Taurus TX22 Pistol in .22LR Announced

Taurus TX22 Pistol in .22LR
Taurus TX22 Pistol in .22LR

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Taurus continues its mission of delivering premium handgun performance and technological advancements to the shooting enthusiast market with the all-new Taurus TX22. The TX22 is a.22LR semi-auto that, out of the box, runs like a custom-tuned pistol but comes at a price point that puts a competition-level handgun squarely in the budget of the mainstream shooter.

Designed and engineered from the ground up to maximize fit, function, and comfort for shooters of all statures and levels of experience, the TX22 is a full-size polymer handgun that is ready from the outset to deliver success for competitive shooters as well as those just learning the art of pistol shooting. Boasting all the familiar features of larger-caliber semi-auto handguns yet in a rimfire chamber and with a class-leading 16-round capacity, the TX22 sets new performance standards and shooter expectations across the .22LR category.


How do you achieve the pinnacle of handgun comfort, function, and performance? You build the foundation around the shooter.

From the start, Taurus designers and engineers placed ergonomics as the framework around which the new TX22 would be built. In fact, the “human factor” was integrated into every aspect of the development process. The grip, for example, was crafted over a two-year period to ensure optimal wrist alignment, control, and overall conformity for almost all hand sizes. Operational ergonomics were also closely examined and tweaked for ideal positioning and size of the manual safety levers (safety lever is an optional feature on select models), slide catch, and magazine catch/release to accommodate small- to large-frame shooters. This concept was also applied to the trigger reach dimension. By allowing ergonomics to define the space envelope for the functioning parts—as opposed to allowing the operational components dictate size and positioning—the result is a full-size polymer frame handgun that is both comfortable and functionally efficient for a broad range of shooter sizes and shooting styles.

The human factor does not, however, end at the TX22's advanced frame design. Take, for instance, the fire control assembly. Built around a single-action-only striker-fired system, the Taurus Pittman Trigger System (PTS) found in the TX22 utilizes a short, 5 lb. trigger pull to release the sear—a feature that experienced and beginner shooters alike will appreciate. The trigger reset is also short and spring-assisted, allowing the shooter to deliver quick follow-up shots while maintaining good sight alignment. The audible trigger reset lets you know once the sear is re-engaged and the TX22 is ready to fire the next round. The recoil spring force is actually higher than most hammer fired .22’s. Typically a hammer fired pistol has a non-linear racking force. The initial force is high because the shooter must rotate the hammer down. Once the hammer is fully rotated, the force substantially lightens to around 3 lbs. (for a typical .22). For striker fired guns there is no hammer to rotate, so the force is more linear. With the striker in the fired position, the force for the TX22 is roughly 8 lbs. for initial movement and 10 lbs. at full rearward position.

“As a competitive shooter, the feature that stands out the most is the trigger,” said USPSA Grand Master and Taurus Team Shooting Captain, Jessie Harrison. “It’s smooth with a crisp break and positive reset. It feels like a custom trigger without the custom price tag. The TX22 is a competition ready gun and that’s exciting for me and the future of Taurus!”

Not only is the TX22's fire control system engineered for smooth and comfortable operation, the other side of the equation is addressed once the firing pin strikes the cartridge case rim. The grip geometry combines with an optimized slide weight to deliver virtually no recoil, furthering the TX22's fast-action, quick-sight-acquisition performance so desired for a competitive-level handgun or for rapid-fire target practice.

Taurus TX22 Pistol with Ammo
Taurus TX22 Pistol with Ammo

Design Elements:

The TX22 is built on an advanced polymer frame intended to maximize fit and biomechanical geometry while minimizing bulk and weight through a combination of careful material selection, advanced manufacturing processes, and strategic lightening of non-critical components the overall weight of the pistol was kept to 17.3 oz. The grip itself is generously covered with a proprietary texture pattern that ensures positive hand placement and retention without overly aggressive stipling, which can be uncomfortable to beginning shooters during long range sessions. A finger groove beneath the trigger guard and one above the magazine floor plate further aid in providing a solid, confident grip.

Ergonomics were also factored into the slide. Constructed of Aerospace Grade 7075 aluminum and finished in hardcoat anodized black matte, the TX22 slide includes front and rear precision-machined serrations for no-slip operation when chambering or ejecting a cartridge.


As a handgun developed for use by both experienced shooters and those just starting to develop their handgun skills, the TX22 is replete with safety considerations. The manual safety (on select models) is ambidextrous to work with left- and right-hand shooters. All of the TX22 pistols are designed with a hidden trigger safety that prevents unintentional rearward trigger movement. One of the key benefits of this design is that it leaves the trigger face “clean” by eliminating the conventional-style protruding trigger safety blade. Additional safety components include a firing pin block that is designed to prevent the firing pin from striking the cartridge unless the trigger is intentionally pulled.


In addition to designing the TX22 to suit a wide range of shooter sizes and skill levels, Taurus designers worked to ensure the new pistol could also be customized to individual shooter preferences. The rear sight, for example, is fully adjustable for windage and elevation so the pistol can be custom-zeroed for specific ammunition loads.

