RIA Rifle in .22 TCM

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Rock Island Armory is now shipping bolt action rifles to the United States chambered for the .22 TCM cartridge. The rifles come with a 5-round magazine, but will also accept the 17-round magazines used in the company’s pistols chambered for the same cartridge.

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The barrel is 22.75″ long and the gun weighs six pounds unloaded. According to the company, the Armscor 40 grain JHP will do 2,800 fps at the muzzle.

The initial shipment to the United States was 100 rifles, and the company expects to ship 300 additional rifles to the US market every month. TFB originally reported on these rifles from the 2013 SHOT Show.



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  • Julio

    The stock seems to show an excessive amount of drop, yet the shooter in the video still has his scope set up on high mounts, and the gun is without iron sights. Aside from that, I’m not sure what the video is supposed to prove as bolt-action rifles stopped being thought of as rapid-fire arms more than 60 years ago, and the modest visible recoil from the shot is nothing special for a cartridge of this calibre, bullet weight and velocity. All in all, it makes me wonder if the good people at RIA and Armscor actually have much to offer.

    • I’m still not sure what game you would go after with a 40 grn bullet at 2800 fps?

      • J.T.

        Would be good for groundhogs.

      • FWIW: That is in the same ballistic ballpark as the classic .22 Hornet.

      • Zachary marrs

        Cats

    • xyrth

      Yeah, the video is far from great. The most practical use i see for this rifle is at the range — it’s like a .221 that uses even less powder, so you get a little more bang for your buck. I think their long-term goal is the success of this cartridge, and a diversity in what can utilize it will help.

    • Fred Johnson

      ” . . . I’m not sure what the video is supposed to prove as bolt-action rifles stopped being thought of as rapid-fire arms more than 60 years ago . . .”

      In the USA, sure. But in other parts of the world with restrictions on autoloaders, running a manually operated firearm quickly is what you got.

      Who am I kidding? I like running manually operated guns quickly, too. And I live in Texas. 😀

    • ryobiwankenobi

      The see-through scope mounts are the cheap way to mount a scope with a big objective lens to have enough clearance from the barrel. I have an uncle who did that on his 30-06 rifle to have a bigger scope mounted.

  • ClintTorres

    I’m intrigued by this cartridge in their pistol. Rifle…not so much.

    There are too many popular .22 caliber cartridges out there bracketing this one.

  • Class 2 Manufacturers could have a field day with that action. Anyone want a modern DeLisle carbine equivalent that can accept Para-Ordnance magazines?

    • matthew_carberry

      My first thought too. Rebarrel it to .45 ACP or even .460 Rowland and thread the muzzle. Even at 16″ it’d be a neat little carbine.

      • My only worry is that the action may not be big enough to run anything with a rim wider than 9.5 or 10mm in diameter.

        • I wonder if it isn’t the same basic action as the Squires Bingham M1400 or M1500.

        • matthew_carberry

          Well I feel stupid. I saw the initial announcement on the cartridge being available in their 1911 back whenever and assumed it was a necked down .45. That’ll teach me to read the article.

          Could use it with .38 Super or .41 AE I guess, though that doesn’t gain you much in terms of versatility.

  • mig1nc

    Anybody know what length barrel this thing starts to run out of steam? Wondering how hot this would be in an SBR. Or a sig-brace pistol like the MPX.

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  • r b barton

    A 224 caliber at 2800 fps has energy at the muzzle of over 700 foot pounds. It seems that all the sites have the muzzle energy wrong.