Primary Arms Red Dot - A Real Beauty!

By Shaun Kennedy

Regular readers of WILDLAND magazine will know that we recently tested a new carbinestock upgrade for the CZ and Glock range of pistols, i.e. the Roni shoulder stock which was highly enjoyable to use and it certainly functioned really well on our test day at the range.

At the time of doing that video and magazine review, we did not have the opportunity to shoot the RONI as it really is intended to be used, which is with a red dot or an optical sight. We have remedied that by once again range-testing the RONI, but this time with a red dot sight manufactured by Primary Arms in the USA. We fitted it on top of the well-constructed Picatinny rail that is a major feature of the RONI shoulder stock conversion piece.

Our second day on the range with the RONI conversion was as pleasant and as much fun as the first, but this time we were able to test the Roni with a different CZ pistol, this time we used the P10 CZ model, as opposed to the P-07 we used the first time around. This ability to utilise the RONI conversion with a broad range of CZ pistol models is in itself a fact that should be well understood and appreciated. In the same vein, the RONI can be purchased as a shoulder stock conversion piece for the many

Glock pistol users out there - although we did not have a Glock version of the RONI to test, we doubt it will be any problem to use either.

The RONI conversion incorporates a folding butt stock, so it can be very compact to carry, but also very simple to change back to full rifle-stock mode, a matter of unlocking the retainer latch and bingo, you have a complete rifle stock in place! But the focus in this article moves to the Primary Arms red dot kindly provided by the local importers, Nicholas Yale.

The small format red dot locks firmly in place on the Picatinny-rail via the usual hex-screw connection - it was simple and easy to position the sight for a clear view of the red dot scope on the very long Picatinny rail provided on the Roni top rail.

I am sure that any number of short, medium or long eye relief positions could be achieved because the Roni design provides plenty of mounting space to suit users of differing ages and build.

Changing the intensity is a simple dial adjustment, which naturally means it can be used under a variety of indoor and outdoor lighting conditions, a common feature of red dot devices of course, but the size of the dot offered, suited my 66-year old eyes perfectly, whilst some of the much younger Wildland team who joined me for the testing process also found it simple to set an intensity level that suited their eyes as well.

Under firing conditions, which ranged from single shot, to double-taps to flat out as fast as we could go testing stages, the red dot unit remained clear, provided a wide enough field of view and it was easy to keep shots on target and in compact hot groups at several range distances.

For the record, we only shot 9mm Para hardball ammo and we only did this round of testing with the P-10, and the overall result was faultless operation of the RONI, and no issues with the Primary Arms red dot unit at all. I need to comment again on the extra magazine port that is part of the RONI shoulder stock design - the extra magazine port is part of the front vertical hand-grip, and it's child's play to unload the used magazine and replace it with the new fully loaded magazine housed in the

hand-grip right in front and in easy reach of the butt of the P-10.

As is typical in these range tests, we ran out of ammo long before we ran out of time, so a lot of time was spent simply admiring both the RONI and the Primary Arms unit, which is very well constructed and as can be expected, is powered by the now almost normal flat format button battery that fits neatly inside the intensity adjustment cap. Battery life was not tested but the manufacturer claims it can last for up to 1200 hours.

As part of this range session, we also fitted a new picatini-rail mounted LED-powered torch light to the side-rail of the RONI - although we were filming in daylight shooting conditions, we were able to go into the shadowed and much darker roofed areas of the range to test the power and pointing capability of the new light.

Obviously the addition of a powerful light source on a rifle stock conversion is both logical and valuable, especially if you have self-defence intentions for the new RONI shoulder stock. Top considerations are that such a light source should be space-conservative, offer long-lasting battery life, and just like a scope, it should offer an acceptably wide field-of-view, to borrow an expression to

make the viewing area provided by the light easy to understand.

Summary

I doubt there is anything more appropriate for a pistol owner than to be able to convert their pistol of choice into a competent rifle format using a rifle stock upgrade piece - the RONI meets all logical requirements, is really well made, strong, matt of colour (no glare points), quick to convert and strongly constructed as well. The Primary Arms red dot unit fits at the premium end of the red dot spectrum of choices, but quality optics are not meant to be inexpensive, but they are meant to be robust, recoil-resistant, strongly constructed and capable of retaining their Zero-point under all transporting, carrying and firing conditions. These might seem simple criteria, but my (poor) investment in the past in low cost red dot units that disintegrate under recoil conditions has taught me not to choose optical devises at the bottom-end of the pricing range - top performance is seldom achieved with bottom-of-the-price range optical devices, but as they say in the marketplace, "Buyer Beware."

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