Thursday, January 20, 2011

SHOT Show 2011 Media Day: Command Arms Accessories RONI

I got to try out a new product from Command Arms Accessories or CAA called the RONI Pistol-Carbine Conversion.

I must admit I was a little skeptical at first. How could this plastic, I mean polymer, shell really add anything to a pistol and why not just get a dedicated rifle instead.

Mike Grandy explained that not only is it cheaper just to piggy back off of your existing handgun that you are already familiar with, the cost to get into a "carbine" is now a lot cheaper. If the officer, in this case, needs a little more accuracy and or the situation requires a light, laser, red dot or whatever this polymer shell can now facilitate all the extra equipment and increase lethality when necessary.

When I tried the RONI, I was a convert. Just slap a Glock in the RONI and a 30 round mag with a red dot and my accuracy and confidence went way up. The folding forward grip added a lot to the stability. I was hitting alternate steel targets quite quickly with no training in this weapons system. Not only that, the RONI felt good too and light only adding 3.5 lbs. to the handgun.

It has a collapsible butt stock, folding front grip, extra safety trigger guard blocker, and a bunch of rails to add accessories.

The pistol can easily be installed into one of these in minutes and there are designs for quite a variety of handguns like Glock, Sig, Beretta, and coming is a RONI for the S&W M&P line.

If you don't want to pay the $200 tax stamp for an NFA item there is also a carbine version with a 16" barrel shroud available. I didn't get to try that out though.

I'm giving the RONI a go here with Mike Grandy of CAA is watching.

Here is jut the polymer shell

Beretta, Sig, and Glock are all represented.

To take out the handgun, to pins are pulled and slide the rear and front catches

There is the handgun. It has a piece that fits on the slide that allows you to rack it in the casing.

Here's a good view of the RONI

Here is Chris Murray of CAA demonstrating the RONI

The guys at CAA were very helpful and enthusiastic about the RONI and I would be too. It's definitely a great product and very innovative.

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