Accessory Review: Strike Industries

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A few weeks ago I got a care package in the mail from Strike Industries. They had a bunch of fun stuff in there.

There were a number of dust covers, a magazine pull/extender, a weird little key chain tool, a charging handle and their new Cookie Cutter muzzle brake.

In terms of reviewing items, we have already covered the magazine extender and dust covers. So I will review the Cookie Cutter, the charging handle and the weird little keychain tool.

PK Tool (a.k.a weird little keychain tool)

IMG_0072When I first saw it, I was not terribly impressed. Just another little widget to hook on a keychain and forget about.

But as I started playing with it, and yes reading the uses they discuss on their website, I grew to actually like it. I now everyday carry one. I have used the flat head portion to pry things (not super hard things, but I have used it to loosen the latch plate on a buffer tube). The punch works pretty well to start punching a pin. The bottle opener functions well (my wife is not overly impressed when I use my wedding band). And the comb works well with my beard…

Charging Handle with Extended Latch

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I have never been a fan of the little stock latch that seems to come on most charging handles. We had the stock crappy ones for our M4s for Iraq, and throughout pre-deployment workup I had the pleasure of working one over and over and over…

On my personal rifle, I replaced the stock one as soon as I could (with the BCM Gunfighter). That said, I like the Strike one almost as much as the BCMGF. One important point is that it is 40% cheaper in most places. Definitely not too bad. The last has a super crisp feel and disengages smoothly. It is pretty easy to catch, even with gloves on (I even tried with some non-“tactical” gloves).

I did not have an opportunity to run the hell out of it–reasonably I’d need to have a 500-600 round day with all of the associated manipulations to really test it out. And I just can’t afford to blow that much on a charging handle demo. Anything less than that would just be a bull**** reliability test. Next time I know I’ll be pushing a ton of rounds, I’ll install it and post an update.

Cookie Cutter

Okay, now for the star of the show. The Cookie Cutter is a single chamber, large surface area muzzle device. This thing is ugly as hell. Really ugly. And heavy. Almost like attaching a steel olympic plate to the front of your rifle, or the counter-balance on a steady-cam. Okay, it’s not really that bad…

Strike Industries states it is NOT a flash suppressor, and I can confirm that. They also said, “There will be significant side concussion so the shooter needs to be aware of hand placement and surrounding personnel!!!”. That is no joke. My wife was filming off to the side and the blast was actually buffeting her hair from about 5 feet away.

It is also supposedly really easy to break glass with, but alas, I had no windows I could spare to test it out on…

So, that is all great, you say, but did it accomplish it’s purpose? Did it actually reduce muzzle rise? Well, Thomas Gomez and I ran a couple of drills (I’ve been dragging him out to the range to “borrow” his rifle until I can get one without a pinned muzzle device). After some familiarization shooting, we ran a modified El Presidente (started with rifle in low ready) and a BSA drill (10 rounds as fast as possible from 10 yards). I filmed Thomas (using the Cookie Cutter only) and recorded his scores. He did a lot better on the El Presidente, and was a tad bit slower on the BSA. Not very scientific (and also I wish I would have filmed the drills without the Cookie Cutter for comparison). When you watch the slow motion portion of the below videos you can see the stability of the rifle (though that could also be from Thomas’ stellar “C” grip).

El Presidente

  • Stock Brake: 6.79 seconds
  • Cookie Cutter: 4.92 seconds

BSA

  • Stock Brake: 2.29 seconds
  • Cookie Cutter: 2.49 seconds


Overall I think the Cookie Cutter performs well, but I am not a fan of the concussive blast it puts out. As a device intended for short barreled rifles in arguably their main purpose–CQB applications–a blast like that is very distracting. I would hate to be the other pipe hitter in the room when the weapon is discharged with that device installed. I think it would work well during a competition shoot (e.g. a 3-gun match), or something in a more open environment. But not in a tight environment where you have other friendlies around.

Strike Industries is one of my new favorite companies. I think they are doing a lot of innovative things and trying a lot of new concepts, which is something this industry needs. And I think you all should have a chance to try a couple of their products so I’m doing a RaffleCopter giveaway. Enter below to win a Dust Cover, Enhanced Magazine Plate, and PK Tool. It will run until the 31st of October.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


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  • Andrew

    Cool review

  • Andrew Lahr

    Seems to me in the BSA drill he fires 11 rounds instead of only 10. Could this be a cause behind the slower time to the stock brake?

    • Thomas Gomez

      Hello Andrew. You are absolutely correct. We loaded one to many rounds during that BSA drill. All of our times were compared against a standard A2 flash hider. The trigger on that particular “franken-Ar15” is a standard mil-spec trigger. We would have beaten the first time had we not loaded that last round. (We got to the range kid of late and the sun was setting…we were moving pretty fast to get that shot) One thing to note about the Cookie Cutter is it is extremely heavy. In the videos you can kind of see me grimacing…there was a lot of heat, noise and carbon being projected at my position.The C clamp,weight of the Cookie Cutter and the fact that it is a muzzle brake combine to create a pretty flat shooting rifle. Fun to test.

