Taurus in 2021 has moved to deliver a more polished version of its already well-liked TX 22 rimfire semi-auto pistol, the optics, and suppressor-ready TX 22 Competition.
Taurus has long produced .22 LR handguns, going back to successive generations of revolvers in the 1980s, then the PT22 mouse gun, itself an ode to Beretta's tip-up barrel pocket gun. However, autoloading plinkers by the company were rare, with the 6-inch barreled PT-922 only in the Taurus catalog briefly about 15 years ago.
This changed with the TX 22 in 2019.
A full-sized striker-fired gun with a polymer frame, the gun used the Taurus Pittman Trigger System (PTS). It shipped with an adjustable rear sight, had an ergonomic grip and Mil-Std 1913 accessory rail, used 16-round mags, and retailed for cheap. Like sub-$350 cheap with three mags and a threaded barrel. What's not to like?
Now, taking feedback both from the public and the company's own cadre of professional shooters, the TX 22 Competition brings a lot of great upgrades to the platform. What stays the same is the basic layout and construction: a polymer-framed striker-fired handgun with a high-grade aluminum slide and alloy steel barrel. The gun uses the same surface controls, and thus is the same width – 1.25 inches at the widest point.
What is new is a longer, competition-grade 5.25-inch bull barrel with an improved slide, as well as an optics mounting system that accommodates the most popular pistol MRDs. The price difference is about $135 more, or $485.
The internals are straightforward, and the gun disassembles without tools just like the TX 22, with a recessed takedown latch just forward of the trigger. Notably, instead of sliding the top half all the way forward to remove it from the frame, you lift it almost straight off.
So how did it shoot? So far, we have about 500 rounds through it with only two jams, likely ammo-based, and the gun has set the stage to be both reliable and exceptionally accurate. Stay tuned for an extended review as we continue to hit the range with the Taurus TX 22 Competition.