Gun Review: Rock Island Arsenal M22 TCM BA – The .22 TCM Chambered Bolt Action Rifle

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In 2014, Rock Island Armory released not just a new handgun, but a new cartridge for the handgun, the .22 TCM. Slowly gaining acceptance, the new round was found to be excellent at varminting with its high velocity. To compliment this and the new handgun, Rock Island released a new bolt-action rifle the M22 TCM BA. Confident in their offering, RIA sent TFB a rifle for review and we put it through our paces.

Does the M22 TCM BA hold its own in a world replete with inexpensive bolt actions, especially with the 22 TCM? Read below to find out.

 

Rifle Overview

The rifle itself is a muted statement, and looking from the outside is nothing special, which I believe is exactly what Rock Island Armory was going for. They wanted an understated rifle that appeals to everyone and offends no one, which they executed perfectly. The monte-carlo stock is actual wood (very hard to find these days, especially in the pricing category) featuring checkering at the forestock and and actual grip. Accents are black, including the grip cap, forward and rear sling mounts, and rubber butt-pad. The forestock tip is nicely dyed to a dark ebony.

The M22 is a standard right-hand operation bolt-action rifle. The bolt knob is a large and rounded affair, shaped for scope clearance. The bolt itself is left bright metallic, featuring a fixed ejector and spring external extractor. The bolt does not lock into the breach, instead the rifle opts for the charging handle to house the locking lug. Bolt removal is simple; rotate the charging handle and pull to the rear while depressing the serrated bolt release on the left-hand rear of the receiver.

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Easy to see the controls and contoured knob.

The 22.75″ barrel is complete free-floated, using a standard target taper profile. The chamber itself features a polished feed ramp (nice touch) for feeding from the 22 TCM pistol magazines (5 round flush-fit is included, but the rifle feeds from any of the standard or high-capacity 22 TCM handgun offerings). No last-round bolt-hold open is present, but the magazine does have a cut out. Magazines are inserted from the bottom through the mag well directly in front of the trigger guard. For speedy magazine changes, the shooter can index the magazine off the trigger guard and insert, although removing magazines is not easy, as the magazine does not fall-free depressing the gritty 1911-style magazine catch.

The trigger is relatively thin, with no chamfering on either side. Despite this, its a comfortable affair with the deep vertical serrations catching a finger easily. The safety is a forward-reverse toggle switch easily accessible by the right thumb. Push forward for fire, pull to the rear for “safe”.

The 22 TCM Cartridge

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22 TCM vs .223 Spent Brass

The rifle features Armscor & Rock Island Armory’s new 22 Tuason Craig Micromagnum round (previously called the 22 Micro-mag in development), which is a shortened .223 / 5.56 Nato case. The round uses .224 diameter bullets and was designed to feed reliably in SMGs and handguns while still using common diameter bullets. Currently, only Armscor manufactures the rounds.

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Clear gel has shown it to be a quick little thing:

Shooting the M22

For testing, the rifle was fitted with a Hawke 22LR 3-9×40 scope mounted via UTG rings. While higher-class optics were available, I figured typical users would not put on $1,000 glass on a $400 rifle. As it turns out, the combination was excellent, especially with the optic’s reticle (more on that later).

Authors’ note: Typically, TFB writers furnish their own ammunition for testing. However, Armscor/RIA provided the 22 TCM ammunition for testing. 22 TCM  is not something easily sourced from local stores. All ammunition tested was 40 grain hollow-points, rated for 2800 fps using the exact rifle tested. Armscor/RIA provided 600 rounds for testing. All rounds were fired. 

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The magazine included with the rifle is a shortened version of the double-stack 22 TCM magazines used in Armscor/RIA’s 1911 handgun series. Loading was easy all the way to the maximum capacity of 5 rounds. Upon insertion, the rounds go into battery with relative ease (don’t baby the rounds, get them in the chamber). The rifle does have a cocked indicator, an easy silver nub coming from the center of the black bolt (but no loaded chamber indicator). From there, take of Safe, pull the trigger, cycle the bolt, and repeat.

Accuracy testing the rifle. No, the rifle was not tested resting on the barrel. All shots were supported on the stock and foregrip.

Accuracy testing the rifle. No, the rifle was not tested resting on the barrel. All shots were supported on the stock and foregrip.

