Archon Firearms Type-B low bore axis handgun
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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 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

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  1. Well, I was interested and then the article stopped.
    How is disassembly?
    Trigger weight?
    I think I see a fully adjustable rear sight?
    Not enough information.

  2. Whats with the Brown Chicken, Brown Cow music in the first 30 seconds of the video? I kinda half expected the Hedge Hog to introduce the “lowest bore axis of any pistol in the world”

  3. Hmmm, front mounted Red Dot Optic Slide cut. Like a Caracal F Quick Sight with batteries. Does it come with a tube of Operator Glue?

  4. I’ve been seeing variations on this theme at the SHOT Show for several years…all made of pure Unobtainium. I’ll be interested when I see one at my LGS.

  5. The video was misleading there was a cute chick!! Then this guy started talking. LOL! Though got to say he is pretty cute too. Oh well! 😉

    The gun looks interesting and will have to see how it performs in a full review. I am hoping for a similar market price to the Arsenal Strike One.

  6. “Developed in Italy, manufactured in the European Union, and designed specifically to fulfill the preferences and highest expectations of the U.S. market,” because none of the poor slobs in Europe would ever be allowed to own one to defend themselves form the endless hordes of Islamic ‘immigrants’ their governments have invited into their countries.

    Beyond that, with all these gee whiz developments that make guns practically shoot themselves, I have to wonder how anyone ever hit anything in the past hundred and fifty years of modern handgun (post muzzle loader) history. I guess my Glock, Beretta and XD are so behind the power curve in ‘modern’ developments that I shouldn’t expect to ever be able to hit anything with any of them.

  7. I feel very sorry for those who already pre-ordered one or more of those ever evolving “wonder weapons”. At first, there was something supposedly Russian, that somehow became Italian, then some issues/complaints with it had surfaced. Phase two – evolution in to a German one that no one can touch and kick the tires. Then it’s now yet a different pistol with some stelth bore axis and now from somewhere in the European Union? Good so far? I mean, would the new slides, with a new name be rushed in to production (and could be from Albania someplace?)? Well, I can see all that voodoo shuffle happening at U.S.$275 per unit (and that would even be a stratch? Wouldn’t it?). But no, the unit price is still listed somewhere àt U.S. $775. To top at all off, would the current dealer ever be able to answer some questions on exactly when I can actually get one of those pistols? I got an idea, let’s produce it in the North Pole some place and call it an even U.S.$1200. Why the heck not? P.S. As much as I initially wanted to buy it, I’m so glad that I did not! I’m not good for experiments…..they should send those pistols to anyone who wants it, to be tested free of charge, then ask for opinions? That’s my 2¢….what’s yours?


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