It’s not often we see genuine and true innovation and invention in the gun world. The gun culture is finicky about new things, often cautious, and meek. We take new guns, new ammo, and new innovation with a severe grain of salt.
For example, look at what happened to the gun world when the Glock came into play. There was a lot of tension and a lot of rumors: Would it melt when left on your dash? Can you sneak it through metal detectors? Will it explode? The rumors were false.
Also, when something new is created, the price is at a premium. For example, the FN PS90 and Five Seven are quite innovative. The round is far from a traditional pistol round, but not exactly a rifle round. The round made a bit of a splash, and those who shoot it seem to like it. The main issue? The price. The ammo and the weapons to fire it are incredibly expensive. The Five Seven pistol is well over $1,000, and the PS90 is priced well outside most budgets.
So what happens when a classic gun comes chambered in a new caliber? A caliber that is proprietary, and didn’t introduce itself with the intention of gaining a military contract, or to fill a specific niche? That’s what Rock Island Armory, best known for producing a variety of different 1911 clones, did.
Rock Island Armory produces full-size, compact, and subcompact 1911 pistols, in a variety of calibers. The company has even begun cloning a few Colt revolvers in a .38 special which are available for a very affordable price. They produce a few rifles as well, but are mainly known for their 1911s. So it’s not surprising they produced a new caliber in a 1911 pattern pistol. Actually, to be more specific, it is a double-stack 1911, and is great for self-defense.
The new caliber, the 22 TCM, is quite the fireball.