Shooting Archon Firearms’ New “Type B” Pistol


Shooting Archon Firearms’ New “Type B” Pistol

At the 2017 SHOT Show Range Day last year, the then-new Hudson H9 pistol was all the way at the far end of the range. This year, that place was occupied by Archon and their Type B pistol.

If the Archon Type B looks familiar, that’s because it was formerly known as the Arsenal Firearms Stryk B.

Legal issues caused a change of name, but the Archon website isn’t live yet; there’s just a “coming soon” page. For now at least, you can get all the tech specs of this 9mm semi-auto at the older site here.


I want to like this pistol, and I don’t hate it. The way the barrel sets in a U-shaped cradle to allow minimal barrel movement helps keep the bore axis low, which helps both with recoil and feeding (the round feeding from the magazine doesn’t have to make a steep transition to climb the feed ramp). An extended ejector also helps guide each round from the mag to the chamber.

Rob Reed shooting the Archon Tybe B.
Fellow writer Rob Reed shooting the Archon Tybe B.

Dislikes include the Glock-like grip angle, which isn’t a natural fit for me. And that they are calling it “compact” when it’s actually a bit large.

Likes include low bore axis, a decent trigger, good sights, and good accuracy. It’s easy to shoot, and I hit what I shot at. The grip itself feels good, even if the angle isn’t ideal for me.

This handgun’s in production now (somewhere in the EU), with shipping expected in April of 2018. Unfortunately, I neglected to ask about MSRP, and the specs simply say to contact a dealer.

I certainly wouldn’t rule this popper out, especially if the street price ends up being reasonable.

UPDATE 1/30/18: Archon tells me MSRP is $849.95 and that includes 4 magazines.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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