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Shooting the Rock Island Armory TCM 22 VZ Midsize


SHOT 2014 — Rock Island TCM 22 VZ Midsize

What is it good for? When you combine the bullet weight and velocity, you get more than enough for a personal defense round. Not only did Rock Island Armory manufacture an insanely accurate cartridge, but they also combined it with the tried and true 1911 platform.

Picture shows a black, pump-action shotgun.


Like a Hot Knife Through Butter: Rock Island M5 Smooth As Silk Pump-Action Shotgun

With one look, experienced shotgunners will probably want to ask, “Just tell me. Is it a Remington 870 or a Mossberg 500 clone?” On the contrary, Rock Island Armory’s M5 pump-action shotgun is neither. The M5 is actually based on the underrated, now obsolete High Standard Manufacturing Flite-King pump-action shotguns. High Standard used to market its shotguns as the “world’s fastest firing pump-action shotguns.” They eject by gravity alone. Sounds crazy, but flip the M5 upside down, click the slide release and it does just that.

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Range Reports

Rock Island 1911A1 and Tactical .45—Range Report

Fans of Rock Island Armory’s 1911 handguns affectionately refer to their pistol of choice as ‘The Rock.’ This nickname is appropriate and valid. These are reliable handguns and if they do not win a beauty contest, well, we don’t call the 1911 ‘Old Ugly’ for nothing.

The Old and the New: Colt Combat Commander Mark IV and the RIA Tactical II


Art of the Gun: Old and New 1911s

Developed around the turn of the century by the famed John Moses Browning for Colt’s Manufacturing Company, this gun was adopted as the official sidearm of the United States Army in 1911. Since then it has been updated, changed, and rechambered to be the most ubiquitous and versatile handgun in all of the US.

This is not a custom race gun. This is a standard model 51567.


“Right on Target. Right On Price.” Armscor/Rock Island Armory Company Profile

Philippines-based company Arms Corporation of the Philippines (Armscor) has been in the firearms business since 1905. After receiving the country’s first official firearms license from the government in 1952, Armscor has moved full speed ahead ever since. They plan to grow their production facilities by double in 2013 and 2012 saw the development of the Armscor exclusive .22 TCM caliber. In 1985, Armscor Precision International opened its U.S. doors in Nevada and shortly after purchased Rock Island Armory. Armscor is some of the most reliable and consistent ammo for the cheapest price that Cheaper Than Dirt carries. As production grows, I’m anxious to see what lays ahead for Armscor and Rock Island Armory.