Accuracy testing was conducted indoors at 50 yards. The shooter was in a sitting position using a caldwell adjustable rest for the front of the rifle and a bean-bag to the rear. It was not ideal, but the rifle performed admirably, putting up consistent .5″ and under groups at 50 yards. Extrapolated to 100 yards, the rifle is a MOA shooter. Groups did open up after the barrel got hot (not just warm), which took nearly 75 rounds.

Base groups while cold & warm at 50 yards.

Base groups while cold & warm at 50 yards.

Opening up a bit once hot, but still excellent for what is cross between rimfire and a .223

Opening up a bit once hot, but still excellent for what is cross between rimfire and a .223

Of note, the trigger was particularly good for a rifle at the M22’s price point. The deep serrations caught the finger well, to the point the shooter should reset the finger versus attempt to move it on the surface. I like that. The pull is utterly fantastic. Single stage with no creep, slack, take-up, etc. It just breaks at 5.1 lbs (averaged with Lyman digital gauge). Over-travel is present, but not more than what is needed. Personally, I like the higher weight as hair-triggers haven’t jived with me after military training where I do like shots to (nearly) surprise me).

During normal operation of the rifle, I did not have any feeding issues, but when slowing the action down, the fixed ejector became an issue. If one does not pull the bolt back with sufficient force, the ejector will just pop the round off the extractor with slight rotation causing a stove-pipe. In short, run the gun, don’t walk it. Throughout the day, with nearly 300 rounds fired, I did encounter two dud rounds, which when repeatedly stuck still did not ignite.

Got to rack the action to give the ejector some force to eject the round. If not, it will lay on top and cause a malfunction.

Got to rack the action to give the ejector some force to eject the round. If not, it will lay on top and cause a malfunction.

Taking the rifle outdoors, it was an easy weapon to handle. The two sling mounts made it easy to transport and the flush magazine ensured it did not bang into my back during transport. Using the Hawke rimfire optic, I found the optic good for ranging targets, just not at the 22LR indicated ranges. Using a zero a the 75 meter mark, the 50 became the 75 and other crosshairs suitable adjusted from there. While not the intended use of the scope, I was ringing 200 yard 4″ steel plates without issue.

My only real gripe on using the rifle boiled down to the interface with the optic. While Rock Island did set up the bolt handle to clear the rear of the scope, once past its guide rails on the receiver, the handle would rotate further up and hit the side of the optic. While not functionally detrimental, its annoying to now have the scrape on the glass.

Despite this, the scope did allow me to ping some annoying critters with boring regularity out to 50 yards. In this respect, the excellent accuracy made it easy to hit 1″ critter noggins and the 40 grain hollow-points were devastating. 2800 FPS is more than enough energy to make a squirrel into “pink mist” which I suspect was the designers intent.  Heck, according to Legally Armed America, it can take a hog.

The Good:

  • Accurate. Rifle was putting up .5″ groups at 50 yards without hesitation in less-than-ideal shooting positions.
  • Trigger was excellent. No take-up, just a solid break.
  • Checkering and the wood grain is good, especially for the price point.

The Notable:

  • Uses the .22 TCM Cartridge, for better and for worse. In the bolt-action rifle, I don’t see room for it in a market where .222 and .223 exist. In the 1911 style handguns, it has some real merit.
  • In light of the above, would be good for a well-stocking “prepper” or someone wanting just one ammunition type.
  • One must run the bolt faster. Running it gentle/slow will result in failure to eject and failure to feeds.

The Bad:

  • The flush magazine was a pain to insert and remove (nothing to grab on to), but longer magazines exist.
  • Bolt handle, while able to cycle with a mid-height optic, still managed to scrape the finish off the optic. Buyer will want to ensure compatibility.

Final Thoughts:

As a stand-alone rifle, the M22 TCM BA ticks the right boxes. Accuracy is excellent due to good free-floating barrel and a great trigger, the bolt cycles smoothly, decent wood stock, uses removable magazines (which as a bonus are compatible with the handgun series) and features easy scope mounts which hold zero. Adding in the retail price at $454, its a veritable bargain assuming it is any standard caliber.

