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Range Report: Taurus TX22 — Action Ready

Taurus TX22 right profile

One of the most awaited and interesting handgun introductions of 2019 is the Taurus TX22. The TX22 is a polymer-frame, striker-fired, .22 rimfire pistol with an aluminum slide and single-action trigger. It isn’t a small pistol like the Walther P22 or a large handgun like the Ruger Standard Model, but rather it is a service-size handgun. Think Glock 19 and you will be on the money.

Bob Campbell shooting the Taurus TX22 pistol with smoking barrel
Rapid fire isn’t a problem with the TX22.

The TX22 is light at 17.5 ounces on the postal scale. The aluminum slide is easy to rack. There are forward cocking serrations, and the flats and cuts of the slide are attractive. The sights are excellent for accuracy work, with three white dot inserts and a fully adjustable rear sight. The TX 22 is a polymer-frame, high-capacity handgun, but unlike the rest, this one is a .22 Long Rifle.

Do you need this gun, and what will you do with it? The Taurus TX22 is a fun gun, a shooter that will encourage practice. It is a good training tool and an excellent piece for introducing new shooters to handgunning. You can practice every week for a pittance, and the skills will translate to your other handguns, no matter whose name is on your centerfire carry gun.

The pistol is reliable, which isn’t true of a whole lot of .22s, and yet it is accurate like a target gun. I don’t think I have to be about some serious pursuit every time I hit the range. If I did life would be boring. The .22LR and the TX22 have the makings of a fun kind of day. Best of all, the pistol is affordable at a MSRP of $349.

When I picked up my pistol at the FFL, I had little to go on. I did not know what to expect; I had only first impressions. The S-curved backstrap feels good in the hand. The frontstrap features a slight finger groove. The grip frame is nicely pebbled. You may keep a solid hold on the handgun, but the pebbling isn’t abrasive.

Teenager shooting the Taurus TX22 pistol
Young shooters enjoy firing the TX22.

There is a slight cutout behind the triggerguard. The cutouts in the frame above the triggerguard are nicely done, and a shelf protects the magazine release. The magazine release is reversible if desired.

Takedown is simple: Simply pull down a lever from its slot above the triggerguard. The action is a single action, breaking at 4.9 pounds after a long takeup. The manual safety is easily engaged. It cannot be placed in the On position unless the action is cocked.

I examined the pistol and found it dry. I lubricated the Taurus TX22 well and then loaded the 16-shot magazines, which are easily loaded. I did not need the supplied magazine loader. Initial firing was accomplished with the CCI Mini Mag. If a self-loading pistol doesn’t properly function with this load something is seriously wrong.

I had decided I would take my time and determine the pistol’s accuracy potential. While I did fire a few deliberate shots, the pistol is a lot of fun to fire, and I enjoyed emptying the magazine into the target. While this is great fun, remember this doesn’t necessarily translate to proficiency with a centerfire handgun. If you are shooting primarily for training, don’t ramp up your cadence of fire more than you are capable of with the 9mm. But that is another subject.

Field stripped Taurus TX22 pistol
The Taurus TX22 breaks down easily for routine maintenance.

During the initial range session, I fired more than 200 rounds. There were no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject, which isn’t always the case with a .22-caliber pistol. I used the CCI Mini Mag primarily and also the CCI Blazer. Both of these high-velocity loads provided good results.

After the initial firing session, I fieldstripped the pistol and examined it for wear. There was no eccentric wear, and the pistol looked as-new. At the next range session, I settled down for accuracy work. Firing from a solid benchrest firing position, I fired several top-rated .22LR loads. I fired from a solid benchrest at 15 yards.

Accuracy testing Five-shot group at 15 yards
CCI Blazer 2 inches
CCI Mini Mag 1.7 inches
Federal 38-grain HP 1.9 inches


Typical Velocity From the TX22
Remington Cyclone 36-grain HP 1,126 fps
Winchester Super 37-grain HP 1,090 fps
CCI SGB 40 grain 1,139 fps
CCI Mini Mag 1,146 fps

The TX22 pistol is a well designed, modern, exciting handgun. It is among the more interesting handguns introduced at the SHOT Show this year and sure to be a force in the market.

Have you fired the Taurus TX22? What was your experience? If not, share a review of your favorite .22LR pistol in the comment section.

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (10)

  1. This is a fun gun to use at the range. It is a great starter pistol, and is complimentary in size to most modern 9mm’s. I did have some FTE’s when I used cheaper rounds, but there have been none with CCI mini mags. I did have to tighten down the barrel collar a few times, that is concerning and will be watched closely. Accuracy is ok, generally within 3-4 inches at 15-20 yards. I am a good shot, but a better marksman can get that tighter. I recommend this gun to train and to introduce pistols to new shooters. One note, I have been trying for months to order addition 16 round magazines and Taurus has been out of stock. It comes with two, so you have enough to get by out of the gate.

  2. I hear people complaining about the ammo used in testing don’t understand why people complain about using CCI mini mag ammo if you can’t afford 6.24 dollars for a hundred rounds that work flawlessly then buy cheap junk and deal with it any 22lr I’ve had always ran more reliability with CCI mini mag ammo and the same with a semiauto 22 magnum which CCI maxi mag hp+v 30 grain # 0059 have been the most reliable with hornaday critical defense 45 gain but it does cost a little more but it works

  3. I like my Taurus TX 22 ,but I shot it for the first time this past weekend,and it keeps jamming up.Any suggestions?I would really appreciate it.Thanks.

  4. This firearm is outstanding for the price. Picked it up new for 260 plus tax with military ID. I have shot the best worst and in between ammo. It will eat what ever you feed it. Over 500 rounds so far no failure to feed no jam, super easy to clean. I shoot Winchester 555 most. This article was great and dead balls accurate.

  5. I find it funny that most .22 semi auto hand guns gets tested with what turns up to be high speed and higher dollar ammo. Can not these things be fired with economic ammo, such as American Eagle which has virtually the same speed. Talking about cost savings and then shooting the ammo that tends to be at the high price point is a bit confusing and or misleading. Nowhere was it mentioned it must use this ammo, such as the Sig Mosquito ! How about a retest withe economy ammo to see how it runs or if it doesn’t ? IMHO

  6. I would have liked to have known how the pistol performed with cheaper bulk ammo such as Remington Thunderbolt, the Wichester 555 pack, or the federal 500 pack. Everyone says this would be a good gun to use as a trainer. For training purposes I like to use the cheapest possible as we put a lot of rounds down range in a class of 20+ students. I currently use 10 Ruger Mark ll 22/45 and buy bulk ammo buy the 5000 rd case tp provide to students. I apm interested in replacing the Rugers with somethjng that more closely resembles the CCW gun most of my students are likely to carry. Thats why the interest in this particular gun. I am considering this gun along side of the S&W M&P 22c, and the Ruger SR22. I’d like to see an author do a comparison and shootout between these three.

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