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Military and law enforcement officers the world over put their lives on the line every day, which requires a service pistol that is safe, reliable, accurate and easy to use. It should come as no surprise then that approximately 65 percent of law enforcement officers in the United States choose GLOCK, as those qualities are the hallmarks of the brand.
GLOCK, named for its founder Gaston Glock, is an Austrian-based arms manufacturer that dates back to 1963. Famous for its line of striker-fired polymer-framed pistols, GLOCK also manufactures a wide range of knives, entrenching tools and tactical apparel. As noted, GLOCK pistols are a favorite among domestic and foreign national armed forces, law enforcement agencies and civilians – revered for their simplicity and dependability, among other things. Though the original GLOCK 17 debuted just 20 years ago, the name carries a strong reputation that is among the most trusted in its industry. Now, with the introduction of the Gen4 line, GLOCK seeks to build upon their reputation for perfection.
As noted, the GLOCK 22 Gen4 is a striker-fired, semi-automatic pistol that is chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge. The GLOCK 22 features a 4.48-inch barrel and an overall length of 7.95 inches. Weighing in at just 22 3/4 ounces unloaded, its light weight combines perfectly with an ergonomic profile that makes carrying this full-sized pistol a non-issue. A trigger pull of approximately 5 1/2 pounds is joined by a trigger travel of just half an inch to provide for an unmatched performance right out of the box. You may also be pleased to hear that the pistol has an effective range of 50 m, which is well over the typical range for self-defense, and also features adjustable sights that consist of a ramped front sight and a notched rear sight – perfect for acquiring targets quickly and easily. As noted, each pistol comes with three 15-round magazines and an accessory rail located on the underside of the frame.
Like all other GLOCK pistols, the GLOCK 22 Gen4 features the “safe action” system, which consists of three passive, independently-operating mechanical safeties. What truly makes the pistol special, however, are the redesigned components characteristic of the Gen4 line. The first is the inclusion of a modular backstrap system, which includes three interchangeable backstraps that allow shooters to instantaneously modify their pistols to adapt it to their specific needs. An enlarged reversible magazine catch makes the GLOCK pistol user-friendly for both left- and right-handed shooters. Internally, the original recoil spring has been replaced with a dual recoil spring assembly, which both reduces felt recoil while extending the overall life of the assembly. Finally, the stippling on the frame has been completely overhauled. The new Rough Textured Frame (RTF) surface has been redesigned to offer the shooter enhanced grip traction. This stippling is found on both the grip and each interchangeable backstrap.
Consider the GLOCK 22 Gen4 pistol for:
- Law enforcement
- Personal protection
- Recreational shooting
- Much more…
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I've only put 300 rounds through my new G22/4, but couldn't be more pleased with it's accuracy and dependability. I have very large hands and being able to add the +4 backstrap made quite a bit of difference in my ability to be consistently on target..