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American Precision Firearms Strike One SPEED

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Right side profile of the American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed
That signature "snout" look only made possible by a unique action

A while back we covered the mysterious Arsenal Strike One and it's alternate-universe Archon Type B. Both firearms use the same fascinating internal design and both disappeared from the US market almost as quickly as they appeared. I loved the action type and thought there was great potential, but "poof" they were gone.

Understandably, the Italian company, "Arsenal Firearms" was met with some resistance when it first appeared in the US where at least one other company was already doing business with "Arsenal" as a name. Fast forward a couple of years and the Strike One models are back on the US market thanks to a company by the name of American Precision Firearms.

American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed Frame Internals
The American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed's internals are impeccably machined.

The Strike One Speed is a slightly tuned-up version of the original Strike One. Since I bought my original model second-hand I thought it might be nice to try the SPEED model brand new. The tune-ups include a different trigger, slide cuts, and best of all, a fiber-optic front sight and adjustable, blacked-out rear sight. Get a closer look in the tabletop video below.

The action type is both unique and amazing. As you saw in the tabletop video the barrel does not have to tilt, or even move much at all. Like other non-Bronwing actions we've covered this equates to less mass shifting in your hand; effectively reducing felt recoil. Additionally this both permits and requires the barrel to sit lower, which also reduces felt recoil as the recoiling energy has less moment (physics term, not time) to act against your wrist. Two recoil-reducing factors from simply not using a tilting barrel. This is also what gives the Strike One such "snout" appearance as the slide sits relatively low on a long frame.

Liberty Ammunition feeding into American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed
Seen here "feeding" a round, the round presentation is incredibly low profile because the barrel also sits low.

You'll have to forgive my sepcifications chart as I was unable to find official specifications on the product page, Arsenal Firearms Italy, or in the user manual.

American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed rear sight
The Strike One Speed's adjustable read sight was a nice upgrade

As a fan of the pistol's concept, I was eager to get to the range with a fresh model and all the upgrades the Strike One SPEED offers over the original. I was also curious to see if the different is worth the extra cash. As always, to be fair the Strike One SPEED would go through the GBGuns standard battery of experiences before making a judgement.

  • Cold Shots: Truly our first rounds through the gun.

  • Full Mag +1: Oddly not all firearms function well this way. It's a function of the ammunition chosen and magazine design.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

50gr Liberty Ammuition Civil Defense +p $31.99/20 at Optics Planet

100gr Hornady Critical Defense Lite $23.89 / 20 at Global Ordnance

115gr Blazer Aluminum Case $17.59 / 50 at Optics Planet

115gr Wolf Steel Case $13.77 / 50 at Sportsman's Guide

115gr PPU Defense Line JHP $20.11 /50 at Global Ordnance

147gr Winchester Dender JHP $22.99 / 20 at Global Ordnance

147gr Federal Syntech Training Match $20.99 /50 at Palmetto State Armory

150gr Federal Syntech Action Pistol $21.05 /50 at Palmetto State Armory

158gr PPU Subsonic FMJ $25.70 /50 at Global Ordnance

Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusions

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.

American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed trigger
Is the Strike One Speed trigger better?

You can watch the process in the video below.

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.

I didn't have the greatest range experience while filming. A few nitpicks got in my way of enjoying right out of the box such as the sights being slightly off and the fiber-optic coming loose so quickly. Adjusting the sights is no big deal, and fiber optic front sights come loose as part of their nature, it was just disheartening to have it happen so quickly.

The trigger, although different, didn't blow me away as vastly different than the original Strike One trigger, and as we saw in the tabletop the slide cuts didn't seem to change the slide's weight much after adding the different sights. So was it worth it? Yes and no. I think a competitive shooter looking to get the most out of a striker-fired gun might prefer the Strike One SPEED over teh Strike One, but as a defensive and leisure shooter I think the original Strike One will do just fine. As a self-proclaimed nerd for guns that are different I'm happy to see these on the US market again. Accuracy was superb and recoil slatter than many compensated pistols I've shot. For the causal shooter looking for a new experience that is likely also a collector piece, I highly recommend checking out an American Precision Firearms Strike One.

American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed case and kit.
The case included with the American Precision Firearms Strike One Speed is nice, I just wish it had a handle!

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Amazing that the bullets had hit the target before you fired them. Great for adjusting your sights and saving ammo.


These guys sponsored a target shoot at my local range where they offered both models to use. According to the guys at the counter afterwards, the general reception was pretty "meh." I suspect that was due to two things - the price and the fact that these pistols seem to have a really "plasticky" feel to them. I noticed it as soon as I picked one up - it felt like a cheap toy, especially compared to something like a CZ Shadow II that costs a few hundred more.

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