Strike One No Longer Being Imported By IFC

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I have edited the article to correct a misquote, the Strike one will continue to be produced in Italy and Arsenal Firearms is seeking to add a second production line in Germany. – Patrick R.

It looks like the importer of the Strike One pistol is no longer importing the Italian produced pistol. A few days ago I got an email from Sooner State Arsenal, the retail arm of the importer, stating that the pistol is being closed out with a dramatic drop in price from the $823 MSRP at the time I tested it down to $699 on clearance right now. I contacted International Firearms Corporation (IFC) and Sooner State Arsenal’s owner Tony Mussatto for comment and was met with a firm “no comment”, I received the same no comment response from Sooner State’s sales manager.

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The Strike One uses the rather unique Bergmann locking system to keep the barrel as low as possible.

I really liked the pistol when I reviewed it last year, you can take a look at that review here, and am pretty disappointed that the gun is not being imported. Prime Manufacturing Group is picking the design up and bringing it to market as the full size Stryk A and the compact Stryk B. The latest news as to when we will see the new gun on the market is third quarter of 2016. The only guns I saw at SHOT Show were shooting prototypes, but there is no indication what the production model will look like. I am really hopeful to see the gun on the market later this year and I will be one of the first ones to place an order for the compact and maybe the full size as well.

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During my testing the Strike One proved to be very accurate.

I also reached out to Arsenal Firearm’s owner Dimitry Streshinsky for comment about the pistols being clearanced out by Sooner State. Dimitry was glad to comment about the current state of the Strike design and stated that the Strike One is still in production in Italy and will still be offered for sale if there is enough demand for the classic Strike One. He also said that the importation contract with IFC was canceled due to an unknown breach of that contract. When asked about what breach of contract there might have been Dimitry did not go into further detail. He also informed me that he is seeking to add a production line of the Arsenal Firearms line up in Germany with the ultimate goal to have the Strike design produced in the US as well. Dimitry also stated that in a couple months time we should be seeing some rifles from Arsenal Firearms and the Stryk A and B are on schedule to be released third quarter of 2016.

Photo courtesy of Scott at The Gun Show Podcast.

The Arsenal Firearms Strike One is currently clearance priced at $699 for the black and green frames only at Sooner State Arsenal. You can read the clearance email referenced by clicking here. You can also visit Arsenal Firearms’ website by clicking here.

I reached out to Prime Manufacturing Group and Salient and have not received any comment as of this time.

I have edited the article to correct a misquote, the Strike one will continue to be produced in Italy and Arsenal Firearms is seeking to add a second production line in Germany. – Patrick R.



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Cattoo

    I almost ordered one of these Friday. After hashing it over for sometime, I made the mortgage payment instead.
    Sigh. Sometimes responsibilities suck.

  • Gregory

    If the pistol wasn’t so damn wide, I would buy it.

  • Al Wise

    $823 to $700 is far from a “dramatic drop”. Come on.

    • Harrison Jones

      Not when comparing MSRP to street price.

      • Patrick R.

        Original MSRP was $869, a $170 price drop on a gun is reasonably dramatic. The $823 price I quoted was what the street price at the time I tested it last year.

        • Harrison Jones

          This gun was also selling much closer to MSRP than the rest of the market. That’s roughly a 20% price drop which is much less than LWRC or similar closeouts a CDNN Sports.

  • Harrison Jones

    I can’t wait for the Stryk B!

  • DIR911911 .

    hmmmm . . . the eternal question , gun? . . . or rent?

  • USMC03Vet

    Oh, no. A tragic loss for the firearms world. A ugly overpriced gun with a bunch of terrible writing all over it. Guess we’ll just have to settle with Remingtons……

    • Twilight sparkle

      I avoid Remington like the plague now.

    • mk18

      So a gun that you think is overpriced with graphics you don’t like makes it not worth it? How about how well it shoots? How accurate it is, etc.? After I put about 1000 rounds through one, I’m glad to see the price drop because now I can buy one and save some money (I would have bought it at the original price). It’s a GREAT pistol. I’m honestly torn between it and the HK VP9 in terms of best overall polymer gun.

  • TCBA_Joe

    I’ll stick to established Brands (SIG, HK, Beretta, S&W, Glock…) There’s a reason I avoid even giving a crap about the latest foreign import wonder-guns that are either “budget friendly”, “new and amazing”, or “better than the gun it’s ripping off”. Canik, Carcal, Strike-one, Lionheart, Arex, etc…

    • Giolli Joker

      And what is such reason?

      • TCBA_Joe

        Same reply as above. I’m not willing to be the test driver of possible new wonder guns like the Canik, Caracal, Sphinx, Strike-One, Arex, and the Lionheart, only to have to face indefinite recalls, complete lack of industry support, limited supply. I don’t buy guns to collect the one-off or be the “exclusive kid”. I buy established firearm lines that shoot normal calibers, whose holsters I can find used, and mags in every gunstore or major retailer, and replace/fix if it goes down.

