The Nifty Arsenal Strike One 9mm Review

The Arsenal Strike One is a Russian with an Italian accent. That is to say, this unique pistol was designed in Russia but is produced in Italy and exported to the USA from Europe’s boot. The pistol features a remarkably low bore axis thanks to its unique (or rather, uncommon) locking system and a myriad of other very nice features that provide the triggerman with a very enjoyable experience.

Firearm Featured:
Arsenal Firearms Strike One 9mm

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UPDATE: Full transcript …

– Hey guys, it’s Alex C.

And some Irish midget.

Hey guys, it’s Alex C.

Are you gonna say Patrick R. or not? – Hey guys, Alex and Patrick out here at the range with the new Strike One pistol.

So, why don’t you tell us about it? – Well, this is pretty cool, actually.

We got the opportunity to test this from Sooner State Arsenal.

– Yep. Great folks.

– Yeah, it’s supposed to be a really unique firearm.

It’s kinda cool because it doesn’t use a Browning-style short recoil operating tilting barrel, which is refreshing.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a little burnt out on how every handgun nowadays either has blowback or uses the tilting barrel operation.

– Yeah, with the exception of the new Walther CCP, I think everything is the same old kinda flavor.

– Absolutely.

And it is refreshing because this uses a revived over 100-year-old system called the Bergmann system where there’s a wide lock that kinda delays the barrel as it comes back and locks it into the halfway point.

That allows the slide to unlock and come back.

It’s very unique.

There’s some advantages to this system that the people at Arsenal are claiming.

And also it has one of the lowest bore axises on the market, I almost think they wanna say it’s the lowest on the market.

– I believe that Arsenal does claim it is the lowest on the market, and I don’t think anybody has refuted that claim as of yet.

– So anyways, I guess the idea of that is the recoil’s more inline with your hands.

Since it’s lower, it doesn’t recoil as much, but I’d like to shoot it before we judge it.

– Yeah.

I’ve had a couple of mags through the gun before you showed up today.

– Okay.

– And I’ll have to say that even just picking it up it feels like no other handgun I’ve ever held.

I really enjoy how it kind of melts into your hand, and I know that sounds gimmicky and marketing languagey, but it really does.

It feels like an extension of my arm, it fits very well.

It’s very instinctive to point.

– Yeah, it is. It’s definitely unique.

I can tell you just by holding it it’s a very large pistol, however the grip’s quite slim, so it’s not too hard to grab onto.

– Right.

It almost sits down inside your hand, if that makes any sense to you guys.

That’s the best way I can put it.

– And it’s got a nice beaver tail on the back so there’s no way you’re really gonna get bit by the slide, which is nice.

Everything’s laid out in a good way.

I don’t wanna say it’s Glock-like, because aside from the polymer frame, it’s not.

It doesn’t operate like a Glock, it doesn’t feel like a Glock.

– The only thing it has in common with a Glock is…

– Striker fired.

– It’s striker fired.

The magazine capacity, and it’s black and plastic.

– Right.

– That’s about it.

– Well, without much further ado, I say we put it through its paces.

– Yeah.

– Let’s do it.

– All right, guys.

So I’m gonna go ahead and try to shoot this kinda quickly, I’m not Jerry Miculek or anything, on our Grizzly Target down there.

A couple things I wanna go ahead and touch on, as always I’m gonna go ahead and kinda cover the controls, and they’re really straightforward on this gun.

It’s got a standard trigger, it’s a very nice, wide trigger, it’s very comfortable.

But you don’t have any of the little safe action nonsense like you do on a Glock or an M&P.

It has the same mechanism in it, but you can’t tell.

Your mag release is right here.

Now, Ian McCollum noticed in one of his videos where they were reviewing this gun, that you can go ahead and press the mag release so hard that it’ll stay in and you no longer have a magazine that works.

That’s easily remedied by popping it back out, but it’s kind of a negative in my eyes.

So let’s go ahead and load up a mag of 17 rounds here.

And shoot it quickly, I guess.

(gun fires) (laughs) That’s pretty awesome.

While I may not be Jerry Miculek, I sure do feel like him right now.

I’m starting to fall in love with this little polymer Russian-Italian wonder nine thing.

(gun fires) – All right, guys, so now I get to shoot the Arsenal Strike One.

I’m pretty excited about this, I’ve never shot a pistol using the Bergmann system, So, let’s see what it’s all about.

