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Archon Type B: Same Gun, New Name

By Jacki Billings

Archon’s booth was full of SHOT Show industry day attendees mulling over the Type B pistol and scratching their heads. Hey, haven’t we seen this before?

Why yes we have; but back then it was known as the Arsenal Stryk-B. Due to a recent legal scuffle, Arsenal was forced to rebrand as Archon, pronounced Ark-On for those keeping track. The rebranding didn’t stop at the company image, though. BATFE rules dictated that all new slides must be printed for guns as a result of the name change — and thus the Stryke-B was reborn as the lackluster sounding Type B.

In essence, it’s the same gun we saw at SHOT Show in 2017 just with a new name.

The 9mm, striker fired plastic pistol comes with some decent features like compatibility with Glock sights and a Picatinny accessory rail. The mag well is also beveled and Archon tosses in four, 15 round magazines for good keeping. The Type B comes standard with a flat faced trigger featuring a short reset that isn’t a total wash.

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During the course of our demo, Archon was quick to point out its AF-Speedlock system during disassembly. The AF-Speedlock is a locking system which disallows the barrel from tilting during operation. Employing a fork-shaped locking block, the block is pulled down by a control cam, thereby releasing the carriage. The barrel is then guided on a straight line to the rear. Archon told us this locking system grants better accuracy to shooters compared to “standard pistols.”


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Of course Archon threw in some buzz-worthy features in its pitch like “low bore axis” and front and rear slide serrations. (If you’re playing the SHOT Show drinking game, this is the point where you’d take a drink.) The company also tossed in what they term “innovative grip mapping” and what we’d call a textured grip. The so-called grip mapping is designed to offer better weapon control and safer handling, though looking down the shooting line we’d hazard to guess the pistol can’t change bad habits.

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While the Type B isn’t the worst thing we’ve seen, we’re not entirely sure it’s deserving of its $849 price tag — not when you-know-who (Glock) sells plastic fantastics with factory Glock sights for less.

Consumers who were patiently waiting to snap up the Styrk-B and now alternatively awaiting the release of the Type B will still be twiddling fingers. Archon says the Type B won’t see its official release into the market until Spring.


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