I’m going to have to apologize up front.
My buddy and I had so much fun on the range with this Rock Island Armory 1911 in .22 TCM, I hardly took any notes. From our first shots, it was pop, pop, pop, and clang, clang, clang. Reload. Repeat. Repeat and repeat some more. I guess I’ll just have to shoot this gun again, pay better attention, and report to you later.
In the meantime, here’s a quick look at a very fun gun…
This is the gun fresh off the range: RIA’s 1911 in .22 TCM. Retail $867. Typical 1911 except the slide is very easy to cycle by hand and all operations feel like a Mercedes. Our teen sons loved shooting it but we middle-aged men couldn’t get enough.
10 rounds of .22 TCM ready to go. Looks like a necked down 9mm, right? Yep. Looks fast, ya? You bet.
On the left, a typical 9mm. On the right, a .22 TCM round. Not only is this a high-speed bullet (around 2,000 FPS), it is a reliable feeder. Every round went fully into battery, fired, and ejected properly.
A frame from a slow-mo video. The ball of fire you see was typical with each shot, complete with a resounding report. Very loud. But the rocoil? Negligible. Deadly accurate at almost any range. That adds up to outrageous fun.
I fired the RIA 1911 one-handed, standing, at 45 feet from the target. This was the result.
And a slow-mo of the TCM being fired very fast…
— Mark Kakkuri