American Rifleman’s Mark Keefe had a chance to fire a pre-production model of Taurus USA’s new .22 Long Rifle pistol, the TX22, just prior to the 2019 SHOT Show, and was convinced Taurus had a winner on hand. As such, he named it one of his “Editors' Picks” for 2019, describing his sample model of the U.S.-made pistol as “running like a sewing machine.”
The polymer-frame pistol has modern lines, and its low bore axis and a generous beavertail “really let the shooter get into the gun,” he said. Height is 5.44", overall length is 7.06", barrel length is 4.10" and the weight is 17.3 ozs., thanks to its anodized-aluminum slide. It comes with a bilateral manual safety at the frame’s rear, and the magazine release is reversible for lefties. Sights are three-dot with a dovetailed front and a windage- and elevation-adjustable, low-profile rear. Magazine capacity is 16 rounds, and that’s with a width of only 1.25". The pistol’s best feature, though, is its crisp, single-action trigger—called the Taurus Pittman Trigger System—that breaks at about 4 lbs. with a short reset.
Now that he's had a chance to fire a newly released production model of the Taurus TX22, what does Mark Keefe has to say about this new Taurus pistol now? Find out in the First Look video.