(gun fires) I really like that.

I will say the bore axis and everything like that is not voodoo or a marketing gimmick, it really does direct a lot of the recoil straight back, reduces muzzle flip, at least it feels like to me.

Right before this I was actually shooting a Glock pistol, and this is something else.

I would recommend you shoot one if your local range actually rents these out.

But I’m gonna do a couple more mags, see if I find something else out about it.

All right, so I’m gonna see if the Strike One passes the limp wrist test, I’m not going to put hardly any pressure on the back of the gun.

Hopefully it cycles. If it does, great.

(gun fires) Ooh.

That was a genuine dud rather than a limp wrist dud.

(gun fires) Not bad.

You know, I did that with a VP9 a while back, and it was very susceptible to limp-wristing.

This was not, so there you go.

(gun fires) – Man, this is a pretty damn sweet shooter.

(beep) Miles! Hey, what’s up, man? – Hey.

– I didn’t know you were here.

– Yeah, just came down from Indiana.

– Cool.

– What’s this new thing? – Got the Arsenal Strike One out here.

Makes a pretty shot.

– Heard a lot about it, yeah.

– Yeah, man, I don’t have any more ammo.

Where the hell did you get that? – Don’t tell anyone.

– All right.

(gun fires) – Hey, Patrick, does anyone know you have this? – [Patrick] Yeah, Sooner State Arsenal sent it to me.

– Okay. They won’t mind if I walk away with it, right? – [Patrick] I will.

– Okay, okay. Just making sure.

Just wanna be on the same page.

– [Patrick] Okay.

(gun fires) – All right, guys, so we just finished our range day with the Strike One pistol from Arsenal Firearms.

We’re gonna go ahead and extend a special thank you to Lori at Sooner State Arsenal for sending us this pistol for review.

I have to say, she really did me a favor because I’ve been itching to fire one of these things for a while.

– Yeah, you have.

– Yeah, you’ve seen me getting on the internet and looking at them like, “Ah, do I really wanna go ahead and take that plunge.” I can’t recall the MSRP offhand, so I’m gonna have it annotated right here.

But it is a little bit steep for a polymer frame pistol that’s striker fired.

It’s kind of a negative in my opinion.

– Of course. I mean, you’re paying a lot.

It is a striker fired gun, however it is very unique.

There’s no other pistol on the market right now I know of that uses the Bergmann locking system.

– No.

– As we saw today, the bore axis does…

I think it shoots fantastic.

– Yeah, it’s a wonderful shooter.

– My only pick personally would be the trigger, it’s a little mushy.

It doesn’t quite stack like maybe a Glock or something.

I could see myself getting used to that, though.

– You know, you mentioned that, but I think it’s more like a double-action revolver.

– It’s like a very light double-action revolver.

– Like when I had my MR73.

When I turned it all the way back as far as the main spring pressure, it was a lot like that.

– It’s unusual to describe how that works in a semi-automatic handgun.

This is not to say the trigger’s bad, I’d like to say that.

It’s just unusual, and it would take me some time to get used to it.

– And I picked it up, and after two mags I had got the trigger finger down well enough to go ahead and be quick on target.

When you’re dealing with pistols, shooting quickly and accurately, you’re talking about a torso-sized target at fifteen yards, and you’re doing pretty good.

And I’m not the greatest pistol shot in the world, but I was able to do that with this gun after a couple mags.

– Yeah, absolutely.

Now, like Patrick said, it is a premium priced handgun, but it’s a premium handgun.

– It really is.

When people think polymer frame handguns, they don’t think, “That’s a premium handgun right there.” But to put it in perspective, I purchased a Spinx SDP compact a while back after we reviewed it, because I fell in love with it.

I’m gonna be doing the same thing with this gun, because I am in love with the gun.

– That’s a wise choice.

I think it’d make a great asset to your collection, and a lot of people who maybe just are interested in a non tilting barrel gun.

– Yeah.

Now, I have heard some criticisms of this gun when I was looking at some of the other reviews before I got out to the range.

I was a little bit excited, wanted to see what other people thought about it.

And they said that the trigger was too light for a defensive handgun, and we need to remember that it’s not a defensive handgun.

This was intended to be a military firearm.

– That’s true.

– So, I mean, as a military firearm, I think it’s a great gun.

It’s awesome.