But, the M22 TCM BA is not a standard caliber. Its the rifle addition to Armscor .22 TCM line. In my testing, the round has shown excellent performance with great accuracy and at over 2800 FPS with a 40-grain projecting, took care of squirrels and pests right-quick. But, its still not a standard caliber. Currently, only Armscor is manufacturing the caliber and while decently priced ($.36/round via common ammo sources), means limited supply (or on the other hand, means excellent supply in a panic, as most go for the common caliber). To me, the ultimate choice to buy one would boil down to one’s desire for the caliber, which I have not had the pleasure of shooting any of the companion TCM 1911 handguns.

So, divorcing myself from the caliber for a moment and reviewing the rifle on its own merits, I would recommend it. It shoots well, recoil is barely above a hyper-velocity 22LR, and has the right looks.

Put another way, the rifle is good enough that the only decision one needs to make is if 22 TCM is right for them.

 

Details from Armscor:

CALIBER

22TCM
CAPACITY
Standard Mag
5 Rounds
DIMENSIONS
Length
41.125 inch / 1045 mm
Height
8 inch / 203 mm
BARREL
Length
22.75 inch / 578 mm
Grooves
6
Barrel
Contoured rear end

OTHER FEATURES

Trigger Pull
4.0 – 6.0 lbs. / 1.81 – 2.72 kgs
Length of Twist
1 in 16″
Length of Pull
13.5 – 14 inch / 343 – 356 mm


Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • HenryV

    I don’t think they were going for a neutral look it looks that way because it is a value item. I wish somebody would release a value pistol calibre bolt action rifle on the UK market. We see Rugers here but there are un-common-ish.

    • Porty1119

      “Value” rifle. I like this term. Not all inexpensive firearms are cheap(ly made), and not all cheap firearms are inexpensive.

      • HenryV

        I have watched a couple of interviews with the chap behind Rock Island Armoury and he seems to be a real genuine nice guy. They are not going to have a lot of money to throw at a project. From what I see the company knows its limitations and works within them. Compare and contrast with Kel-Tec who probably would be better off dropping half their range. RIA works with knowns and delivers value, Kel-Tec tries to deliver value with innovation and doesn’t quite pull it off. The breadth and depth of the US gun market is a constant source of interest to me. I wish we could get some like this RIA rifle here in the UK in .357 for about £500.

        • iksnilol

          You could get one of those ISSC straight pull rifles in .22 mag, then put in a .17 barrel in it (ream the chamber for .22 mag).

          Wouldn’t be as strong as the .22 TCM but would be in that category of lightweight varmint cartridges. Also you wouldn’t be dependent on handloading or scouring after rare ammo.

          • HenryV

            Thanks. It isn’t so much the .22TCM I want, or a round with similar charismatics, more something that eats a pistol cartridge that doesn’t look like it should be hanging off John Wayne or Randolph Scott’s saddle. 🙂

          • iksnilol

            Ah.

            There’s those Armalon carbines that take pistol mags and ammo. SMLEs in pistol calibers. They are made in the UK.

          • HenryV

            SMLEs in pistol calibres are rare-ish.

          • Richard

            I feel sorry for you living in gun hating UK, however in Texas we welcome Limey Christians and we have real lax gun laws.

          • HenryV

            Bless. 🙂

  • Tassiebush

    Seems like it’d fit my hunting needs pretty well if ammo was available. How much noise compared to something like a .223 or .22mag?

    • I’d imagine it would be louder than .22 Mag, but way, way quieter than .223.

      Reloading data I’ve found on the .22 TCM puts it at around 10-11grs of powder, while .223 is 21-28grs.

      • Tassiebush

        Yeah that’s a big difference in powder volume. Makes me ponder optimal barrel length. 22″ is probably a fairly mild package since it probably gets burnt in well under that. That’d probably be a great rifle for use closer to settled areas.
        Sheesh actually this would be a profoundly awesome round in a 1892 clone or 1894marlin with a pedersen spiral grooved mag (so the rounds couldn’t chainfire).

        • mikee

          Interesting as a wildcat. However, performance is covered by the .221 Fireball, .222 Rem, .223 Rem etc. Downloading the afore mentioned cartridges will duplicate performance of the .22 TCM. Really, I don’t see the point? Maybe a cartridge to tinker with for those with too much time on their hands!

          • tts

            The goal with .22TCM was to make something with FN5.7x28mm-ish performance in a similar cartridge size that could also fit in a moderate to small sized pistol but for cheaper.

            As a rifle cartridge yeah it doesn’t seem very sensible at first when looking at performance alone. But for those who own the pistol chambered in this round its nice to have the option of getting a rifle that’ll fire the same cartridge. Having more options should really help boost this cartridge’s popularity. Especially since this is a legitimately nice rifle at a non-stupid price. Same goes for the pistols really.

