New Russian Arsenal Firearms Strike One "Strizh" Polymer Pistol

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

A private Russian company called Arsenal Firearms has developed a new slick looking polymer pistol chambered in 9mm Luger/Parabellum. The pistol appears to be named “Strike One” although the YouTube video below says it is named Strizh, which I believe translates to Swift. As far as I know the company is not linked to arms giant Arsenal BG in Bulgaria.

Oops, the front sight seems to have come loose.

My Russian is poor (nonexistent) but from watching the video I believe the pistol has a slim profile polymer frame (unusual for a Russian company), an easy-to-rack slide with rear and front serrations, enlarged magazine well, ambidextrous magazine release and picatinny rail. The slide appears to be lighted considerably by removing as much metal as possible in order to increase the cycle rate.

It looks like a nice design. It is shown with english branding so I think the company is eyeing the export market. If they are clever they will either sell production rights outright or enter in an exclusive supply agreement with a US firm. This is the kind of pistol Remington / Freedom Group needs to add to their line up which is missing a polymer non-1911 platform.

Notice the accuracy demonstration at 2:45? They appear to be placing shots inches away from the balaclava’d man’s head!

[ Many thanks to Zarko for emailing us the video. ]

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  • Rob Pincus Rob Pincus on Mar 12, 2012

    I got to check the pistol out this week at IWA... Prototype level only, but it looks very interesting. Some of the same advances as the Caracal, with the fixed barrel. Looking forward to shooting on... maybe... someday... if... etc,etc,etc....


    • Spade_lt Spade_lt on Mar 14, 2012

      @Rob Pincus I've got to check it at at the IWA too.

      strongarm has it right - system is a kin to the lahti only mounted "in the main area" of the chamber. BArrel moves straight back and aseparate piece unlocks it from the slide.

      And, to be honest - the trigger is just horrible...

  • English English on Jul 18, 2012

    The front sight is definitely set far to the left but if you look carefully at the static picture I think it shows that the rear sight is also offset. The barrel is definitely not offset Looking at other videos, Bruna's for example, you will see that the front sight is not offset, though it is very hard to catch a good sight of the rear sight. I suspect that the designer or principle salesman in the first video is actuallt left eye dominant and he has moved the sights over as partial compensation for that.

    • RollingThunder RollingThunder on May 02, 2014

      @English I was just going to post asking about the front sight being to the left instead of centered.. Guess you cleared that up!