Officially grilled the guys at Armscor/RIA today at SHOT:
So I track down the booth and it's a bunch of bored looking 20 somethings from the Philipines, who kept telling me, over and over again, "you're so technical, you're so technical" when I asked about basic ballistics data. Then they called out the head knowledge person, who must have been 4' across, who quoted the energy to me as '3900 ft/bs,"- sticking to that figure even after I told him that would be more that a 30.06.
After about 10 minutes of shocking lack of knowledge about their flagship product
I was able to get this info:
40 gr, Semi Jacketed Hollow Point made of soft lead, identical to the Armscor .22 mag projectile
. 2100 fps, 390 ft/lbs of energ
y. (which is pretty damn good, as hot as the hottest 40gr for the 5.7)
They told me they haven't tested it in gel, but that it performs very similarly to a .22mag from a rifle, fragmenting almost entirely within the first 6"
. Hence its devastating performance against the evil watermelons.
They told me, but could not confirm, that the FMJ version penetrates armor, but they could not import it "due to the ATF."
They believe a V-Max loading is in the works- they said 45gr but their knowledge was sketchy at best.
So, basically, the .22TCM in it's current loading outperforms the 5.7 in velocity, but fails miserably in terms of ballistics wounding characteristics and armor penetration
. To quote the countless ignorant 5.7 trolls out there, "that shits just like a .22 mag." At least for now, 5.7x28 > .22TCM.
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