By: Greg Chabot
Photos By: Sasha Steadman
A few years back, I wrote a piece on disabled shooting for Gunpowder Magazine (read it here). In that article, I mentioned the CAA Micro-Roni with brace as a viable option for a disabled shooter. After using one while researching for the piece, I found it to be an affordable option to a traditional PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) -- with the bonus of not having to apply for a Tax Stamp to our communist overlords.
The Roni with stabilizing brace was designed for the U.S. market. A quick visit to the CAA site shows there are various models of the Micro-Roni for a wide variety of handguns on the market.
The test sample for this article is the Micro-Roni Stab 19. which can use the Gen 3 or 4 Glock 19. Made in Israel. the chassis is constructed of polymer and aluminum. The Micro-Roni comes with a 1913 rail mounted on top of the chassis. There is plenty of room for end users to mount optics or irons of their choice.
For testing, I used polymer Magpul flip-up irons. The charging handle that goes over the Glock 19 slide serrations is ambidextrous and made of polymer. Test sample came with an integral light that sits below the muzzle with a button to activate it. The brace is secured to one’s forearm with a hook and loop strap. For ease of storage, the brace is of the folding type. It also comes equipped with rails attached to the sides to mount accessories or thumb rest. A manual safety comes standard; it is of a very simple design that covers the trigger opening. Installing your pistol is a simple process and takes less than two minutes. The instructions are well written and easy to understand. There are also videos available on CAA’s site.
For all testing at the range, I used a set of Magpul flip up irons, as I prefer a minimalist set-up. For ammo, I used a mixed variety of what little I had on hand. A Gen 4 Glock 19 was used during testing. Ranges shot varied from 5 to 40 yards at steel targets. The way the Roni is designed, the sights sit a bit above the bore. Keep that in mind when you do your zero and know your holdover at longer ranges, as POA-POI (point of aim/point of impact) will change. A 25-yard zero worked best for me at the ranges I shot at.
Accuracy was good with the Roni at combat ranges; it's very hard to miss with Roni from 15 yards in to 5 – you practically have to miss on purpose. Recoil was non-existent with the brace, making the Glock 19 easy to control while doing Mozambique drills and double taps. At longer ranges, the Roni was stable enough to get consistent first round hits out to 40 yards. In my opinion, if people want to shoot beyond that, they might be better served by a PCC (Pistol caliber carbine). Reliability was 100% with no issues to report. The folding brace made storage an easy task in a vehicle or safe at home. With a jacket, it wasn’t too hard to conceal with a single point sling.
Overall, I enjoyed my time using the Micro-Roni. It performed well on the range, and as I wrote before, it is an excellent option for someone who is disabled. I can also see this product being used by folks who want to shoot longer distances with their pistol, as the extra stability should help to improve first-round hits; or as a truck gun, due to ease of storage and concealment. For home defense, the Micro-Roni could be an option depending on the needs of the homeowner.
Would I recommend this product? Tough call. My advice would be to try one out to see if it works for you. They are fun to shoot, but only you can decide if a Micro-Roni is right for your needs.
Greg Chabot is an Iraq Combat Veteran freelancer, writing from New Hampshire.