Rock Island Armory .22 TCM Single Stack Pistol

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As a fan of single stack 1911s I am pleased to report that RIA have added four single stack variants to their line of .22 TCM 1911 pistols.

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For those of you unfamiliar with the .22 TCM, the cartridge is a based on a .223 Remington case cut down to around the same length as a 9mm Luger case, then necked down to .22 caliber. Ballistically its about 10% less powerful at the muzzle than a 5.7×28 FN round and is loaded with heavier 40 grain bullet.

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All .22 TCM chambered pistols from RIA include a 9mm conversion kit. The magazines themselves can be used with both 9mm and .22 TCM.  These new single stack pistols have a MSRP of $830.

The press release is below …

October 28th (Las Vegas, NV) – Leading 1911 pistol manufacturer, Rock Island Armory began US distribution this October of four new additions to their .22 TCM 1911 family.

The four new firearms chambered for .22 TCM include:
• Midsize 1911 TAC II – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Full-Size 1911 TAC II – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Midsize 2011 Tactical – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)
• Full-Size 2011 Tactical – 10 capacity (.22 TCM)

First debuted at SHOT Show 2014, each of these firearms retail for less than $830 and ship with a 9mm conversion kit along with one magazine that accommodates .22 TCM and 9mm rounds.

“We’re very excited to offer the latest generation of .22 TCM pistols to the American public”, said Martin Tuason, President and CEO of Armscor / Rock Island Armory. “It’s been our goal all along to give shooters the ability to discover the advantages of this new cartridge and we’re confident shooting enthusiasts will recognize the value behind the conversion kits.”

This latest move follows Armscor’s recent ramp up of US based .22 TCM ammo production to accommodate for consumer demand.
Rock Island Armory will begin shipping 500 total units of the new series every month to major US distributors including Big Rock Sports, Ellett Brothers, Davidson’s, RSR Group, Zanders Sporting Goods, Williams Shooters Supply, Cheaper Than Dirt and others to make available to shooting enthusiasts.

About the TCM series

The TCM series was inspired by the need for more firepower in lower caliber firearms and ammo. The series was designed and developed by Armscor / Rock Island Armory executives – President, Martin Tuason and Master Firearm Engineer Fred Craig. TCM stands for Tuason-Craig-Magnum.

The .22 TCM round has been called the “Flame Thrower” by one prominent reviewer and has been embraced by hunters, self-defense and shooting enthusiasts.
The overwhelming demand for the bullet’s industry-leading high velocity and stopping power has prompted the company to expand its US production facilities.

Armscor USA .22TCM centerfire bullet features:
• Velocity – 2,000 feet per second
• 40 grain jacketed hollow point
• Maximum expansion



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Zachary marrs

    Incase .357 sig and .45 gap were too mainstream

    • Anonymoose

      Needs moar .22 Spitfire.

  • DaveP.

    I was looking at one of the Rock Island Tac models in 10mm. Does anyone have any practical experience with RIA?

    • LongBeach

      I’ve got a GI model 45 ACP, and in the 6 years I’ve owned it, it hasn’t malfunctioned once. It rattles like an old 1911 and it isn’t pretty, but it’s been great for me. In fairness, I have read tales of reliability issues. Just haven’t had any myself. For $500 it was a great purchase.

      • HKGuns

        Mine has been 100 % reliable as well. Mine was only $340 and is a tremendous value.

    • DrewN

      I have two, a .38 Super and a .45 Match. The Match especially is a tremendous value., you just don’t see too much hand fitting at the price point. No malfunctions for me (even though I practiced alot of “gunsmithing” on the Super) but I shoot round nose exclusively.

    • Mark

      I’ve had my RI1911 .45 for about a year now. Solid shooter at a very good price. It’s not as pretty as a Kimber, but it eats what I feed it. I was worried about steel cased ammo. I put 100 rounds of brass through it, followed by three hundred steel cased. Not a single hiccup even with very dirty and cheap ammo. Only mods I’ve made are Houge Wraparound grips, and some paint on the front sight.

    • Yes see my reply to Anonymous—- 10 years worth of good experience with them in several models. I’ve converted one to 38 Super and it’s still working well.
      It’s always been the best bang for the buck in 1911’s.

  • vinny

    Where did you get your information on the muzzle energy? Most reading I have done puts it at faster velocities with a heavier bullet.

  • Jolly

    Ok this seems cool and all but where are you gonna find .22 TMC ammo?

    • Guest

      *.22 TCM

    • Zachary marrs

      Online.

      I swore i saw a box at my local academy

      • Joe V.

        I just saw some at Cabelas not too long ago. Had no idea what it was, I was hoping it was 22lr!