          • Miguel Raton

            “…legitimately nice rifle at a non-stupid price.” Nice turn of phrase there, TTS! Wish I’d said it 1st! 😉

            Wish they’d come out w/ a version of the rifle in 7.62×25 Tok, that would make a nice plinker and those living in Free America [which I do not, yet] can reload boxer Tok brass w/ saboted loads to achieve performance close to the 22TCM when they’ve used up their supply of surplus steel-cased ammo… 😉

          • tts

            Yeah that’d be cool, I don’t think many shoot 7.62x25mm Tok though in the US so unfortunately that sort of rifle might never happen here.

          • Miguel Raton

            Only those of us w/ CZ52 or TT33 pistols! 😉

            One of the silver linings to the dark cloud of the U.S.’ decade-long ammo drought is that some of the only bargain ammo is PPU, S&B & other off-shore manufacturers. Accordingly, we’re starting to see reloadable Boxer brass in 7.62Tok [& other formerly obscure “furrin’ calibers”] now that the cheap steel surplus & [embargoed] new Russian ammo has almost all disappeared.

            How did Kevin Costner put it? “Build it, & they will come?..” 😉 Armscor could easily stick a .30 cal barrel on that same platform used for the 22tcm rifle and see what happens; pretty minimal downside risk for them, with a potentially large upside. Who knows? Maybe the horse will learn to talk?

          • Tassiebush

            I think it’s just the mix of a very short action and a milder cartridge that appeals to me.

          • mikee

            I’m imagining. I’ve got it!! A Ruger No.1 or Browning 1885. Now you can’t get much shorter than that! Oh wait, Thompson Encore or my favourite – Contender – the original that is.

          • iksnilol

            Well, the contender is shorter but it is single shot :/

          • mikee

            Only hits count! The rest is background noise.

          • Tassiebush

            They’re definitely short actions but they aren’t really burdoned by considerations of case length. In fact bigger cases are probably easier to shove in with a single shot. But a case like this would shine on any manually operated repeater. It could even be used on a biathlon style action. I just like the idea of rimfire handling with centrefire performance.

          • mikee

            That is the problem – feeding from a repeater. The .22 TCM looks like a mini 6 BR. How many 6 BR repeaters have been successful? Very few if any have lasted. The problem is the shape of the case which is for all intents and purposes straight walled. 6 BR’s are notoriously unreliable in repeaters. The .22 TCM would most likely fall into the same category.

          • tts

            Works fine in a 1911 pistol….

          • Tassiebush

            I had the same concern but it seems this example as reviewed fed pretty well.

          • mikee

            Spot on mate!

          • Laserbait

            But all of those cartridges are too long for any 1911. The 22 TCM will fit in a 1911 frame.

          • mikee

            Yea, we all have our favourites……but the economics don’t work out!

          • Laserbait

            What economics? It’s a $400 rifle, that shares ammo with a $650 handgun (that includes a 9mm conversion kit). Please explain.

          • mikee

            Volume economics! No manufacturer of any product will continue production if it won’t sell. How many people have actually heard of the .22 TCM? Only enthusiasts. The market place is replete with firearms, cartridges (and other products) that have come and gone due to lack of demand. The average “joe shooter” wants something that is commonly available over the counter. Just look at the .284 Win, 6 BR etc, etc….Brilliant cartridges but have still only got a niche following after many decades. Great for custom builders though – for a price!

        • They’re soft point JHP’s, so I’d be surprised if they could chainfire. However for a lever gun wish list, I’d love a plinker in 9mm, as a sort of “big boy Red Ryder.” 🙂

          • Tassiebush

            Yeah the current ammo would be okay. It’d just be good to have the flexibility.

  • bull

    is the magazines standard 1911 type? the problem removing the mags could probably be solved with a +2 rounds floorplate 🙂

    • It is more like a shortened Para-Ordnance P18-9 magazine.

      • Jared Vynn

        It probably is, they used modified mecgar p18 38super mags for the handguns.

  • Steve

    As a rifle cartridge, I see this as less a combination of .223 and rimfire than it is a mix between .22 Hornet and .223. I actually see .22TCM on the shelves more often than .22 Hornet these days, and consider both to be very under-appreciated cartridges.

