i like the idea of the R45 not being a "pocket gun". The R9 is the perfect pocket gun already, light, reliable, unbelievably well made custom gun. So the R45 can be the best "Belt Gun". Having handled it at the SHOT Show i can honestly say there was nothing that came close to fitting that good in my hand from any other manufacturer. I went to Kimber, Sig, Colt, Smith, and countless others, checking out the new sub-compact 45's and everyone of them was heavier, bulkier, and fit and finish was better on the R45(and its only a prototype!). Considering the fact that the R45 weighs somewhere between 19 and 22 ounces, uses an officer mag and has a Rohrbaugh badge on the side tells me the company made a wise decision, one that doesn't abandon their fan-base or values. I don't ever recall Rohrbaugh declaring itself a pocket-gun only brand, it may have shook up the firearms world with an absolutely amazing feat of engineering, but they never once came out and said: "we only make small guns". To back yourself into a corner from the very start is stupid. It takes time to establish a name in the industry and they did just that with the R9. Now is the right time to expand it's horizons. Maybe a full size 45 target model is next? Or a race gun? Who know's. Whatever is next, expect it to be more of the same: Practical, easy to use, and well made.
Hat's off to Boberg for his ambition btw, a 45 GAP ought to be fun to sell. Making something in a caliber of little relevance in today's market or little advantage over the 45 ACP isn't exactly what i'd call practical/ marketable. Remember the last time you went to the shops and asked the nice man/woman for a box of 45GAP? Remember receiving that confused look, expect more of the same. Propagating a design that is both more complicated and even less proven compared to an R9, but claiming superiority is also gutsy. So is the stroke of creativity in the names "XR-9" and "XR-45", add one whole letter and it's off to the courthouse.... I like the "XR-9" , it gives the Rohrbaugh Brothers some competition, i wish American Handgunner would do a side by side comparrison of the small 9's already.
Oh and Mr. Boberg The R9 and 380's are drop tested to 10 feet. Twice the height required by NYS. *See your comment on the GunsAmerica Article on Rohrbaugh @ SHOT 2012*