How Striker-Fired Guns Work

Apex Tactical Heavy-Duty Striker for FN.

Striker-fired guns are the bee’s knees. Rarely do you see a new gun come out in any design besides striker-fired. Hammer fired handguns aren’t dead, but they may be gone as far as armed professionals go. The United States military got rid of the hammer-fired Beretta for the P320. Most police forces have transitioned to these guns in various flavors, and most popular carry guns are striker-fired models. What exactly is a striker-fired handgun? How do they work? Well, let’s find out.

What’s A Striker-Fired gun?

All strikers are firing pins, but not all firing pins are strikers. Striker fired guns can best be described as spring-loaded firing pins. The racking the slide or pulling the trigger, or a combination of both cock the striker and the striker is held in the ready to fire position with potential spring energy behind it. Once the trigger is pulled, the spring energy propels the striker forward.

Image showing the internals of four striker fired handguns.
Strikers galore.

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Tyr Tactical [a Declarant]

Tyr Tactical supports the Tactical Buyers Club - badass painting of the Dornish Marches by Rene Aigner

Tyr Tactical is a Phoenix, AZ-based company founded by former Marine Jason Beck. They manufacture excellent tactical gear and are a supporter of the “Tactical Buyers Club” (which  of course we refer to as the “Morningwood Bazaar.”

Those who back us on Patreon receive discounts on Tyr load bearing gear, body armor configurations, and other equipment. 

A Tyr PICO-MV in Denmark training with @maiabachthorup.
A Tyr PICO-MV in Denmark training with @maiabachthorup.

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House Holloway Hammers Are Back | the ATEi A9

Doug Holloway of ATEi

House Holloway, under the auspices of the great mastersmith Lord Douglas the Frequently Irascible, has sent word that limited numbers of his ATEi A9 is back in stock.  Doug Holloway is, of course, the HMFIC of ATEi Guns. A curmudgeon by the time he was eight, Ser Holloway’s work rivals or surpasses that of the greatest artisans we know (and we’re including both Donal Noye and Tobho Mott in that estimation.

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