One of the first stops we made when we got to the SHOT Show range this morning was the GLOCK bay. Like just about everyone else, we wanted to shoot the new GLOCK G44 .22LR pistol.
The new handgun drew plenty of attention as you can tell from the background noise in this video. GLOCK pro shooter Michelle Viscusi was nice enough to give us the quick elevator pitch on the new rimfire G-gun.
It really is the same size and has the same general feel as the uber-popular GLOCK 19 9mm. It’s just a lot lighter. As you’d expect, GLOCK lightened the slide considerably to ensure the blowback operating system reliably cycles the action given the reduced oomph that’s produces by a .22LR round going bang.
The G44 is easy-racking and feather-light compared to the G19, which weights a full nine ounces more (comparing both without their magazines). It also shot flat and extremely well in the limited amount of time we had with the pistol (there were a lot of people in line waiting to shoot it, too.
We’ll have one in our hands soon for a full review. Don’t touch that dial.