      • Anonymoose

        We have Dick’s up here, and the only thing I ever find there with any consistency is .30-06, .270, and sometimes .243. I once found some WWB .308, which they wanted $50 for Best part is that all of that is absolutely WORTHLESS here because we only have one rifle range in the county (which is private), this is a slug/PCC state, and we don’t have any feral pigs around here (the only thing besides coyote that we’re allowed to shoot with non-muzzleloading/non-“pistol”-caliber rifles). Even the ranges and dedicated funshops have a pretty limited selection of good stuff, which is usually more than the cost+shipping online.

        • Zachary marrs

          I saw a guy recommend those cci .22 shotshells for home defense.

          This was sports authority

          • Anonymoose

            HAHAHAH! Oh, wow.

          • Paul Epstein

            Well, I suppose if you’re defending your home itself, rather than the people or items in it, they’d do the job on almost any destructive critter smaller than a raccoon.

          • Zachary marrs

            I used to know a guy who kept one of those naa mini revolvers loaded with the shotshells.

            He used it on rats.

            Don’t know what happened to him

          • Transfer that man to the fishing department!

          • Anon. E Maus

            Christ.

        • Michael R. Zupcak

          What shithole state are you in? NY like me?

    • JSmath

      My local gunstore actually stocks the ammo and the gun, funny enough.

      The clerks were talking about weird ammunition when I talked in the store, I mentioned the .22TCM and they pointed inside the case saying it’s what brought up the convo. Of course they tried selling me it, but I’ve already bought too much stuff from them, so it’ll have to wait.

    • christina

      plenty of available 22TCM online

      http://www.wikiarms.com/group/22TCM

    • J S

      my LGS stocks it.
      How many cases do you want/need?

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone comment on the metallurgy of RIA stuff in general? I know their revolvers are basically “Saturday night specials”, not meant for five-digit round counts or high pressure ammunition – but then again neither were the Colts they are supposedly based on. Taking that along with their price into consideration I don’t really hold it against them.

    I’m seriously considering one of their shotguns if they aren’t junk.

    • They aren’t junk. In fact among those who favor 1911s the RIAs are very popular. They stand up to a lot of use with no ill effect. My oldest RIA 1911 is 10 years old and it’s been shot a lot. I’ve replaced the extractor but off the top of my head I don’t recall replacing anything else.

      • Giolli Joker

        Are these basically RIA branded Filipino Armscors?

    • Grindstone50k

      Head over to 1911forum and ask all the RIA owners there.

      Mine has been a solid performer. It’s not touched by the testicle of god like certain big-name brands, but it goes bang when i want it to and generally hits were I point it. It’s not refined and polished, but it does what it needs to do well.

    • DragonFire

      let this be the last comment made to this ignorant, arrogant, know-it-all asking for ffing metallurgy nonsense. WHo da phuck ask for metallurgy on a company that makes and sells more 1911 than all manufacturer? phuk outta of here with your dumb azz questions

      • Anonymous

        Comical degree of hostility there in response to a perfectly valid and often neglected question. Armscor employee/fanboy I take it?

  • hami

    And there it is! Finally! A regularly priced 9mm 1911 with a rail.

    • DrewN

      .38 Super is just a barrel change as well. There is no .38 Super Tactical so folks were converting the 9mm Tac instead of adding ambi safeties, a beavertail + sights to a GI Super. Unfortunately for me, the 9mm Tac isn’t on the Ca approved list so I had to go the modification route. Worked great, but my metal finishing skills are rudimentary at best, so I need to redo it. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

      • Sean

        Sometimes you need to change the ejector as well when switching. Depends on the gun.

  • MclarenF1Forever

    Where is the promised RIA/Armscor 1911 in 22WMR? Is that still at least “on the board”?

  • Shadow

    Jeff Quinn has a review on this pistol at http://www.gunblast.com/RockIsland-22TCM.htm

    • J.T.

      To be honest though, I don’t think Jeff Quinn has ever reviewed ann gun and not liked it.

  • BattleshipGrey

    I like the look of that 2011 midsize with the rail. Nice and clean cut. Investing into another caliber is out of the question for me for the foreseeable future, but I like it.

  • gunsandrockets

    Bah! Why not a chambering in 7.62mm Tokarev instead?

    • Cymond

      The 7.62 Tokarev is too long for a 1911 magwell. I saw conversion kits for a 911 a few years ago, but the magazines could only hold about 5 rounds because the rounds literally tilted nose-up just to fit in the mags.