It’s not a concealed carry piece, it’s not something that you would do anything other than, you know, going to war with.

– Right.

– It makes a fantastic race gun, like for competition.

And I’m gonna go ahead and sign myself up for the next IPS, IPC, whatever…

– SIG? – Yeah, those guys.

Whatever alphabet soup that comes out here to my range and throws matches, I’m gonna go ahead and sign myself up for one of those and run this gun in it, and see how well it does.

– I think that’s a great idea.

There’s no better way to prove what a pistol can do than actually entering it in competitions.

Patrick, I don’t think you’ve had much experience in competitions, so that might be really cool to see how this performs, especially from someone who has a lot of experience shooting but not necessarily with a timer behind their head.

– Right.

I have literally no experience with a timer behind my head, and I think if I were to go ahead and run something like a Glock 17, and then this back to back, that might be pretty telling.

– Yeah, I think so.

That would be a really cool test.

Anyways, I think we had a great range day with this thing.

I enjoyed it.

– It’s awesome.

– Yeah. Anyways, guys, this is Alex C.

– And Patrick R., and Miles back here.

– We’d like to thank Miles behind the camera, actually, also Ventura Munitions provided the ammunition for this gun today.

And Grizzly Target provided the steel that we were ringing with this gun.

So we’d like to thank those guys, as always.

Also, if you wanna drop a comment, maybe the like button, or subscribe, which would be really cool.

– Even if you wanted to go ahead and hit the thumbs down button because you don’t like my stupid Irish face.

– That would be okay, too, I guess.

But I guess until next time, guys, this is TFB TV, and we’ll see you next time.



Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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    • Gjert Klakeg Mulen

      “My stupid irish face.”

    • Patrick R.

      Don’t make me punch you.

      • Alex said it, not me. I just thought it was funny. 🙂

        • Patrick R.

          I am so going to trip you when I see you at SHOT.

          • Y-man

            Kick him in the shin? [Twirls around and bounds awaaaaaaay!]
            LOL…

          • Won’t that hurt your face?

    • “The Arsenal Strike One is a Russian with an Italian accent. That is to
      say, this unique pistol was designed in Russia but is produced in Italy
      and exported to the USA from Europe’s boot.”

      WRONG WRONG WRONG.

      The Arsenal Firearms AF-1 “Strike One” was designed in ITALY by an ITALIAN who later partnered 50/50 with a Russian investor to open a manufacturing plant in ITALY for all the international markets — EXCEPT FOR RUSSIA and Russian-aligned Countries, where it is manufactured in a dedicated plant in Moscow.

      • Patrick R.

        Actually, it was co designed by both an Italian and a Russian to my knowledge. At any rate, that information wasn’t in the marketing brochure, not that it really matters.

        • I happen to be a personal acquaintance of the designer, Nicola Bandini. The contribute of his current Russian partner, Dimitry Streshinsky (also known for his “Miniature Arsenal”), was definitely important but not fundamental for the design: Mr. Bandini had the basic design for the “Strike One” pistol ‘in the drawer’ for years, and collaborated with Austrian designer Wilhelm Bubits to the Caracal design in the years immediately preceeding the establishment of the Arsenal Group of Companies.

          So it could be described as a “co-designed” handgun, but not a handgun “designed in Russia”. As a matter of fact, the reason why the “Strizh” pistol (as the “Strike One” samples manufactured in Russia are dubbed) were not adopted by the new general-issue handgun by the Russian military is that — to use the words of my friend Maxim Popenker — at the eyes of the Russian establishment the “Strizh” a.k.a. “Strike One” was affected by the NIH syndrome.

          • Patrick R.

            Interesting. There is very little information out there about the origin of this gun so we have to piece together what we can.

          • No problem. I also happen to own one, so for any question, I’m here.

          • Can you ask the guy why he designed a magazine release button that can easily disable the gun if you push a little too hard?
            Is there a factory fix for this or a recall planned?

          • Hmmm… I posted a reply with a YouTube video attached but it doesn’t show up yet…

          • Rich

            I was excited about the Strike One until I held it and tried to drop a mag but from what I understand the Speed model fixed the sub par mag release.

