Armscor gave the media a sneak peek at the new 22 TCM 9R: a conversion kit for the Glock 17/22 pistols. The new kit converts the pistols to fire the .22 TCM 9R cartridge.
The kits are still under development, but are far enough along for Armscor to allow writers to shoot a Glock equipped with one.
Here’s the information I have so far…
The new kits are designed to allow for a Gen1 – Gen3 Glock 17/22 to be converted to fire the 22 TCM 9R cartridge. The 22 TCM is a bottlenecked pistol cartridge designed to fire a .22 caliber bullet at extremely high speeds. Think of it as the Armscor response to the FN 5.7.
The 9R variant of the cartridge is a slightly shorter version that operates at lower velocities so that it will fit into the Glock conversion kit. Think of it as a -P version, or a performance tax to shoot it from your Austrian pistol. Visit Minute Maniac for a better description of the 9R variant.
Kits will include all of the needed parts to make the conversion. However, Armscor anticipates that a gunsmith will be required to ensure reliable functioning of the converted pistol. This is a big drawback for anyone hoping for an easy way to swap between calibers as many shooters can do with a .22 LR conversion kit.
The kit-equipped gun that was on hand ran reliably for all of the experienced shooters. I did observe one shooter who had regular malfunctions. He did not appear to be very experienced, and it appeared he was not locking his wrist when shooting.
One of the things I did not like about the gun was that the recoil spring was not a captive assembly. The spring was quite long and was obviously a pain for even the Armscor staff to wrangle when assembling the firearm. At one point, I did witness a spring fly across the shooting bay. Armscor staff advised that they will probably use a captive spring in the final product.
Armscor anticipates shipping the new 22 TCM 9R kit in mid-2015. Currently, they anticipate a suggested retail price of $399. As with all things, these are subject to change.