June 24, 2010

Glock G22 RTF2 40 S&W, $646

The G22 RTF2’s internal workings did not change, but its exterior had a makeover purported to improve the gun’s ergonomics.

The Rough Textured Frame Version #2 (RTF2) has more than 4,000 small raised pyramids covering the front, rear, sides, and thumbrests of the frame. We trusted Glock on this point and did not attempt to count them. These "polymids" are designed to provide additional traction and an enhanced shooting grip.

The G22 RTF2 has also received a redesign to its slide serrations. New crescent shapes replace the straight grooves of previous versions. Again, the new shapes are touted to improve the user’s grip and to also give the gun a new modern look.

Our evaluation of the Glock began when we open the plastic case containing our test weapon. Inside we were greeted with even more plastic. The weapon frame, two 14-round magazines, and a mag loader all were composed of Glock’s proprietary polymer. The Austrian company definitely knows how to mold plastic, as no flashing, seams, or other surface defects were evident on the gun or its accessories. The RTF2 was passed around to our testers without advising them of the Glock’s design changes. Its new textured finish didn’t jump out to us visually, but its tactile qualities were readily noted when the gun was handled. Its feel would be accurately described as gritty, and our initial consensus was that gloved operators would definitely benefit from its enhanced properties. Our lone concern was that it could be too aggressive for bare-handed shooters, but this question would soon be answered on the firing line.

The new slide serrations on the G22 weren’t initially recognized by some of our testers either. When the gun was passed around, our testers knew there was something amiss, but it took a few seconds before the fish-scale-shaped serrations were recognized. The serrations did indeed provide additional gripping area, but we’ve never had a particular problem cycling Glock slides. The consensus was that the new design didn’t hurt the gun’s functionality, and might prove beneficial on occasion.

Glock G22

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The G22 RTF2's Rough Textured Finish is an ergonomic improvement over previous generations. Our testers liked the additional grip and feel the new texture affords, along with its V-shaped serrations. We'd also recommend the tritium sights our model possessed. The G22 exhibited the basic functionality and reliability we've come to expect from Glock.

Aside from the aforementioned updates, the G22 RTF2 resembled its older brother in fit, form, and function. We started our evaluation of the G22 by disassembling the gun to clean and lubricate it prior to firing. Slide removal from the frame was accomplished by carefully checking that the magazine was removed, verifying the chamber was empty, and dry firing the gun to release the striker. Utilizing some finger ju-jitsu, the slide was pulled back approximately 1⁄8 inch with one hand, and then two small disassembly levers were pushed down and held by the thumb and forefinger of the other hand. The slide was then pushed forward to remove it from the frame. Once the slide was separated from the frame, the guide rod and captivated single recoil spring assembly were removed, along with the barrel assembly. The elegant simplicity of this design explains why the G22 is both popular and reliable.

Once properly readied for the range, we did some mechanical and visual checks of the gun. Like all Glocks, the G22 RTF2 has no external safeties, relying on three internal ones instead. A loaded-chamber indicator appears as a lever on the outside of the slide. This indicator bulges out slightly when a round is chambered. The Glock has no striker indicator to determine if the striker is in a cocked position. The grip on the G22 RTF2 featured finger recesses and an accessory rail with a single crosscut.

Trigger pull was measured at 7.4 pounds, the heaviest of our trio. The trigger pull of the RTF2 also stood out as the least desirable of our guns during our live-fire sessions. The G22’s trigger gave a feel of compression, then a snapping release, described as "breaking a piece of peanut brittle" by one of our testers. It was not unwieldy, but was the least desirable, according to our test group. Accuracy also lagged slightly behind its competitors with all three loads tested, achieving its best accuracy with the Winchester 180-grain FMJs, a respectable 1.2-inch group at 10 yards. As we cycled from one gun to another, our testers said that the Glock required the greatest adjustment period to "settle in" for consistent groups to be fired. This is not an indictment of the gun, however. Once acclimated to the G22, rounds were fired with decent control and repeatability. Targets could be attacked aggressively, recoil was manageable, although crisp, and we experienced some muzzle flip. The rough-textured finish of the G22 did give us an enhanced grip without being so rough as to cause blisters or abrade the shooter’s hand. The gun ate everything we fed it, and magazine changes were made without much difficulty, although the right-hand-only mag release required our lefties to make adjustments. We can readily recommend upgrading to the low-profile Trijicon night sights. Their three-dot configuration presented a good sight picture, and were smooth enough not to snag when unholstering and re-holstering. The tritium inserts gave us excellent low-light capabilities as well.

Glock G22

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The Rough Textured Frame Version #2 (RTF2) has more than 4,000 small raised pyramids covering the front, rear, sides, and thumbrests of the frame.

Our Team Said: Overall, the Glock G22 RTF2 was a solid, reliable performer, and Glock backs its product with a limited lifetime warranty. We found the new texturing to be an upgrade from the previous finish and will benefit shooters with gloves or sweaty palms. We don’t know that the changes necessarily give the G22 RTF2 a "new modern look," as the company attests. To us, the Glock still has Swingline stapler styling, but the gun succeeds with its utilitarian simplicity and function over cosmetics. Our test model did everything relatively well, but it lagged behind one of its competitors in each category we tested, so its ‘B’ grade reflects that.

