Whatever else you can say about the new RONI Carbine Kit—and the thing that must be said is that it requires a federal Short Barreled Rifle license ($200 and a long wait)—the handgun-based weapons system certainly introduces a new aesthetic. Let’s call it submarine chic. It’s a radical departure from the AR’s combat chic, bulldog bullpups and the minimalist KelTec Sub-2000 (our choice). I’m not quite sure if I like RONI’s newbie; there’s a hint of H.R. Giger to it that I find deeply unsettling. In some circles, that’s a distinct advantage. In any case, is the RONI really the thing you want when you could have a “proper” rifle and a handgun? Or is it evidence that the home defense shotgun has had its day? Will black rifles start to look like this? I’m confused. Which is, I’m told, the point of great art.