      • It strikes me that a thick front strap frame like a 1980s-vintage Caspian or a 1990s-vintage Springfield could be converted by a clever pistolsmith. You’d need a longer magazine tube from a Yugoslav M57 or a Star Model A, then you’d build up the sides of the tube to fit the mag well by soldering a slab on each side. This would also allow you to add a notch for engaging the stock magazine release.

      • gunsandrockets

        I strongly suspect the problem is not with the size of the frame, but with the use of existing magazines. I don’t see why a 1911 couldn’t be chambered in 7.62 Tokarev that uses a slightly enlarged well and a new magazine purpose built for the task.

    • Michael

      Will somebody PLEASE make a modern polymer high capacity railed pistol in 7.62×25.
      I like the 22TCM, but can we have it in a modern pistol please

      • LetsTryLibertyAgain

        My friend has the Rock Island 22 TCM, and it’s a nice pistol. I’m not into the single stack 1911 format. My friend is sick of me incessantly saying that making the .22 TCM just slightly longer than a 9mm so it won’t reliably feed from a 33 round Glock 9mm magazine into a Glock with an aftermarket barrel and recoil spring is absolutely boneheaded. To me, the real idea here is to shoot a very fast .223 bullet from a pistol that was chambered for 9mm, or at least .40 S&W. Ensuring that it just barely doesn’t fit a 9mm magazine is dumber than dirt in my opinion. It’s so frustratingly stupid that the market almost demands that someone else puts a .223 bullet in a cut down .223 case that fits into a 9mm magazine. If Fred Craig had a go at the .300 BLK concept, he’d probably make it a hair too long to fit in a STANAG magazine, and Rock Island would probably make a proprietary rifle with proprietary mags.

      • Alex GottmitUns

        That’ll be great. Who needs TCM if a single 7.62×25 bullet is double the weight 85-90gr) and hitting 1800 fps.
        I prefer the Tok conversion than a TCM-22.

        Hint: Use colt or Mecgar flat follower 38 super mags and you’ll get 8 (yes, eight) rounds in there and one in the chamber. It works with the RIA 38 1911-A1.

  • FourString

    Do these take regular 1911 9mm magazines? Or does the magazine that comes with the pistol a custom one for compatibility with .22TCM?

  • nobody

    Yawn. I’ll start caring when they unfuck their cartridge design and make it fit into a 9mm length magwells, as it stand the cartridge requires a .45 ACP or .38 super length magwell. They will also have to stop being assholes about licensing the cartridge design and allow companies other than Hornady to make dies for it.

    • Cymond

      Well, that would be a new cartridge, although I would strongly prefer the version you’re suggesting.

    • hod0r

      That would be .22 BOZ (newer design, older was based on 10 mm).

      • asdffdsa

        Yeah, but the designer of that round is an asshole and refuses to put it on the commercial market, he only wants military and police to have it and not the little people.

        • Slvrwrx

          Not to mention the .224 BOZ destroyed breach faces

      • Michael

        Waiting for the .224BOZ.
        The Army did say they were looking for a more powerful hangun

    • DragonFire

      ahh yawn.. your comments bore me………..yawwnnn , i yawn at your yawning because it’s fun to yawn for no reason and I’m obviously a man with plenty of time and not much ado, so i yawn at you

  • Duray

    “Cut down to approximately the length of a 9mm case.” That’s a pretty amateurish approximation. The TCM case is significantly and obviously longer than 19mm.

    • Duray

      By comparison, the TCM case is 26mm, and the 22 WMR is 26.8. Nowhere close to a 9mm casing.

  • sauerquint

    Bullet Wt. (gr) – Powder Type – Charge(gr) – MuzzleVel. (fps) – K. E. – (ft-lbs)
    40 Sierra – Alliant/Herc 2400 – 8.0 – 1800 – 287
    40 Armscor – Hodgdon H-110 – 10.3 – 1925 – 329

  • kcshooter

    It’s not a valid defensive round until someone provides ballistics testing results. Let’s see performance in gel, penetration, barrier effects, etc.

  • Slvrwrx

    If all of them now include a 9mm conversion barrel I may pick one up. I know the standard model originally had both barrels, but all other models made no mention.

    Also the 40gr TCM round is around 250 fps faster than the 40gr Ss197SR from the 5.7 pistol. The .22TCM’s though seem limited to flat nose rounds for feeding, but the 5.7 can load a variety of .224″ bullets from 28-55gr

  • Dragonheart

    I thought I wanted one. A friend bought one and I got to give it a try. Almost no recoil, but tremendous muzzle blast, I wasn’t impressed with the accuracy, the 50 cents a round ammo price or the finish on the gun, so I will take a pass and stick to shooting my cheap 9 mm and 45 ammo.