Roni Civilian Carbine Conversion

Roni 16" barrel

Along with expanding their RONI pistol-carbine conversion kits to include more handgun models such as Sig Sauers, Berretas, and Smith and Wessons, CAA is going to finally offer a RONI that you won’t need a tax stamp to operate.  CAA is releasing a RONI pistol-carbine conversion kit with a 16″ barrel, so all those people reluctant to purchase a carbine conversion for their pistol due to that 200 dollar tax stamp and wait time can finally put those reservations away.  CAA has really expanded the RONI line to include almost all popular handgun models and they’ve also expanded their color options, and finally, they expanded the barrel making it easier to own.

I got to shoot the standard SBR RONI with a Glock 17 at SHOT a few weeks back and I was quite surprised with how easy it is to convert (takes a whole 45 seconds), and it was just as easy to operate.  I suspect a lot more people jumping on this since it’ll be easier to obtain without the fiscal and opportunity costs involved with CAA’s NFA version of the RONI.  Expect the new civilian RONI to be out sometime mid 2011.

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New Lancer Magazines and QuickMag

Lancer Translucent Magazines

In the age of Magpul; it’s easy to forget that other companies make some good magazines for the AR15 as well.  A few years ago, Lancer Systems came out with the translucent magazine that we pretty successful but was quickly overshadowed by the by Magpul mania–I myself am guilty of also having this fever.  At Shot Show this year, I stopped by the unsuspecting Lancer Systems booth and was quite pleased with their improvements to durability and added features for their new magazines, the L5 Advanced Warfighter, along with some other new products they’ll be releasing this year.

The new Lancer L5 Advanced Warfighter magazine feature a one piece hardened formed steel feed lip which differs it from the completely polymer magazines or USGI magazines we’re accustomed to seeing.  To help against corrosion the steel feed lips are coated with PTFE.  Lancer Systems have also expanded the color options for the L5 magazine keeping its original translucent model but expanding it to 4 different hues which will also be offered in opaque or translucent and 20 or 30 round varieties.  Its nice to see options out there considering almost every single AR15 you see out there, including mine, is always featured with a Magpul magazine–not to say that there’s anything wrong with that, but there’s nothing that will incite improvement like competition.  I handled the L5 Advanced Warfighter magazines at SHOT and I was impressed– should have some soon for a complete review sometime before summer.

new Lancer Magazines

Along with the new magazines, Lancer Systems also have an extremely light carbon fiber handguard coming out this summer.  At SHOT these handguards looked great and were very light.  The handguards are coming out in carbine, mid, rifle, and extra long length.  The carbon fiber brought a high speed low drag look to them, and felt great.  There weren’t as slick (texture-wise) as they look, which is a good thing because the last thing we would want are handguards that slip and slide while handling them.

The last thing at the Lancer booth, and the most noticeable would be their new QuickMag attachment.  The first thing that came to my mind (and I’m sure yours as well) is, it’s a polymer RediMag.  Although it was hard to tell, I would say that the Lancer QuickMag will probably be a few ounces lighter than the RediMag, although it won’t be that noticeable with 2 full 30 round magazines attached to it.  Where the Lancer Systems QuickMag differs from the RediMag is in its operation.  There are a few more buttons and levers with the QuickMag.  The QuickMag can drop both magazines, or just one magazine, and it provides a separate button for the bolt catch and release.  It should be noted that the QuickMag is still in its development process and should be available late in 2011.


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Smith and Wesson VTAC M&P Pistol

VTAC M&P 9mm

Smith and Wesson and Viking Tactics collaborative efforts are producing another M&P firearm with the VTAC moniker pasted on it, the M&P VTAC Pistol.  I first saw this pistol surface when I noticed that the Smith and Wesson rep who was in Magpul’s Art of the Dynamic Handgun was using a tan M&P; well, it looks like after 2 years they’re finally going to be available to the public.  The S&W VTAC Pistols have been seen at trade shows such as the NRA Annual Meeting last year in Charlotte and at this year’s SHOT SHOW, but now they’ll finally be in our stores soon.

