Rock Island .22 TCM
Just when I thought that I had seen it all, Rock Island Armory has introduced a new round built into the 1911 platform: Introducing the Rock Island .22 TCM handgun round. This thing is crazy. Handgun Magazine recently ran some tests and found that they could get the 45 grain bullet up to a whopping 2,000 fps—now, that is really humming! They also found this handgun to be extremely accurate, even at a hundred yards. That is quite amazing for a handgun.
Rock Island Armory has introduced the TCM 22 VZ full-sized, TCM 22 midsize standard, and the TCM 22 VZ midsize. The full-sized version has a 17+1 capacity and the requisite accessory rails, an ambidextrous safety and dovetailed rear. The best part of this is that this new pistol is the cost—under $800. This is amazing for a 1911. I have had the chance to shoot a Rock Island Armory 1911 before, and I really liked it. I felt like Rock Island’s quality was good.
The question remains: Do we really need another handgun caliber? Sure, why not? I am wondering what this caliber will be used for? With the muzzle velocity at 2,000 fps , I am concerned about over-penetration. If this round is used for self-defense, then over-penetration is a real cause for concern. The round itself is cased in a cut down .223 casing. From my viewpoint, this thing is basically a rifle cartridge shot out of a handgun. You cannot shoot handgun steel targets, you must shoot rifle steel. Now, I do see this new caliber as a fun varmint handgun. Depending on the cost of the ammo, it will probably be a very fun range gun.
The real issue will be finding ammo for the guns. As of now, Armscor, the parent company of Rock Island Armory, is the only company making this round. It will be fun to keep an eye on this pistol, the Rock Island .22 TCM, in the future.