InRange TV On The Arsenal Strike One

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]