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Arsenal Strike One Pistol (Range Review)

– Hey guys, it’s Alex C. And some Irish midget. Hey guys, it’s Alex C. Are you gonna say Patrick R. or not? – Hey guys, Alex and Patrick
out here at the range with the new Strike One pistol. So, why don’t you tell us about it? – Well, this is pretty cool, actually. We got the opportunity to test this from Sooner State Arsenal. – Yep. Great folks. – Yeah, it’s supposed to
be a really unique firearm. It’s kinda cool because it doesn’t use a Browning-style short recoil
operating tilting barrel, which is refreshing. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a little burnt out
on how every handgun nowadays either has blowback or uses
the tilting barrel operation. – Yeah, with the exception
of the new Walther CCP, I think everything is the
same old kinda flavor. – Absolutely. And it is refreshing because this uses a revived over 100-year-old system called the Bergmann system
where there’s a wide lock that kinda delays the
barrel as it comes back and locks it into the halfway point. That allows the slide
to unlock and come back. It’s very unique. There’s some advantages to this system that the people at Arsenal are claiming. And also it has one of the
lowest bore axises on the market, I almost think they wanna say
it’s the lowest on the market. – I believe that Arsenal does claim it is the lowest on the market, and I don’t think anybody has
refuted that claim as of yet. – So anyways, I guess the idea of that is the recoil’s more
inline with your hands. Since it’s lower, it
doesn’t recoil as much, but I’d like to shoot
it before we judge it. – Yeah. I’ve had a couple of mags through the gun before you showed up today. – Okay. – And I’ll have to say that
even just picking it up it feels like no other
handgun I’ve ever held. I really enjoy how it kind
of melts into your hand, and I know that sounds gimmicky
and marketing languagey, but it really does. It feels like an extension of my arm, it fits very well. It’s very instinctive to point. – Yeah, it is. It’s definitely unique. I can tell you just by holding
it it’s a very large pistol, however the grip’s quite slim, so it’s not too hard to grab onto. – Right. It almost sits down inside your hand, if that makes any sense to you guys. That’s the best way I can put it. – And it’s got a nice
beaver tail on the back so there’s no way you’re
really gonna get bit by the slide, which is nice. Everything’s laid out in a good way. I don’t wanna say it’s Glock-like, because aside from the
polymer frame, it’s not. It doesn’t operate like a Glock, it doesn’t feel like a Glock. – The only thing it has in
common with a Glock is… – Striker fired. – It’s striker fired. The magazine capacity, and
it’s black and plastic. – Right. – That’s about it. – Well, without much further ado, I say we put it through its paces. – Yeah. – Let’s do it. – All right, guys. So I’m gonna go ahead and try
to shoot this kinda quickly, I’m not Jerry Miculek or anything, on our Grizzly Target down there. A couple things I wanna
go ahead and touch on, as always I’m gonna go ahead
and kinda cover the controls, and they’re really
straightforward on this gun. It’s got a standard trigger, it’s a very nice, wide
trigger, it’s very comfortable. But you don’t have any of the
little safe action nonsense like you do on a Glock or an M&P. It has the same mechanism
in it, but you can’t tell. Your mag release is right here. Now, Ian McCollum noticed
in one of his videos where they were reviewing this gun, that you can go ahead and
press the mag release so hard that it’ll stay in and you no longer have a magazine that works. That’s easily remedied
by popping it back out, but it’s kind of a negative in my eyes. So let’s go ahead and load
up a mag of 17 rounds here. And shoot it quickly, I guess. (gun fires) (laughs) That’s pretty awesome. While I may not be Jerry Miculek, I sure do feel like him right now. I’m starting to fall in love
with this little polymer Russian-Italian wonder nine thing. (gun fires) – All right, guys, so now I get to shoot
the Arsenal Strike One. I’m pretty excited about this, I’ve never shot a pistol
using the Bergmann system, So, let’s see what it’s all about. (gun fires) I really like that. I will say the bore axis
and everything like that is not voodoo or a marketing gimmick, it really does direct a lot
of the recoil straight back, reduces muzzle flip, at
least it feels like to me. Right before this I was actually
shooting a Glock pistol, and this is something else. I would recommend you shoot one if your local range
actually rents these out. But I’m gonna do a couple more mags, see if I find something else out about it. All right, so I’m gonna
see if the Strike One passes the limp wrist test, I’m not going to put hardly any pressure on the back of the gun. Hopefully it cycles. If it does, great. (gun fires) Ooh. That was a genuine dud
rather than a limp wrist dud. (gun fires) Not bad. You know, I did that
with a VP9 a while back, and it was very susceptible
to limp-wristing. This was not, so there you go. (gun fires) – Man, this is a pretty
