Arsenal Strike One Pistol – See it at Huntex 2014

| 26 April 2014 | 1 Comment

Hailstorm have announced that they have landed the much anticipated Arsenal Strike One pistol in time for Huntex 2014, and will have a demo at the show. They are at stand 202, which is in Hall 2. It was also interesting to hear that these were the first Strike One pistols in the world, outside of Italy.


This is the story behind the Arsenal Firearms Group.

The Arsenal Firearms Group of Companies is a new born, yet comes a long way. But as a matter of fact, it truly “happened” one day of a few years ago, as the two founders of the group and creators of the line of products met on an exhibition show floor. Although not clear then, that was the start: shortly after that day, the 30 years experience as a gun writer and gun designer Nicola Bandini and the knowledge and 30 years passion of gun collector and gun miniature master Dimitry Streshinskiy merged, to vision a common path of true innovation in the gun industry. The Arsenal Firearms Group was officially founded, becoming operative and fully licensed in various Countries during 2011. But it was during a hot summer night, that a strong and encouraging call from Dimitry’s wife Suzana, made way for the true turning point of our enthralling development. And after months of intense work, the world debut of both the group of companies and product lines took to the stage on March the 9th, 2012.

Having met Mr Bandini at IWA in 2012, it was immediately apparent how passionate he was about the project and the development of this new design. It’s great to see that within a couple years, the pistols are now available in South Africa, the first available worldwide.

This is what Arsenal have to say about the Strike One. 


The Strike One semiautomatic pistol comes to the world scene in 2012 as a completely new and revolutionary gun. The Strike One semiautomatic pistol comes as the fastest, most controllable, most accurate and hard hitting service pistol available today on the world market.

A full 5 inches cold-hammered barrel, along with a 75 Hrc surface Nitrite treatment for barrel, locking block, slide and operating pin industrial production standard, warrant safe and flawless use of the pistol in excess of 50.000 rounds. The frame of the Strike One was also engineered with exacting and unprecedented standards: the operating frame block, again made of the best 42CrMo4 steel, features long rails for total axial and torque control of all the moving parts, pins and springs. The frame itself, with it’s unique and true 3D hand grip (and not just “millings” on a flat surface) comes today as the only service pistol with a full fledged IPSC standard magazine insert “miniskirt”, allowing Special Operation and SWAT teams to work as if they were using a competition pistol.

The trigger system of the Strike One, again like no other before, operates mainly on the horizontal plain, without raisers with variable and long, rubbery trigger pull, but with a crisp and short firing pin release: this is the secret, along with a lighting fast locking mechanism, behind the unbelievable semiautomatic firing speed of our pistol.

Finally, thanks to the in-line barrel operation, the Strike One allows the development of a number of extremely innovative accessories, which base the designing and operative criteria on the “carrying in-line barrel”, such as for instance the LRC (Long Range Conversion).


TYPE: Geometric lock, semiatutomatic hammerless pistol
ACTION: Short recoil, in line barrel, patented locking block system
CALIBERS: 9×19 Para, 9×21 IMI, .357 SIG, .40 S&W
TRIGGER: Automatic safety, Single Action only
SAFETIES: Single arc trigger safety, with firing pin automatic safety
MAGAZINE: With ambidextrous push-button release, 17 rounds, staggered
FRAME: Reinforced polymer or Ergal light alloy
SLIDE: With front and rear cocking panels, rebated ceiling
SIGHTS: Interchangeable back plate/sight, fixed or adjustable, or Micro-Dot ready
TOTAL LENGTH: 210 mm (Combat version 190 mm)
BARREL LENGTH: 128 mm (Combat version 110 mm)
TOTAL HEIGHT: 143 mm (Combat version 120 mm)
TOTAL WIDTH: 33 mm (all versions)
TOTAL WEIGHT (POLYMER): 750 Grs. (Combat version 700 Grs.)
TOTAL WEIGHT (ERGAL): 890 Grs. (Combat version 790 Grs.)
Frame bears 360° integral mini- skirt, underbarrel integral Picatinny rail. The pistol comes with dedicated security lock contoured foam case, double magazine, with gun oil and complete cleaning kit, User’s Manual and international 1 year Warranty.


With the launch of the Strike One, 3 separate patents have been already filed for:


The Strike Locking System has no equal in the history of semiautomatic weapons. It is based on the “1 degree of liberty mechanical law” of the main components (Barrel, Locking Block and Bolt-slide). The major benefits of the invention are:

· In line barrel operation with very tight tolerances with the slide
· Lowest barrel center line over hand grip in history (12 mm)
· Lowest vertical mass movement on operating pin (locking block only and not the whole barrel)
· Fastest locking-unlocking time
· Fully rail-guided barrel inside the slide, for tremendous accuracy coupling with the aiming devices
· Highest ammunition feed level into the barrel, for trouble-free use of any type of bullet, with no deformation upon chambering
· Shortest unlocking-locking action travel (4mm diameter operating pin)
· Totally sealed barrel-to-slide ejection port area, for safest operations of the gun in mud, dirt, dust
· Strongest slide at ejection port area, due to minimal open profile of the same…pistol-system/

There’s not much I can add other than a couple pictures and link you to the discussion thread in the forum, which I’m sure will shortly be receiving numerous reviews from those that have seen and shot this new pistol.




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  1. TJ1 says:

    Hi i would like to know what is the price range for this handgun and where i can purchase it from in the Cape Town area

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