This firearm is meant to fill in the gap between the .45 charges and the well-known 9X19mm service calibers. Glock was the first firearms manufacturer to make such a pistol available to law enforcement agencies, as it really does fulfill all of the needs in terms of power and easy handling. Today, the Glock 22 is one of the most commonly used pistols by police departments all around the United States.
Glock 22 Specifications
The Glock 22 is a .40 caliber safe action system. It boasts a weight of 650 grams or 22.92 ounces. Loaded, the pistol weighs in a bit heavier at 975 grams or 34.38 ounces. The Glock 22 measures 186 millimeters or 7.32 inches in length and features a height of 138 mm or 5.43 inches. The standard Glock 22 features a magazine capacity of 15 with an optional cartridge unit. The width of the Glock 22 is 1.18 inches with a barrel height of 1.26 inches. The gun features a 5.5 pound trigger pull and a half inch trigger travel. The line of sight measures 6.49 inches and the barrel length is 4.49 inches. The barrel rifling is right hand and hexagonal and the length of the twist is 9.84 inches.
History and Conversion
The Glock 22 is interesting because it is actually a .40 S&W version of the larger Glock 17, which was introduced in 1990. This firearm features a modified slide, frame and barrel which are responsible for the differences in size, weight and power when you compare the two pistols. The Glock 22 is easily converted to a .357 SIG chambering; as all one has to do is replace the barrel. No other parts will be needed, as the .40 S&W magazines are compatible and will feed the .357 SIG round.
Overall, the Glock 22 is considered to be a very versatile and yet powerful pistol. For those who want a powerful gun that is still quite easy to handle and not cumbersome when holstered, the Glock 22 is the perfect choice. These are precisely the reasons why the Glock 22 is used by police departments and law enforcement agencies around the United States and beyond. In many instances, the Glock 17 is being replaced by departments with the Glock 22, as they update their department weapons. It certainly is not a one size fits all pistol but the vast majority of officers who carry these weapons find that they are easy to handle and provide more than ample power for everyday situations and even more extreme situations when a firearm is necessary.