Glock 44 (Update)

If you divide the model number of the newest Glock pistol in half, you get 22 which just so happens to be its caliber. Yes, the Glock 44 is in .22 LR.

Glock held a livestreaming announcement this morning of their newest addition to their line of pistols. The event started with some comments by Shane Coley, Team Glock captain. It was then followed by Glock President Gunter Gigacher reading a letter from Gaston Glock regarding the company, etc.

Screen cap of letter

I think many of the participants in the livestream anticipated that Glock was going to release a pistol caliber carbine. When you read Gaston Glock’s letter, he says “GLOCK is not just a pistol company”.

The Glock 44 is the size of a Glock 19 and has a hybrid steel-polymer slide to reduce weight. You can read all the dimensions of the new pistol on Glock’s website here. I think some may be disappointed that the Glock 44 only comes with a 10 round magazine.

Towards the end of the presentation, they brought out a panel which included firearms trainer Tatiana Whitlock. In her opinion, she thought the Glock 44 would be excellent for training new shooters. Moreover, given the size will be the same as the Glock 19, the transition to an actual carry pistol would be easier and holsters would be interchangeable.

Another member of the panel was a representative from Federal ammo. He said they tested the Glock 44 with everything from standard velocity .22 LR ammo up to CCI Stingers and Mini-Mags. It handled everything without fail.

I’m sure they will sell tons of these pistols just because the name on the slide is Glock. It seems obvious that this pistol is aimed at new shooters, the training market, and those with hand issues such as arthritis. As to being revolutionary, not so much.

UPDATE: According to a press release sent out by Glock, Inc., the new Glock 44 pistol will officially go on sale January 20, 2020.

They also said this on the features:

The G44 features many of the latest enhancements seen in the 5th Generation of GLOCK pistols such as the ambidextrous slide stop lever and reversible magazine catch, the GLOCK Marksman barrel (GMB) for increased accuracy and performance, adjustable back straps, and adjustable rear sights.  The G44 also features a ghost hole loaded chamber indicator and comes standard with two 10-round load assist magazines. 

Kudos To Panteao Productions

I have to give kudos to Panteao Productions. They recently released a video entitled Kids and Guns with Tatiana Whitlock. It is, as the title should make obvious, a video for parents that reviews things like safety rules, safe storage, introducing your children to firearms, sources for further training, and how to set the proper example for your kids with regard to firearm handling. The video is not a tutorial on how to teach your kids how to shoot.

The video features Tatiana Whitlock who has done a number of instructional YouTube videos for the new NRA Women TV series. Ms. Whitlock is the owner and found of ID Target Systems which manufactures and sells a line of proprietary dimensional targets for both shoot house and square range training environments. She is also certified as a NRA Basic Pistol instructor, Range Safety Officer, and Refuse to be a Victim instructor.

So why am I giving Panteao kudos for selling a safety video? Because they have also made it available for free on YouTube for everyone to watch. Even the simplest videos cost money to produce. I sincerely doubt that they will sell enough of these DVDs to even break even with production costs.

For all the proclamations from Shannon Watts, Ladd Everitt, and rest of their ilk about “gun safety”, it is we in the gun culture and the gun rights movement who do the real work for the safe use of firearms. Unlike them, we do not engage in using the perverse pseudonym “safety” as cover for “control” and “confiscation”. Whether it is the NRA’s Eddie Eagle program or Ms. Whitlock in this Panteao Productions video, safety is, and should always be, our paramount concern.

Some Good Advice For Women Who Carry

Let’s face it – men have it easier when it comes to concealed carry. Our clothing is usually made of heavier fabrics which print less, we can wear sturdier belts even when “dressed up”, and our shoes rarely (never) have 3 inch or higher heels. Women, by contrast, have it harder especially when it comes to on-body carry which is the preferred way to do it.

That’s why I found this tips and tricks video from the NRA so good. It addresses the difficulties that women have with on-body carry and suggests some good solutions. Tatiana Whitlock makes a lot of sensible suggestions with regard to practice. I don’t have to think about shooting in heels in a confrontation but some women might.