Review: Strike Industries’ Strike Switch For The AR-15

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Back at SHOT show I dropped by the Strike Industries booth to see what kind of madmen come up with all these wonderful toys and was flooded with prototypes of upcoming parts that will be in production later this year. One of those products was the Strike Switch and now that it is shipping they were kind enough to send a couple over for review.

Just like all of Strike’s products the packaging really stands out. I like that they changes it up a bit for the Strike Switch, The window an foam was a really nice touch. I know that most shooters wont care about fancy packaging, they just want to know their gear is going to perform like they want it to.IMG_3087

Strike does you a solid by including the required hex wrench to install the safety right there in the box. Also included is the left and right safety selectors, a reversible drum that allows both 60 and 90 degree throws, a block off plate if you only want to use one side and the two required screws.IMG_3088

The shorter of the two slots on the drum is the 60 degree side, the longer one is the 90 degree side. To choose what throw you would like position the respective side over the selector detent and install the levers onto the drum. Install was really easy and only took me a couple of minutes at the range. IMG_3092

After getting the safety installed I noticed a bit of a problem with the size of the levers. When trying to take the rifle off safe the area that you have to depress is a bit on the small side. I am sure that the safety would loosen up after several range trips or even turning it on and off several times but I really wish that the larger paddle was on the rear or the switch instead of the leading edge. IMG_3100 IMG_3101

The other minor annoyance that I ran into was when running the Strike Switch in the ambi configuration the bottom of the switch was directly under my trigger finger. I know this is an issue that you find with most ambi levers on the market with a few exceptions, so I can’t really count the discomfort against the Switch.IMG_3130 IMG_3132

I already knew I was going to be a bit on the slow side when I the got um’, wait he got back up drill (take the rifle off off safe, fire, put it back on safe, take it off safe again, then fire.) I found that while the switch was tough to take off safe, it was pretty easy to get the rifle back into a safe condition.  IMG_3142 IMG_3143 IMG_3144 IMG_3146

So what do I think of the Strike Switch? I was pretty surprised to find that I hadn’t fallen in love with a Strike product for a change. I felt a bit let down if I am honest, but I still think it is a really solid concept that could use a bit of refinement to make it really shine. If it had been less pokey and tough to get off safe I think that I would have loved it.

The Strike Switch carries a MSRP of $65.95 for the black version tested and $69.95 for the grey, red and blue anodized colors. If you would like to see more about the new Strike Switch you can check out Strike Industries’ web page here.



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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  • JimBobble

    Are those mounted on the wrong sides (backwards)?

    • LCON

      looks like It doesn’t really matter as long as the teeth are up.

      • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

        It does, the mounting hole is offset so it will only screw on one way and the switch will impact the stops on the receiver if it isn’t installed in the right way.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      Nope, they won’t fit the other way. I thought the same thing you did.

  • The Wound Channel

    Close, but no cigar

  • Hoplopfheil

    Crazy how much money can be put into the tiny nubbins on an AR. Like the forward assist this looks awkward and uncomfortable, not to mention heavy and expensive.

    I guess I’ll never understand the competition shooting world.

    • raz-0

      Don’t blame us for this thing. Nowhere on the list of asks from competitive shooters. was “put a giant see saw in the way of our trigger fingers.”

      I’m not even sure of how one conceives of this as a good idea.

      • Hoplopfheil

        Fair point. If it isn’t the tactical crowd, and isn’t the competitors, I guess it’s just a bling bling thing.

        • Mike Lashewitz

          Precisely!

  • BrandonAKsALot

    I got mine yesterday and installed them and found the same things. They seem backwards and definitely a little tough at first. I have mine on the 60 degree throw. It got way easier after a little playing with it. I found that it’s just a hair from touching my trigger finger, which will probably be really annoying when shooting. I may ditch the ambi setup.

    On another note, you could always snip a coil or two from the selector detent if it’s too tough to switch.

    • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

      “On another note, you could always snip a coil or two from the selector detent if it’s too tough to switch.”

      Nope.

      • BrandonAKsALot

        So snippy for someone against snipping.

        • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

          If cutting a spring is the fix to get a product to work, I don’t need the product.

          • You should stay away from the 1911 then. 😛

            I’ve had a safety or two there the notch was too sharp so it was hard to change it to fire or vice versa. A new minutes with a file cleaned it right up.

          • Patrick R. – Staff Writer

            Fitting a part is a bit different than cutting a coil off a spring that is supposed to be a certain length.

          • And springs are no different. Just because they are the same length, and coils per inch doesn’t mean that they are the same spring resistance. You can take a 100 pack of springs and get compression readings as different as 20% off of rated compression.

          • Mike Lashewitz

            Military grade too!

  • tazman66gt

    They look overly large and in the way.

  • Strike Industries

    Hey guys. We knew going in to this that there would be a learning curve, and possible misconceptions about the product. We did what we could to explain and educate people about this at the last two big shows (SHOT and NRA), and we expect to have to continue doing this for some time (obviously not everyone was at either show). The rocker style levers ARE reversible, so that the bottom side, and its unique geometry, are now on the top side. To do so, one must flip over and then swap the left for the right. Some receivers have larger safety stops that may impede this, some do not. We chose to include an end cap so that those with large hands or those who don’t want an ambi setup, can have that option. The lever is meant to be actuated by the thumb in a rocker style fashion, where the thumb stays on top at all times. Whether the weapon is safe or on fire, the thumb rests on the top surface like a shelf, much like how many competition shooters use the thumb safety on a 19/2011. We found this to all a very comfortable, lightening fast switch between safe and semi, and vice versa. The rocker type switch provides more leverage both ways, making for less effort, and much less discomfort (no more dragging the top of your thumb along the bottom side of the safety to return to “SAFE.” The lever, particularly in 60 degree throw mode, is no more obtrusive to the trigger finger side of the hand than most other ambi designs, and total installed weight of the system (with both levers) is only half an ounce… Obviously, manual of arms is slightly changed, which may be a no-go for certain people. Hopefully this clears things up for some of you.

  • Norm Glitz

    A solution in search of a problem. I really don’t want more tiny screws on any sort of defensive or even a match weapon.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Great compliment ON THE PACKAGING….
    However here is another item that is not a combat accessory. It will get caught on clothing and things as well possibly cut the operator when functioning in a high stress environment. I also see it being caught or bumped setting it into the opposite function when unwanted.

    You can put a spiked collar on a cat buy why would you want to?

    Here is an unsafe “safety”.

    • CountryBoy

      “You can put a spiked collar on a cat buy why would you want to?”

      Makes the cat look “tacticool”, which every alpha cat really wants, especially those rottweiler cats! 😉

      • Mike Lashewitz

        Mmmmm I never thought of that…. Now I want a Rotweiler cat . . .

        I looked it up and found this image below. I DO want a Rotweiler cat.

        • CountryBoy

          Yeah, but they’re bred in Russia, and Rottweiler cat must first want you! 😉

  • marineone

    Mike,I understand war.19 months in Nam.Disabled vet to,100% pt. One question ?WHY the heck do you guys from up north have to down the folks in the South? BUBBA? I had to deal with that crap in Nam all the time. If you consider yourself ‘BUBBA’ I suppose that’s why your FKD up. Not the forum for PTSD. Your the IDIOT buying the part.

  • Mike and marineone this really hurts to see two vets fighting over something like this. Come one guys lets drop the arguing this is not the place for it.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      Who is fighting. My veteran shipmate made his comment and I responded. Please read for content in my responses. Then move forward.

  • Kris

    I’m going to guess that this wouldn’t work well on the new wire collapsing stock ARs. It does look like the wire stock would move the safety to the safe position if collapsed and not allow the gun to be taken off safe if collapsed as well.