NRA Gun of the Week: Glock G44

Glock Inc. brought to market a G19-size pistol featuring the company’s Gen 5 grip profile that departs from the company’s widely-recognized center-fire designs. The Glock G44 is the first handgun from the Austrian maker designed for .22 Long Rifle ammunition. The sub-13-oz. polymer frame pistol utilizes direct blowback operation, a full-size, black, polymer frame fitted with a unique-to-Glock slide assembly.

Glock’s use of a polymer-metal hybrid slide seeks to lighten the overall weight of rimfire repeater while providing robustness to withstand use of all types of .22 Long Rifle ammunition. Given the chambering and blowback design-function of the G44, the slide racking force, aided by front and rear slide serrations, provides a user experience all can enjoy. Designed as a cross-over pistol that resembles the company’s popular G19 9 mm Luger pistol, the new G44 shares an accessory market with its predecessor. Glock employs its Safe Action trigger mechanism here, too, as well as field-strip procedures of previous models.

To add to the G44 user experience, Glock includes a 10-round load-assist magazine—tabs along side the magazine body allow users to compress the internal spring and simply slide rounds into position. Putting rounds on target is aided by an adjustable rear sight assembly that contains a white-outlined square notch. The front sight post features a single white dot. Given the vast assortment of bullets the market of .22 Long Rifle cartridge claims, Glock answered with its Marksman Barrel for optimum use of non-jacketed lead bullets.

To learn more about Glock’s G44 pistol, watch our NRA Gun of the Week Video above.


Glock G44 Specifications
Manufacturer: Glock GmbH (Austria)
Importer: Glock, Inc.
Chambering: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: striker-fired rimfire pistol
Barrel: 4.02”
Slide: blended polymer and steel
Frame: black polymer
Magazine: 10-round detachable box
Sights: adjustable rear, post front
Trigger: safe-action
Finish: matte black
Width: 1.26”
Weight: 12.6 ozs. (empty)
MSRP: $430

Additional Reading:
Glock Announces G44 .22 Long Rifle Pistol
Tested: Glock 19 Gen5 MOS FS Pistol
Range Report: Glock 48 Pistol
Glock 43 Review
Building a Custom Glock Pistol at Home

Left-side view of Glock G44 rimfire pistol on white backround with make and model text description in black and red.

Forward-facing view of Glock G44 rimfire pistol on white background.

Rear quartering view of Glock G44 rimfire pistol on white background. Image highlights rear sight, grip, slide serrations and grip.

Man with green shirt holding Glock G44 rimfire pistol in right hand and inserting black magazine with opposing hand shown on white shooting range.
 
Glock G44 magazine in hands being loaded with .22 Long Rifle ammunition.

Glock G44 rimfire pistol in shooter's hand with slide locked back with view of loaded magazine inside the gun.

Beared man with glasses, hearing protection and gray ballcap shooting a Glock G44 rimfire pistol on white shooting range. Photograph shows fire emitting from barrel of pistol.

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