damn sweet shooter. (beep) Miles! Hey, what’s up, man? – Hey. – I didn’t know you were here. – Yeah, just came down from Indiana. – Cool. – What’s this new thing? – Got the Arsenal Strike One out here. Makes a pretty shot. – Heard a lot about it, yeah. – Yeah, man, I don’t have any more ammo. Where the hell did you get that? – Don’t tell anyone. – All right. (gun fires) – Hey, Patrick, does
anyone know you have this? – [Patrick] Yeah, Sooner
State Arsenal sent it to me. – Okay. They won’t mind if
I walk away with it, right? – [Patrick] I will. – Okay, okay. Just making sure. Just wanna be on the same page. – [Patrick] Okay. (gun fires) – All right, guys, so we just finished our range
day with the Strike One pistol from Arsenal Firearms. We’re gonna go ahead and
extend a special thank you to Lori at Sooner State Arsenal for sending us this pistol for review. I have to say, she really did me a favor because I’ve been itching to fire one of these things for a while. – Yeah, you have. – Yeah, you’ve seen me
getting on the internet and looking at them like, “Ah, do I really wanna go
ahead and take that plunge.” I can’t recall the MSRP offhand, so I’m gonna have it annotated right here. But it is a little bit steep
for a polymer frame pistol that’s striker fired. It’s kind of a negative in my opinion. – Of course. I mean, you’re paying a lot. It is a striker fired gun,
however it is very unique. There’s no other pistol
on the market right now I know of that uses the
Bergmann locking system. – No. – As we saw today, the bore axis does… I think it shoots fantastic. – Yeah, it’s a wonderful shooter. – My only pick personally
would be the trigger, it’s a little mushy. It doesn’t quite stack like
maybe a Glock or something. I could see myself getting
used to that, though. – You know, you mentioned that, but I think it’s more like
a double-action revolver. – It’s like a very light
double-action revolver. – Like when I had my MR73. When I turned it all the way back as far as the main spring pressure, it was a lot like that. – It’s unusual to describe how that works in a semi-automatic handgun. This is not to say the trigger’s
bad, I’d like to say that. It’s just unusual, and it would take me some
time to get used to it. – And I picked it up, and after two mags I had
got the trigger finger down well enough to go ahead
and be quick on target. When you’re dealing with pistols, shooting quickly and accurately, you’re talking about a torso-sized
target at fifteen yards, and you’re doing pretty good. And I’m not the greatest
pistol shot in the world, but I was able to do that with this gun after a couple mags. – Yeah, absolutely. Now, like Patrick said, it is a premium priced handgun,
but it’s a premium handgun. – It really is. When people think polymer frame handguns, they don’t think, “That’s a
premium handgun right there.” But to put it in perspective, I purchased a Spinx SDP
compact a while back after we reviewed it, because
I fell in love with it. I’m gonna be doing the
same thing with this gun, because I am in love with the gun. – That’s a wise choice. I think it’d make a great
asset to your collection, and a lot of people who
maybe just are interested in a non tilting barrel gun. – Yeah. Now, I have heard some
criticisms of this gun when I was looking at
some of the other reviews before I got out to the range. I was a little bit excited, wanted to see what other
people thought about it. And they said that the
trigger was too light for a defensive handgun, and we need to remember that
it’s not a defensive handgun. This was intended to
be a military firearm. – That’s true. – So, I mean, as a military firearm, I think it’s a great gun. It’s awesome. It’s not a concealed carry piece, it’s not something that you
would do anything other than, you know, going to war with. – Right. – It makes a fantastic race
gun, like for competition. And I’m gonna go ahead and
sign myself up for the next IPS, IPC, whatever… – SIG? – Yeah, those guys. Whatever alphabet soup that
comes out here to my range and throws matches, I’m gonna go ahead and sign
myself up for one of those and run this gun in it, and see how well it does. – I think that’s a great idea. There’s no better way to
prove what a pistol can do than actually entering it in competitions. Patrick, I don’t think you’ve had much experience in competitions, so that might be really cool
to see how this performs, especially from someone who has
a lot of experience shooting but not necessarily with
a timer behind their head. – Right. I have literally no experience
with a timer behind my head, and I think if I were to go ahead and run something like a Glock 17, and then this back to back,
that might be pretty telling. – Yeah, I think so. That would be a really cool test. Anyways, I think we had a great
range day with this thing. I enjoyed it. – It’s awesome. – Yeah. Anyways, guys, this is Alex C. – And Patrick R., and Miles back here. – We’d like to thank Miles
behind the camera, actually, also Ventura Munitions provided the ammunition
for this gun today. And Grizzly Target provided the steel that we were ringing with this gun. So we’d like to thank
those guys, as always. Also, if you wanna drop a
comment, maybe the like button, or subscribe, which would be really cool. – Even if you wanted to go ahead and hit the thumbs down button because you don’t like
my stupid Irish face. – That would be okay, too, I guess. But I guess until next time, guys, this is TFB TV, and
we’ll see you next time.