Popular handgun accessories can also be integrated into the TX22 platform. Blended into the frame is a MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail suitable for mounting a tactical light or laser. For those who wish to shoot suppressed, the 4.1-inch barrel comes with a 1/2×28 thread adaptor suitable for accepting popular suppressor models. There is also a thread protector that goes on the barrel when suppressor adaptor is removed.

Finally, the TX22's magazine catch is reversible to accommodate left- or right-hand shooter needs.

Taurus TX22 Pistol with Threaded Adaptor
Taurus TX22 Pistol with Threaded Adaptor

Broad Consumer Appeal:

The new Taurus TX22 design was intended to satisfy the needs of shooters of all sizes and experience levels without compromising in any area. In other words, the TX22 is a pistol that meets the expectations of competitive-level shooters while providing the ideal platform for smaller-framed and beginning shooters—doing so at a viable price point that fits every budget. Although the TX22 is based on a full-frame design, the grip ergonomics, trigger dimensions, and size and placement of the operational controls make it the perfect training foundation for those just getting into pistol shooting, allowing them to become familiar with semi-auto pistol function and to develop their shooting skills before moving on to larger-caliber models.

For experienced and competitive shooters, the TX22 hits all the “must-have” marks in terms of comfort, geometry, and operational speed so essential for success.

“The TX22 is impressive because it’s truly ready to go from the factory,” states Jessie Harrison. “Being able to purchase a pistol that requires zero modification and is match-ready is most appealing as a competitor.”

Count the virtually non-existent recoil, minimal sight alignment disturbance, adjustable sight, and generous 16 round capacity as bonuses.

The Handgun That Invites You to “Keep Shooting”

Whether a first-time shooter or a range pro, all agree that the TX22 is one handgun you're reluctant to put up for the day. The comfortable grip and smooth operation combined with the .22LR chambering makes for a pistol that won't wear you out during extended target sessions. Add in the accuracy quotient courtesy of the short and relatively light trigger pull, barely perceptible recoil, robust magazine capacity, and lightning-fast sight alignment—not to mention the overall confidence gained from accurate, controlled shooting and ease-of-use—and you have a handgun that invites you to “keep on shooting!”

Taurus TX22 features include:

Taurus TX22 Pistol Specs
Taurus TX22 Pistol Specs
  • MSRP: $349
  • Shipping: Q1 2019

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Taurus Holdings, Inc. (“Taurus USA”) and its subsidiaries continues to evolve and produce revolutionary new products. In addition, new standards for quality and efficiency help deliver reliable and affordable guns to the market. Taurus USA is based in Miami, Florida. Taurus USA is owned by Forjas Taurus, S.A. which is a publicly traded company based in Brazil. Forjas Taurus manufactures a wide variety of consumer and industrial products that are distributed worldwide. For additional information, visit www.taurususa.com.

  • 30 thoughts on “Taurus TX22 Pistol in .22LR Announced

    1. I just purchased one. My first 22LR. This was for my anniversary, my wife got the SR22, I got the TX22. We went to the range last Saturday, shot around 450 rounds, only 1 round failed to fire, I blame the ammo, everything worked perfectly. It took all 4 different ammunition manufacturers without a problem.
      The SR22 feels like a 22, the TX has a hand feel like a full sized pistol (like my Glock 17) in fact it fits really well in the Glock 17 holster. Minor sight adjustment and it hit everything I aimed it at. The trigger is great, I love the reset this is one reason why I purchased the TX22. I am picky when it comes down to trigger feel and the reset. For me, it beats the SR22 and the S&W 22 compact. It really feels good in your hand. If Taurus builds their other guns like this, I might be getting more.

    2. I bought one yesterday, brought it home and loaded both mags with Winchester high velocity, and took it down to the pond to see how it shot. Flawless, accurate, FUN! Can’t wait to get it to the range and see how tiny of a group can be had with it.

    3. I picked one up this AM when I went to buy 9mm bulk and saw the shop actually had one in stock. I own a lot of guns, my Signature P320c RX is probably my favorite pistol, but my pt111 is my EDC for reasons I won’t go into here. I ran about 300 rounds of Federal 36 hollow point & 40g soft core through it and while I really like the gun, I had multiple FTFs with both ammo types. The gun itself, ribs like a sewing machine. BUT, the FTFs were bothersome. I studied the gun each time and I’m pretty sure the issue is with either the mags or the feed ramp.
      *** Full Disclosure: I only lightly oiled it before I went to the range & usually do a full cleaning.
      I will say the FTFs got better towards the end until the powder buildup became an issue which is a problem for most 22 pistols.

      Pros: The gun itself felt fantastic, a great practice tool. Great grip, trigger, accuracy & function.
      Cons: FTFs (could just be Federal?), and I HATE poly recoil assemblies. Mine started peeling a little at the end, probably from being new with a little extra plastic and may have contributed to the FTFs. I spoke to Lakeline, who make stainless recoil assemblies for pt111/g2c (I have one in mind and highly recommend them) & they said they’re going to be making stainless assemblies for the TX22 as well so…we’ll see.

