As readers of this website may know, I’m a fan of polymer framed pistols such the Springfield XD, and those manufactured by Glock. This is my review of the Glock 22, which is chambered for my favorite pistol caliber, .40 S&W.
The Glock 22 is a polymer framed pistol, chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge. The Glock 22 measures 7.3 inches long, 5.4 inches tall, and almost 1.2 inches wide. Weighing about 23 ounces empty, this is a rather lightweight pistol. Magazine capacity options are either 10, 15, or 17 rounds. Rather than using a traditional hammer, such as the Springfield 1911 employs, the Glock 22 is hammerless with an internal striker. The build quality on this Glock lives up to what people have come to expect from all Glocks.
A Little Brother (The Glock 23)
The Glock 23, which is more compact, is also chambered for .40 S&W. This “little brother” of the Glock 22 shares many of the same parts as the Glock 22. Indeed, given the similarity between the various Glock models, much of this review (except the kB! issue discussed below) applies to almost every Glock pistol.
Like other Glocks, the Glock 22 uses Glock’s Safe Action trigger system. This system involves a trigger safety, which requires that the trigger be pulled from the center in order to fire. This way, a trigger that is caught on a holster, clothing, etc. is less likely to result in an unintentional discharge. The Safe Action system also includes a striker block, which prevents the striker from moving forward to fire the gun until the trigger has been pulled back. Finally, the striker itself is kept only partially cocked, until the trigger is pulled by the user. There is no other external safety.
Ergonomics & Grip Angle
The Glock 22′s design is similar to that of other Glocks, in that the grip angle is a bit steeper than that used by some other manufacturers. I don’t find this steep grip angle to be a problem per se, but I do prefer the grip angle on pistols such as the Springfield XD. That said, I have no problem firing the Glock 22, and there are plenty of people who feel the opposite way then me, preferring the Glock grip angle. The finger indentations on the current generation of Glock 22 don’t bother me, although I know of some people who dislike them, and prefer a grip without such indentations.
Firing the Glock 22
There is not all that much I can say about firing the Glock 22, which is a good thing, because it means the firing was uneventful. Accuracy was fine, and I’m sure that for 99% of the people reading this review, almost any handgun won’t be the limiting factor insofar as accuracy is concerned. Since this is a relatively light weight pistol, the recoil was a bit more brisk than with heavier pistols chambered for this same caliber. That is not to say that recoil was in any way a problem, and I enjoy shooting the Glock 22. Even my somewhat-recoil-sensitive girlfriend enjoyed the Glock 22.
Some people have reported a “kB!” with their Glocks chambered for calibers larger than 9mm, such as .40 S&W or .45 ACP. What is a kB! ? It is a shortened form of “kaBOOM!”, which refers to when a Glock experiences a sudden and catastrophic failure in the cartridge casing’s wall, causing the hot gases to escape from the chamber. The result is often a destroyed gun, and sometimes an injured shooter. Some people blame the partially unsupported chamber in large caliber Glocks for this issue. Glock asserts that their guns are safe, and that it is users firing either hand loaded ammunition with too much gunpowder, or improper (unjacketed lead) ammunition. In any event, failures such as a kB! are quite rare, and can certainly happen to guns other than Glocks. I wouldn’t allow such a concern to prevent me from purchasing a Glock chambered for .40 S&W, 10mm Auto, or .45 ACP.
The Glock 22 (and Glock 23 too) is a fine pistol, chambered for .40 S&W. Those, like me, who prefer polymer framed pistols will be especially happy with the Glock 22. While I personally prefer the Springfield XD, mainly due to the grip safety and shallower grip angle, the Glock 22 is certainly worth considering.