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Whether you like it or not, Glock has a rich heritage that has launched the company into superstardom and allowed them to become the world's foremost pistol manufacturer. It probably has something to do with their reputation for high-quality pistols that are marked by their safety, reliability, accuracy and ease-of-use – all qualities that cannot be fairly contested and probably account for much of why approximately 65 percent of law enforcement agencies in the United States outfit their officers with Glocks. And as if that were not enough, Glock is also relied upon by a number of foreign national armed forces, law enforcement agencies and private security agencies worldwide. More often than not, law enforcement agencies choose the Glock 22.
As noted, the Glock 22 is a striker-fired, semi-automatic polymer pistol that is chambered in .40 S&W. The Glock 22 features a 4.49-inch barrel and an overall length of 8.03 inches. All other dimensions are identical to the original Glock 17. Weighing in at just 22.93 ounces, its light weight combines perfectly with an ergonomic shape that makes carrying the pistol extremely comfortable. The pistol has an effective range of 50m and 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 two 15-round box magazines.
Like all other Glocks, the Glock 22 features the “safe action” system, which consists of three passive, independently operating mechanical safeties. Though the pistol has no manual safety, its three internal safeties work seamlessly to prevent accidental discharges and safety hazards. The trigger safety is a small lever on the trigger itself that prevents rearward movement of the trigger unless both the trigger and trigger safety are depressed simultaneously. The firing pin safety is a spring-loaded device that blocks the firing pin channel, preventing any forward movement of the firing pin unless the trigger is depressed. Finally, we come to the drop safety. When engaged, the rear of the trigger bar rests on a drop shelf. When the trigger is depressed, the bar moves off of the shelf until it is fully separated from the firing pin lug, allowing the firing pin to move forward. All three safeties are engaged when the trigger is forward. Once the trigger is depressed, each safety disengages sequentially to allow a discharge. When the trigger is released, all three safeties automatically reengage. Though the four cardinal rules of firearm safety are enough to prevent all accidents, the “safe action” system employs the idea that the pistol can only be discharged by an intentional trigger pull.
If it is good enough for the coppers, it is probably good enough for you – however you plan on using it. And whether you are a civilian, military or law enforcement, the Glock 22 "safe action" pistol is a perfect choice for personal protection or official service. Consider the Glock 22 for:
- Law enforcement
- Personal protection and self-defense
- Sport shooting
- Target shooting
- Much more…
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In my opinion, your firearms collection remains highly incomplete without this work horse of a firearm. If I were told that I could only have one pistol and it had be able to fit every need, this would be the gun! Its the best all around caliber in a full sized package that will not malfunction.
I have used the County issued Glocks Mostly Gen 1and 2s and never had any issues. Most of these were battered and often very dirty. The .40 cal rd is very flat shooting and packs a punch. They can be a bit intimidating for smaller officers but with good training it can be overcome. I never had any issues with my own privately purchased Glock 22. Not as easy to conceal as a 19/23 but it carries more ammo and is easier to shoot.