[SHOT 2016] Rock Island’s Double Stack Pro Match Ultra HC 1911


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.

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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.

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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.

Check out some of our other coverage of SHOT Show 2016 like my post on the STI Costa Carry Comp here or Miles’ post on the new LMT PDW stock here.

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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


  • Nate H

    Price, MFer, price?!

    • Patrick R.

      I will add that in in a few. I must have been half asleep when writing that last night.

      • Jared Vynn

        Did you get the information on the 22tcm and 22tcm9r you were looking for?

        • Patrick R.

          I did. I wanted to know of the 22TCM9R was compatible with existing 22TCM guns and was told that it was.

          • De Facto

            Including the bolt action, or no? Previously I had heard the bolt action wouldn’t run the 22TCM9R rounds.

          • Patrick R.

            My question was limited to the handguns.

    • Seth Greer

      Rock Island Armory/Armscor. MSRP $1093

  • thedonn007

    You mean that I cannot just buy this pistol and become a pro overnight?

    • DW

      drink enough Mountain Dew and eat enough doritoz, you will become pro MLG someday.

      • Samson

        i see what you did there, and I have but one reply, good ser: Purple Drank! IM’MA GRIP n’ SIP!

  • Paul White

    I lust after their double stack 10mm 1911s but they’re unobtanium 🙁 Also, pretty expensive

  • Orion Quach

    Anyone know about possible 9mm clambering or other entry level 2011s?

  • 1911a145acp

    I just took delivery of this RIA Hi cap w/ long dust cover, fiber optic front sight, plain adj rear sight and “tactical” rail in 22 TCM. Came w/ (1) 18 rnd mag, 9mm barrel and spring. Very pleased with it after 200 plus rnds of 22 TCM. Very low recoil , very big muzzle blast. No malfunctions of any kind. The old style ammo- not so accurate in it. 22 TCM Ammo chronos at 2060- 2090 fps. paid $730 for it on on-line.