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TAURUS
TX22 Competition
The standard version of the TX22 is a blowback-operated
semi-automatic that has proven to be reliable with a
variety of .22 Long Rifl e ammunition. That's no mean feat
considering how ammunition-sensitive some rimfi re pistols
can be-so making changes to the platform that might
impede its reliability was a real concern.
Defensive, center-fi re pistols with steel slides machined
to accept red-dot optics are, generally, not adversely affected
by modest variations in slide weight. Most 9 mm Luger
ammunition generates enough recoil to cycle such pistols
reliably with or without an optic mounted.
The TX22 rimfi re is a different story. The lightweight
TAURUS TX22 COMPETITION
8.15 "
slide assembly is made primarily of aluminum, with some
polymer and steel inserts. It weighs in at just 4.1 ozs.,
which is a good fi t for the reduced pressure levels produced
by .22 Long Rifl e cartridges. But, depending on the optic
used, attaching a red-dot and the required hardware could
nearly double the weight of the slide. Of course, not all
optics weigh the same amount, which would make tuning
the recoil spring a tricky business.
To resolve the problem, the company's engineers decided
MANUFACTURER: TAURUS USA, INC. (DEPT. AR), 100 TAURUS WAY, BAINBRIDGE, GA 39817;
(800) 327-3776; TAURUSUSA.COM
5.25 "
to take full advantage of the TX22's locked-barrel design.
Unlike many center-fi re pistols, the barrel of the TX22 does
not shift its position within the slide and frame when the
action is cycled. Instead, the barrel is locked in place against
the same aluminum block that supports
the pistol's takedown-lever extension
and two of the three sets of short slide
rails. This provides the stability of a
frame-mounted barrel while allowing
it to be easily removed along with the
slide for cleaning. It also provides the
foundation needed to support an optic
and mounting system with the right
modifi cations.
At the heart of the TX22 Competition
MAGAZINE: 16-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX
5.44 "
ACTION TYPE: BLOWBACKOPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC
RIMFIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING: .22 LONG RIFLE
SLIDE: 7075 ALUMINUM;
HARDCOAT ANODIZED
FRAME: MATTE-BLACK POLYMER
BARREL: BULL BARREL;
1/2X28 TPI MUZZLE
RIFLING: SIX-GROOVE,
1:16 " RH TWIST
SHOOTING RESULTS TX22 COMPETITION (25 YARDS)
ENERGY
.22 LONG RIFLE
CARTRIDGE
BROWNING BPR
40-GR. CPHP
CCI CLEAN HIGH
VELOCITY
40-GR. PCLRN
FIOCCHI PERFORMANCE
SHOOTING DYNAMICS
40-GR. LRN
VEL. @
MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)
1,129 AVG.
22 SD
1,036 AVG.
21 SD
946 AVG.
10 SD
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
(FT.-LBS.)
113
95
79
1.90
2.47
1.76
SIGHTS: WHITE-DOT; FULLY
ADJUSTABLE REAR,
FIXED FRONT
TRIGGER: STRIKER-FIRED;
4-LB., 12-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.25 "
WEIGHT: 23 OZS.
ACCESSORIES:
OWNER'S MANUAL, HARD
CASE, THREAD PROTECTOR,
TWO OPTICS PLATES,
EXTRA MAGAZINE,
MAGAZINE LOADER, LOCK
MSRP: $485
is a new bull barrel confi gured with
target shooting in mind. The length and
diameter have been increased from 4.1 "
to 5.25 " and 0.40 " to 0.60 " , respectively.
Designers eliminated the need for
a muzzle-device adapter with this model
by extending the threaded barrel 0.25 "
past the nose of the slide. A thread
protector is provided. The original polymer
guide rod has been replaced with
a full-length steel rod with a captured,
fl at-wire spring.
The squared-off portion of the
GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
SMALLEST LARGEST
2.22
2.71
2.11
AVERAGE
2.03
2.59
1.91
2.18
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED NEXT TO A LABRADAR
CHRONOGRAPH AT THE MUZZLE. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS
AT 25 YARDS FIRED FROM A BENCH REST WITH A HOLOSUN HS407C. TEMPERATURE: 49° F.
HUMIDITY: 36%. ABBREVIATIONS: CPHP (COPPER-PLATED HOLLOW POINT), LRN (LEAD ROUND
NOSE), PCLRN (POLYMER-COATED LEAD ROUND NOSE), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
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barrel around the chamber has been
lengthened from 1.5 " to 2.1 " to
support a 1.2 " -wide and 2.15 " -long
steel scope base. This removable
base is secured to the barrel via two
Torx-head screws. The front half of
the base is milled to accept a pair of
reversible mounting plates that are
provided with the gun, while the rear
half of the mount sports three sets
of screw ports. The plates and ports
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