The Glock 22 is one of the most widespread pistols in the United States for both civilian use and law enforcement.
Part of its appeal is the .40cal Smith & Wesson round, which is in effect a scaled-down 10mm round and serves as a nice gap in power and magazine capacity between the 9mm Parabellum and the .45ACP round. It has been the standard issue sidearm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Marshals Service, and has spread to many notable police departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department, Miami Police Department, and the Baltimore Police Department. With so many users, it can’t be wrong, right?
The Glock 22 Review
Well, let me point something out before I begin my review. Just because a lot of people with experience in what to look for in a firearm pick a certain weapon does not mean it is automatically the weapon for you. You have to account for your needs in a firearm and yours alone. The individual shooter often has a list of different requirements for their duty firearm than a police department or a military unit. Take my review with a grain of salt, check out the pistol for yourself, and compare it to others you are considering before you drop $500 or $600 on a new pistol. Having said that, here are my thoughts on the Glock 22. Keep in mind, my comments apply only to the Generation 3 pistol, as I have not shot a Generation 4 Glock 22.
The Glock series has a reputation of reliability, and that is not without reason. The Glock is the AK series of pistols: you can shoot them several times between cleanings, drop them in the mud, get dust in them, get rain on them, submerge it in water, and you can still operate it with little to no maintenance. The Glock is a workhorse, and the G22 is no different. You can go months without cleaning it and be assured that every time you pull the trigger, the weapon will go “bang.”
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Let’s talk about ergonomics. The Glock is not the most ergonomic pistol out there, but neither is it the least. To me, the 1911 is the most ergonomic pistol out there, but that is in large part due to it being a single-stack magazine weapon. That aside, I also feel that the Smith & Wesson M&P series of pistols are superior in ergonomics, but the Glock 22 has something over the M&P: finger grooves. I used to not notice the finger grooves, but now, having felt the difference, I cannot get enough of the grooves. My shooting hand fingers feel so strange without the grooves to provide a buffer between each finger. In that aspect, I love the Glock 22, and basically any full-sized Glock pistol.
That’s another factor to consider: size. I am six feet tall and I weight 270 lbs. I have the ability to semi-comfortably conceal a full-sized Glock. Others may not have this ability. So, if you are looking for a pistol for concealed carry, you may want to look into another handgun that better suits the mission of concealed carry. If you’re a bigger person or if open carry is allowed in your municipality, then size probably isn’t too big a consideration. It’s not the biggest handgun ever, but it’s combined length and thickness do provide a challenge for concealment.
Accuracy of the Glock 22
Now, let’s talk accuracy.
You will have the 1911 gurus preach up and down that nothing is as accurate as the 1911, and will commonly use that talking point to talk down against the Glock. I used to be one of those 1911 gurus. A friend of mine then pointed out to me that while the 1911 is indeed more accurate when you measure at match-grade, tactically they are indistinguishable. You can put two rounds at center mass in an acceptable grouping with the 1911, just as you can do the same with a Glock. The Glock is combat accurate, and unless you’re looking to get into IDPA or something of the sort, that is all you should be concerned about. The Glock has never given me any accuracy problems. If you think otherwise, you may want to inspect your shooting fundamentals. The vast majority of accuracy errors stem from user error.
As far as kick goes, I used to find the Glock 22’s kick a little sharp for me, but in-between owning a Glock 22 (this is the second time I’ve owned a G22), this go around, I find the kick to be very manageable. It doesn’t throw me off in any fashion, and it’s quite possible that my complaints before stemmed from user error on my part back then. Of course, this is one place where your mileage will vary greatly depending on preference and body size.
Accessories is the final aspect I will cover. Another friend told me when I was considering whether to buy a Glock or an M&P that the big downside to the M&P is the total lack of accessories for it, whereas one could throw a rock and hit a pile of the best Glock accessories. I learned that lesson the hard way before I switched from the M&P to the Glock 22. There are definitely no shortage of Glock accessories (aside from the magazines at the current moment), and if you can’t find the accessories you want in store, you can definitely find them on the internet. Ranging from holsters to new sights, from grips to holsters, and even weapon lights (all modern Glock full-size and compact models allow accessory attachments), it is incredibly easy to find pieces of kit for your Glock.
Bottom line, I find the Glock 22 to be an easy to shoot, customizable pistol with great power, solid magazine capacity, solid accuracy, and legendary reliability. At least in my case, I can see why all these federal and local law enforcement agencies have converted to the Glock 22. Remember, though, do your own research, use this review as a starting point, and find out what works best for you!
First ,if you shoot someone outside threw your front door your going to jail.2 yes it will shoot threw the door or a least most front doors. 3 I have my mine loaded to the 15 rounds it holds ,it better to have more rounds than you need than less. But some states only let you have 10 rounds in the magazine . so check your state capacity gun laws. Hope this helps. Take care.
hogghead80 I dont know if I would do it, I have a lot in my AR too…..you would be paying over 675 for the Glock + accessories, I just bought a Glock 22 (40 cal) Police trade in, although it’s 6 or 7 yrs old its perfect. Its hardly been in a holster and shows no wear of it, the night sights are still very good and it has been shot very little, the Glock smile on the barrel is barely there, I got 3, 15 round mags and a case for $349. I ran 100 rounds through today and it ran perfect and if it ever fails to do so the store I bought it from will fix it free.