    On the pistol, the combination of low recoil, high cap., high velocity makes it great fun to shoot – with the exception of the high-cap part, I’d compare it to 7.62×25.

    I bought one of the first-run pistols that included the 9×19 barrel (I think the serial no. was under 200). Unfortunately, the ammo supply was non-existent with Sandy Hook taking place less than 6 months later. Sold the pistol off with the intent to purchase another in the future (along with the bolt gun) once the single-stack models came out. Still haven’t gotten around to it… some day!

    • De Facto

      I love the idea of the cartridge, but I’m waiting to see if it will be offered in anything other than 1911. A Glock-esque, or if I’m dreaming a cz 75 or P09 clone chambered in this round would be fantastic. But I already have one 1911 safe queen thanks to reliability issues, don’t need another thanks.

      • Jared Vynn

        There is a glock conversion available, the ammo for it has a shorter bullet to fit and is labeled 22tcm9r. Same pricing as regular 22tcm and same brass.

        • Richard

          Yes I saw this at the NRA meeting this last spring, but yet have not found the Glock conversion or .22TCM9R or else I would already own one. I am waiting for the rifle for coyote and feral hog hunting here in west Texas. Also want one of the single stack convertable 9MM 1911 for the wife’s home defense pistol.

  • My main worry about the rifle is that it appears to be a conversion of their rimfire action. It looks like the only locking surface is the bolt handle.

    • tts

      It doesn’t appear to be a conversion of their rimfire action. Pics of the bolt are hard to find but they do exist and it has a extra locking lug to the rear and bottom of the bolt. So its not just using the bolt handle as a lug. Guns&Ammo did a review in Feb of this year showing pics of it.

      Not linking it since that seems to tie up a comment in moderation for a while but its easy to google.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Shooting Times has a pretty decent picture of the bolt.

      • Ironically, I had just looked at that photo before posting. I agree that could be a lug. I guess that I didn’t squint enough when looking at it.

  • I wonder if .30 Tokarev will fit into the magazine? The COL is slightly longer.
    I’d love to buy one of these rifles and rebarrel it!

  • tts

    This is a pretty cool rifle, and cartridge, but does it take the standard longer 1911 mags or do you have to buy rifle specific longer mags? It’d be really nice if it used the standard longer mags particularly since the short one it comes with is irritating to use.

    • Dan

      It will take the same mags as the RIA .22tcm pistol according to the video

      • tts

        thanks, I didn’t watch the video, just read the article

  • Southpaw89

    I’ve been eyeballing this little rifle for a while now, the idea of a pistol rifle combo using the same ammo has always appealed to me, even though you usually end up compromising on one end or the other, usually the rifle. But I still like the idea of having a side arm and a rifle and only needing to pack one kind of ammo. Only problem I see is if I buy the rifle I’ll also need to buy the pistol, but there are worse problems to have I guess.

    • Miguel Raton

      It would be nice if RIA offered a conversion kit for standard m1911s, but so far, I haven’t even seen their 9mm/22TCM combo pistol for sale here behind the Granola Curtain. Probably can’t be certified for sale w/ our sucky gun laws here in the PRK: we’re losing more & more semi-autos from the “approved list” as time goes on.

      • Jared Vynn

        None of the new RIA will be available in PRK according to Martin Tuason. Nonexistent technology requirements suck.

  • DaveP

    Come to think about that, how many bolt-action rifles really do have last-round bolt hold-opens?

    • Miguel Raton

      Military bolt-actions, ie: nothing that’s been built in the last 50 years, when semi- & full-auto rifles took over the military market for battle rifles. That’s about it; hunting rifles don’t need a last-round bolt hold open since by the time you run the magazine dry the game is either out of range or already dead on the ground. Accordingly, the comment that this rifle is “lacking” an empty mag bolt block is just an observation, and not a condemnation.

    • iksnilol

      Doesn’t the bolt just stay back when you keep the action open? Or have all the bolt actions I’ve shot with been defective?

  • Southpaw89

    There may be a slight advantage in reload speed by having the bolt stopped by the mag follower like in a lot of the old military rifles, but in this one I would hardly call it an issue, unless dry firing it is fatal to the rifle, but being RIA I doubt that.

