Why I Love a GLOCK 22

By CTD Rob published on in Firearms

Since 1990, droves of both law enforcement and civilians have carried the GLOCK 22 for duty and personal protection. It remains one of the most common pistols purchased and shares many similarities to its smaller 9mm brothers, the GLOCKs 17 and 19. What makes the GLOCK 22 such a long-term winner? What features made this handgun the quintessential law enforcement sidearm? What advantages does the .40 S&W caliber have over 9mm or .45 ACP?

Long Term Winner

GLOCK 22 .40 S&W

GLOCK 22 .40 S&W

Reliability. Law enforcement firearms need to work every time. Personal protection guns need to work every time. I personally own two 1911s, a variety of Berettas, Tauruses, Kel-Tecs and some other brands I’d rather not admit, but my GLOCK sits within arm’s reach most of the time. I currently have no children in the house so I tend to have a gun nearby in rooms where I spend the most time. My kitchen gun is a GLOCK. I’ve put about 4,000 rounds through that thing and the only malfunctions I recall were caused by an abused magazine I borrowed from my brother. The ammo I was using was shoddy to boot. With a proper magazine and decent ammo, that gun goes bang every time I pull the trigger. That famous GLOCK reliability that helped build their reputation as a trustworthy firearm, no doubt helped their sales numbers.


There are much fancier looking guns out there. GLOCKs are like power tools. They are not exactly beautiful works of art and their design screams ruggedness, reliability and utility. Police departments use them not only because they work, but because they can train anyone to use them. Their safe action trigger works well as a deterrent to accidental discharges. The trigger system works in such a way that you essentially have two triggers in one. Unless you depress the first trigger, the main mechanism won’t budge. This makes it easy to use in an emergency since you don’t have to fiddle with a thumb safety. The trigger is light enough to produce accurate shots, but heavy enough that you almost can’t cycle the weapon by accident. Designers also intended to make sure the gun would not fire when dropped. An internal drop safety prevents any chance of the gun discharging if it falls from your holster. There is also a firing pin safety which disengages when the operator pulls back on the trigger.

The Numbers

.40 S&W Cartridge

.40 S&W Cartridge

GLOCK doesn’t have the easiest model number system to remember. A GLOCK 17 is a 9mm, so is a GLOCK 19. A GLOCK 20 is a 10mm while the 21 is a .45 ACP. The 22, 23, and 24, 27 and 35 are all .40 caliber handguns. Sorry about all the crazy numbers, but those model numbers are not that intuitive. In the case of the GLOCK 22, you get a standard 15-round magazine. The less powerful GLOCK 17 in 9mm holds 17 rounds. This means you only sacrifice two rounds while getting a substantial increase in kinetic energy. The exact differences vary greatly depending on the ammunition you are using, but as a rule, a standard non +P 9mm projectile hits with about 380-420 foot-pounds of kinetic energy. The .40 caliber delivers somewhere between 420-500 foot-pounds. For comparison, the huge .45 ACP rings in between 415-620 foot-pounds. This makes the .40 caliber a nice middle ground of magazine capacity and performance. Some argue that it is the best all-around cartridge for duty carry—I’m starting to become a believer.

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    […] Many favor the .40 S&W cartridge. The GLOCK 22 in particular provides a good middle ground between the 9mm and .45 ACP without sacrificing capacity. The GLOCK 22 holds 15 rounds. It has been the preferred carry gun to many law enforcement officers but off and on-duty since 1990. Former military writer, Rob writes why the GLOCK 22 is a long-term winner and his go-to home defense gun in “Why I Love a GLOCK 22.” […]


  • chua hamilton


    I was searching to buy a gun ……when i was so ignorant that there is glock available on other store….which i never heard about glock…while looking at other brand. A man whisper that i should buy glock on the other store….which i did bought glock 22…..then after my trigger familiarization ..i was able to hit my aim target…..i was so happy that i can disassemble completely wash with shampoo..so no gun powder ordor when i carry it…..thanks to that person who whisper ….and thank to glock made it so easy to dismantle…..this is my only gun and can imagine if i did not listen to him….


  • JD Hogg


    I always was against the Glock swore by 2 other major firearms makers but when I pick one up and started to train with mine it was all over I sold the other 2 it is my main carry gun have shot so many rounds lost track and I have never had one malfunction and I use my 1911 as back up that’s a bold statement to make too


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