      Hope this finds you well!

  • Eugene Berman

    Yeah, I’d like to win that PK Tool 🙂

  • NCSUgolfer01

    These all look pretty neat

  • Aaron

    Mega Fins G2 hand guard rail

  • ClintTorres

    Just discovered these guys a couple of months ago. Got the charging handle. $25 vs. $45 for BCM med (which I have also). No brainer. Unless you use your charging handle constantly, there is pretty much no difference.

    What I thought was a real bargain was their ambi selector for $24. Cheapest one around and no plastic lever. Had to switch to lefty ’cause I have astigmatism in my right eye. Red dot started to look like a slash. I’m cross-dominant anyhow so it kinda worked out. Still shoot pistols righty though.

    I also got their ultimate dust cover. Thought it was kinda gimmicky but it installs WAY easier than your standard dust cover and the “capsule” design matches my AP customs handguards.

    Sorry if I sound like a shill but I did like the stuff I got from Strike.

    • Cymond

      How smooth is their safety? How does it feel?

      I like the Noveske/Magpul safety in my AR pistol, but my carbine has a 45 degree safety from Damage Industries that feels much too “positive”. It’s not smooth, and hard to get moving. I can’t even move it to ‘safe’ without shifting my grip, which was the main point of installing a short-throw safety. I think the detents on ‘safe’ and ‘fire’ are a bit too deep.

      • ClintTorres

        Yeah, they are harder to actuate than the selectors on my other AR lowers (stock LMT & PSA). I think the shape of the detent affects them. Both feel a little different and both are using different LPKs. I suppose spring tension could be a factor as well.

        Don’t know that I’d want one like that on a hunting rifle…CLICK!… but these are just range toys.

        • Cymond

          Thanks for the info. It sucks that they’re harder to actuate, it’s not much of an ‘upgrade’.

          Oh, and I tried trimming the spring on my Damage Industries ambi selector, it helped but I didn’t want to take it too far. It got easier, but it still isn’t smooth and still doesn’t return to ‘safe’ easily.

          I guess I’ll just buy the $40 Noveske STS in the future.

  • Dave Chan

    I think that cookie cutter is pretty cool, ugly but cool!

  • plumber576

    I’d like to see a cookie cutter almost flush mounted with a handguard.

  • Phil Hsueh

    From the looks of it, the Cookie Cutter could always be used as a hand to hand weapon if worse comes to worse. Just grab the rifle by the butt and swing away, I’m sure it will do a good bit of damage.

    Of the 3 items covered I wouldn’t mind winning the keychain tool. I don’t need a muzzle device or charging handle for my AR since the ones I already have are good enough for now.

  • i’d like the cookie cutter

  • Cymond

    I don’t always like the products from Strike Industries, but I do like that they are constantly working on new products. The word is overused, but one might even call them ‘innovative’.

  • rjackparis

    Strike industries does come out with some awesome products, i was eyeing the ak rear sight rail for quite a while.

  • Sam Schifo

    There was a video I saw somewhere where a guy literally cut cookies with the cookie cutter. Now I can’t find it.

  • Gunner2120

    Nice charging handle, but does it channel the gas away from the shooters eye?

  • Nicholas Chen

    Interesting. I just ordered the dust covers. Cookie cutter is intriguing but fugly.

  • Shrek

    I have a 7″ barrel that the cookie cutter would look and work great on!

  • B Thomas

    I most definitely need a cookie cutter for my next build.

  • Rokurota

    I’ve actually been looking for a tac charging handle. Is this Strike One as good as some of the ones with the ore pronounced handles?

  • Mike S

    I’m interested in a charging handle or dust cover…

  • JSmath

    I’d like their extended charging handle more than anything. Of the prizes listed, I could probably get the most use/benefit out of would be the PK tool, funny enough.

  • Andrew

    Honestly I think the cookie cutter looks kind of cool. I’d buy that.

  • gunslinger

    if i get the beard comb, will it actually help me grow a beard?

  • George Griffin

    would like to try the pk tool

  • Eric

    I’m a fan of keychain tools. They can come in handy.

  • Jason Ellis

    Muzzle rise could be reduced by the device’s effectiveness or its heavy weight….

    • Thomas Gomez

      Weight definitely played a role in keeping that muzzle down.

  • Bryan

    I have a 7″ Keymod and I would really love the 15″ variant for my second AR.

  • Bryan

    I have the 7″ variant Keymod and would love the 15″ for my second AR.

  • Nathan B

    I’d love to win one of their keymod hand guard rails, but then, I’d also love to win a dust cover, magazine plate and PK tool!