            As for competition… I’m shocked you guys haven’t gotten in to USPSA or at least IDPA. I fell in to this handgun thing (obsession) after 25 years of amateur golf tournaments. Going to the gun range to ring steel & shoot targets is a blast but it’s the equivalent of hitting balls at the driving range vs PLAYING golf for score. I can’t imagine guys that like shooting as much as Alex & Co wouldn’t love competing against each other on the clock! Put pride and ego aside for 4-5 matches and jump in there! No matter how good of a shot you are you WILL be humbled to some extent in the beginning ….that’s ok, so was everybody else except Leatham, Grauffel, Vogel, Stoeger and a handful of other aliens!

          • I used to shoot IDPA back in the day, but over the years I have found that I simply do not enjoy shooting pistols as much as rifles.

          • Rich

            Gotcha. I do want to thank you guys for the great site. I have a terrible habit of spending my I95 commute reading TFB and what hasn’t killed me (yet) has definitely made my firearms knowledge stronger. Great contributors, focus on firearms, and an absence of politics makes TFB my go to site.

            Please let us know if you hear anything about the past due Sphinx Standard release. That and the Production model will sell out if they can eventually bring them to market. A full sized Sphinx tuned by David at CajunGunWorks may just take you away from the long guns for awhile!

          • SgtSquarepants

            Just received my Strike One. Took it to the range and the magazines fall out every time the weapon is fired. I made sure I wasn’t inadvertently hitting the magazine release. Any suggestions?

          • Giolli Joker

            Actually the correct info has been written in the comments of every single TFB article about this gun.
            Including the video from Vickers in Itaky that was pretty much saying it all.

    • DIR911911 .

      I believe that it’s pronounced. . . leprechaun

  • Darkpr0

    Strike One is a very neat gun. There are several variants of it coming out of particular interest… There’s supposed to be an aluminum-frame version available (probably at great cost) for competitors, and there’s supposed to be a Strike One Speed which is more compact. A lot of guys don’t realize that this is a large, duty-size pistol.

    I’m also fascinated to see what people will do to this gun as a race gun… I want to see some sick, filthy builds.

  • Wolfgar

    Are there any holsters made for it? It would be kinda hard to compete with it stuffed in your pants.

    • Patrick R.

      Yes there are.

    • There are several. Arsenal Firearms itself offers many (I own one).

  • Riot

    Good to see more of this gun and I do agree alternates to browning and blowback actions are refreshing.
    Patrick looks like he spent to much time awake, excited, the night before.

    • Patrick R.

      Patrick worked 8 hours before driving a hour to the range. I had been awake for about 18 hours at that point.

  • John

    “So easy to pick up, even an Irish midget can handle it.”

    • Bear The Grizzly

      The struggle is real man. I got hands the size of a girl, but the American market complains if the grip isn’t the size of horses leg.

  • Lance

    Its a Glock 17 knock off. Call it a Glockov??????

    😉

    • Patrick R.

      The only thing it has in common with the Glock is it is black, polymer, and holds 17 rounds. Everything else is different. Read my review on to see what I am talking about.

      • The “Strike One” isn’t even just BLACK. Mine has a satin slide and a light grey frame! 😀

        • iksnilol

          POTD for the love of God!

        • MR

          Thought I saw a teal frame on their website. Might have just been my monitor.

    • Sam

      Literally everything is a Glock knockoff, because Glock Perfection. I mean, Gaston Glock basically invented the color black. He also invented polymer. And guns. Pfft. People have just been trying to fill his shoes since basically the beginning of time.

      • Patrick R.

        LMFAO!!!!

      • Except its working system has nothing to do with a Glock’s…

        • Lance

          Its another plastic framed striker fire its still based overall on a Glock.

          • “Strike One” checklist:

            Light double action trigger: NO
            Modified Browning locking system: NO
            Tilting barrel: NO

            Where is it based on a Glock?

          • DW

            Android is an Apple knockoff
            because
            It’s another mobile OS its still based overall on an apple
            yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

            Man have 4 limbs and its still based on a Dog.

            wow. my brain hurt.

          • Glock is a ripoff of the HK VP70 bro.

    • Except it is not a Glock knockoff.

    • DW

      Lance logic:
      Polymer strikerfired handgun= glock knockoff=pos
      Everything else=pos

      Me thinks his posts = pos

      • st4

        Lance logic:
        2+2 = banana.

    • iksnilol

      The Dodge Charger is a ripoff of the Ford Model T.

  • Don Ward

    It’s so tacky looking it must be good.

