Glock 22 gen 5 review

Glock 22 gen 5 review

Posted by AR15 Site on 03-14-22

One of America's most anticipated pistols, the glock 22 has recently undergone its Gen. 5 upgrade. 1st introduced in 1990, the Glock 22 in 40 Smith and Wesson, a version of the Glock 17, was designed for law enforcement, but made its way to the civilian market shortly after. Glock 22 was possibly one of the 1st ever handguns designed specifically for the FBI and police departments in the United States to attempt to give law enforcement agents a more suitable and safer option for on duty carry. It is a great pistol for the heavy Smith and Wesson and shoots them out of a 15 round magazine. While that is two rounds less than the Glock 17, it is still a viable option for everyday carry. Here is everything you need to know about the Glock 22 Gen. 5

What are the Glock 22 Generations?

The original Glock 17 began the generation series of the Glock pistols. The true 1st model of Glock was actually called the Polymer 80, but after having gone into the Gen series of Glock, it was all downhill from there. The generation 2 of the Glock 17 sought to make improvements on the original platform that had improved magazine design with a steel plate for resistance and an insert at the bottom of the follower Spring Which made it stronger. Checkering was added to the frame in order to make a comfortable and controlled grip easier to maintain.

The generation 2 also added the steel plate serial number. There was an upgrade to the upper and lower parts kits to address some of the safety issues , namely with the extractor spring loaded bearing firing pin safety and firing pin striker. The 2nd generation also saw the introduction of 40 SW, .380, 10 mm and 45 ACP As official Glock calibers. This is the generation of the first Glock 22.

While the Gen. 2 was a clear improvement on the Gen. One. It still left much room for improvement. The Glock 22 gen 3 had the 1st finger grooves on the grip that had ever been on a Glock model. Some roofs were also placed on either side of the frame making it somewhat ambidextrous. Generation 3 is known as the 1st modern Glock generation beginning in 1998 and lasting until 2008. It was the first generation to incorporate and incorporate an accessory rail for attachments under the barrel. The stippling on the grip was also revised.

The Glock 22 gen 4 had a smaller base plate grip with a modular backstrap for rear grip plates. Two magazine springs were added which were new to the Gen. 4 Glock pistols. This is also the generation in which the glock 17M which was made for the FBI was introduced. The G22 gen 4 addressed the few issues the Glock gen 3 platform had. There was no real improvement on the gen 3 to the gen 4 Glock models.

Now we come to the Gen. 5 G22 with ambidextrous magazine catches, revised magazine breastplate, and a flared magazine well for faster reloads. The Gen. 5 also has a slightly wider frame and a relief cut made under the trigger guard for a higher grip. The cross pin above the trigger guard was also removed and the Gen. 5 is the 1st generation to come standard with the Glock Marchman barrel.

What is a Glock 22 gen 5?

The Glock 22 along with the smaller counterpart the Glock 23 had recently been upgraded to Gen. 4 however, in 2020 the G22, made a big leap to the Gen. 5 standard. The gen 5 gave the Glock 22 a new diamond like carbon coating (DLC) for added protection against the abrasions and corrosion. All Gen. 5 models come standard with the Glock marksman barrel which has much better rifling. It comes with a flared magwell, standard for streamline reloads and a slide stop that is ambidextrous. The trigger design is much more refined compared to the previous generations. The G22 has 2 variants: the baseline model, which we have just discussed, and the MOS which is capable of fitting an RMR sight on it. While none of the upgrades by themselves would be very impactful to the performance and performance and quality of the gun the G22 makes sure all of these are done in the best way possible.

Rating the Glock 22 gen 5


The accuracy rating of the Glock 22 Gen 5 is a 5 out of 5. The accuracy of the Glock 22 Gen. 5 is great; it has the Gen. 5 Glock marksman barrel and that rifling really comes into play when Making. It is a very precise clock modelIs right off the bat. The generation 5 glock series has really given these new models a lot more accuracy and a lot better feeling. The clock 22 is able to hold a round of 1.5" grouping on any given day. It has a decent amount of compatibility with other friend namedIs brand name rounds.


The Ergonomics rating of the Glock 22 gen 5 is a 5 out of 5. The ergonomics of the G22 gen 5 are great. The gun is easy to hold, and comfortable when firing. I was able to maintain an unbelievable amount of control when firing. The trigger pull was nice and the recoil when firing was not that bad especially with a .40s&w bore. The G22 has a nice full size grip making it easy to unholster and begin firing in quick succession. Reloading was also a breeze with that amazon flared magwell. Moving around with the gun was great and the feeling in the hand is a pleasure.


The Glock 22 is pretty well priced for what you are getting. The Gen 5 glock series has clearly made improvements across the board for all the models. The G22 still comes with everything you might expect from the Glock lunch box, a set of magazines, cleaning tools, wire brush and manual. For the price, the Glock 22 gen 5 is a great and reliable gun.


The Glock 22 is a great gun. Nothing more can really be said about it. Glock gave the civilian market a taste of the on duty service pistol thirty years ago, and have now come to the generation 5 series, in which the gun is able to excel even more than it did. For civilian use, it makes a great self defense pistol, utilizing a heavy .40s&w. It is hard not to feel safe with this gun at your hip. The control and feel of the g22 is amazing, as maintaining a strong grip on the gun while firing is like slicing through butter. The Glock 22 price is not crazy, making it an affordable option for anyone willing to use it.