glock 22 reliable or not?


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HOUSTONTX
November 7, 2009, 07:41 PM
I was looking into buying a glock 22. I did a couple of internet searches on it but I didn't really find what I was expecting to find. There were a lot of people saying they weren't reliable especially for concealed carry. I heard a Lot about the 40 cal especially. I've always known glock to be a solid made gun but was the 22 a lemon? If anyone has any insight on this pls post a comment.

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bestseller92
November 7, 2009, 08:17 PM
The G22 is very reliable. It is the most used police handgun in the United States.

Mine has never malfunctioned; I've had it since 2000.

Superb weapon.

wditto
November 7, 2009, 08:45 PM
ditto

General Geoff
November 7, 2009, 09:08 PM
Never seen a Glock 22 malfunction in person.

Oldnoob
November 7, 2009, 09:14 PM
The most test gun in my collection is G22. Never had to go through any mythical "break in" period. It was 100% reliable since first it out of Glock Inc.

Calhoun321
November 7, 2009, 09:17 PM
The 22/23 is generally considered (by the high end training community) to be a reliable gun for occassional shooters - like most cops. However, they tend to say that due to the slide being insufficient in mass to handle the .40 round, breakage and unreliability begin to occur much earlier than in other calibers. Thus, for those who plan to shoot high volumes, a 9mm Glock is superior because it is actually overbuilt for the caliber.

From what I have read, I would suggest that a .40 Glock has a maximum average life span of under 30,000 rounds while a 9mm Glock has an average life span of around 100,000 rounds. Neither life span is bad. However, I also understand that the .40 will need preventative maintenance to include some parts replacement starting (possibly) at around 1,500 rounds. The 22/23 is also know to be inconsistent in reliability when using an attached light. As a result, Glock is redesigning the .40 recoil system for the 4th generation of pistols due out in a few months.

What I am saying is strictly a summary of what I have learned from people who's opinion I tend to value. I realize some may have had different experiences with a single gun. I do not claim to be a definitive source.

Bullet
November 8, 2009, 02:43 AM
You might look here -

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1142687

http://www.stoppingpower.net/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=11118

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1078125

9mmepiphany
November 8, 2009, 03:40 AM
of all the Glocks, the G22 has gotten the most bad press...there are a lot in circulation, so it would make sense that you'd hear about them more.

one early problem was that their "generous chambers" and "unsupported" case heads, combined with the pressure "spike" of the .40 are a bad combination...

the G22 will never hold up as well as any 9mm Glock...the 9mm was the round thee Glock was designed around and it defines the brand

the G22 continues to have problems feeding when fired with a weapon light attached to the rail. Glock has put in stop gap "fixes", but i don't believe they'll be able to "correct" the problem until the 4th Gen redesign.

i'm a huge fan of the G19 and G30, i'm turning my G22 into a dedicated .22lr platform

John Parker
November 8, 2009, 10:44 AM
They are very reliable. I wouldn't use a Glock 22 as a CCW, though. It's a large gun.

KBintheSLC
November 8, 2009, 11:49 AM
No... not reliable at all. Thousands of law enforcement professionals nationwide merely carry it out of pity for the Glock firm. ;)

Obviously joking with you... don't get too wrapped up in recycled internet "knowledge". All gun makers have made lemons... Glock included. However, the likelihood of getting a bad one is literally like 1 in a million.

LancerMW
November 8, 2009, 03:14 PM
mine's been perfect

scotty
November 8, 2009, 08:00 PM
I have a G22 that I used for USPSA matches for 2+ years and is now approaching 40k rounds. I did install a Bar-Sto barrel not long after purchase.

The only malfunctions it has had were problems with the load (I wanted to see how light I could load before I had any problems) or the operator (failing to fully insert a fresh magazine). With proper ammo and and decent driving it has been 100% reliable.

mordechaianiliewicz
November 8, 2009, 08:07 PM
They are plenty reliable. There may be something to the idea that they don't tend to last past 30k rounds as often as other weapons, but I doubt it. It should work more then okay for CCW.

bwsmith2850
November 8, 2009, 08:13 PM
the G22 continues to have problems feeding when fired with a weapon light attached to the rail. Glock has put in stop gap "fixes", but i don't believe they'll be able to "correct" the problem until the 4th Gen redesign

Glock recommends a couple heavier springs with a light (magazine & recoil springs, if memory serves).

I have carried 2 and 1 little brother G27 since 1996 and have only had a handful of fail to fire with lead free primers in practice ammunition. (Blazer) Never had any choke on Federal, Remington, American Eagle or quality hollowpoints.

Riss
November 8, 2009, 08:16 PM
Been shooting a Glock 22 at work since 1993 and only problems have been minor extractor/ejector recalls, and the odd (every other one) magazine spring that is junk. I shoot a G-35 in USPSA and have around 10 or 12,000 through it with no problems. I did however replace all of the mag springs with Wolff +10% springs.

9mmepiphany
November 8, 2009, 11:11 PM
Glock recommends a couple heavier springs with a light (magazine & recoil springs, if memory serves)

that's the "fix"...it's an issue with the change in frame flex when a weapon light is attached. their waiting for a frame change to correct the actual problem

RockyMtnTactical
November 8, 2009, 11:42 PM
I have shot more than a few Glock 22's and they are very reliable weapons.

Riss
November 9, 2009, 04:32 AM
Glock has changed the mag springs, not sure when, and have added a coil of spring in the mags. That really convinced me that they know it is a problem and I was correct all along in replacing my mag springs with Wolff +10% springs. With that caveat I will say that I have had only 2 or 3 failures to feed in the last 6000 or so rounds. ALL were caused by my failure to properly reload. NONE were caused by the Glock.

The Lone Haranguer
November 9, 2009, 07:02 PM
I've never heard of it being unreliable. It will probably wear out sooner than the equivalent model in 9mm, but this would take really heavy use, more than 99% of people will give it. Unlike some manufacturers who engineered a whole new gun for the higher pressure/recoil .40 (e.g., SIG with their P229, Browning with the Hi-Power in that caliber), Glock essentially bored a bigger hole down the barrel and called it a .40. It will require more frequent recoil spring replacement if you shoot it a lot, not that recoil springs are expensive. It is also not handloader friendly.

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