[SHOT Show 2019] The Archon Type B (and the Future ‘A’ and ‘C’ Models)

    In this episode of TFBTV SHOT Show coverage, James covers the Archon Type B. The Firearm Blog’s own Adam S. previously reviewed the Archon Type B as follows:

    Developed in Italy, manufactured in the European Union, and designed specifically to fulfill the preferences and highest expectations of the U.S. market, the Type B represents a new class of compact, polymer grip, striker-fired handgun, and features an extremely low bore axis and unique recoil-reducing mechanical design boasting improved accuracy over conventional pistols. A number of features preferred by American shooters–which would typically require expensive customization–have been integrated into the Type B’s design.

    Some of the key ingredients to this pistol that consumers will notice once they shoot it are the sights, bore axis and stippling on the frame.

    The bore axis on the Type B is being touted by some people in the firearms industry as the lowest on the market. After having shot the pistol at SHOT Show personally, I believe it is pretty hard to argue against that remark. The recoil is nearly straight back with minimal muzzle flip.

    The sight picture, like many companies are trending towards, utilizes a fiber optic front sight. Whether you are in an ironically dimly lit indoor range or shooting outside on an overcast day, fiber optic sights for both young and old can be a tremendous blessing.

    Finally, the stippling. The stippling or texturing used on the frame of this pistol (in my opinion) could be improved. The spacing between the geometric pattern is possibly too far apart. Your hand tends to shift while shooting if you are not aware of this and focusing on maintaining a strong grasp of the handle throughout an entire magazine.

    Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable pistol. Hopefully we see these in retail stores sooner than later so more people can add them to their arsenal.

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