        • Stanley Pebbles

          New to the US doesn’t exactly mean a new firearm. The Lionheart is essentially the Korean military’s service pistol, the DP51 (which was previously imported to the US), the Arex and Sphinx both spent a lot of time in the European market before finally making it into the US. That being said, while the Lionheart and Sphinx have very good reputations, I’d never get a Canik or a Caracal for similar reasons to yours.

          • Machinegunnertim

            I own the Canik and the Caracal F and they are phenomenal pistols! I haven’t needed any industry support beyond my level 2 retention holster and they have been every bit as reliable as any other brand. Not to mention much less recoil than the Glock with the same ammo and a far better shaped frame/grip.

            The “established firearm lines” are mainly that because of very aggressive marketing. Not because they are the best.

    • mk18

      So you don’t care about innovation unless it comes from the big brand names? Have you tried to SIG Polymer guns (junk)? How about the new Glock (oh wait, same cr*p)? Or the new railed 92F (wooooooo…a light rail!)? Even the VP9 (which I love) isn’t that innovative (they just improved the existing system). This gun introduces (or re-introduces depending on how you look at it) a new way for handguns to operate and from my experience with it, it’s very accurate and offers reduced muzzle flip.

      • TCBA_Joe

        I love innovation. I don’t have the budget and willingness to be some foreign wanna-be company’s test driver. When said new wonder guns are in the holsters of round count heavy users and have an established track record, viable supply, and support availability (holsters, mags, parts) I’ll take a serious look at them. It’s the same reason I haven’t bothered with the constantly changing catalog of Rugers, FNs, Walthers.

        More power to you if you pick up a handgun that only gets 500 units imported, not enough magazines, no sight options, and no available retention holsters.

        • SirOliverHumperdink

          So it sounds like you’re really not into guns. Maybe you should post on another topic, like cooking or movies.

          • TCBA_Joe

            Lol. Whatever you need to tell yourself. I’m a huge gun guy, I’ll just let others jump onto the “foreign import pistol of the week” bandwagon.

            I’ll stick to shooting, not wondering when my Carcal will be returned to me after it’s indefinite recall or trying to find a retention holster to fit a Lionheart and a chinese made pistol laser.

            At least with Glock, HK, SIG, Beretta, or S&W I can replace the guide rod spring at Brownells.

          • SirOliverHumperdink

            Much of the same was said when HK introduced the VP70Z ( I bought one) and moreover, the Glock 17.

          • TCBA_Joe

            That VP70Z was a rousing success, wasn’t it. And now that Glock has had decades of use it’s a non-issue. I wouldn’t have been on that bandwagon either.

            I’m not saying they’re bad guns or not innovative. I AM saying that if the purpose of purchase is really beyond “because it’s cool and unique” then maybe they should be vetted more than by 50 rounds fired by a blog writer and be around for more than a year or 2.

            I’m also willing to trust an established company’s new gun because of their established American market then trust a new-comer from Slovenia because of “just as good as, but slightly cheaper”. It doesn’t help they all seem to be imported by tiny exclusive no name importers.

          • SirOliverHumperdink

            Many ‘established’ mfg’s have had major recalls and DEATHS, i.e. Ruger, Remington, Springfield, Taurus to name a few.

          • Bill

            And Chevy, and Ford, and Toyota… The point being that some of us have practical issues that preclude picking up Every New Thing.

            It’s the same with cameras, my other main vice. I’ve learned to stick with known manufacturers and not hop on waiting lists as soon as the next model comes out, but wait for the Mod 1 bugless version.

          • I enjoy ubiquitous firearms too. The confidence in support, cottage industry goodies, and reliability are established by quantity.

            22/45, 10/22, Mossberg 500, AR15, Henry H001 were some of my firsts.

          • Bill

            I tend to agree with TCBA. There are a lot of “innovative” guns that flop for practical use. Try to find a magazine for a Bren 10, or a holster for an HK VP70, just 2 really innovative guns that were miserable flops. Then add in Gyrojets, Dardicks, the Colt All-American and Double Eagle, and on and on….

    • Frank

      I don’t see what’s wrong with the lionheart. It’s a modified version of a military service pistol. It’s g2g.

    • Kivaari

      Sometimes people don’t want to be the testing bureau for new and innovative designs. If you hang around the gun business long enough, I’ve been at it for 55 years, you will get bad product. Often the gun carries an established name like S&W, Colt, Beretta, Glock, SIG and just about everyone else. Buying guns like the Korean 9mm and Benelli 9mm pistols, you get stuck with no support for parts, magazines or repair. Colt and Beretta have been difficult to work with.

