Hands-On With The Archon Type B [VIDEO]

Archon Type B

Due to finally hit the U.S. market in mid-to-late spring of this year, the Archon Type B is the next evolution of the Arsenal Strike One. The unique action and design of these pistols remains highly appealing to me, and the Archon even addresses the trigger issues I had with the Strike One . . .

On the range, this thing is about as flat shooting as they come. It’s fast and it’s accurate; it stays on target and fits in the hand just right. The Type B even has a crisp trigger that talks to you instead of feeling vague and disconnected.

With more of a GLOCK 19 footprint than the Strike One’s GLOCK 17+ size, I think the Type B will appeal to more potential purchasers. This is a pistol that will be seen as a legitimate carry option, now, rather than a too-big-for-CCW competition gun or a range toy.

It’ll likely also prove to be competition for the Hudson H9. Especially because it’s quite a bit less expensive than the Hudson. Of course, it’s still far from inexpensive at an MSRP of $849.95.

Will it be worth that price tag come spring? TTAG will be receiving a loaner unit, and we’ll darn sure find out. Stay tuned.


  1. avatar MyName says:

    At first glance it looks like a Glock made by Springfield Armory.

    1. avatar Jeremy B. says:

      I’m pretty sure the XD Mod.2 and the XDM are the “Glock made by Springfield”… er… HS Produkt… whatever. Find a new confusing metaphor, this one is done.

      1. avatar Jeremy B. says:


  2. avatar Michael in AK says:

    It’s so ugly it makes glocks look good.

  3. avatar Alex Waits says:

    What’s with the weird rib like thing at the top of the backstrap? Wouldn’t that be uncomfortable digging into the webbing of your thumb?

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I think a spring or something runs through that space. It can’t be felt.

      1. avatar WRH says:

        I still find it strange that they didn’t build up that area a little so it wasn’t a rib jabbing into your hand. I like it otherwise.

        1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          It really isn’t a rib jabbing into your hand. You cannot feel it. If the whole area was built up you wouldn’t be able to get as high of a grip up under the beavertail. It DOES look weird and like it would be uncomfortable, but that’s absolutely not the case. And I definitely jam the web of my hand up in there as high and tight as possible.

    2. avatar Sian says:

      You don’t feel it at all when handling or shooting it.

  4. avatar CZJay says:

    Medium length grip, short barrel? Why?

  5. avatar Specialist38 says:

    What is that funking thing in the beavertail?

    Look like it would be uncomfortable as hell.

    1. avatar Bloving says:

      Some kind of buttress? For that matter, the grip texturing looks like a pine cone, seems painful too.

  6. avatar Chad says:

    I’m intrigued, but I will not be a Beta tester. I’ll give it 18 months to see what the buzz is. Of course it probably won’t be available by then. How long did the Strike One last?

  7. avatar TexTed says:

    No trigger safety? Then y’all better drop-test it, especially because there’s no manual safety and no grip safety either.

    1. avatar Sian says:

      It has a pivoting trigger safety.

      1. avatar Hank says:

        Don’t care! Bash it with a hammer!!!!! NOW!!!!!

        1. avatar Sian says:



  8. avatar ironicatbest says:

    oh joy another plastic gun

  9. avatar Accur81 says:

    Looks hideous, but I’d like to try it.

  10. avatar cisco kid says:

    Its locking mechanism is unusual but one that is a very old design dating from the early 1900’s. Its low bore axis means rapid recovery from shot to shot but it suffers from the fact that its not a safe gun to use or carry because of its lack of a manual safety and until they put one on a lot of people will not buy it including yours truly. If I wanted just a range toy I might consider the full size gun except that its way over priced for what you get and that is a low cost plasticky and stamped sheet metal pistol.

    I did notice that curious depression in the top of the slide and am wondering what that was designed for. Saving weight? It certainly does make an ugly plasticky pistol look even more repulsive but then again have you ever seen any platicky pistol that did not make you barf at first sight and last sight as well.

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