews soon. Though they make pistols in 9mm, .40, .45, and even 10mm, I’m perhaps most excited to test out their .22 LR-chambered K22s.
My interest in the K22 is primarily due to the fact that they’re “real guns.” They aren’t watered-down, corners-cut, shrunk-in-the-dryer, pot metal rimfire versions of centerfire pistols, as so many .22 LR pistols these days are. The K22S and K22 X-TRIM are full-size pistols seemingly made to the same levels of quality as Grand Power’s centerfires, with machined steel chassis and slides and no cast or MIM parts. They’re modern, polymer semi-autos in .22 LR that are built for more than just plinking at cans a few times a year.
The K22S is the standard model. Its steel slide has received some serious lipo to drop weight and cycle .22. Same frame (complete with replaceable back straps), trigger, and controls as Grand Power’s centerfire K100.
Both models have truly ambidextrous controls, with slide stop, safety, and magazine release fully mirrored on right and left sides.
Grand Power’s double action pulls are incredibly smooth, and the ~4.3 lb single action is short and crisp. Seen above is the trigger in single action staged against the sear, then fired and at the full rearwards travel stop. It’s one of the nicest DA/SA triggers you’ll find this side of a CZ Shadow. Finding that trigger on a polymer-framed .22 LR? Fuggedaboudit!
Of course, centerfire quality comes at a centerfire price. The K22S’ MSRP is $528, and the K22 X-TRIM’s is $788. Are these lifetime-warranted guns worth it? Stay tuned for the review(s). . .