I just HAD to stop by the Armscor lane to ask them some questions about the .22TCM and .22TCM9R rounds in regards to interchangeability but was quickly distracted by a man in fancy pants tempting me with a match grade double stack 1911. After my earlier experience with the STI Costa gun I had to give it a go. I know it isn’t going to be a STI level gun, with a MSRP of $1077 the Rock Island Pro match is well cheaper than the STI and is worth giving a closer look.
Chambered in .40 S&W in order to maximize scoring potential in matches the pistol boasted a large 16 round capacity magazine making it a serious force to contend with on the competition circuit. The pistol has some serious weight to it to allow a shooter to really get back on target fast by soaking up all the recoil. The large dust cover really helped put that extra weight in the right place to make the pistol a superb shooter.
Armscor’s own pro shooter John McClain (No, I am not making that up) stated that he uses this exact model when shooting in competition and it is easy to see why. I asked John to run through a plate rack like he was competing and it was nothing less than a sight to behold. That guy is pretty fast! Who knows, maybe the slightly hot rodded double stack 1911 has something to do with that? Probably not because I gave it a go after John and was much slower than he, but I still really enjoyed shooting Rock Island Pro Match.