Comments (15)

I have owned and shot many of Glock's models on Active Duty, and used my Glock 22 in Iraq and Afghanistan with NO malfunctions at all. When an AK47 is pointed at you, you do not have any room for error. Needless to say, I am still here. While in Afghanistan with my squadron, I have to carry the M9 and that is my least favorite gun of all. The Glock is so easy to use and field strip blindfolded, which I had to do many times on the range. NO other weapon comes close to the reliability of my Glock 22. The RTF is the best idea yet, as the heat in the desert makes for sweaty hands at times. I grew up on Glocks and I will own no other pistol.
LSC(AW) Van Winkle

Posted by: LSC VDUB | October 22, 2011 10:37 PM    Report this comment

I traded in an XD45 for an older G22 for one simple reason: it's a convertible. By that I mean with all of the aftermarket products available for Glocks, my G22 can be a G17... which is what I practice with and reload 9mm for. It's just a bit cheaper for me on supplies, but I could just as well buy the Lone Wolf Dist. 357 Sig barrel also and have 3 guns on one chassis. And yes, the 17 round G17 mags fit perfectly in the G22. Now, let me see... who else makes a convertible? Oh yeah, there's the P250 platform... for HOW MUCH?

Posted by: JMass_M14 | June 26, 2010 8:51 AM    Report this comment


Posted by: GRINGO 490 | June 25, 2010 3:07 AM    Report this comment

Is it just coincidence that a lot of newer pistols are copies of Glocks? Hmmm.

Posted by: Hal K | June 24, 2010 11:57 PM    Report this comment

I like glocks and have shot many different versions but haven't owned one personally. I have recently purchased an older model steyr m40. As far as 40 cals go it is my favorite, most accurate, and has been 100% reliable. It has all the safeties as the glock plus an easy to disengage manual safety. Glocks are easy to take down but the steyr is much easier to disassemble. I think it was designed by an ex-glock engineer. They have a new an improved steyr m40 A1. Anybody considering a 40 cal glock style gun should check them out.

Posted by: Kendal D | June 24, 2010 10:21 PM    Report this comment

Sorry JonSE, Looks like I meant to respond to wild romanian - first timer.

Posted by: Hal K | June 24, 2010 9:58 PM    Report this comment

To JonSE,
Glocks don't need any extra controls.
I routinely carry a Glock 27 and granted, a proper holster is always safest but not always practical. To avoid blowing off any goodies I installed a New York+ connector and coil spring (simple to do) with a pull of about 12 pounds. It's heavy, but it breaks like a glass rod and I'd much prefer it to your preferred 5 pound pull if I had to point it at someone under the stress of a confrontation. All it took to get used the pull is regular practice, and shouldn't we do that anyway? Also, extra controls might hinder your response in a pinch.
Concerning the drop-discharge, that's hard to imagine considering Glock's firing pin block that only disengages when the trigger's pulled. And what the hell was your friend doing driving with a loose, loaded pistol on his car seat? He's lucky he didn't shoot himself or someone else. We've got to start assuming some responsibility and remember the most effective safety is the one between your ears.
Glocks are totally reliable, accurate to combat distances and simple to use. There are fine alternatives available but none have any distinct advantages, especially for the price.

Posted by: Hal K | June 24, 2010 9:54 PM    Report this comment

glock is glock is glock that is true .....but give me a 1911

Posted by: victor martin | June 24, 2010 4:41 PM    Report this comment

I think the new grip surface should be tested to see if it clings to your shirt. If so, it could be fatal while attempting to draw a pistol that is catching on your shirt.

The 7 lb. pull must be a change Glock has put on its newer pistols as the older ones had pulls more in the range of 5 lbs. 7 lbs is unacceptable to me personally.

I wish Glock would make a model with a manual safety and also a grip safety. The current models with no manual safety make for an accident waiting to happen and often does by people who often try to stick a loaded Glock in their waistband without using a hard shell holster, the gun then quickly goes boom while in your pants. A dropped Glock often also goes off as well as anything entering the trigger guard will deactivate the ridiculous and useless trigger safety. A colleague of mine also had an accidental kaboom with his when he laid it on a car seat and then had to hit the brakes of his car suddenly. The pistol flew to the floor but caught something in the trigger guard and it of course fired by itself, again a manual and grip safety would have prevented this from happening.

Posted by: wild romanian | June 24, 2010 4:01 PM    Report this comment

I have well over 40 handguns, mostly selected by me for some desirable characteristic. I dearly love a good 1911, and own five, two extensively worked-over commercial models and three custom Caspians. Over time, I have come to shy away from pistols with complicated mechanisms and roll pins. I want simple, uncomplicated, reliable, easily-maintained designs. Glock fills that bill eminently. I carry lots of different handguns, all very good ones, and shoot and enjoy every one I own. That said, I always advise prospective new gun owners that if I could have only one gun, it would be a Glock. For me, it would be a G19, or a G26 as a second choice.

Posted by: JonSE | June 24, 2010 3:21 PM    Report this comment

A Glock is a Glock is a Glock.
Every time.

Posted by: StinsonBeach | June 24, 2010 2:12 PM    Report this comment

I carry a glock 23 every day and will trust my life to it without question, even more than my 1911

Posted by: puki biker | June 24, 2010 1:38 PM    Report this comment

I currently have a Glock 17 and love it. So Reliable. In over 5,000 rounds it jammed up once when I got my thumb in the way of the slide. OUCH!!!!! John 23 JUNE, 2010

Posted by: JOHN S | June 24, 2010 12:50 PM    Report this comment

One might want to wait for the new fourth generation model with double spring and enhanced grip. It's reported to have less flip and quicker follow up shots because of the springs, even less felt recoil.

Posted by: merv r | June 24, 2010 12:19 PM    Report this comment

I had a Glock 27 in 40 caliber and a Glock 36 in 45 ACP, both were excellent firearms. I currently own a Glock 34 in 9mm with a Barsto barrel and it is a tack driver. While I don't love my Glocks like my Brownings or Walthers or Sigs or Hk's or 1911's, the Glocks combine cheap price, light weight, high capacity, combat accuracy and robust reliability like few other handguns, combining all these features, on the market.

Posted by: Pointman | June 24, 2010 11:40 AM    Report this comment

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