LifeSizePotato Reviews The Arsenal Strike One Pistol

LifeSizePotato is the YouTube channel of a collector of rare, antique, unusual, and high quality handguns, which hosts video reviews of the weapons he collects. This week, he stepped outside of his box a little bit to review the Strike One handgun, a modern polymer commercial grade handgun unlike his regular features.

As covered in the video, the Strike One is an unconventional handgun in that it has a non-tilting-barrel recoil operated action. Essentially, the weapon is locked by a falling block that keeps the barrel and slide moving together for a short distance. As the slide group moves rearward, a cam track much like a conventional tilting barrel Browning design moves the locking block down and out of the way, allowing the slide and barrel to separate.

UPDATE: Steve says, I agree with some of the commentators that you should always consider a gun loaded and avoid pointing it at yourself, even in a gun review.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at


  • Nicks87

    I was really excited about this pistol, until I watched the video and realized how big it is. The price isnt very attractive either.

  • toms

    Its really heavy for a polymer, where is that weight from the barrel? I almost bought one till I saw the price.

    • gunsandrockets

      I would guess that weight is partly from the long slide and big steel magazine, but mostly from the extensive steel guts mounted in the frame.

  • gunsandrockets

    Good review. Pistol doesn’t seem all that innovative. A separate falling locking piece isn’t much different from a pre-WWII Finnish Lahti.

    • Giolli Joker

      I believe its best feature is the really low bore-axis.

  • Rich Guy

    So what’s the news for getting these retail Stateside?

  • noob

    If enough of these get sold, maybe lonewolf will make an aftermarket slide?

  • Adam aka eddie d.

    I’m quite certain the integrated rear sight will go.
    I have a hunch that this gun’s going to be very popular in the US,
    and if something’s popular, you can bet there’ll be future versions of it.

    It sure won’t change for a few years, since the company had to shovel lots of money
    into a new design and the required tooling etc. , but it’s not that difficult
    to imagine they’ll make a rolling change over time to the slide milling/back plate.

    My memories are very vague about this so don’t hold me to it,
    but I think I read something about a compact version coming in the following years.
    There’s a good chance if that happens, it’ll have the new slide milling and back plate already.

  • The rear sight isn’t integral to the slide; it is integral to the backplate. The original versions of Caracal used a similar scheme.

  • Vanns40

    PLEASE, PLEASE, take an NRA safety course and learn the rules of safe firearms handling.

  • I’m not surprised—-

  • Vanns40

    Oh my gosh, how many times did you have your hand in front of the muzzle of the gun? In flipping the gun over how many times did the muzzle have to sweep your head?

    • lifesizepotato
      • Vanns40

        Let’s have an understanding right now and be perfectly clear. I’ve been a firearms instructor for more than 35 years and hold a number of certifications from various State and National organizations. I have no idea who the person is in the video and don’t care. The very first rule of safe firearms handling is: treat every firearm as if it is loaded. Anyone who tells you differently or says this rule can be ignored when you feel like it is an idiot and the cemetery and hospitals are full of these idiots.

        Instead of admitting that you screwed up, violated safe gun handling procedures and saying “you know, I just messed up” you go out of your way to find some idiot that will verify your blunders. If I look hard enough I can probably find someone that will say it’s okay to rob banks too. Oh wait, Willy Sutton did that and look where that landed him.

        You presented a bad image for gun handling, period. I talked about it with other instructors before I posted and to a person we all agreed that you might have gotten a pass IF the slide had been locked back and it had been shown that the chamber was empty – you did not. That still would not have excused the muzzle sweep of your own head.

        I urge you, again, to take a firearms safety course. Ask an instructor if they think what you did is acceptable not some yahoo on YouTube.

  • uisconfruzed

    Save some time, go to page eight

  • uisconfruzed

    Pppfffftttttt! Haha, lifesizedpotato was surprized that a communist company/country lied??

  • Vanns40

    Yeah and the newspapers are full of stories about people just like you who alway say “I thought it was unloaded” after they shoot themselves or kill their wives or a child, all because they were too stupid to follow basic firearms safety and thought they knew better. That’s a real chuckle isn’t it.