One of the nicest surprises of Media Day at the Range for SHOT Show 2012 was the Armscore/Rock Island Armory booth. The CEO/President Martin Tuason was there himself and proved to be one of the most welcoming and personable characters I would meet the whole week. Martin is the second generation heir to the Armscor kingdom and is a proud leader to say the least. One of the pieces he was the most proud of is their new .22 TCM 1911-A2 pistol. The .22 TCM is named for Martin TUASON, Fred CRAIG and is considered a MICROMAG thus “TCM.”
Apparently the Rock Islant/Armscor crew was sitting on tens of thousands of spent .223 brass that they didn’t want to just send away or toss. So designer Fred Craig came to Martin Tuason and promised something interesting from those cases, and the .22 TCM was born. It’s a dramatically shortened and necked down .223 case with an expanding 40 grain .22 caliber round that gets out of the 5″ standard 1911 barrel at over 2000 feet per second (closer to 2100) and generating over 400 foot pounds of energy. The width of the round is micrometers different from a 9mm so they’ll take the same double stack 9mm magazines in the 1911-A2 frame flawlessly allowing a 9mm barrel to be switched out with ease (Armscore includes a 9mm barrel in the .22 TCM package).
With such a powerful little package you might think there’s a load of recoil. Let me tell you first hand it’s surprisingly mild! The .22 TCM is a loud little sucker, but recoil is incredibly manageable and recovers fast with the 38 ounce overall weight and 4140 steel forged slide. The trigger was respectable for a stock 1911 and the double stack capacity felt fantastic in the hand. Before you trip out on carrying a .22 in your 1911, remember that the double stack frame will let you toss 18 rounds of .22 TCM into the magazine and ammo is plentiful and will be readily available from Armscor when they release the .22 TCM this summer. Is it the BEST option for self defense? Probably not, BUT give Rock Island credit for seeing a problem and coming up with a creative solution. PLUS this thing is an absolute BLAST (pun intended) to shoot! I’m hoping to get one in hand before too long so I can do a full handgun review on it.