  • Beretta, P38, Desert Eagle all do not use tilting barrel Browning lock up or blow back.

    It looks like a good pistol can’t wait to get mt hands on one.

    • Not only the AF-1 “Strike One” doesn’t use a Browning-based locking system, but neither does it use a tilting barrel at all!

      • noob

        with the linear motion of the barrel an the interesting high-bearing surface falling locking block, is the Strike One able to use a suppressor without a nelson device or recoil booster?

        I ask this because the Strike One is offered with a 12″ barrel and appears to still function fine, while other pistols with different operating systems struggle with higher barrel mass.

        • Yes it can. It needs a longer barrel with a threaded muzzle, though.

  • Da comrade

    I’d love to have one of these but not at current prices. If it was about the same as an HK vp9, I would spring one instantly but as it is, I can’t justify the current price tag.

  • Southpaw89

    That limp wristing made me crack up, just looked too funny. The price on this ($823) isn’t unreasonable for such a unique handgun, especially if it performs well.

  • Can you just buy a solid, non-reversible magazine catch that fixes the problem?
    As a competition pistol I can see it being a huge issue, and as a service pistol during a high stress magazine change I can see it being an even bigger problem.
    During a match, Ian McCollum lost a lot of time because he pushed the button too hard.

    • KviteKrist

      I guess you could remove a few millimeters of the mag release and the problem of pushing it through will be gone. Or maybe you could remove the angled surface so it will stop completely.

      I have the speed and I think it’s possible to push it through.

    • A single ambidextrous mag release lever does exist actually. Mine came issued with one. But once again, there is nothing as you describe. The design of the magazine catch/release system is such that implementing a solid non-reversible system would require a total redesign. Once again, though, I never heard of what you’re describing as a widespread “problem”.

  • nobody

    Meh, tell me when they fix the magazine release problem demonstrated by Ian from Forgottenweapons, then I might consider purchasing one.

  • USMC03Vet

    I don’t seem the allure of this beyond the guy that has everything already and thus can say they have one. It’s a mid range priced range gun, but it has serious functionality issues and isn’t that attractive. You can get cheaper range guns with more flash and without the mag issues.

    What kind of sights does it come with?

  • plumber576

    I rented one of these TODAY in Oklahoma to try it out and was genuinely surprised. What I noticed most is that the recoil impulse is very soft.
    By recoil impulse I mean that shock delivered to arms and hands when shooting, which often leads to anticipation and flinching. When shooting the Strike One I had no need to focus or fight it off as I sometimes do.
    It has definitely been added to my WANT list.

  • noob

    Thank you for linking that video.

    I wonder how robust and reliable the locking block is? It seems like having such finely dovetailed rails on the locking block engaging cutouts on the inside of the slide could get caked with dust and sand, also dirt and sand could get under the falling locking block preventing it from translating downwards unless there is some kind of drainage hole to let debris fall downwards out of the lockwork of the weapon.

    • It has been tested thoroughly and it doesn’t seem to suffer from dirt any more than many other service handguns. Don’t take my word when it comes for reliability of dirty guns, though, because I just can’t get myself to put rounds through ANY of my guns and then NOT cleaning them thoroughly… I really just can’t do without. It’s a compulsion, more than a habit. I always clean them independently from how many rounds I put through them.

  • Shawn

    Great video guys! Keep them coming!

  • Jeff Smith

    Alex’s limp wrist shooting technique looks as if he’s demonstrating a new shooting technique called “the poopie diaper” where the shooter imagines that the handgun is a “loaded” diaper and must be held with only two fingers as to not get anything on the shooter’s hands.

    Great review, guys! Keep it up!

  • Ben

    The Beretta PX4 series with it’s rotating lock barrel is the other locking mechanism that you didn’t mention.

