More on the new Taurus TX22 rimfire semi-auto pistol (VIDEOS)

The Georgia company’s new 16-shot Taurus TX22 .22LR pistol is shipping this month and initial reports are skewing positive. Rimfire guru 22Plinkster gives the low-down on his experiences with the Brazilian handgun maker’s offering in the above video.

Announced on the eve of SHOT Show in January, the single-action only striker-fired pistol has a 5-pound trigger with a short reset and fully adjustable rear sights. Suppressor-ready with 1/2x28TPI threads, the 4.1-inch barrel rests inside a 7075 aluminum slide that has been black hard-coat anodized. There are both front and rear slide serrations. caught up with Taurus engineering manager Jason Pittman at the SHOT for some more information on the pistol’s origin, which boiled down to the concept that they built a duty gun chambered in .22 instead of giving a .22 the aesthetic of a duty gun.

“Everyone had either an exact clone of a 9mm, but it was not designed to be like the 9mm. It was designed to be an internal hammer — just trying to get the looks. Or the .22 were like a micro gun,” Pittman said. “So we wanted something that was designed to be a full-size .22 plinking gun.”

For another review on the new platform, Guns & Accessories went 1,300 rounds with the TX22 in the video below.

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