Half the struggle in picking a new handgun is choosing a quality caliber. You want one that’s not too expensive so you can actually get out and shoot it, and it should also be a good experience—not one that results in your wrist aching from recoil.
In that case, both 9mm and 22TCM will serve you well. Here’s a look at the upsides of each.
Out of the big three pistol cartridges (40S&W, 45ACP and 9mm), 9mm has the highest velocity and the smallest size. Thanks to its small size, you can fit more rounds in a magazine. So what you lose in knock-down power you trade off for more rounds.
One of the best things about 9mm is the amount of manufacturers who produce it. You’re going to find 9mm everywhere, from big-box outdoor retailers to your local gun store. There are also plenty of varieties of 9mm ammo. If you want self-defense loads or range ammo, you can find it.
Thanks to the availability of ammo, the price of 9mm is also relatively low, making it a great choice for shooting on a regular basis.
Another upside to choosing 9mm is that you’ll also be using the round many militaries and law-enforcement agencies use. If it’s good enough for them, you know it will be just fine as a plinking or self-defense round.
If you're after a high-performance pistol with limited recoil, you can't get much better than the TCM Series from Armscor. These 22TCM-ready pistols are built to maximize muzzle energy with minimal effect on its surprisingly light recoil. It's a 2,000-feet-per-second round without the intense kickback that would typically match that velocity.
Low recoil doesn't mean you’re sacrificing speed. 22TCM consistently flies at around 2,000 feet per second, which is quite the accomplishment for a pistol caliber.
Flash and Bang
Some shooters love a loud gun with a large muzzle flash. Sure, neither of those add practicality, but it can make shooting the gun all the more fun.
Now that you know the pros for each, it’s time to shoot them both. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between one or the other, as the TCM line features pistols that can shoot both 22TCM and 9mm. Just swap out the 22TCM barrel with the 9mm accessory barrel that comes with the gun.