Glock 22 Review
What We Think of the Glock 22:
The full size (standard) Glock 40 caliber. Feels great in your hand. Perfect balance and size adds to stability in firing, especially rapid fire. Yes, we like it. A lot.
What Its Good For:
Like it's cousins in the compact and sub compact size, the .40 caliber offers a versatile handgun with a capable, powerful punch in takedown power. It's accurate and always shoots with reliability that is inherent in Glocks. The standard "full size" is super popular with law enforcement and enthusiasts alike. You can also change it out to a 9mm easily just by swapping out the barrel.
Glock 22 Details:
Standard G22 Specs and photo's (click for larger view on each)
G22 Hands On Editor and User Review:
Coming it at 5.43 inches in height, the standard size Glock comes in almost a full 1/2 inch taller than it's compact cousin the Glock 23.
I was used to shooting the G23 and was curious how different the standard size would be over the compact and sub compact models I was more used to. The result? I liked it — and in many ways may prefer it as the size fits my hand perfectly and the balance of the gun just fits me.
Hitting targets at 12, 20, and 25 feet was a blast, and the slightly larger frame height allowed for slightly better grip control and recovery during rapid fire. Granted, there probably aren't many real world scenario's where that will be needed, but you know — you don't need it until you do… And if you do, the G22 will be your best friend.
About the only thing not in the Glock 22's favor is that it's less ideal for use as a concealment weapon. Please don't inundate me with comments that you use it as your C&C handgun without problems. I'm not saying it can't be used for that purpose, I'm just saying a full size is less ideal than a compact or subcompact in my opinion. Especially if you're wearing it for 8-12 hours or more.
Recoil on the Glock 22 was about the same as the Glock 23, which is to say it's pretty manageable. It's more than my Sig 9mm, but nothing concerning — my wife and 13-year old son have no problems either.
G22 Barrel Conversion Kits to 9mm
Like all Glocks, you're in for a treat when it comes to field strip and change out the barrel. There's simply no faster or easier gun in the world to quickly strip down and swap out than a Glock. Compare that to my Smith & Wesson and it's a night and day comparison.
When I first had it showed to me at our gun shop in Parker, it was demonstrated by a 16-year old kid who worked there for his dad. I was amazed, he had it opened and the barrel removed in less than 20 seconds, including the spring.
Changing out to use a 9mm (I'm cheap and love to save on ammo costs) is a breeze. I got mine for about $100, you can pay a little more for a nice barrel like a KKR (made in USA thank you…) or a cheaper knock off for around $75. It's so easy a child can do it – mine has.
Gen 3 or Gen 4 Glock 22 Models
Glock currently produces both the Generation3 and newer Generation 4 Glock 23 models. The size is essentially the same, but the Gen 4 has some extra versatility in the form of bonus add-ons, like hand grips in different sizes. Performance wise and from others we've quizzed there's no material difference in actual performance.
GlockYourself Final Thoughts
You'll fall in love with the Glock 22. For everything other than conceal & carry, there's nothing not to like. The .40 and .45 caliber Glocks are the top choice due to knockdown power, and the full size gives you unparalleled control and grip options.
The Gen4 Glock 22 offers variable grips that are interchangeable, and you can get most new G22's for about $500. It's a gun that will last you a lifetime. Go get one.