This pistol has distinctive features that separate it from the crowd of polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns The company that makes this pistol takes its name from the rulers of ancient Greece—the chief magistrates of Athens and other city-states were known as Archons. That name strikes a romantic chord, though the effect is somewhat dulled by the pedestrian moniker Type B. Instead, this pistol should have been called the Phoenix. This would have been in keeping with both Greek history and mythology, as well as an apt description of this 9mm’s history. The origins of the Type B go back to 2012, when Russian armed forces announced they were adopting a new pistol called the Strizh, which was being built by Arsenal Firearms. That pistol was also referred to as the Strike One back then, but it first appeared in the U.S. market at the 2016 SHOT Show, where it had been rebranded as the PMG Stryk. It garnered a lot of initial interest but didn’t get off the ground, which was too bad because in a world awash with polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, this one has some distinctive features that separate it from the crowd. Looking at this German-made pistol, the first thing that pops ...