Quick! What’s the most customizable handgun on the market?
You could argue it’s the 1911 but…I’d hazard to say Glock pistols beat out most handguns when it comes to customizing.
Glock, Glock, Glock — I know it’s easy to get sick of hearing all about Glock. They are a platform that can’t be ignored.
A dominant force.
The series is in use by every type of user. Cops, military members, and your every day, Dick and Jane carry Glocks.
A benefit to this, though, is a massive aftermarket. Upgrades range from sights, triggers, and even weird subgun-esque brace kits.
And today our focus is on these brace kits.
Off the top of my head, I can think of close to half a dozen different models. We have the Kidon, the KPOS, The Flux, the Hera kits, the CAA Micro Roni, and the newest model, the Recover Tactical 20/20 brace system.
The KPOS, Flux, Hera, and even the Kidon kits are quite expensive, but the Roni and 20/20 are downright affordable.
Seeing as how I have both, I decided to take a look at them in detail to see which is the best.
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What the Heck Are These Things?
If you are new to turning Glocks into much bigger pistol platforms, then the confusion might be palpable.
These kits are simple, though.
To many, these kits are somewhat silly. And I get that.
They are more of a fun novelty with very niche practical use.
The majority of come from Israel, and there’s a reason for that.
Israel’s gun laws make it harder to get semi-auto rifles than pistols. Israel initially made these kits with stocks — not braces — for use in Israel.
They don’t have SBR laws, so attaching a stock to their Glock isn’t an issue.
Because America is America, we love customization! Gun laws….not so much.
It’s a hefty requirement to pay $200 for a true SBR. Let’s not forget the paperwork. All to finally be allowed to toss a stock on your pistol.
And that, kids, is why we love pistol braces.
Want to dive into the history of pistol braces and the ATF? Check out our article explaining it all.
Manufacturers are happy to tap into that and provide braced variants of these products.
They are mighty similar, but also quite different in their approaches.
Right now, I’ll tell you both are pretty neat and well made. They both provide a braced option for your Glock pistol, and neither has any crazy issue that immediately disqualifies it.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 is a more minimalistic design that keeps things a good bit lighter.
The Micro Roni system makes your Glock longer in both directions and features a full-on shell that wraps around the gun.
Weight-wise, the RT 20/20 weighs 1-pound in its base level configuration.
Meanwhile, the Micro Roni weighs 2.5-pounds.
The RT 20/20 is also about 3.4-inches shorter, and overall, it’s a lot slimmer.
There are three variations of the Roni: the Micro, the MCK, and the standard Roni system.
The Micro Roni will fit the full-size and compact Glocks in the standard frame configuration. This means Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, and the .357 SIG and .45 GAP guns.
Users only have to adjust the compensator forward or rearward to accommodate different slide lengths.
Your standard Roni will fit the same guns, but will also accommodate the Glock 17L and weird format Glocks like a 34 slide on a 17 frame.
If big-bore Glock 21 and 20 models are your favorite flavor, you’ll want to make sure you get the MCK designed just for these.
Sadly, no such option exists for the RT 20/20 just yet.
Let’s talk about how to put these dang things on! At first glance, they can look a little complicated, but I assure you — they’re not.
First up: The Micro Roni.
This brace features a quick drop-in installation that requires zero tools or changes to your Glock platform.
Simply open the bottom hatch of the Roni, attach the Glock to the integral charging handle, and push the Glock forward, locking it into the brace.
The Recover Tactical 20/20 has a more involved installation that requires the use of an Allen wrench to remove a bolt to install/remove the Glock.
You have to remove the bolt, ensure the brace is unlocked, and then install the Glock into the device.
It’s less simple, but still pretty effective.
I also appreciate that the Recover Tactical 20/20 comes with two optional charging handles: a low and a high charging handle.
While they are optional, it’s tough to easily use the RT 20/20 without them. Installation requires a smaller Allen wrench and can be a minor hassle.
Overall, I prefer the installation of the Micro Roni over the Recover Tactical. It’s simple, and the drop-in design is rather nice. The tool-based design of the RT 20/20 isn’t a big pain in the bum, but I like to minimize the need for tools when possible.
When it comes to customization between brace styles, the competition is not necessarily fair.
It’s like watching Star Wars and Star Trek. Sure, they are similar in many ways, but also vastly different.
Roni’s customization comes from the shell itself. The large shell allows you to install lights, lasers, and optics.
The massive scope rail at the top leaves room for anything from red dots to LPVOs or tacked on NVG monoculars and magnifiers.
Side rails allow for lights and lasers, and there is a slot for a specially made integral flashlight should you choose it.
The Micro Roni also doesn’t impede the use of aftermarket frame upgrades. New triggers, safeties, and slide releases all remain in play. There is also an additional integral magazine attachment, but according to the YRS website, this classifies the Roni as an “any other weapon.”
