I first had the pleasure of getting hands on with the Micro Roni during an event at the end of 2016. The event was focused on the Micro Roni, the MH1 Reflex Sight, and a training course (“IDF Train the Trainer”), and was run by Mikey Hartman, CEO of CAA (and a retired Lt Col of the IDF). Since then he has remained in touch and not just about firearms related stuff–he is an all around genuine good friend.
I found out this morning about some interesting changes to the Micro Roni (with Stabilizer), which originally received an insane amount of social media love, getting somewhere north of 60 million views across their channels. I reached out to Mikey to see if I could find out some more information and he sent us some pictures and drawings while taking a few moments to fill me in on the changes.
After attending the class in 2016, I actually purchased a Micro Roni with my own hard earned cash–I was a big enough fan. That said, there were some trade offs with that version, mainly to fall within BAFTE compliance, and because of some manufacturing choices.
The new update not only resolves those issues but it also comes with a few other benefits–an actual drop in price and complete manufacture in the US (opposed to Israel). It is also rebranding to be called the MCK (Micro Conversion Kit).
Mikey Hartman had this to say:
We tried to improve the conversion kit in multiple ways that will make it much more fun and accurate to shoot while be much more inexpensive than our previous versions of the micro roni .
The MCK will allow for multiple Glock models to fit in the one chassis. Previously there were model specific ones. There will also be versions for the Sig p320 and S&W M&P.
- MCK – fits the 17, 18, 19, 19x, 22, 23, 31, 32, and yes, even the new 45 (it is limited to Glocks Gen 3-5 though)
- MCK 21 – fits the Glock 20,21
- MCK S&W – fits the M&P 2.0 and 2.0 compact
- MCK Sig – fits the p320 in 2 sizes
All of the above versions will be out this year in the “Non NFA” version. As an added benefit, they will all come with the extended stabilizer (which used to be an $75 add on). Other new features include a spare magazine holder, a better engineered platform for index and middle finger on the forward angled grip, an exposed slide release (rather than the problematic one from the original), a fully captured charging handle (the earlier models this was a separate piece and added some challenges for installation of the pistol).
All of this will come in at a price point of $249, which is a full $100 cheaper than the previous version. In part this has to do with advantages to producing here in the US. Dealers will also benefit with much better margins allowing for much better distribution. Initial release of the MCK for pre-orderss will be November 1st (on the CAA website) with the other variations to follow. There will also be upgrade kits that include BUIS, lights and slings (similar to the existing lines).
Below are some pics of the 3D Printed prototype:
We plan to get our hands on one as soon as possible so we can do a more comprehensive hands on test with the new version. Let us (and them) know what you think in the comments! You can learn more about CAA on their website: https://caagearup.com/