    • roguetechie

      Calling it the Beretta system is kind of an interesting choice.
      Considering it was one of the early go to systems for full size handguns.
      Also considering that Stoner, Uzi gal, and Mr. Shipunov have all designed rotating barrel pistols. Not sure about shipunov, but when Uzi gal and Gene Stoner both believe that rotating barrel is the future of pistol locking / operating systems, I personally sat up and took notice.
      On the war pistol comments, all I can say is that my opinion differs on war pistols pretty majorly. If I was going to war tomorrow and could pick any pistol to backup my rifle, I’d instantly pick the gsh-18. (the shipunov design)
      here’s why:
      1. Pistols are marginally better than fists and entrenching tools as weapons of war. Therefore I want my pistol to be simple, cheap, robust, light, and on the compact side of full size. The gsh-18 fits all of these.
      2. Cheap: Interviews with the designers have commonly included statements that the gsh-18 costs about a third of what a normal service pistol does to manufacture. I believe that to be accurate.
      3. Simple: This pistol is remarkable in the simplicity of both design and manufacturing while, if built correctly giving up no real advantages in function theoretically. It’s also got amazingly few parts,nearly all of which are large and simple. The manufacturing techniques behind this weapon, well frankly this gun is IMO the spiritual successor to and borne of the design ethic of the Kalashnikov and it’s pistol predecessor, the makarov.
      4. Robust: The pistol is a secondary weapon for most soldiers issued them, as such it needs to be able to take abuse without hesitation after being ignored and bashed by your other gear, vehicle doors and ledges, and that time you dropped it in the urinal. Between the actual pistol construction designed to be dropped into a springtime mud puddle in Russia, keep in mind the nazis lost tanks, trucks, and AIRCRAFT to Russian mud puddles so that is no small feat. Or the way it will safely fire 115 grain fmj standard loads, and AP loads that would be past maximum allowable +p+ loads here in the U.S. truly a pistol that even the Marines would struggle to Break without malicious forethought.
      Light & compact: With a loaded 18 round magazine the pistol is still around 850 grams. Is it the lightest? No, but I bet you you could use one to beat 2-3 lighter pistols to scrap with, load a magazine and fire it off without even a little worry that you hurt it. (and the next mag ….etc) it’s also not much larger overall than a pmm or pm makarov. Some would worry about the true double stack magazine, but it’s got a very comfortable looking backstrap that should be good even for teenage girls.
      Oh, it’s also got a very low bore axis and grip design meant that should make it a superb pointer with very serviceable sights.
      to me, it’s exactly the type of pistol I’d want in my holster.

  • MrEllis

    (gun fires)

  • Leigh Rich

    Looks like the Diamondback Full size 9MM that does not work well

  • Core

    Omg Alex the video of you limp wristing it can’t be unseen.. lol

  • scaatylobo

    Irish midget ?,the least you could do was hit him in his balls to remind him that you cant dance = IF you got no ball room.
    Being a shorter guy who was a cop,I get to prove myself often.
    LOVE to show loud asshats that their “glamourous height” aint impressing me.
    As to the gun,for that price I will keep my Glocks.
    But was impressive as to very little recoil.

  • SgtSquarepants

    I just received my Arsenal Firearms Strike One chambered in 9mm. I’ve been waiting nearly a year. Took it to the range yesterday and both magazines would fall out after every shot. Do I have a defective weapon or is there a quick fix here? Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • SgtSquarepants

    Thank you for the reply. I have checked the magazine catch/release spring and it is present and I don’t see any obvious deformities but this is my first Strike One so I don’t have anything to compare it to either. Since posting this, I have seen one other post, a video actually, where an individual loads dummy rounds into his Strike One, cycles the slide and his magazine falls out as well. I have tried several different magazines, all with the same result. I had really hyped this weapon here with my contemporaries (I am a professional firearms instructor) and I was extremely disappointed with problems right out of the box. I will contact the U.S. distributor. Again, thank you for the reply.

    • My pleasure. Like I said, this kind of defect on the “Strike One” is 100% new to me… the most commonly (if we can say it, because it’s actually far less than common) reported issue with the gun was the breakage of the firing pin seat due to the use of third-party components in the first lots, which were later found out to be substandard (yes, the company used a lot of third-party components, particularly in the early lots — which is just normal for a start-up, and besides, you’d be amazed to know how many third-party components are used today by several big names in the industry!).
      But I never heard of magazines falling down all by themselves before.

      Check in with the importer, and ask the company directly if you don’t find a good feedback from IFC. The company acted quickly to solve all issues with “Strike One” pistols sold in Italy whenever they were reported, and I don’t see why they would want to tarnish their reputation by not doing the exact same in the U.S. as well!

      • SgtSquarepants

        I did check with the importer and fortunately it’s a quick and easy fix. It’s basically what you have already mentioned, a magazine spring from a third party that was sub-standard. They found the problem and thought they had all of them changed but a few have slipped through the cracks. Again, I appreciate your help!