Regular readers know I’m a big fan of pistols with a limbo low bore axis. As our man Foghorn explained, “bore axis refers to the relationship between the barrel of the handgun and the shooter’s hand — ‘high’ bore axis means that the barrel is positioned well above the top of the hand and ‘low’ bore axis means that it’s closer.” The benefit: less muzzle flip. More easily achievable accuracy. Enter the new Arsenal Stryk B. Whoops . . .
I mean Archon Strike B.
Thanks to a trademark kerfuffle, Arsenal has changed their name to Archon, which they’d like you to pronounce [get your] Ark On. “Unfortunately, the rename does require manufacturing new slides with updated markings,” Archon Firearms CEO, Adrian Chavez admits, “as well as the reissue of an ATF-required marking variance, so some delay is inevitable and we now expect to launch in late spring.”
Well that sucks. As the proud former owner of the Stryk B — since sold to a competition shooter — I reckon the new pistol could be a major hit. Although the “lowest bore axis of any pistol in the world” claim in the video above becomes “one of the lowest bore axis in the modern pistol market” in the company’s ammoland.com press release. Which goes a little like this:
About the Archon Firearms Type B Pistol
Developed in Italy, manufactured in the European Union, and designed specifically to fulfill the preferences and highest expectations of the U.S. market, the Type B represents a new class of compact, polymer grip, striker-fired handgun, and features an extremely low bore axis and unique recoil-reducing mechanical design boasting improved accuracy over conventional pistols. A number of features preferred by American shooters—which would typically require expensive customization—have been integrated into the Type B’s design.
The main advantages for the buyer: First there is the straight trigger with shortened reset for precise shooting. But the main difference to all other polymer pistols is one of the lowest bore axis in the modern pistol market. The technical construction of the innovative STRYK B pistol is specifically designed for sport shooters, home defense or for duty and guarantees highest accuracy in a fast rate of fire. This model is also a good choice for concealed carry.
The STRYK B pistol is equipped with the unique AF-Speedlock, which ensures that the handgun’s 4.3-inch barrel cycles in a straight line from front to rear without tilting. The weapon is locked by vertical movement of the locking block, which is not firmly attached to the barrel. Advantages of the technical construction of the STRYK B pistol:
AF-Speedlock prevents tilting of the barrel
The pistol has a reduced recoil
The pistol produces less muzzle flip