Brace Beatdown: Micro Roni vs. Recover Tactical RT 20/20
Have you ever looked at your handgun and thought, man, I’d like to turn this into a submachine-like platform with a brace? Of course, you have. It’s only American to do so. If you’ve considered this, then many companies exist to make this a possibility, and I’m bringing two of them to the forefront of the conversation. Today we have the CAA Micro Roni face-off with the Recover Tactical RT 20/20.
Both offer you a means to brace your handgun and make it much more PCC-like. These two kits are both commonly available and easy to find at numerous online outlets or even sold directly from each company. Each also offers you a degree of modularity and makes you capable of shooting your handgun further, faster, and with greater accuracy, but is one better at it than another?
RT 20/20 vs. Micro Roni
Let’s be clear these are chassis systems. They envelop your handgun, and when equipped with braces, they just turn your normal handgun into a much larger handgun. Both companies offer options with stocks that would make your handgun an SBR. We are reviewing and talking about the brace variants.
First and foremost, these products started life by being chassis systems exclusively for Glocks. However, over time both companies saw the light, and now a wide variety of handguns have been embraced. Both offer multiple options, with the Roni seemingly offering a few more beyond the Rt 20/20.
Both offer compatibility with all manner of Glocks and S&W M&P variants. However, Roni goes beyond with options for a wide variety of modern handguns. Heck, they make one for guns as small as the SIG P365. That’s nuts, and I love it.
Both approach the chassis system in different ways. Roni fully embraces the gun and changes how it handles it entirely. The only exposed part of your gun is the grip. The Roni utilizes a charging handle, a forward area to grip, and implements a full-length optic rail and two side rails. It’s fairly easy to use, with the biggest downside being trying to drop the slide. Using your slide lock is nearly impossible, but it is fairly ergonomic for a conversion.
The RT 20/20 takes a minimalist approach. It does fully eat your gun. Instead, the device attaches around the rail and rear of your weapon. All the control remain the same. Although you might need to attach one of the included ‘charging handles’ to the slide. Although, this is not necessary if you have an optically enhanced Glock. With the RT 20/20, you use a traditional two-handed grip.
Both brace systems feature a folding brace for a very compact package. The RT 20/20 is, without a doubt, the lighter, more compact package. You can even holster the whole setup with the Recover Tactical holster system.
The Roni makes things much more like a subgun than a pistol. It’s bigger and heavier but offers you those ergonomics. If you want a subgun-style weapon go with the Roni. If you want a minimalist PDW-style setup, then the RT 20/20 is a better option.
As what are essentially plastic shells, these systems don’t have a lot to fail, so when I say reliability, I mean how do they affect your firearm’s reliability. That’s what matters. The Roni’s main issue is ejection in all my shooting with these rigs. If something odd happens with your ejection pattern, a round can get caught between the slide and the polymer shell.
It’s rare but can happen. With the RT 20/20’s open design, this is seemingly impossible. Nothing could stop the function of the weapon unless the brace itself broke.
These shells allow you to mount various accessories to your weapon. This is a big part of their sales. The Roni offers tons of rail space, especially over the top of the kit. These long rails allow for red dots and even magnifier attachments. The larger rails on the side allow you to mount full-powered rifle lights that outperform your standard pistol light.
The RT 20/20’s minimalist design makes that tough to do. However, the design allows you to use optics mounted to your slide, which is becoming increasingly common. You can also use muzzle devices and threaded barrels, which you can’t with the Roni. The RT 20/20 can also be equipped with numerous accessories, including optic mounts, slings, a magwell forend, and more.
Both offer plenty of accessorization and allow you to outfit your gun for whatever task you could imagine.
On the cost side, the Roni has dropped significantly in price but still costs anywhere from 200 to 400 dollars depending on the accessories you want. Heck, your Roni can be fit on a bayonet if you go all out.
The basic RT 20/20 kit can be had for 99 dollars. Not bad by any means. The RT 20/20’s minimalist design comes with a minimalist price, making it more accessible.
Ease of Installation
You can toss your gun into a Roni in seconds. It’s a fast conversion that doesn’t take much time or effort to accomplish. Drop it in, lock it in, and go! The RT 20/20 is a bit more involved. It requires an Allen key to open the clamshell design and wrap it around the gun and its rail. It’s not fast by any means and takes some effort to accomplish.
These chassis systems have only grown in popularity and offer something the people want. You have plenty of choices, and I think the Roni and RT 20/20 offer you the best bang for your buck. I think both are great little pieces of gear that might seem silly but are a ton of fun.