On the other hand, the RT 20/20 allows you to use all of your frame upgrades as well as all your slide upgrades.
This includes mounted mini red dots, threaded barrels with suppressors or compensators, as well as night sights, and whatever other doodads you choose to attach.
The RT 20/20 also sports side rails, as well as a button rail for attaching accessories. While it’s not released yet, there is an upcoming optics mount that will bolt to the side of the brace and allow for the mounting of full-sized red dots.
Being able to toss on a suppressor is a big plus for guys who love their cans. I imagine it makes the platform compact and quiet.
What I like about the RT 20/20 is that it’s quite modular, and Recover Tactical is releasing various upgrades to the system.
This includes a forward magazine mount that is not a grip, the aforementioned optic mount, and even a stock for those who choose to go full SBR with it.
The RT 20/20 also has a holster setup that allows you to completely cover the trigger and carry safely.
It uses the IWI style roto pattern, and there is a number of aftermarket options to change the configuration of the holster. The platform is small and light enough that it’s not a hassle to carry via holster, but don’t expect to concealed carry this thing.
Both of these kits make it rather difficult to use the slide lock with a single hand. They hover above it, leaving very little room for my sausage fingers to work. For reloads, stick to the charging handle. Locking the slide to the rear — get used to using two hands.
Neither system will work with a left-hand slide release either…so, sorry, lefties.
The Micro Roni’s larger size gives you enough room to rest your hand forward of your firing hand. There is an angled grip integrated into the frame that offers a more subgun style grip to it.
Conversely, the RT 20/20’s design has you holding the Glock…like a Glock.
A Micro Roni uses an ambidextrous charging handle and it’s an Uncanny Valley version of an AR-15 charging handle.
As expected, it reciprocates with the slide. However, the positioning doesn’t create any issues.
The RT 20/20 has a huge overhang that accommodates the length of the Glock slide reciprocating, and this protects you and the gun. Without it, something may strike or interfere with the slide as you fire the gun.
The addition of a charging handle makes it easy to grip and rip the slide, and I imagine if a malfunction occurred, the charging handle would make it easier to clear.
The open-top design means you don’t have a minimized ejection port, and this type of design makes clearing a failure to eject easier.
These are pistol braces, and the design of a pistol brace is meant to be strapped to your forearm to better stabilize the pistol.
Regardless of how you use them, the main purpose is to be a brace.
The Roni uses a soft rubber style brace similar to the SB Tactical designs with a velcro strap, Meanwhile, the RT 20/20 uses a hard brace curved to accommodate the arm, and there is a velcro strap to allow you to strap it on.
Both fit any forearm, but they do work a bit differently.
With the RT 20/20, you can hold the Glock at various angles and the gun is easily manipulated. Unfortunately, the Micro Roni forces you to hold the gun at specific angles and is not as comfortable as the RT 20/20.
Roni’s heavier design does ensure the recoil is absorbed, and the gun barely moves. However, you better bring a red dot because using AR-style peep sights is difficult with long eye relief.
The RT 20/20 allows you to use stock Glock sights, and that’s a lot more comfortable when braced outwards.
The RT 20/20 also acts as a third arm on the Glock, which gives you excellent control over the gun. Pistol braces were initially designed for disabled shooters, and the RT 20/20 is perfect for that. It makes one-armed shooting nearly as stable as shooting with two arms.
I found that the Micro Roni is a bit heavy for one-handed use. It’s not impossible, but not as comfortable as the RT 20/20.
If you choose to misuse the brace in some weird way, I doubt you’d notice a major difference between the two.
Oh man, here it is, what’s often the biggest deciding factor in purchases…the price. When it comes to goofy accessories, I prefer to spend less money than more.
So what’s cheaper?
Well, the RT 20/20 can be had for about $100 for the base model. There are various tiers in which accessories are added.
This includes the addition of optional rails, the holster, a sling, optics mount, etc., as the tiers increase as does the price.
However, even the top tier is still cheaper than the Micro Roni.
The Roni varies in price depending on accessories, but the base model is around $250. You get a lot more shell with the Roni, and the ability to handle it more like a subgun and less like a pistol.
Both the Micro Roni and Recover Tactical 20/20 have similar goals of turning a Glock pistol into a subgun, but they offer different methods to arrive there.
My personal preference? The RT 20/20. Though it provides less room to customize, it’s lighter, smaller, and more handgun-like.
The RT 20/20’s price is also a huge selling point for most people.
With that said, I do like the Micro Roni’s tool-free installation. It’s a nice perk, especially if you like simple and easy.
Which is for you? Or have you tried different models with the same concept? Let us know and tell us what you think. You might also want to mosey on over to our list of the Best Glocks, too!