  • MAGDUMPED

    Might want to take a peek at that headline again…

  • MR

    Yeah, that’s cool. Now where’s that damn Glock conversion kit?!??2

    • Jared Vynn

      Cabelas has it for 420

  • Glad to see a review of the RIA 22TCM BAR. I still think a KelTec Sub2k would be awesome in 22TCM.

    How about including some attribution if you are going to include my video in your review. Isn’t that common courtesy among us bloggers?

    • gunsandrockets

      Agree that most interesting potential for this cartridge is when used in semi-auto carbines.

    • We said, specifically, “according to Legally Armed America” and second, by the nature of embedding YouTube, it links directly to your channel with full attribution.

      • I was referring to the first video from Pocket Guns and Gear with the terminal testing and velocity measurements. Agree you do give attribution on the second video, but that one isn’t mine.

    • El Duderino

      Hmm…not a gun designer but one of the rules of blowback is large caliber/small amount of powder = good, anything else = bad. .22TCM is small caliber/small amount of powder.

      • gunsandrockets

        I would presume the total energy and pressure of the .22 TCM is no worse than the 7.62mm Tokarev, which was used in blowback SMG.

        • El Duderino

          Actually I looked up the math. Looks like a ~1.5lb bolt would be sufficient.

          I kind of do want Kel-Tec to get on it, but a .45ACP or 10mm would be way higher on my list.

          • LetsTryLibertyAgain

            I’ve been begging for a Glock magazine 10mm version of the SUB-2000 for about ten years, but it’s just not going to happen. 🙁 It’d require a new receiver, and not just a new barrel. The 22TCM would be a relatively easy SUB-2000 conversion.

          • El Duderino

            I used to post on KTOG quite a bit, back when I owned a few Kel-Tecs (I no longer do). Some folks with insider knowledge stated that there are no plans for Kel-Tec to make handguns or carbines in the .45ACP/10mm envelope. But we can always ask for them…

          • LetsTryLibertyAgain

            Kel-Tec got my all hot and bothered with the promise of an SU-16 in 300 BLK, even showing some prototypes. A couple of years later they finally admitted it wasn’t going to happen. Apparently George Kelgren decided he didn’t like 300 BLK after all. But maybe they’d have an SU-16 in 6.8. Bunch of teases. 🙂

            I think they’re simply too busy making their current lines in common calibers that are perpetually back ordered (good problem for a company to have), along with some of the pumped full of drugs innovative cool projects they have an engineering artistic need to do, and that leaves no time for innovations like a 22TCM SUB-2000, anything in 10mm, etc.

            Kel-Tec is very customer oriented. A few years before they showed the KSG prototype, I asked Toby, one of their few engineers at the time, about the possibility of a dual magazine pump 12 gauge. Me, and probably a hundred other guys. Even though they didn’t make shotguns at the time, apparently that idea took root and grew, as cool ideas often do.

    • LetsTryLibertyAgain

      I’ve been saying the same thing, and was going to say it again, but you said it for me. I think the 22TCM would be a great caliber choice for the Kel-Tec SUB-2000.

  • Ben Loong

    You may want to edit the article a bit. Armscor’s RIA brand is supposed to stand for “Rock Island Armory” not “Rock Island Arsenal”.

    An easy mistake to make. 🙂

  • gunsandrockets

    Wait, did I miss something? Where is the chronograph test results of the rifle fire?

    If .22 TCM actually does 2,800 fps with a 40 grain bullet, that would be impressive; almost equaling the the performance of the 5.7mm Spitfire yet fired from a cartridge case 7mm shorter!

    • Jared Vynn

      Some people have reported up to 3,000 fps with handloads using lilgun powder.

  • rambo jones

    I have MGM Encore rifle barrel in 22 TCM. Hands down my favorite coyote barrel for 100 to 150 yards.. Amazing accuracy and velocity from this little rocket. Nice thing about the Encore barrel is being able to use standard Hornet bullets with the round. A reloaders wet dream 🙂

  • Mehul Kamdar

    I’ll likely buy one, as I buy a new gun on every one of my daughter’s birthdays. However, if RIA are reading this, I would recommend that a future version shorten the barrel to 19″ and make it possible to mount a scope forward, like on a Scout rifle. There wouldn’t be any significant velocity loss in a slightly shorter barrel, and the result would be much lighter, and handier. Heck, I just might buy one and get it customized. It does look like a very interesting little rifle, and, in my own, very small way, I would like to buy from a company trying something new and interesting, at a very good price point.