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learned to shoot with .22 LR rimfire
simply because I couldn't afford to learn
with center-fire guns. I've been a fan of
the .22 LR round ever since, and I clearly
own more .22 LRs than any other caliber.
The .22 LR is the perfect learning tool, but
when I was learning to shoot in the distant
1960s, there were almost zero guns that
truly replicated the center-fire versions.
That world has passed. Now we have truly
excellent rimfire trainers for teaching the
fundamentals in everything from selfdefense, to precision and action shooting.
Having said this, in this mix of rimfire
trainers, there was a void. Arguably the most
popular modern handgun is the Glock series
of polymer framed, striker-fired pistols. No one
could say that Glock hasn't influenced modern
handguns more than any other design since
their introduction. Glock pistols aren't about
novelty, or style. Glocks are designed and
marketed with function as the primary goal
and whether you like them or not, Glocks work.
While rimfires are fun to shoot and great
for training, they aren't suitable for work. It
would be accurate to say that the Glock G44
($430, Glock.com) is the first Glock pistol
introduced that won't be carried as a working
gun-unless you consider training as work.
Since part of what I do to earn my bread
is teaching shooting, I suppose the Glock
G44 could be considered a working gun. It's
certainly something I've thought Glock should
introduce. One of the most popular pistols
for IDPA competition is the G19 and the G44
is dimensionally identical, making it an ideal
training and practice gun.

The G44 rear sight is adjustable, and
one of the few visual features that
distinguish it from center-fire Glocks.
The elevation adjustment is a simple
cam that adjusts from the side.

The Glock G44 isn't just externally similar
to the standard Glock design, it is a .22 LR
rimfire version of the standard Glock design.
It operates exactly like the center-fire guns, it
field strips identically to the center-fire guns
and with identical external dimensions it fits
in the exact same holsters as the Glock G19.
Converting the Glock design to operate
with the diminutive .22 LR required some
operational changes. First, even though the
barrel isn't attached to the frame as with
most rimfire semi-automatics, it doesn't
unlock on firing. There is no cam under the
barrel to pull the barrel down out of battery.
There is a double captured recoil spring,
but the barrel doesn't tilt up on firing. There
isn't enough energy in the .22 LR round
to accomplish this. In fact, the weight of a

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