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I know it’s like grit in your mouth to say the word.. but glock did release a new model that is definitely a departure from the norm for them. .. a 22LR caliber. I could not resist when the local shop had some fresh off the boat. Will take it for a spin real soon. It’s an identical dimensions to the G19 (9mm) , which is the most popular Glock, and I’d say one of the most popular handguns out there. So the g44 is a good training tool for that gun.
Anyway, one reason why I mention all this is that, even though Colts new python is totally different in caliber, function (revolver instead of semi) the similarity is in the initial product review videos.
Glock, which literally uses the word Perfection as their slogan, is known for total reliability .. as much as one can hope for in a semi auto pistol, has the same phenomena in video reviews. Now granted the 22LR reliability in a semi-auto pistol is about as “yeah right- keep dreaming” as it gets, but Glock put the time and effort to accomplish just that. I will quote the test data all wrong, but video reviews have said Glock spent 3 years in developing.. and of course a cadrillion bazillion rounds fired in testing. Quotes of well over 100 different brands of 22LR shot successfully.. non-failure runs well into multiple thousands.. on and on. Glock’s put the work and effort into it to get something right that’s darn hard to do.

Well. Sure enough. The favorable test reviewer ( I say that because Glock sent the gun - from them- ahead of release specifically to check it out) Posted a video that sure enough .. had a stove pipe not long into the video. And another malfunction with a different type of ammo. Now granted... we are talking 22LR. Far more likely to have failure due to the ammo than the gun.. but still. Europeans take the 22 round more seriously than we do and do make some cleaner stuff too and was tested with it. The one failure was with the weakest ammo he tested, and I don’t remember the reason or excuse with the other issue, but what I’m here to say is this:
1. I believe this is probably an outstanding 22LR pistol, yet there were some issues during testing.
2. It’s going to suffer the same criticisms that the Python has with widespread video information about isolated issues.

Yes , it’s a much less expensive gun, but it’s a more pricey gun in the category of 22LR pistols at msrp $435 (probably settle in the $355 range I think) so it’s buyers ARE holding high standards and expecting no slips. May be interesting to see how this one shakes out with YouTuber’s video reviews.
 

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Watched a video comparing the Glock 44 with a Walther ppq 22lr on you tube. Both guns ran extremely well and it makes good sense to practice with 22lr in my opinion.


https://youtu.be/2jJjZDgZAwU

I trained with a 22 conversion kit on my Colt for IPSC competition. Love it.
 

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That’s the price that I saw online as well. Glocks prices tend to be what they are.. not a whole lot of hot sales, but many brands have gotten that way because of so much competition. Tight market.
My guy was at $400 including tax. When I add an FFL fee to the price and I’m at that price if shipping isn’t free- so I was willing to spring to be able to handle it first and support my local guy. He had 4 and was down to 1 when I left. I was at a big gun show last Saturday and saw none- I think the G44 just started shipping this week. Not sure. I wasn’t even aware. My cousin bought a G43X at the show and I passed, so guess I was just ready to buy something yesterday. I have a G26 so I felt like I was giving up on it if I went with the 43X. That 43X feels darn good for my hand though.
 

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I wish Colt had made a conversion kit that fit the light weight Commander. Would have been a great little 22lr with a really good trigger. I think it's the trigger on the Glock that I really don't like. My 1911s have a glass rod breaking trigger and my Glock has a mush through it till it goes off trigger. Glock is a fine gun but I would pay more for a Colt lightweight 1911 Commander in 22lr, it's an old Colt lover thing.
 

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My everyday carry gun is a full size S&W M&P 9mm but I train with a S&W M&P .22. I have moderate to severe arthritis in my thumbs and wrists and shooting the 9 can get quite painful, particularly in a long training session. So, I use the .22. Yes, malfunctions are far more frequent with the .22 than the 9, but that is just good training! A few guys give me a hard time about using the .22 but, at my age, I don't care what they think anymore. Managing the pain is more important.

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The Glock 44 started shipping from distributors this past Friday, Jan 17th. I got my first one in Tuesday the 21st and I had one guy that asked me to call him when it arrived. He came and got it less than 30 minutes after my call. I got 3 more on Wednesday the 22nd. MAP on these is $359 so expect that to be the price fairly quickly. The action seems a touch gritty but I am sure it will smooth out with use.

To the guy waiting for an MOS version it may be a while if ever that happens. According to what I have read the extra weight on the slide from the optic was bad for reliability. Maybe somebody will come up with a lighter spring that will work with the heavier slide... time will tell.
 

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HEY Y'ALL.....picked mine up from my Law Enforcement Distributor yesterday...Blue Label is $359...does feel like a very light model 19...typicalglock...shoot it much and they all smooth up very well....
Pete
I guess that means they aren't really doing a blue label deal as standard Map is $359.
 

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The Glock is listed at the local Sportsmans Wear house as available January 30th. I check often to buy a new Python but it's like looking for gold. Price on the Glock looks to be $359 when they come in.
 

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Looks like $359 is pretty much the set internet price.
If anyone wants one in stock and in a relative hurry, I’d say check Impact guns, Rifle gear.. they have stock. Shipping looks like where you can hope to save a buck or two. But $15 looks like the average ship cost most places.
 

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I always check with my LGS before buying a new gun and will go as much as $50 over total cost vs internet to buy local.

Used guns, buy em where you find em.

My LGS is kind of like buying on line, tell him what you want and he will order it and 90% of the time you have your gun in a week or so. He only stocks the fast movers, Glocks and other poly guns. Lots of AR's and doo-dads for us tinkerers. Operates in a lower cost building off the main drag. One man show, no huge sales staff to support, no kudu, gazelles, etc. hanging on the wall.
 

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I always check with my LGS before buying a new gun and will go as much as $50 over total cost vs internet to buy local.

Used guns, buy em where you find em.

My LGS is kind of like buying on line, tell him what you want and he will order it and 90% of the time you have your gun in a week or so. He only stocks the fast movers, Glocks and other poly guns. Lots of AR's and doo-dads for us tinkerers. Operates in a lower cost building off the main drag. One man show, no huge sales staff to support, no kudu, gazelles, etc. hanging on the wall.
I am also pretty much a one man operation. I have an office, not a retail store. The office is only 89sq ft. Just enough for a safe, desk, filing cabinet and my computer/printer setup. I am getting ready to move into an office that is 111sp ft in the next week or so. It also keeps my costs low but really the gun biz is part time for me. I also do all the local gun shows and for those I have help... Its a family affair. My wife does 4473's and the background checks, my daughter takes money and writes receipts, my daughters fiance and I sell the guns. Usually we have fun.
 

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Good on ya, mate !
That is really great to hear that there are folks that continue to endeavor in the firearms industry.

I’ve spotted a couple more in local shops in a city about an hour drive away. One was the MAP price. Other was about $420 .. maybe they include tax in tag price, Didn’t ask.
That is a check mark for Glock. They get the stock out there at go time, it looks like to me.
My cousin picked up a G43X at our larger gun show in Raleigh NC last weekend. I haven’t got a chance to try it, but I did like the way it felt in hand. I’m probably gonna take another look at that one later on, I’ve got to hold back some Python money just in case more release sometime soon.
 

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I would like to believe that glock brought this out in a gun buying market to quell the anxiety of the folks itching to buy a Colt Python. Something to shoot while waiting for a Colt.:cool:
 

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Just checked my local shop and they priced their Glock G44 at $395 plus tax. I joked with them that they must have mistakenly switched the "9" and "5" in the price tag, but they weren't amused...
 
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