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.
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.
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