Hello and welcome to a special review edition of The Rimfire Report. This week we’re going to take a look at the recently released Taurus TX 22 Competition model. The TX 22 Competition is Taurus’s latest generation of the successful TX 22 that was released in 2019. Today we’ll go over my thoughts and observations on the TX 22 Competition that was sent out to me and see what this pistol does best for the average shooter.
The Rimfire Report: Taurus TX 22 Competition Pistol Review
- Caliber: 22LR
- Capacity: 16 or 10 rounds
- Firing System: Striker Fired
- Action Type: Single Action Only
- Front Sights: Fixed White Dot
- Rear Sights: Fully Adjustable White Dot
- Safety: Striker Block, Manual Safety, Trigger Safety
- Frame: Full Size
- Grip: Polymer
- Slide: Aluminum
- Barrel Length/Profile: Competition Grade 5″ Bull Barrel threaded 1/2×28 TPI
- Additional Features: Picatinny Rail (Mil-STD 1913), 4 different mounting options
Signature indexing and recoil management pad
The TX 22 Competition carries over almost all of the standard features that the original TX 22 had. However, right off the bat, the TX 22 Competition that was sent to me already showed signs of improved presentation and improved value. Instead of the standard Taurus cardboard box, the Competition model came shipped in a sturdy plastic case with foam inserts that held the pistol, magazines, magazine loader, and mounting plates all securely in place., I am quite partial to plastic boxes even if I don’t intend on using them to take to the range with me. If you ever have to resell a firearm I find that the plastic case creates a great selling point for most buyers.
The TX 22 Competition uses the same 16-round polymer magazine that the original TX 22 used but this time comes with 3 magazines. While this isn’t enough to get you through even one stage in a steel challenge competition properly, extra magazines aren’t too expensive at just $22 apiece for the 16 rounders. By adding just two more magazines you’d be all set to go for most competitions that involve rimfire pistols. But what about an optic?
The most notable difference with the TX 22 Competition is its updated appearance. The slide has been significantly altered now featuring an “open-top” design much like the Beretta 92. This open-top design allows for the addition of an integrated optics mounting system directly on the barrel. This mounting choice is great as it reduces the height over the bore axis of any red dot you’re going to equip by placing the mounting point directly on top of the slide. This is unlike the Ruger Mk IV which requires the use of a Picatinny rail adapter.
The new design is great and takes the ultra-modern TX 22 and turns it into an even more futuristic looking range plinker. The pistol came with plates for four different styles of mounting options including the C-More STS2, Leupold Delta Point, Bushnell RXS-250, Trijicon RMR/SRO, Holosun 407 (used for this review), Vortex Venom, Doctor Noblex, Burris Fast Fire, and Sightmark Mini. As far as I’m concerned, that is pretty comprehensive coverage as far as red dot optics go.
The unique way in which the TX 22 disassembles means that even though the optic is mounted directly to the barrel, you can still remove it for cleaning and inspection without needing to detach the optic first. By extension, this means that you can retain your zero in between matches or shooting sessions while you’re cleaning the gun.
The first thing I tried to do when I received the TX 22, was to attach a suppressor to it. Since I’m trying my hardest to avoid pissing the neighbors off, I need to reduce my sound footprint as much as possible. This is where I ran into the first problem I had with the TX 22 Competition. Unlike the standard iteration of the TX 22, the competition model features a full-length 5″ bull barrel instead of a barrel extension/thread adapter.
I very much like the fact that they included a bull barrel instead of a pencil profile barrel encased inside of a shroud – this is great for peace of mind but does make the gun a little front heavy even without the suppressor on it, but since it comes in at around four full ounces lighter than a Mark IV pistol, I’ll let it slide. However, what struck me as odd is that the thread protector had two glaring problems/omittances that frustrated me right out of the box.
The first was that the thread protector was tightened down so much that I had to take a blowtorch and a light hammer to the piece in order to rotate it loose off of the threads. Upon finally getting the thread protector off, I found that there was neither an o-ring or a spring washer to prevent exactly what I had experienced. I know Taurus tends to be a more “budget-friendly” company but I feel like the omittance of these common anti-seize parts was a misstep. As a final note on the thread protector, I personally felt that the flats on the hexagonal cover gave poor purchase even when using a correct size wrench.
Adding A Suppressor
The addition of a suppressor is not only fun but more courteous to your neighbor. However, I found that adding a suppressor created a unique problem with the open-top design of the TX 22 Competition. Suppressors generate a certain amount of backpressure and this in tandem with bulk/supersonic ammo led to a lot of blowbacks making it to my face. Blowback isn’t harmful in the least if you’re wearing proper eye protection but it can get annoying for a casual range session. The use of dedicated subsonic ammunition mostly mitigated this problem and using anything other than a suppressor (brake/flash hider) did the same.
As a steel challenge competitor, I find that the TX 22 Competition has hit all the marks for a great target shooting pistol. The ergonomics are great, the magazines aren’t overly expensive and the full-size style of grip gives you good authority to drive the pistol where it needs to go. If I could change a few things about the pistol, I would have included a spring washer to the threaded portion and perhaps made the magazine release just a little bit bigger or more pronounced.
All in all the TX 22 Competition I feel is a great addition to the lineup and I’ll be looking forward to doing some more shooting with the pistol as we move into spring and clubs start opening up for competition again. Thoughts and comments always welcome below and thanks for stopping by to read The Rimfire Report!
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