78 thoughts on “Arsenal Strike One Pistol (Range Review)

  1. I disagree slightly with the "it's not a defensive handgun, this was intended to be a military firearm" comment. I think at that point you're starting to mince words. The Glock 17 is a military handgun and is certainly used from a "defensive" standpoint with law enforcement, as well as a concealed carry handgun for numerous civilians (in other variants too). If anything, in the US the current standard military handgun, in the form of the M9/M9-A1, involves more safeties and harder trigger pulls than other "defensive" firearms (Beretta 92s can be had in the G variant), so I'm not sure how lighter trigger pulls = military .

    "It's not something that you would do anything other than going to war with." Come on. You're going to run it in IPSC; that's a hell of a long way from war. The overwhelming majority of the civilian market, where this pistol is being sold, is not "going to war" with handguns they buy for personal use, and that usage could involve recreation and/or self defense. I think bringing up the the trigger weight may be a valid point with that in mind. However, your TFB review states that the Arsenal trigger breaks just over 5 lb. I am not sure 0.5 lb. as compared to a Glock and not even that as compared to the VP9 is really that concerning. Also there is a near endless aftermarket for Glock, M&Ps, XDs, etc in terms of lightening and improving the trigger pulls. With that in mind, is the Aresenal Strike One really that much lighter as to be problematic? I wouldn't think so.

  2. HA! The grins on your faces while shooting that thing reminded me of Christmas mornings with new toys. Nice to see you guys genuinely had a good time with it, looks like a very interesting gun.

  3. I SINCERELY appreciate the amount of humility or humbleness that hess two exude, thank you so much for the videos you two create, subscriber until the end of time.

  4. I really like videos with Alex and Patrick. Not because maybe they're the most thorough or quote many primary sources (except videos that feature Nathaniel or Ian, of course!), or do a lot of creative tests. But simply because these guys are so soft-spoken, humble and intelligentzia-like. One of my childhood friends, a very smart and soft-spoken nuclear submarines simulations programmer, looks and talks exactly like Alex. Always a pleasure to watch the TFB guys partake in their hobby.

