Arsenal Firearms has teamed up with Salient Arms International to create Arsenal Firearms USA. They will be importing and distributing the STRYK B, an upgraded, worked-over Arsenal Strike One, soon. TTAG stopped by their SHOT Show booth to get the lowdown on this new pistol, which is definitely one to keep an eye on.
As demonstrated in the video, the barrel is super low in the frame and doesn’t tilt to unlock — it moves just slightly in a straight line front-to-rear. The whole design intention of the pistol is to get the shooter’s hand as high as possible and the bore as low as possible to create a gun with as little muzzle flip as possible.
The new trigger takes cues from Salient’s work on GLOCK pistols. Its pull weight and positive reset are vast improvements over the trigger in the old Strike One, which annoyed me to no end. The STRYK B also sports an oversized magazine release, which can be switched from left to right side.
The grip texture is like scales made from squared wedges. The raised side of the wedge faces a different direction on different parts of the grip to help keep the shooter’s hand exactly where it should be.An MSRP of $779.95 sure isn’t cheap, but it’s a full $70 less than the outgoing Arsenal Strike One’s MSRP. While I felt Arsenal was asking too much for the Strike One, I believe the STRYK price represents a much better value. Not only because they’ve brought the price down, obviously, but also because you get even more (the vastly improved trigger being the big one).