SHOT Show 2014 Vendor Report: Command Arms

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I wrote about during our SHOT Show 2014 Day 1 coverage, we met with Yuval Harel, CAA’s Regional Sales Manager to discuss their handgun enclosure product called the RONI.

The RONI has been out for awhile, but this was the first time I had a chance to talk with someone from CAA about it. I own the FAB Defense / Mako KPOS enclosure, a competitor to the RONI. It was great to hear some of the reasons for the design differences directly from CAA.

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I immediately liked Mr. Harel’s approach to describing the RONI. He was all about the RONI’s reliability and performance. Yes, the RONI has a lot of cool featurews (such as the folding foregrip, five position AR-style stock, four rails, etc) but Yuval immediately got down to what matters most to people who have decided to carry in public: being able to count on the RONI working every time.

“There are things that are nice to have versus must have. A must have is it won’t jam.”

But what happens if there is a malfunction? From my own experience with the KPOS, it’s important to know what to do if the weapon encounters a problem.

One design advantage the RONI has over competing products is the charging handle that mounts to the rear of the pistol’s slide. Problems with a stovepipe? Pistol out of battery? The charging handle is just a short reach away, and there’s a big biomechanical advantage of its placement versus the “grabbing fork” design in the KPOS.

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You can see the rear-mounted charging handle on this RONI RECON.

We plan on doing a RONI vs KPOS comparison later.

Mr. Harel understood our desire for a discreet, accessible way to carry the RONI, and he was proud to show us the RONI Concealed Carry Pack:

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This bag is bad ass. My favorite feature is the large velcro grab-strap that allows the wearer to rip the front flap completely open. Super accessible. Yuval was able to transition the bag from his back and deploy the RONI very, very quickly.

The interior of the bag is designed so that extra magazines would be accessible when the bag was in the front of the body. This seems like a small thing, but it really shows how detail-oriented the folks at CCA are about bag carry of an SBR / PDW. Once the firearm comes out there may not be time to adjust a bag, so everything needs to be accessible once things start to happen.

Of course, I don’t like the logo on the back and definitely not the URL underneath the logo. The last thing I need on the train is someone to think “wow, that’s a cool looking bag” and tap the URL into their mobile phone.

We didn’t go into a ton of detail for privacy / operational reasons, but there is a security team in the US using RONIs in the deployment packs. Their area of operation is an educational institution, and I think it’s great that others are finding out ways to carry more capable firearms like a SBR or PDW.

The biggest thing I took away from my time with CAA is how much they believe in their product, and where it might be used. Some vendors we spoke to made bags because discreet civilian carry bags are a booming market segment, or because some firearms owners want to buy SBRs or short barreled uppers for AR pistols. These other people are making products because of market pressure.

I firmly believe that CAA made the RONI and their carry bag because they believed that they have a place in the defense of society, and as such their products seem a little more useful, and a little more meaningful.

The RONI SBR model retails for about $525. The stockless RECON model is $437.50 directly from CAA. The carrying bag is $175 retail. There is a “carbine” RONI in the works and that will ship with a 16″ barrel. However, the units don’t appear anywhere for pre-order and there is no indication when they will be available for sale.

You can save some money by purchasing the RONI through other online vendors. I don’t have any experience dealing with them, so I am reluctant to post the addresses in this article. However if you’re a little daring you can look up the RONI G2 online and find the original SBR-style enclosure for as low as $300 with free shipping.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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