RIA TCM TAC Ultra FS HC Combo
We first heard about the .22 TCM cartridge a few years ago and was intrigued. This was back when the TCM was first hitting the market. Since then RIA has made the decision to sell the TCM series of firearms as a combo set. Including both the .22 TCM and 9mm barrels and recoil springs. This makes it a lot more appealing. Let’s first take a look at the TCM round:
The 22TCM (.22 Tuason Craig Micromagnum) cartridge is parent case is the 5.56x45mm (AR15) shortened down and shouldered at close to the .38 Super case length. From there it is bottle-necked down to accept a .223 diameter projectile.
Caliber: 22 TCM
Grain Weight: 40
Bullet Type: JHP
Muzzle Velocity: 1,875 fps
Muzzle Energy: 312 ft/lbs
Velocity at 100yds: 1,480 fps
Best part is the magazines work perfectly with either the .22tcm or 9mm ammo. No need to change them between calibers. 22 TCM is definitely hard to find locally, the ability to shoot 9mm through the gun as well is a big benefit. The model we have to test with is the “TCM TAC Ultra FS HC Combo”. Wow, that is a mouthful.
This version resembles a competition pistol:
– Doublestack 17 round 2011 style handgun
– Extended magwell for faster reloads
– ~5lb trigger pull
– Great fiberoptic sights with adjustable rear
– G10 grips
– Full length picatinny raiil
We started off shooting 9mm through the pistol due to the TCM round hitting close to the max FPS restriction at the indoor range we use. Currently sitting at the 2,000 round count for 9mm and not a single issue. First time cleaning was after 1,000 rounds of 9mm. On the TCM side, we made it through about 50 rounds before feeding problems started happening. This was well within the “break in period” in the manual. Took it home and gave the gun a good cleaning. Fast forward a few weeks later and back at the range. Ran 350 more and now sitting at the 400 rounds of .22tcm mark. Not a single issue since the cleaning.
Everyone who has shot the .22tcm has loved it! Hard to describe. You can feel a slight blast in the face, like when shooting a rifle. Large fireball rolls out, but very little recoil. It is a TON of fun to shoot! The TCM round swings the steel plates just as much as the 9mm does and is very accurate. It is just plain fun and has become one of my favorite range guns. Can literally shoot the TCM all day if you can afford the ammo. Lighter recoil springs also makes racking the slide very smooth and easy.
Combination of all the above and a nice trigger sets this offering apart. Can’t wait to hit a competition with it soon!