      Verdict: Mine didn’t live up to the hype out of the box. BUT,v there’s the making of a great 22 here. My serial was just above 2000 so it’s an early model. I’m going to clean it, buff the feed ramp with my Dremel, fine down the assembly burls and take it out tomorrow with some different ammo (CCI). It’s a keeper for what I paid for it ($275), but even if it runs like a dream tomorrow I’ll still be watching for LL’s stainless assemblies.

      1. I’m thinking if you use CCI mini mags 40 grain after cleaning the gun your problems will probably be gone others with this gun have raved that the gun was flawless using CCI mini mag 40 grain ammo good luck hope it runs well for you

    4. This could be a very important pistol release from Taurus. It is probably the first American made, built in their new factory and under new management relese so far. If this pistol is half as good as the claims made by Taurus this could be a real gamechanger for them. As it is the G2C is already that but that gun has been refined over a longer period while this gun is brand spanking new. Built in a brand new American plant and under Taurus’s new management team. This should be good.

    5. Will it shoot better than all the other 22lr guns that miss feed every 10 rounds. I continue to look for a 22 that is reliable.

      1. JIm a have a few different ones. My S&W victory is reliable, however it wasn’t at first. It would catch the spent brass every so often, so I went on good ole Youtube and someone showed how to tweak the ejector just a little and it works perfect now with many types of ammo. But like most 22lrs it does need to be cleaned now and then but I’m not a big cleaner!-:)

      2. I just shot the TX22 today. With a variety of loads. It ate everything I fed it, and not one jam, stovepipe, FTF, FTE, or any other issues. The trigger is unbelievable, and reset is amazing.

    6. When I saw this announcement I got really excited. When I started reading about the TX 22 I decided that I really wanted one. I have been in the market for a 22 semi automatic pistol and when I saw this at all when I got really excited. When I started reading about the TX 22 I decided that I really wanted one. I have been in the market for a 22 semi automatic pistol and was ready to jump on the Taurus Train. However, when I read that Taurus has reduced their warranty on this gun to a mere one year, I stopped dead in my tracks. To me this is a deal killer. The warranty is the way to manage contingent liability for the future. However Taurus feels that they can only back this gun for one year then there must be a problem that they’re not talking about. I am back to Smith & Wesson M&P 22 pr the Ruger SR 22. Sorry Taurus.

      1. They have a new warranty limited lifetime warranty only to the original buyer if you sell it to someone the warranty ends

    7. I can’t believe I’m interested in a Taurus firearm. I hope the aluminum slide is enough to appease the stupid rules my state has against ‘Saturday Night Specials’.

    8. When will it be on sale to local gun stores?. Will Rural King stores in southern IN. have it on there shelves? I am very interested in buying one,I have other Taurus hand guns and like them very much. I think the 16 round mags. will be super.

    9. They have to work on their service. A 40 minute wait time is insane! Their lifetime warranty is gone so that might lighten their workload over time.

    10. I have had several Taurus pistols and the G2c has been my favorite so far. They seemed to have really stepped up their game lately. I can’t wait for this to come out, I will definitely be buying one.

    11. Can this be modified to 10 round capacity to attempt to be approved in Ca. We have some real stupid rules that most guns banned.

    12. Another gun manufacturer that markets a model that is not in compliance with states such as California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, VT, and others that limit magazine capacity to less tan 10 – 15 rounds. You would think they would offer a complaint model for those states, instead they help the gun grabbers by limiting firearms they could purchase. Playing right into their hands.

      1. They have a 10 rnd version now but still can’t buy it in Connecticut because of the threaded barrel. I called yesterday and they said they are not aware of any plans to offer one without the threaded barrel. Why make a rimfire with only a threaded barrel… It’s a .22… Oh well. Really wanted one but will have to look to a different maker.

    13. I have a PT 111g2 that I REALLY do like, except the protruding trigger safety. After a recent 50 red shoot, I had a small blood blister on my trigger finger. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. What can I do about the trigger?Joe

    14. Love the G2c, it has become my daily carry gun . I already have a 1911-22 LR with a 5″ barrel but only 10 rounds in the magazine shoot very well. I still want one, I like the fact has no hammer to deal with and the 16 rounds. and the weight my 1911-22 is heaver. Well done Taurus!

    15. Sounds like a winner Taurus! Loved the PT111 and the G2C. Now a .22 pistol with 16 round capacity and for the new comers you offer a manual Safety!. If the same engineering that went into the PT111 and the G2C goes into your TX22 you have hit one out of the park. Did I mention 16 rounds, Love it. I want one. RH

    16. Taurus, you can try to beat the Smith & Wesson compact m&p 22. Unless you address your triggers, Not gonna happen.

      1. I’m thinking if you use CCI mini mags 40 grain after cleaning the gun your problems will probably be gone others with this gun have raved that the gun was flawless using CCI mini mag 40 grain ammo good luck hope it runs well for you

      2. I’ve tried this trigger a couple weeks ago at a gun show I’d have to say the trigger is pretty good and the 2 16 round magazines are a bonus but l don’t own one so l can’t speak about performance or reliability it’s the first striker fired 22 handgun that l know of

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