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allow for four different confi gurations
to accommodate a variety of red-dot
optics, including models manufactured
by Burris, C-More, Docter, Holosun,
Leupold, Sightmark and Trijicon.
The TX22 Competition's aluminum
The original gun's
polymer guide rod
has been replaced
by a full-length
steel rod with a
captured, fl at-wire
spring on the TX22
Competition, but
the new pistol is
otherwise functionally
identical to the
standard TX22.
slide retains the same styling as the
original, but it has been lengthened
by 0.90 " . It has a topside cutout that
reaches from just behind the polymer
white-dot front sight to the rear of
the ejection port. This cutout accommodates
the scope mount and reduces
the longer slide's weight to 4.5 ozs.,
which is nearly the same as the standard model. There's still
a set of canted cocking serrations at the front of the slide,
as well as the rear, but the number of cuts up front has been
reduced from fi ve to three. The white-dot rear sight remains
fully adjustable for elevation and windage. It should be
noted that the sights are of standard height, which means
they are too short to be viewed through or co-witnessed
with the optic.
Changes to the barrel and slide assembly have increased
the pistol's weight from 17.4 ozs. to 23 ozs. before mounting
an optic. Nevertheless, the pistol still has a light,
handy and well-balanced feel. As for the lower half of the
gun, it remains unchanged from the standard model. This
is a good thing, since the sage advice of, " If it ain't broke,
don't fi x it " applies in this case.
The textured polymer frame's features and controls
have been confi gured to mimic those commonly found on
popular striker-fi red 9 mm pistols. A 1.75 " accessory rail
is molded into the dustcover for light and laser modules.
Trigger fi nger rest indentations are located intuitively just
above the trigger, and the trigger guard is shaped to act
as a fi nger rest at its front and is recessed where it meets
the grip. A smooth-faced, hinged trigger shoe takes the
place of an integral trigger-safety lever. The grip features
moderate, molded-in, wraparound texturing that is effective
without being abrasive. Two of Taurus' proprietary
16-round polymer magazines ship with the gun.
A pair of reversible mounting plates ships with the TX22
Competition, which, when used in conjunction with a steel
optics base affixed to the pistol's bull barrel, allows for the
installation of a wide variety of micro red-dots.
I outfi tted the TX22 Competition with a Holosun HS407C
red-dot for informal and formal testing at the shooting
range and shot it using .22 Long Rifl e cartridges topped with
40-gr. bullets with listed rifl e velocities ranging from a relatively
sedate 1,070 f.p.s. to a more toasty 1,435 f.p.s. These
rifl e speeds translated into pistol muzzle velocity averages
ranging from 946 f.p.s. to 1,129 f.p.s. Despite the changes in
bullet velocities, this version of the TX22 ran just as reliably
as its predecessor. It exhibited no malfunctions of any kind
during the course of testing.
Thanks to the smooth 4-lb., 12-oz., trigger, bull barrel
and Holosun optic, punching paper targets was a real
pleasure. Generally speaking, my experience has been that
using a red-dot optic can shave somewhere around a halfinch
off of my group sizes at 25 yards when compared to
the same, or similar, handguns aimed with traditional iron
sights. The TX22 Competition did even better than that.
The standard model printed an average extreme spread of
2.98 " at 25 yards when I tested it; the Competition yielded
an average extreme spread of 2.18 " .
Overall, the American-made TX22 Competition exhibited
a clean, professional level of fi t and fi nish throughout,
which is consistent with what I saw in the standard model.
This is a very likable pistol that's a great fi t for a variety of
hand shapes and skill levels. The target-grade modifi cations
increase the sticker price by about $170 when compared to
the suggested retail price of the standard version, but the
improved performance and its usefulness as a rimfi re understudy
to optics-ready defensive pistols make it a worthwhile
investment. Although .22 Long Rifl e pistols are a less-thanoptimal
choice, there are those who have their reasons for
turning to a rimfi re handgun for personal protection inside
or outside of their homes. If I were limited to a .22 pistol for
self-defense, this one would be at the top of the list.
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