I’ve had a Gen 4 for a while now. After going through many .40 cal rounds I bought a drop in 9mm barrel and a couple of 9mm magazines. The 9mm rounds are a bit less expensive than the .40 cal and give a little less recoil. So they are great for target practice and I always have the option of using the .40 cal. I also have a Taurus 9mm and I find the accuracy of the Glock in both calibers far better. For size, the Taurus would be a better carry weapon, but for accuracy, I’ll take the Glock.
Gregory Stack says
I just bought a used Glock 22 .40 today. One owner and it’s clean for most people’s tastes, I guess, but I noticed some grime in the texture of the grip.. It was a metal spring that is supposedly better than the one that comes stock.. Any info on that would be useful to me.. I’m unfortunately lefthanded and that has pretty much kept me in the AK 47 realm because the casings fly straight up and overhead, not into my face like most firearms.. I’m new to Glocks, so I’m being extra safe with it.I have a couple questions if anyone can help, thank you very much.. 1. It’s a double stack mag that holds 15, how many should I load for the rare, yet possible self defence situation inside my normal two story home? I have three mags, by the way.. 2. What purpose is the little mini trigger on the trigger? Is it a trigger slap thing? Im used to my finger getting slammed with the AK, but I’ve never fired a Glock 22 .40.. I shot a Kimber .45 and I own a Bersa. 38 for the wife.. 3. In a home defence situation, God forbid, will the Glock 22 .40 be able to shoot through a front door situation? I ask because I would be hesitant to shoot my AK from inside my house because I’d probably kill the neighbors, too.. I don’t feel like getting sued in civil court.. lol.. Thank you for the article, sir and any info for a new Glock 22 owner would be listened to very seriously.. Thanks, again.. Greg.
I have the chance at a glock 30 Gen 3 for a trade on my AR build. I have only put 120 rounds down the AR, the glock has had 100 rounds through it, it comes with 4 mags,2 10 round,1 13 round,and a 27 round mag as well as a holster. the AR I built runs flawless and it was an expensive adventure, over $800, the guy wants to give me the glock 30 with all the stuff listed as well as $125 cash. Would anyone else do that deal? Is it worth it? Should I just keep the AR?
I just purchased my first glock 22. I have always been a Taurus fan until now. I can buy a 9mm barrel or.38 which is cool. Sheet going to the range and putting 200 rounds through it and it never jammed up. The Taurus 709 jammed up entities after about 50 rounds. The only down fall is I have little kids and there is no safety. But I do have a trigger lock and is kept in a safe. But if there is am intruder I’m screwed because it would take to long to open the safe and unlock the trigger lock. Ford anyone have any suggestions to help with this issue. I have spoken with all my kids and told them gums are dangerous and when they are old enough they will learn to shoot. I teach them safety gist if they see a gun don’t touch it. But other than keeping it on me at all times I would like done input thank you
I personally wanted to sell one of my 40s and it came down to my glock 22 and walther PPQ. After a day of shooting and weighing the pros and cons, I put the glock up for consignment. Walther PPQs ergonomics was the primary deciding factor. The glock was solid, but the PPQ had a slight edge over the glock 22. Primarily because the Walther was a newer design, basically coming from an idea of throwing all current polymer pistols on a table and taking the best parts of each to design the walther. One thing I recommend, for either pistol, are talon grips, they make a huge difference.
Beetle Mann says
I own a Gen 3 Glock 22 and M&P 40, love them both, the Glock has a sharper recoil due to being lighter, I find accessories for both with no problem. I never wanted a Glock (I’m a SIG guy) But traded a gun for this one and Love it. I still shoot my SIG SP2022 .40 the best (heavier). Great Review, Thanks.
I used to have the G23 but traded it for a Glock 30, I’m not a huge fan of the 40, but love the 45. Glocks are good pistols, and very reliable, yes they love like a brick but the go bang and at the end of the day thats what counts. I also love my 1911 and Sig, a Glock is a good addition to most collections.
I love my .40 cal XDm. I have fired 9mm glocks and they were not for me. I can definitely see where people like glocks. I would try one out in .40 cal if I had an opportunity.
I have been considering a Glock 22 I have several guns in my collection but no 40 Cal. i have a Glock 21 which is an awesome gun only one jam and that was traced back to a Bent magazine lip. I have also been considering the Smith and Wesson m&p they look like they’re a really nice gun and I know S&W is top line Stuff. Also been considering one of the Smith and Wesson Sd40s they look like a pretty good gun and the price is really good to.
As someone who shoots 1911’s as well as Glocks, I think your statement was spot on. Either one outperforms me at any of the distances I would ever consider having to shoot someone. I love my G19 and will probably add a G21 and/or G30 before it’s all done. Not a big fan of the .40, but I think Glocks manage recoil better than a lot of pistols out there today. Nice write up.
You know I’m not a Glock fan, but this was a great review. Very fair, and you covered many areas Glock enthusiasts tend to just gloss over (size, ergonomics, accuracy, etc.). Nicely done, sir.