Archon Firearms Type B: “World’s Lowest Bore Axis Pistol”?

Archon Firearms Type-B low bore axis handgun

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


  1. avatar Hi says:

    Did you forget the rest of the article somewhere?

    1. avatar Tile floor says:

      Too much egg nog last night

    2. avatar YaDaddy says:

      The real question is what happens when you smack the back of the slide with a rubber mallet?

      1. avatar No one of consequence says:


  2. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

    Half assed effort.

    1. avatar Joe R. says:

      No, it’s a cliff-hanger. . .

      Stay tuned.

  3. avatar TheTruthAboutArticles says:

    Bandwidth is expensive. Must have not paid for the fast lane speeds.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:


  4. avatar Joatmon says:

    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.

  5. avatar Echo5Bravo says:

    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”

    1. avatar BLoving says:

      The cute, tatted-up booth bunny is not anywhere in the video.
      Click bait sux (but usually works).

      1. avatar ACP_arms says:

        That tatted up booth bunny is the gun shoot’n Alex Zedra.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          Not my type at all, but the expiration date is very close on that one.

  6. avatar duroSIG556R says:

    that music kind of reminds me of this;

  7. avatar stateisevil says:

    And yet plenty of competitive shooters use the XD line.

    1. avatar mk18 says:

      “And yet plenty of competitive shooters use the XD line not very well.”

      …fixed it for ya…

      1. avatar ThePontificator says:

        Must be the GRIP ZONE 🙂

  8. avatar anonymoose says:

    Needs moar Mateba MTR-8.

  9. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    More than a bit interested. Think I’ll pick one up to see how it shoots.

  10. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Recall to put a blade safety in the trigger after they start selling and someone does a drop-test.

  11. avatar BobS says:

    In case the googlewebs aren’t working for you but you want to read more:

  12. avatar WareWolf PDX says:

    My Chiappa Rhino might have something to say about these claims…

    1. avatar Isaac says:

      Chiappa makes a pistol also called the “rhino”? That might get a little confusing.

      1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

        “Pistol” properly applies to revolvers and semi-autos (and single-shot side-lock pistols!). If you mean semi-auto, say semi-auto.

        1. avatar 16V says:

          Don’t forget semi-auto revolvers. (anonymoose didn’t)

        2. avatar Diego says:

          The ATF defines a pistol as any handgun that does not contain its ammunition in a revolving cylinder.

    2. avatar Pat H says:

      I assume when they say ‘pistol’, they mean auto sidearms only.

  13. avatar CS says:

    I want the original Arsenal SRYK back, the ones made by tangoflio were great.

  14. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m holding off until after the recall.

  15. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Another plastic shooter. Why???? Sad so sad. The gun culture is becoming disposable too. … Support your Local Law Enforcement, NLM

  16. avatar Hoyden says:

    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?

  17. avatar spartan357 says:

    i wish it was a video

  18. avatar PeterC says:

    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.

  19. avatar James Wilson says:

    I own and love my Arsenal Strike One. How is this different/better?

  20. avatar El Duderino says:

    If you hold your pistol upside down, is that negative bore axis? Like, negative recoil? Asking for a friend.

  21. avatar Kimi says:

    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.

  22. avatar ozzallos says:

    I guess pistol and revolver arent the same since were not counting the chiappa rhino?

  23. avatar Mikial says:

    “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.

    1. avatar Pat H says:

      They’re not really “immigrants”??

  24. avatar bel mo says:

    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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