Rock Island Armory will be unveiling two new chamberings in their popular 1911 series at the 2013 SHOT Show. While RIA 1911 handguns have earned a reputation for reliable M1911 type pistols, this year they’re updating their lineup with some unique new offerings developed with Armscor.
The really eye catching model is their .22 TMC, which is a .22 caliber centerfire pistol round. The .22 TMC round by Armscor is designed for improved power for self-defense or hunting with reduced recoil. With a muzzle velocity of 1900 FPS out of a handgun, the .22 TMC generates plenty of energy with a 40 gr. bullet. Three models are available, a 1911 Tactical and a 2011 Tactical in 4.25 and 5 inch barrels. Both sport features found on most modern 1911 handguns, like grip and slide serrations, beavertail pad, skeleton hammer, and ambidextrous safeties. The 1911 frame has a magazine capacity of 8 + 1. The 2011 frame is a double stack grip, and carries 17 + 1. Both the 4.25 inch models feature low profile sights, while the 5 inch barrel on the 2011 Tactical is accompanied by a fiber-optic front sight and adjustable rear sight.
Rock Island Armory is also offering the 1911 Tactical II in 10mm chamberings. Both the single stack 1911 and the 1911 Tactical VZ are equipped with 5 inch barrels. As with the .22 TMC offerings, the 10mm 1911 Tactical II carries 8 + 1, while the 10mm Tactical VZ 2011 carries 17 + 1. Both these numbers are impressive for a pistol in 10mm.
While RIA did have the .22 TMC chamberings at the SHOT Show in 2012, the models have not yet been released, and they’re currently slated for availability in mid 2013. The 10mm handguns are scheduled to ship in the second quarter of 2013.
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