Roland Specials go Sub-Compact with New TBRCi Micro Brake

    Yes, the Glock 19 has been a smashing success for the concealed carry market, but its still far from what the “Perfection” that Glock tends to advertise. While its combination of form factor, barrel length, capacity, and size is basically the largest that one can easily concealed carry, the weapon is still ripe for additional perfection. Since its release, shooters have opted to add and refine the handgun.

    Starting in 2015 through Primary and Secondary, the concept of the “Roland Special” gained significant momentum. In short, it was taking a Glock 19 and adding various features to improve the shootability and function of the handgun including:

    • Trijicon RMR
    • KKM Barrel
    • KKM Barrel Comp
    • Suppressor Height Sights
    • Carry Flared Magwell
    • Surefire Weaponlight

    And usually adding in various custom work including:

    • Slide serrations (front and top)
    • Grip modification (removal of finger grooves and stippling).

    With the length of the comp taking the handgun to nearly identical length of the long-slide G34, the modified handgun was and is somewhat practical with holsters being readily available. Users report concealed carrying the system today.

    But, what if the “full size” Roland Special is a bit too big for your tastes? Enter in Texas Black Rifle Company with their Micro Comps and their latest version for the G43. The 1/2×28 threaded versions do not require a matching barrel, allowing anyone to use any threaded barrel (versus the KKM option, which requires their barrel to interface correctly).


    When combined with a TLR-6, its entirely possible to make a single-stake Roland Special. Unfortunately, it will require some custom holster smithing, but nothing a skilled kydex manipulator cannot do themselves.

    The Micro Comps are available directly from Texas Black Rifle Company for $89. 

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.