TaurusTX 22 Compact: Versatility Redefined

There is a multitude of potential training guns out there, but those chambered in 22 LR often find favor among instructors and moms and dads. After all, 22 LR is a truly soft-shooting round that produces little-to-no felt recoil and hardly any muzzle rise, making it ideal for teaching new and young shooters alike. With the TaurusTX 22 Compact, the gun maker is making the 22 LR available in a smaller handgun platform that is a stellar fit for smaller hands and offers many benefits, including high concealability. 

The TaurusTX 22 Compact is chambered in 22LR and designed to be easier to conceal and also as a better fit for smaller hands. (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus states that the TaurusTX 22 Compact delivers class-leading reliability, capacity, and shootability, all in a compact 22 LR platform. The TaurusTX 22 Compact is the smaller version of the popular TaurusTX 22, a full-sized handgun. This compact model is meant to be used for everything from plinking to teaching new shooters, and more.

TaurusTX22 Compact
The gun is optics-ready and boasts a variety of shooter-friendly features. (Photo: Taurus)

This gun offers 13 rounds in a staggered column magazine for excellent capacity without being overwhelmingly large. This pairs well with the Taurus Performance Trigger System which the manufacturer claims is “excellent” and designed for fast, accurate shots. Accuracy is further enhanced by the fact that this pistol is optics-ready right out of the box, making it possible for shooters to use the red dot sight of their choice right out of the box. The footprint is compatible with Shield RMSc and Holosun K optics.

Pistol with a Riton red dot sight
The pistol is shown here with a Riton red dot sight. (Photo: Taurus)

Features of the TaurusTX 22 Compact include:

  • 22 LR chambering.
  • 13 +1 capacity.
  • Compact size, making it easier to conceal and more comfortable to shoot for those with smaller hands.
  • 3.60-inch barrel length.
  • 3.90 overall height.
  • 16.5-ounce empty weight, so it’s light enough to be comfortable in a holster and for weaker arms to hold up for longer periods of live fire.
  • Twist rate of 1 in 10 with six grooves for stabilizing 22 LR more effectively.
  • 6.7-inch overall length, so it’s truly compact.
  • Black finish to reduce glare.
  • Angled forward and rearward slide serrations for easier racking of the slide.
  • Optics ready, which means it’s easy to add an aftermarket red dot sight.
  • Manual external safety for an added layer of safety for shooters and concealed carriers.
  • Striker-fired for reliable cycling and ignition.
  • Other safety features include striker block and trigger safeties.
  • Textured grip to improve hold during live fire even with wet hands.
  • Polymer frame, making the gun durable, resistant to wear and tear, and lighter weight.
  • Flat-shooting with minimal felt recoil thanks to small caliber.
  • Easier to rapidly acquire target and deliver follow-up shots thanks to chambering and size.
  • Versatile platform for plinking, training, shooting predators and varmints, and close-range self-defense.
taurustx 22 compact pistol
A 13 +1 capacity gives you plenty of rounds to shoot without being so excessive as to cause the gun to be heavier. (Photo: Taurus)

MSRP for the TaurusTX 22 Compact is set at $469.99.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.