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.22 LR Tag

Glock 44: The Littlest Glock

No, not little in terms of overall dimensions … but little in terms of caliber. The Glock 44 fills the long-discussed gap in the Glock line for a pistol chambered in .22 LR. It’s no surprise that this gun has the same outside dimensions as a Glock 19; many would argue that the 19 is the best gun in the lineup. The Glock 44 started shipping earlier this week, and I stumbled across one at a local shop for the going street price of $379. A completed 4473 and four Benjamins put the newest Austrian in my safe.

The Underappreciated Smith & Wesson 22A

The Smith & Wesson Model 41 has earned its place among the world’s finest .22 target pistols for good reason. And the SW22 Victory has been getting good press alongside Ruger’s Mark IV, which now joins the world of guns that can be taken down (and reassembled) by mere mortals. But what of Smith & Wesson’s forgotten 22A, which was made in their Houlton, Maine factory alongside handcuffs and other handgun parts?

The short answer: the 22A is a mixed bag, but given that new (or nearly new) examples can be found in the $200 range right now, they may be one of the best target .22LR bargains going.