Naturally, the longer the barrels such as the -inch barrel on the Ranger II deliver better the practical accuracy. Bond now offers a 6-inch barrel as well for more velocity and accuracy. Similar to my spare .357 Magnum barrel, I was able to deliver 50-yard offhand shots on full-sized Action Target Silhouettes while keeping most shots within a large pie plate-sized ring. Due to the legality and spread of the .410 defensive rounds, I would not personally take a 50-yard shot with buckshot or with a defensive multi-projectile .410 round. However, this demonstrates the flexibility of two barrels and the .410/.45 Colt chambering. Regardless of the caliber and length of barrel installed, I have no issues hitting a soda can at 15-yards—if I shoot from the most zeroed barrel—otherwise I tend to slip the second shot.
Although the gun disassembles easily for cleaning, reassembly requires a bit more attention. Like larger combat pistols the P22 utilizes a typical slide recoil spring and guide rod combination. In larger recoil-style guns the barrel, recoil spring and guide rod are all usually assembled into the slide, and then the whole assembly simply slides onto the frame. But, since the P22's blowback-style barrel is fixed to the gun's frame, the loose spring and guide rod must be properly aligned under the barrel and compressed together as you attempt to pull the slide into place. Since the uncompressed spring is considerably longer than the guide rod, Walther provides a little plastic extension rod that is slid into the open end of the spring which guides the spring and rod into place as you pull the slide onto the barrel. Reassembly can be very aggravating without that little extension rod, or some other pointed tool to help with the spring alignment.
I like the .22 TCM cartridge, especially in a 1911 pistol. As Lane Pearce points out in his reloading column, it compares favorably to the .22 Hornet. Having a .22 Hornet-equivalent semiautomatic Model 1911 is something I like the sound of. I also like the sound of having a rifle or carbine chambered for the same round. In that respect, I like the new TCM rifle. It’s comfortable to shoot, accurate enough for its intended purposes, and with an RIA 17-round magazine offers plenty of firepower. I’d like to see RIA bring out a version with a lighter-weight barrel and a slimmer stock—possibly even a synthetic stock that would reduce overall weight even more. I see this gun as a walking-around varmint-stalking rifle, and lighter weight would be my preference. I also think the .22 TCM is a perfect cartridge for a 1911 carbine, like those made by MechTech. With Rock Island Armory’s manufacturing genius and efficient production methods, I bet the company could produce a .22 TCM 1911 carbine or carbine conversion unit for a very reasonable price.