  • Edeco

    Looks like it would feel great, but having only moderate capacity despite the long grip kills it for me. Glock brand glocks feel fine and I think have the same capacity in a shorter grip

  • mk18

    I hope a importer with a better dealer network ends up importing it. German or US made would be nice too. That being said, I’ve shot the current Italian version and I think it’s one of the best polymer pistols out there. It’s not for everyone and for every situation but if you don’t have “specialty” concerns (like CCW use), I would recommend that people try it out. They’re very accurate, recoil is minimal and the trigger, surprisingly, works pretty well. It’s no VP9/PPQ trigger but it’s above average. I’m going to take advantage of the new lower price and pick one up.

    • Austin

      There going to be made in the US now

      • Austin

        *they’re

  • stephen

    I got a chance to put about 75 rounds through one of these and I have to say it is really nice. The only thing I would change is the trigger, a wee bit lighter and the ability for aftermarket sights.

    The cost was high and its good to see it coming down in price. However it is not a CCW gun.

  • it looks nice, but for that money, I’d rather spend it on a known quantity

  • Bacon Man

    Anyone know if the rifling is traditional, or polygonal?

  • JoeSchmoe

    Having a hard time getting in touch with Salient? Imagine that! Don’t worry, just be patient, their website has been under construction for 5 years, can’t be much longer now, right? Any day! Good god, I can’t imagine what they were thinking handing over a project like this to those hacksmiths. I weep for the Strike, and you all should too.

    • VF 1777

      I second these concerns about Salient. I see nothing that leads me to believe they will be capable of producing anything more than vapor. I would also have concerns about jumping into the Strike One game now due to mag availability and support concerns, not to mention a very limited aftermarket. There was a time when i had a decision to make – wait for this pistol to become mature and buy in, or go CZ P09. I’m glad that at least this time i didnt get burned. $575 for my FDE P09 with tritium and it’s everything i could have hoped it would be. Now maybe i’ll treat myself and use some of the cash i saved and send it to get Cajunized 🙂

  • Patrick R.

    I have edited the article to correct a misquote, the Strike one will continue to be produced in Italy and Arsenal Firearms is seeking to add a second production line in Germany.

    • Giolli Joker

      Cool, that line actually had surprised me, glad to know it wasn’t entirely correct.

  • YZAS

    …and so the saga of the Strike One continues…. too much drama and talk of the future for my tastes, but to each his own.

  • toms

    My strike’s have been awesome pistols, I’ve got 5k rounds through one with no problems. I have a back up on that one. I’ve shot everything up to MP5 +p+ ammo without a single problem. I have zero interest in salient guns though, sucky company with terrible customer service and picky reliability. I expect someone else will pick up the import of these babies and they will come in again. The prime group are just a bunch of middle men who mark up other readily available brands through exclusivity agreements and stick it to the ignorant consumer who buys their aggressive marketing hype.

  • Bill

    Good for you, and I’m not being sarcastic. Except for a couple weapons I inherited, and even that are mainstream, all of my guns are working tools, so support in all its facets is important.

    Now I’m being sarcastic: of what value is a pistol that can’t be carried, particularly one that was purpose built as a fighting gun?

    • SirOliverHumperdink

      So guns are useless if you can’t carry them?What value? An SP89 is about $5 grand and good luck carrying that and my State Arms Shorty .50 bmg is REALLY heavy. Carry guns are just that, guns made to be carried. Like my LCP.
      Guns are ‘working tools’? Are you serious? Are you a contract killer? Tools for what? Maybe they call them tools in a slaughter house, but in my world, they are just guns. No offence, but you sound like a ‘black op’s specwar ninja operator’.

      • Bill

        Uh, actually sport, I’m a cop and use of force instructor, covering the legal, moral and ethical use of police force, and a firearms, intermediate weapons and subject control instructor. I’m not sure what your point is, or why you’d carry a gun if not as a tool to mitigate immediate lethal threats that your are involuntarily confronted with and can’t disengage from. Firearms are certainly one of the tools of my profession.

        I love it when people say “no offense;” it’s like interviewing a suspect that you have video of committing a crime and they start saying “honestly” all the time.

        And yeah, guns are pretty much useless if you can’t carry them. If I knew I had to go to a gunfight my weapon of choice would be one of the 16 inch cannons off the USS Missouri, but I don’t think the suspension on my patrol car could handle it.

        • SirOliverHumperdink

          I am not a cop, instructor or in any type of security business, so guns to me are not ‘tools’ . So to you if a vehicle can’t be used ideally as a police car, endurance tested and made for years, it shouldn’t be made and anyone who come up with a new model or brand car (see Tesla lol) should be And when I typed ‘no offence’, I used it so you would understand there is no vitriol in my tone. And I don’t say ‘honestly’. I more of a ‘quite frankly’ kind of guy.

  • WolfLarynx

    I’ll stick with my Walther P99. The strike 1 is too large and too expensive. If it was priced at $599 retail and the size of a Glock 19, they’d fly off the shelves.