  5. There's a talking point, by the way. I've seen high-speed tests that basically negate the claims about lower bore-axis handguns having less practical muzzle rise. According to visual data, it's virtually the same. But I think it's very possible that bore axis does affect the handling in more subtle ways, which obviously reflects in the "feel" everybody is talking about when actually shooting these low-bore pistols. So that's a really good topic for an extensive test for repeatability combined with a visual high-speed test concerning muzzle rise. It may be quite possible that the former can differ with no differences in the latter.

  6. As a race gun? maybe? depends what catagory it gets place in, if it was in unlimited it would get its ass handed to it by double stack 9MM STI style 1911s, regardless of all of its interesting features, the 9MM racing hi cap 1911 is more or less as good as it gets for this sort of thing

    Edit : found out its now production legal for racing, you would be in bone stock glock and various others in that catagory, along with a few 1911s.

  7. I don't care how good a gun is, it has to have at least some aesthetic quality.  This gun has got to be the ugliest gun made since the Frommer 1910.  It reminds me of the guns from the PHOTON TV show / Laser tag rip off.

  8. Hahaha…..the expressions on your faces in this video are priceless ( among them all 5:34 ). Guess you guys are having a blast doing this.
    Much fun. Keep it up.

  9. Did you guys notice any finickiness with ammo? Because they noticed that on InRangeTV, and at that point I reluctantly wrote it off. Please tell me InRange just got a bad one.

  10. Dangit! Now I got to have one. I have decided this year to collect Semi-auto locking systems as a collection theme. So far, I have PMR-30 (hybrid delayed blow-back thingy), Beretta M92-A1 (locking-block), Glock 17 (tilting lock), and CZ-51 (roller lock). Being unique, I'll eventually need the Strike One.

  11. Good summary, however some close-ups of the pistol assembled and disassembled showing it's uniqueness, and main selling pints, and perhaps next to the Glock that was mentioned for a size comparo would've been nice. Cheers

  12. Hmmm… when you said "Bergmann system" I was immediately trying to find the external hammer and oddly located magazine. I may have to purchase one to sit next to the 1910/21 Bergmann Bayard sitting in the safe. The price tag needs an adjustment before it catches on, though.

  13. It's not worth $800-$1000. Make a compact style that is in same price range as it's competitors and you will dominate the industry! I would buy one.

  14. legend has it that Indiana guy is still roaming the countryside, looking for people shooting guns and waiting for an opportunity to shoot a mag or two of said gun before fading into the mist, he threw an entire can of grizzly wintergreen dip in his mouth on a boring field op in Ft. Bragg in 2008 and hasn't taken it out since.

  15. What's msrp on these bad boys on the 40 s&w and the 9mm? I really like these! thanks and great video I sub keep up great reviews guys

  16. Does it reliably cycle hollowpoints? I have heard many complaints about defensive ammunition, but I cannot find any actual evidence one way or the other.

  17. I have seen a Russian documentary on Russian one and the history of was that the CEO of the company that makes them went to some of the Russian special forces and ask them what they need and they wanted a pistol, some thing kinda like the Glock But made in Russia and the Strez was born. And to make sure that you are lusting after some thing that you can't get, there is a full auto version and a 30 round mag do it to And it's not made for it but it can handle it they have some AP 9x 19 round Abel to get Tru body armor up to level 3, but even if you have any chance to get it it will blow up most normal 9nato gun I is save only in Russian gun made to be able to take the Ludacris pressure that it creates but the guns that shoot it still can cycle normal 9luger. so if you have one of those strike one's and reload don't be afraid to make some +p+++( but ask first if it is the same thing as the original Russian gun, cos the guy's there are no new to sell staff international that is not up to the same specs as their own! But this is how the game is played, your a cheat or you lose.

  18. I was a big steel frame guy before and was lukewarm to this at first but it REALLY grew on me. really contemplating getting a Strike one Speed now it should be a serious IPSC contender. so far it's the only polymer frame gun I have shot that recoils as softly as the CZ75.

  19. I bought a black 9mm Strike One for $699.00 from an online gun company, I think it is Prepper Guns or Prepper Supply.

  20. The only thing that I hate about this gun is that the finish wears easily
    Holster wear near the muzzle in just a few days.

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