Since 9mm prices have skyrocketed, more and more people are considering the Glock 44 as a Glock 19 trainer. Shooting a Glock 44 is a blast. The 19’s are self-explanatory.
The Glock 44 enjoys high velocity ammunition and is excellent. But the G44 is not better than the Glock 19s. Especially in terms of power, shootability, CCW etc.
In this article, G19 being the superior Glock between it and the G44 has been investigated in detail. So stay tuned!
Glock 44 vs Glock 19: Quick Comparison Table
|Specs||Glock 44||Glock 19|
|Slide||Black polymer + steel||Black Melonite + nDLC coating|
|Sights||Standard polymer U-notch||Polymer “U” dot configuration, rear adjustable (standard)|
|Capacity||10 rounds||15 rounds|
|Length||7.28 inches||7.28 inches|
|Barrel Length||4.02 inches||4.02 inches|
|Weight||14.64 oz||23.99 oz|
|Barrel Material||Glock Marksman Barrel (Hybrid Polymer/Steel Barrel)||4150 Chrome Moly Vanadium Steel|
|Slide Length||6.85 inches||6.85 inches|
What’s The Difference Between Glock 44 and Glock 19 Based on Features?
Feature 1: Recoil
With both the Glock 44 and 19, the trigger has a similar feel. Of course, the G44 has less recoil, but not by much. Glock modified the G44, so even though it fires .22-caliber rounds, there is a noticeable amount of recoil.
With the 115-grain FMJs and the 147-grain Golden Sabers the Glock 19 displays a distinct difference in recoil. Shooting the 115 grains is okay. But shooting the 147 grains was incredibly smooth.
Accuracy is the same. You can strike it with G19 if you can with G44. I would say that the G19 has a better recoil manageability.
Feature 2: Caliber
The Glock 19 has a 9mm chamber. The Glock 44 has a .22lr chamber. You’re really debating whether or not to purchase a loaded firearm of .9mm or 22lr. It depends on a few factors, but only you can decide that.
22lr isn’t typically thought of as a self-defense round, while 9mm is the most popular size. So for self defense, Glock 19 is what you want.
You’ll also need to take into account the fact that the Glock 44 isn’t really a competition handgun. You are limited to plinking because it won’t be as accurate as a real 22-competition gun.
Feature 3: Trigger
The trigger on the Glock 44 is smoother, sharper and feels easier. They initially feel a little heavy but get better with use.
The trigger on Glock 19 and 44 both are made of polymer. And when you press it, they have a pull of 5.5-6 pounds.
However, the trigger of the G19 might be a little too squishy. Some would say the trigger is terrible having a very long travel and crunchy feeling.
Feature 4: Weight
The weight of the Glock 44 is more. This is mainly due to the slide material being polymer and steel.
On the other hand, Glock 19 slide is basically just polymer. The gun weighs just 6 ounces compared to the 14 ounces of the G44.
So the weight factor should be taken into account while training especially.
Feature 5: Shooting
When you shoot the Glock 44 for consecutive six shots, fired quickly, it will give you rough shots. Given the lack of recoil with the 22, this is to be expected. It does support the case for using the 22 in a defensive setting.
The first ammo-related jam aside, the Glock 19 functions perfectly. It will probably FTF after the first shot. The entire 300–350 rounds fired at the range, later on, is pretty smooth.
Although both shoot great, G19 might be a better shooter. Given that Glock 19 will be used for self-defense, dry firing might be necessary. For some, the 44’s main drawback is that it is so light that accurate shooting is challenging.
Feature 6: Extraction issues
Most Glock 44 owners have never experienced or are aware of any “jam” issues with their firearms. And these guns have fairly good shooting accuracy.
However, the Gen 4 Glock 19 will occasionally extract some “stove pipes.” When the Gen 4 first debuted, there were problems with the recoil spring that led to some “stove pipe” issues. New springs were sent to owners after the spring was recalled.
So in terms of not having jamming issues, Glock 44 wins the round.
Feature 7: Accuracy
Accuracy tests can be conducted on Glock 44 with these ammo: Winchester M22, Federal Punch (stronger kick and noticeable blast), CCI standard velocity and Winchester Super X. First 60 rounds are usually impressive with no sight adjustment necessary. Winchester M22 ammo may cause slight issues though.
While dependable, the Glock 19 pistol is incredibly inaccurate. Tests with factory ammunition by Winchester and Remington support this. On a good day, they average 3 to 4 groups at 25 yards off the bench. On bad days, they can open up to 5 groups.
So the G44 wins this round.
Glock 44 or Glock 19 Which One to Choose?
Both the Glock 19 and 44 are the same in packaging, and frame except the weight due to the steel slide (G44). Glock 19 is a great gun for a starting 9mm.
However, as discussed, Glock 19 is less accurate and also experiences FTF and FTE issues, more than the Glock 44. But it does give you reliability which you need for self-defense.
There is no denying that the 9mm Glock is more dependable. But the Glock 44 can be highly reliable with G22 ammo.
However, there doesn’t seem to be many available mag extensions for the Glock 44. But the factory magazine loading and unloading is smoother than with the G19s.
Personally, I think the G19 is better—you’ll probably never go wrong using it as your first handgun.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can you Convert a Glock 19 into a Glock 44?
By purchasing a Glock 19, you can get a handgun that is incredibly effective and dependable. For an additional $200, you can get an Advantage Arms 22lr conversion kit. This will allow you to shoot the 22lr of the Glock 44 more accurately than the OEM model.
Can you convert a Glock 44 into a G19?
No. The locking block on the G44 prevents 9mm from fitting. The 9mm pistol cannot use the 22LR slide because it would probably explode.
How to prevent bullet dragging in the Glock 44?
Examine the area around the barrel’s recessed crown. There could be significant lead buildup. As the bullet leaves the barrel, this may cause it to drag to one side or the other.
Repeatedly scrub and soak with Hoppes #9, scrape the area around the opening with a sharp plastic edge, spray foaming bore cleaner, and watch the lead pieces emerge from the barrel.
If you use a bore brush or scratch to remove lead buildup, it will appear more silvery or shiny, leading you to believe the area is clean.
But continue the process sometimes until the lead stops coming out.
A Glock 19 is what I would advise. I own one, and it is a reliable, accurate firearm that is just the right size. However, the G44 is significantly less expensive than G19.
Overall, this article should serve you in being firm on your final decision. Hope you get the better Glock!