Glock Model 44 11921822 22 LR

The G44 is a great training and transitional gun for those with a G19. It is a compact-size pistol that is fun to shoot without the recoil or expense of a G19. We wish Glock provided a higher-capacity magazine and a muzzle adapter. This gun did not exhibit the malfunctions of a sample we tested in the June 2020 issue, thus the higher grade.




Our sample G44 arrived in the typical Glock hard case with two magazines, small screwdriver, cleaning rod and wire bore brush, and four modular backstraps. It incorporates Fifth Generation pistol features — Marksman Barrel, flat front grip strap, modular back straps, front slide serrations, rounded muzzle, ambidextrous slide stop, flared magazine well, and reversible magazine catch. The G44 also has an adjustable rear sight, but neither screw is marked with an indication arrow. Another gun with adjustable mystery sights. The elevation screw is farthest to the rear, and the windage screw is closer to the muzzle. Turn the windage screw clockwise to go right, counter clockwise to go left.

Action Type Blowback semi-auto, striker fired
Overall Length 7.28 in.
Overall Height 5.04 in.
Maximum Width 1.26 in.
Weight Unloaded 14.64 oz.
Weight Loaded 16.40 oz.
Barrel 4.02 in.
Capacity 10
SlideBlack, steel/polymer
Slide Retraction Effort 12.0 lbs.
Frame Black polymer
Frame Front Strap Height 2.25 in.
Frame Back Strap Height 2.75 in.
Grip Textured polymer
Grip Thickness (max) 1.20 in.
Grip Circumference (max) 5.75 in.
Front Sight Post, white dot
Rear Sight Drift adjustable, white U
Trigger Pull Weight 5.75 lbs.
Trigger Span 2.76 in.
Magazines 2; polymer
Manual Safety Trigger
Warranty 1 year
Telephone (770) 432-1202
Made In USA

On one hand, we felt the G44 is well suited for inexpensive plinking and as a trail gun, but it is also sized for serious training for those who use a G19. The G44 is similar in size to the G19 Gen5, and it can use the same holster and magazine pouches as a G19. That means users do not need to change out a holster and mag pouches when moving up to a 9mm. The G44 breeds a familiarity and natural transition into a G19. There are differences between the G44 and G19. The most obvious is the G44’s weight of 14.64 ounces unloaded; an empty G19 Gen5 weighs 23.63 ounces. Width of the G44 is 1.26 inches, the G19 is 1.34 inches wide. Both pistols are 7.28 inches long and 5.04 inches high. Dry-firing a G19 and then a G44, we could not tell the difference in triggers. The G44 has a typical Glock trigger.

If it weren’t for the G44’s weight, you would think you were holding a G19. This grip is almost twice as wide as the P17 grip.

The G44 operates using a simple blowback mechanism like the G25 and G28 380 Auto pistols built for foreign markets. All other Glocks available in the U.S. use a short recoil-operated, locked-breech system. With such a large assortment of 22 LR ammunition available today, Glock designed the G44 with what they call a hybrid slide to reduce slide mass and increase reliability. The hybrid slide is made of both steel and polymer.

The G44 magazine is different from the typical Glock magazine. G44 magazines incorporate ridges on the back of the magazine body. These ribs give the user tactile feedback, which identifies it as a rimfire magazine, not a centerfire magazine. The back edge of typical Glock centerfire magazines in the U.S. are smooth surfaces.

Field-stripping the G44 follows the same procedure as all Glock Gen5 pistols. Remove the magazine, press the trigger to release the striker, pull back about quarter-inch on the slide, pull down on the takedown lever, and the slide will slide forward and off the receiver. Most of the internal firing mechanism is different from Glock’s center-fire pistols.

We found the G44 magazine simple to load and easy on our thumbs. Holding down the follower button on the magazine did not require a lot of effort. We noted the magazine only holds 10 rounds, so the pistol can be sold in restrictive states. We hope Glock uses all the space of the double-stack magazine to create a 20-round version soon. The slide-retraction effort was similar to a centerfire Glock’s and required 12 pounds of hand effort.

We started to throw lead downrange by first using a range bag as a rest to test the accuracy of the G44 with target set at 15 yards. This is not a performance target pistol, and that’s fine because the G44 performed quite well for not being a target pistol. Our best five-shot group measured 0.44 inches with Federal AutoMatch Target. We would be pretty happy with this except we had numerous light strikes with this ammo, as mentioned earlier. The Winchester ammo had a few failures to feed, but when we got it to run, our best group measured 1 inch. With Remington Thunderbolt, our best was a 0.68-inch group and a 0.57-inch group with the Blazer. We had no issues with these two brands of ammo. All ammo showed very acceptable accuracy. Recoil was minimal, and some users thought the grip had too much girth. The G44 is based on the double-stack G19, and some thought a 22 LR based on the G48 or one of the other single-stack models would be great addition.

The G44’s rear sight is the standard Glock adjustable rear sight dovetailed in the slide. We like the contrast of the white notch and white dot better than the three white dots on the TX22.

Because the controls are sized like a G19, it was easy to run the G44. The magazine catch is oversized and easy to manipulate, and the slide stop was easy to access and manipulate during a reload.

Our Team Said: The G44 is lightweight, accurate, and easy to operate. The trigger was typical Glock and offered consistency. The cost is high compared to the others, but if you are a Glock fan or G19 owner, this is a great, low-cost training option because the two pistols are similar and use the same holster and magazine pouches. We knocked the Glock down a half grade because did not come with a suppressor adaptor like the KelTec and Taurus. You can get a dedicated threaded barrel at the Glock store ($155;

Range Data

To collect accuracy data, we fired five-shot groups from a bench using a rest. Distance: 15 yards with the with open sights. We recorded velocities using a ProChrono digital chronograph set 15 feet from the muzzle.
Federal AutoMatch Target 22 Long Rifle 40-grain LRNGlock G44KelTec P17Taurus TX22
Average Velocity 915 fps913 fps912 fps
Muzzle Energy74 ft.-lbs. 74 ft.-lbs.74 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group 0.44 in.0.83 in.0.51 in.
Average Group0.63 in.0.93 in.0.71 in.
Remington Thunderbolt 22 Long Rifle 40-grain LRNGlock G44KelTec P17Taurus TX22
Average Velocity 945 fps919 fps921 fps
Muzzle Energy88 ft.-lbs. 75 ft.-lbs.75 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group 0.68 in.0.61 in.0.43 in.
Average Group0.70 in.0.91 in.0.66 in.
Winchester Xpert HV 22 Long Rifle 36-grain HPGlock G44KelTec P17Taurus TX22
Average Velocity 924 fps988 fps991 fps
Muzzle Energy68 ft.-lbs. 78 ft.-lbs. 79 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group 1.00 in.0.98 in.0.75 in.
Average Group 1.06 in.1.65 in.1.04 in.
CCI Blazer 22 Long Rifle 38-grain LRNGlock G44KelTec P17Taurus TX22
Average Velocity 1016 fps989 fps999 fps
Muzzle Energy87 ft.-lbs. 83 ft.-lbs. 84 ft.-lbs.
Smallest Group 0.57 in.1.16 in.0.75 in.
Average Group 0.67 in.1.22 in.0.87 in.
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Robert Sadowski
Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including,,, and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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