New Rimfires for 2020: Ruger LCP II, HK416, Glock 44, Taurus TX22 and the Ruger Wranglers

I grew up shooting .22 rifles and a really neat 9-shot revolver. It’s a great way to get kids interested and skilled at shooting and guess what. It’s also a great way to keep old folks shooting. Being 72 with some aggressive arthritis I admit it’s challenging sometimes. I still keep at least a 9mm on my belt for defense, but when it comes to fun shooting, I’m opting for the good old twenty-two more often that not. And, thanks to being blessed with the ability to write for two amazing magazines, the past year has allowed me to review a few interesting .22s. Here’s a run down of them from the latest to the earliest.

Ruger LCP II .22 LR

This is one of those mouse guns that is normally a little tough to shoot. The fact this one has a great trigger and some enlarged sights makes it a little easier than it’s .380 predecessors the LCP and LCP II.

Ruger LCP II .22 LR
Ruger LCP II .22 LR

I can truly say it’s fun to shoot. There’s no recoil and the grip is big enough for me to get two good fingers around. I teacup with my support hand to make a solid grip. The sights are a bit of a struggle but only because I need to use the bottom of my trifocals to see them and that makes me tilt my head at a funny angle. For folks with tiny hands this one will work well for you. Some will even want to carry it for personal protection. It’s better than nothing.

HK416 .22 LR

Now here’s a fun guy. This is a rimfire version of the gun the Navy Seals had with them when they took down Osama Bin Laden. It’s not a machine gun but it’s almost as much fun.

HK16 .22 LR Pistol

It didn’t come with the red dot sight, suppressor, pistol brace and sling; I added those. When I shot up those drink cans I did it without hearing protection. Using CCI’s Suppressor ammo it was so quiet it sounded like the phssst, phssst of the silenced guns you hear in the movies or on TV — really quiet. This gun is about as much fun as I’ve had with a gun in many a moon. It’s something the young folks enjoy, but us old folks, too.

Glock 44 – They Now Have a .22

It was kind of a surprise when I got an email from the Glock publicity department wanting to know if they could send me their new .22. This gun is the same size as a G19 and looks just like the G5 version of the ever popular Glock 19. You think it’s a G19 until you pick it up and find it only weighs something like 11 oz. It holds ten rounds and shoots any normal or high velocity ammo. As long as you don’t try the subsonic stuff and keep it clean it just keeps right on trucking. It’s a great way to economically practice shooting that will transfer skills to shooting your defensive Glock.

Glock 44 .22 Caliber

Taurus TX22

I personally like this gun better than the Glock. It’s essentially the same size, but holds 15 rounds. It, too, is very reliable. I find it more comfortable to shoot than the Glock because of the grip frame and texture, but either one of them is great for practicing skills that will cross over to your 9mm of the same size and body style. Oh and it has a threaded barrel so you can add a suppressor. The Taurus a bit easier on the pocketbook than the Glock. It’s going for around $250 in the stores where the Glock looks like it’s going to price out around $350.

Taurus TX22 with suppressor
Taurus TX22 With Suppressor

Ruger Wrangler

These very reasonably-priced six shooters from Ruger are of the quality we’ve become used to from Ruger, but cost about half what the Single Six does because it’s made from aluminum alloy with modern CNC machinery. Ruger is working to get us more reasonably priced guns and the Wrangler is one of the results. They come in three colors and I managed to get my hands on one of each.

Ruger Wranglers
Ruger Wranglers

It’s going to be interesting to see what else 2020 brings us.

SCCY – A Lot of Gun for Not Much Money

During my gun store days the 9mm SCCYs were great sellers because of their size, price and capacity. It’s concealable size gun that carries 11 rounds of 9mm for around $250. Their 9mm is available in two models, one with an external safety and one without. This is the CPX-1 and the CPX-2. This past year they released the CPX-3 and CPX-4 versions, which are .380 caliber, one with external safety and one without. One cool thing about them is colors. They come in all sorts of colors. Here are pictures of my CPX-1, that’s the one with external safety, and CPX-2, the one without.


Right before Christmas I was sent a new SCCY for review, this one with a Crimson Trace Red Dot sight installed. The Crimson Trace is now available on all four SCCY Models. And guess what. Toward the end of 1st quarter 2020 SCCY will be releasing a new version of their gun that is striker-fired with a 5.5 lb. trigger pull. All the ones so far have been double-action only with a 9 lb. trigger pull.

SCCY CPX-2 With Crimson Trace Red Dot Sight.

So we have two trends I’m following in the gun industry. One is affordable guns that are high quality. You can own a good defensive handgun for under $300. Or you can spend several thousand dollars for one. Your choice.

The other trend is that .22s are coming back in force. If you haven’t shot a .22 in a while, you’d be surprised at how much fun it is. Also inexpensive.