InRange TV On The Arsenal Strike One

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InRange TV has tackled the Arsenal Strike One in a new shooting review available on Full30. The relatively new, and certainly unique polymer framed double stack full-size handgun impressed Ian and Karl, despite some early issues. While Full30 does not apparently allow embedding, Ian has posted a “trailer” for the review on the ForgottenWeapons YouTube page:

Three issues with the firearm came up during Ian and Karl’s test of it. First, the pistol does not like feeding certain flatter-profile bullets; as Ian mentions, the pistol was originally designed for very high pressure Russian armor-piercing 9mm ammunition, which has a relatively pointed nose. Second, the break-in period of 500 rounds, mentioned in the manual, is real. While most shooters of modern handguns expect them to work 100% out of the box, reportedly once the break-in period passed, the pistol ran just fine. Finally, the magazine release – a very clever system to give the pistol easily swappable ambidextrous controls – did on one occasion partially disassemble itself when Ian mashed it too hard.

Despite these issues, Ian and Karl both regarded the handgun very favorably by the end of the test. As they mention, they feel that for someone who does not consider price to be such an issue, the handgun is a winner, but that for someone price-conscious, then it doesn’t offer enough over a Glock or other comparable handgun to be worth the couple hundred extra bucks.

At the end of 2014, LifeSizedPotato – a YouTube channel by a connoisseur of strange and rare handguns – covered the Strike One. That review is available here.



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 can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • s

    I was really interested in getting one of these but after watching the video – I will have to pass on it. Any gun where the mag release can be ‘pushed’ too hard and it causes a malfunction is not acceptable, especially in a use of force scenario.

    I also don’t like the trigger as mentioned in this video and some other reviews of this gun. With that said, if they fixed the mag release so it doesn’t come out and the trigger, I would probably get one. I like that it has a low bore axis but until they fix those other things (and the rear sight that is part of the slide instead of using conventional sights) I will pass and keep on with my glocks and springfields.

    Thanks for posting.

    • G0rdon_Fr33man

      Have a look at the “Speed” version. It is the IPSC-version… It fixes 2 of the issues you mention, and have a lighter slide.

      • MB

        Are they available in the US?

        • G0rdon_Fr33man

          They are just being released in Europe, so I guess it is not too far away over there either.

      • mig1nc

        Is that the one that was supposed to be a couple thousand dollars?

        • Giolli Joker

          I guess you’re thinking about the Al alloy framed version.

          • mig1nc

            Ah, yes. That’s right. Is that the same as the speed version?

  • Full30 now has embedding

  • JQPub

    IMHO, CZ P09 would have been the better comparison (rather than SP01), and to me, is clearly superior (and about $400 less expensive)

  • Nicks87

    OMG suicide flap holster! I had to wear one of those back in the day. Worst retention holster ever made. I did switch out the flap for a thumb break, eventually we went to an uncle mikes level 3.