SUIT­ABLE FOR DE­FENSE

RRA’S LAR-9 R9 COM­PE­TI­TION RI­FLE IS SHORT, LIGHT & MA­NEU­VER­ABLE … & AN AS­SET TO HOME DE­FENSE

Home Defender - - Contents - By a Staff Writer

For home self-de­fense, you want an op­tion that is re­li­able, light and ma­neu­ver­able. Your choice may just be RRA’s LAR-9 R9.

What makes a sports su­per­star unique? Let us count the ways. Of course, these men and women have an in­or­di­nate amount of natural talent. These skills take them above and be­yond most oth­ers. To use a cliché, they are also the first ones in ev­ery day and usu­ally the last ones to leave. Ex­tra work is stan­dard op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dure for them. Their de­sire burns hot. They set goals and go af­ter them re­lent­lessly. Let’s not for­get vi­su­al­iza­tion, ei­ther. They see them­selves in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios, and they see them­selves doing each with tremen­dous suc­cess.

So, what does all this mean to you? Elite ath­letes should be your role mod­els in your prepa­ra­tion for home de­fense. Work hard, put in the ex­tra train­ing, strive to be the best you can be should the un­think­able oc­cur and see yourself ex­e­cut­ing the moves to keep your fam­ily safe. One way to be pre­pared is with a re­li­able and ac­cu­rate firearm, such as Rock River Arms’ LAR-9 R9.

In the fol­low­ing story, Steve Mayer— RRA LE/gov­ern­ment sales man­ager and new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor—dis­cusses one of their new­est of­fer­ings. The 15-year vet­eran of the firm lays it all out on the line.

01 WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO GO WITH A PCC (PIS­TOL CAL­IBER CAR­BINE)?

Steve Mayer: We’ve been build­ing 9mm car­bines since 2001. It was a natural evo­lu­tion to roll into PCC com­pe­ti­tion with a new model build specif­i­cally for it.

02 WHAT MAKES THE LAR-9 UNIQUE?

Mayer: I’m un­sure how to an­swer that, hon­estly. There are a lot of sim­i­larly-con­fig­ured builds out there. Some are “bet­ter” than oth­ers. We use high-qual­ity com­po­nents; build each ri­fle to or­der, which also means we can re­con­fig­ure it at the time of the build rather than make you buy it our way then have the ex­pense of up­grad­ing it down the road; and we test fire ev­ery ri­fle and ev­ery up­per with mul­ti­ple rounds at an out­door range rather than a sin­gle round into a snail trap. In gen­eral, I think we’re more con­cerned with our cus­tomers’ sat­is­fac­tion with our prod­ucts than some other man­u­fac­tur­ers might be.

03 IF TALK­ING TO A CON­SUMER AT THE SHOT SHOW, HOW WOULD

YOU DE­SCRIBE THIS GUN?

Mayer: I’d say that it’s a ready-to-go PCC com­pe­ti­tion ri­fle, right out of the box, but it is also a ca­pa­ble 9mm car­bine for other oc­ca­sions also, such as home de­fense.

04 TALK ABOUT THE EASE OF USE.

Mayer: Ba­si­cally, it is very sim­i­lar to the stan­dard AR-style plat­form, so those fa­mil­iar with the AR should be very fa­mil­iar with the LAR-9 in gen­eral and the R9 that they have in-hand in par­tic­u­lar. It has low re­coil, low muz­zle blast and it is very ma­neu­ver­able.

05 DE­SCRIBE THE PER­FOR­MANCE TESTS.

Mayer: Again, we’re pretty fa­mil­iar with build­ing 9mm car­bines, hav­ing done so for almost two decades. On a blow­back-op­er­ated car­bine, there’s no gas sys­tem to fine-tune, so it re­ally be­came an issue of what worked best in PCC style com­pe­ti­tion, what was com­fort­able for our shoot­ers, what was ver­sa­tile enough for the dif­fer­ent stages of com­pe­ti­tion we had seen in PCC, and, go­ing back to its roots, what was still vi­able as a gen­eral use car­bine as well.

Of course, it isn’t just a com­pe­ti­tion ri­fle …we hate to tell our cus­tomers how they should use their ri­fles. If

“TEN-, 20- AND 32-ROUND MAG­A­ZINES OF­FER RAPID RELOAD­ING WITH HIGHER THAN MOST HAND­GUN CA­PAC­I­TIES AS WELL.”

they have some­thing else in mind than what we orig­i­nally con­cep­tu­al­ized, and it’s safe, more power to them. En­joy your ri­fle.

06 WHEN YOU SET OUT TO MAKE THIS PCC, WHAT WERE THE GOALS?

Mayer: The pri­mary goal was to build a com­pet­i­tive ri­fle right out of the box, without goug­ing the cus­tomer by throwing on this, that or the other thing that they may have seen on-line or at the matches that will make them “shoot like the pros.” Noth­ing will do that but a ca­pa­ble ri­fle, de­cent ammo and a lot of prac­tice. We pro­vide the ca­pa­ble ri­fle part of that equa­tion.

07 TALK ABOUT THE AD­VAN­TAGES IT PRESENTS IN A HOME DE­FENSE SCE­NARIO.

Mayer: The LAR-9 R9 Com­pe­ti­tion is, at its heart, our ba­sic LAR-9 car­bine with mul­ti­ple re­fine­ments. It’s light, short and easy to ma­neu­ver. It uti­lizes the same 9x19 round that many peo­ple al­ready rely on in their EDC pis­tols and for self-de­fense at home, as well. The R9 of­fers bet­ter per­for­mance at longer dis­tances than a pis­tol shoot­ing the same round. This can be very im­por­tant if one’s con­cept of home de­fense ex­tends past the con­fines of the phys­i­cal house and into the area around it. Ten-, 20- and 32-round mag­a­zines of­fer rapid reload­ing with higher than most hand­gun ca­pac­i­ties as well.

08 IS THERE ANY­THING YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?

Mayer: The LAR-9 R9 is a well-con­fig­ured pis­tol cal­iber car­bine that is ready for com­pe­ti­tion, home de­fense, plink­ing and even for use as a “truck” gun. HD

For the new­comer to firearms, the LAR-9 R9 can be an as­set for a num­ber of rea­sons, in­clud­ing that it’s an ac­cu­rate firearm with low re­coil.

RRA has been build­ing 9mm car­bines since 2001, so it was a “natural evo­lu­tion” to build a PCC for com­pe­ti­tion, which can be used for home de­fense. For photo pur­poses, the ri­fle fea­tures Aim­point’s 9000SC op­tic.

A firearm for home self­de­fense needs to be very ma­neu­ver­able, which this one is.

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