At SHOT Show 2021, Taurus introduced a stretched competition version of its already well-liked TX22 rimfire pistol, the logically named TX22 Competition. I have been shooting one ever since and have no plans to stop. 

Table of Contents
 
Overview
The Specs
Features
Trigger
Reliability
Accuracy
Pros & Cons
Conclusion
Customer Reviews

Overview


Taurus completely rebooted its .22 LR pistol game in 2019 when it introduced the TX22, a polymer-framed striker-fired handgun that was light, came with 16-round magazines, was budget-friendly, and – almost shockingly for a rimfire semi-auto – extremely reliable. Soon after, the TX22 Competition was released. 
 

the Taurus TX22 Competition
The TX22 Competition. Note the open slide format over a fixed barrel, similar to what is seen on pistols such as a Beretta 92. (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The TX22 Competition has a full 5-inch extended bull barrel rather than the 4.1-inch pencil barrel seen on the standard TX22. 

 

The Specs

  • Caliber: 22LR
  • Capacity: 16+1 flush fit mag (10+1 available)
  • Trigger Pull: 5 pounds (10-pull average), SAO.
  • Weight: 23 ounces with an empty mag 
  • Barrel Length: 5 inches 
  • Overall Length: 8.15 inches
  • Height: 5.4 inches over the top of rear sights, with no optics mounted
  • Width: 1.25 inch at widest over grips

Features

 

the Taurus TX22 Competition
The pistol ships in a plastic clamshell case with three mags, a mag loader, documentation, two MRD adapter plates, and a storage lock. Note the foam is cut for an MRD to be stored installed on the gun.
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The Taurus TX22 Competition has a full-sized grip that feels great in the hand and is covered with a fine texture pattern in a 360-degree format. The grip orientation allows for a high purchase on the back of the spine, and easy control, allowing the pistol to shoot very flat. Note the memory point on the frame for the offhand thumb, or trigger finger if a southpaw.
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The mags are polymer in construction and have a quick-loading follower hold-down button on the side. It is nice to have 48 rounds on tap on the range before having to recharge mags. Note the alternating stacking to avoid rimlock. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The extended bull barrel is threaded with a 1/2x28 TPI thread pitch. The thread protector requires a 3/8-inch open-ended wrench to remove, which is altogether different from the knurled type of protectors used by other makers. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
We've run the TX22 Competition extensively with a SilencerCo Switchback, which runs a titanium tube and modular construction, shown above in its full-stack 5.75-inch format. Of note, the weight of the pistol as shown with the Switchback, Leupold Delta Point Pro micro red dot, and 17 rounds of CCI Blazer 38-grain LRNs is just 31 ounces all-up. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
We've also evaluated it extensively with a simpler Tactical Innovations TAC65 can and found the TX22 Competition to be an excellent suppressor host. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The pistol comes standard with a fixed white dot front sight and a fully adjustable two-dot rear sight. Unfortunately, while excellent standalone sights, the rear is too short to index in the lower third on any MRD that we've mounted on the TX22. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
The optics base and its mounting system are on the barrel's hood and are independent of the slide. The TX22 Competition ships with two reversible mounting plates whose four resulting footprints are compatible with just about every MRD out there, including the Trijicon RMR, C-More STS2, Vortex Venom, Doctor Noblex, Burris Fast Fire, Sightmark Mini, Holosun HS507C, and the Leupold Delta Point Pro. 
the Taurus TX22 Competition
Besides the DPP, we've run the TX22 Competition extensively over the past two years with a Burris Fast Fire 4. The mount has maintained zero. 

 

Trigger


The Taurus TX22 series as a whole uses what the company calls the Pittman Trigger System, or the PTS. It is a decent trigger for practical use on a rimfire semi-auto. We found it to break at 5 pounds, and although smooth, it had a fair bit of travel. Check it out in the short video below. 
 

 

As a bone to pick when speaking about triggers, while the PTS pack is great for the regular TX22 plinker, and even for the new TX22 Compact, you would think that Taurus would have upgraded the trigger on a gun dubbed the TX22 Competition with a ... competition-grade trigger. For those who are looking to do such an upgrade themselves, TandemKross markets an excellent skeletonized, flat-faced Victory trigger for the Taurus for around $50. It is tunable via travel adjustment screws. 

Of note, Taurus ships a variant of the TX22 Competition set up specifically for Steel Challenge – the SCR (Steel Challenge Ready) which includes a TandemKross Game Changer PRO squared compensator along with some other tweaks. Regretfully, it doesn't use a TandemKross trigger, either. 
 

Reliability


The TX22 Competition, like the standard TX22, has lived up to the platform's reputation for dependability. A big problem with rimfire autoloaders is that .22 ammo is often of extremely poor quality, especially when talking about cheap bulk-packed stuff. You know – the stuff that everyone buys a .22 pistol specifically to shoot. 

While I stopped logging after the first few thousand rounds, this little Taurus range blaster has well surpassed the 5K round benchmark and then some, with only three or four cleanings done across that period. 

In short, it’s been kind of abused. 
 

The Taurus TX22 Competition
I've used a wide mix of rimfire loads from assorted makers around the globe and hailing from various periods – just look at how yellow those boxes of Mini Mags and Super X are! It tends to like CCI the best. 
The Taurus TX22 Competition jam
Most loads tend to work well, except for Eley Sport. This TX22 Competition does not seem to digest these very well. 


On average, I would say you can make it 200-300 rounds between stoppages in most cases, which is better than most semi-auto .22s. Many typically give you a failure every other mag or so.
 

Accuracy

 

Between the big comfy grip loaded with texture, a workable trigger, and the super light aluminum slide, the TX22 Competition barely moves in the hand during the firing cycle. 

 

 

When you take that tendency for flat shooting, decent sights if not using an MRD, and a fixed optics base if you do go with a red dot, the TX22 Competition is a laser. Both are in offhand shooting at 25 yards at a steady cadence. 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Comfortable to shoot.
  • Reliable
  • Makes a great suppressor host.
  • Simple red dot mounting system.

Cons

  • Labeled as a "Competition" gun but seems to use the same trigger as all TX22s. 

Conclusion


The Taurus TX22 Competition is a bit surprising, as it feels nicer and handles better than a bunch of other rimfire pistols from some respected companies. If looking for a dependable full-sized .22 that loves to run suppressed and is easy to put just about any red dot on, this could be it. 

 

Customer Reviews

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