Aside from the obvious differences from the standard M&P pistols such as color, the new Smith and Wesson M&P VTAC pistols will feature VTACs Warrior Sights which are basically dual stacked 3 dot sight systems–one set of dots are fiber-optic sights for a high viz sight solution during daylight, and standard tritium night sights located about .5 mm underneath the fiber optic sights.  The dual purpose sight picture seems like an ideal solution for combining the best possible methods for gaining a clear sight picture in both lighting conditions without compromising the effectiveness of either system by directly combining them as seen with other combination sights.


The S&W M&P pistols will be offered in 9mm or .40 (no word on a .45 yet).  Along with the VTAC Warrior sightsSmith and Wesson enlarged the trigger guard for the VTAC line of M&Ps making it easier to operate the pistol with gloves on.  Other than that the new Smith and Wesson VTAC M&Ps feature a 17+1 capacity for the 9mm with an unloaded weight of 24 ounces and the .40 will be able to hold 15+1 with a barely noticeable heavier feel of 24.25 ounces unloaded and both models feature a picatinny rail. S&W M&P  VTACs will feature previous attributes of the M&P pistol line such as an ambidextrous slide release, reversible magazine release, and interchangeable grip inserts.  So most of the features you would expect out of the popular M&P line are still there with some added tactical features and a tacti-cool color to create the new M&P VTAC.  Expect the MSRP to be around $650.

M&P VTAC .40 Review

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Remington 1911R1 Enhanced and Centennial Models

After 91 years, Remington again entered the 1911 market by introducing the 1911R1 which became instantly popular due to its quality and its low price (under $600).  Remington now has two more models coming out soon, the 1911R1 Enhanced, and the 1911R1 Centennial Model.

The Remington 1911R1 Enhanced has some upgraded features that the 1911 market almost seems to expect now days from the quintessential semi-automatic pistol.  Remington‘s Enhanced 1911R1 features an adjustable rear sight, a red fiber optic red sight, front/rear slide serrations, an anodized aluminum match trigger and an enhanced hammer.  As far as looks, it puts it in the category of what we’re accustomed to seeing with more modern 1911s.  Also with the upgraded sights and match components could make it a soon to be favorite as an entry level competitor’s handgun; especially for the fact that Remington has provided a lot of these upgraded features with a not so upgraded price–the MSRP of the Remington 1911R1 Enhanced is $820.

1911R1 Enhanced

Along with keeping the modern fans of the 1911s happy with the Enhanced version, Remington is also playing to the large traditionalist crowd of 1911 admirers with the Remington 1911R1 Centennial model.  The Centennial model plays more towards the collectors market and will only be available in 2011 for the centennial anniversary of the 1911Remington‘s 1911 Centennial model features unique centennial engraving on the slide, a special serial number range, and custom rosewood grips with a Remington medallion in them.  Along with the pistol, owners will receive a centennial edition certificate verifying the authenticity of  the new addition to their collection.  This special 1911 from Remington is their most expensive 1911R1 model yet costing a potential owner $1,250.

1911R1 Centennial

I think both models look great, and are price proportionate.  The rosewood grips on the Centennial version are among the nicest I’ve seen, and I especially like the detail involved with the engraving and the classic look of the handgun.  What really surprised me was the low price of the Enhanced model considering you’re getting a lot of 1911 features that will normally put a 1911 over the 1k mark.  I haven’t heard of any real problems yet with the 1911R1 so it’s probably a safe bet that these new editions to Remington’s 1911 line will be just as popular.  Check below for a shot video from Shot Show this year about the new handguns.

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Travis Haley Leaves Magpul Dynamics

A lot of news coming out of Magpul Dynamics this week; first their new video, and subsequently maybe the last one we see with the Travis Haley in it.  Travis Haley, the CEO of Magpul Dynamics, is leaving Magpul Dynamics in order to pursue other interests.  Chris Costa mentioned this to me while at Shot Show and he had nothing but good things to say about Travis, and said he’s parting on good terms.  Travis is forming a new company called Haley Strategic Partners; however he’ll still have some presence at Magpul as a consultant.

For me to hear this was a shock.  I know most of us when we think of Magpul Dynamics, we think of the Dynamic Duo of Chris Costa and Travis Haley.  Travis was a huge presence at Magpul Dynamics and Magpul Industries who seemed to have his hand in just about everything the two companies did–from Magpul’s theory based products to unorthodox shooting positions such as urban prone, Travis was pretty much the face of both companies .  It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, but we wish Travis the best with his new ventures, and will be sure to keep up with what he’s doing to keep our readers informed.

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