22TCM has been creating some buzz. This cartridge is a shortened 223 case. The original idea was to make a cartridge that would fit the 1911 frame. This is not the first cartridge of it’s type, the 223 Timbs and the 22 Reed Express were similar designs on the 7.62×25 case. They were designed to make use of the surplus CZ75 pistols that were available a few years back. These have since dried up and the prices are starting to climb.
Rock Island Armory (RIA) has designed a center fire bolt action around the 22 TCM cartridge. Great news for wildcatters, as this is a dedicated pistol length cartridge design. It utilizes a five round box magazine, but can also use the seventeen round magazines from the pistols RIA offers for this cartridge.
According to Martin Tuason, President of RIA and Armscorp Precision International, “With the early excitement over the TCM rifle, we are ramping up production capabilities to deliver this in late second quarter of this year (2013).”
22 TCM is the brain child if Martin Tuason and Fred Craig, TCM is an acronym for Tuason Craig Magnum. At slightly over 2800 feet per second with a 40 grain bullet, the 22 TCM will be a popular varmint round for mid range shooting. The added fun of having a pistol in the same caliber with interchangeable magazines seems like a winner all the way around.
Stocks are stated to be of Native Philippine wood, so custom stocks will be a natural offering for gunsmiths. I can already imagine several wildcats for this platform and even a few factory pistol cartridges that would be fun in a tight little package.
Metal finish is listed a parkerized. Scope mounting is a rail system. This my be the weak point of the rifle, but any gunsmith worth his salt can take care of that issue. More to come on this gun.