PTR Archon Firearms Lower the Bore Axis for Faster Follow-Up

by Tommy Grant

PTR Industries introduces its Archon Firearms line of 9mm pistols to the U.S. market. The line includes two models that utilize a lower bore axis and patented breech locking system. As a result, the pistols deliver less felt recoil and help shooters get back on target faster.

The PTR Archon Firearms Line

Building on a steel monocoque frame the Archon series is available in Gen 1 or Gen 2 models. However, the company states that more models will follow. Featuring a 15+1 capacity, both models weigh a lightweight 1.85-pounds unloaded.

Utilizing a unique, patented breech locking system called AF-Speedlock eliminates the need for a tilting barrel. For this reason, the barrel remains straight, allowing the entire slide to be dropped lower into the frame. As a result, this, along with the lower bore axis, significantly reduces muzzle rise, allowing for less felt recoil and faster target re-acquisition.

Housed within the slide is a 4.3-inch 6-groove barrel with a right-hand 1:10 twist, chambered in 9mm. The slide also features aggressive forward and rear cocking serrations for easier manipulation, wet or dry. Likewise, a top indent at the forward serrations provides for easier press checking. Additionally, riding atop the slide are Glock standard dovetail rear serrated and front fiber optic sights.

Where the two models differ is in the grip. The Gen 1 features aggressively waffle pattern texture for enhanced grip under any condition. Likewise, a prominent dovetail helps prevent potential slide bite. In addition, a high trigger guard cut allows for a higher grip to help further reduce recoil.

However, the Gen 2 features a new grip system with interchangeable grip textures and a unique modular design. As a result, shooters can easily modify their pistol between full-size, compact, and sub-compact configurations for easy concealed carry.

The PTR Archon Firearms Line.

The Gen 1 ships with two 15-round magazines, while the Gen 2 ships with one 15-round magazine, one 18-round magazine, 3 back straps, and 2 grip extenders.

Availability

The PTR Archon Firearms line is available now with MSRPs of $855.00 – $960.00, depending on model. For more info, please visit PTR-USA.com.

PTR Archon Firearms Specs

  Gen 1 Gen 2
Weight 1.85 lbs 1.85 lbs
Dimensions 7.59 × 1.38 × 5.12 in 7.7 × 1.1 × 5.2 in
Caliber 9x19mm
Action Striker-fired
Locking System AF‑Speedlock®
Barrel 4.3″, 6 grooves, right-hand twist 1:10
Sights Serrated rear with front fiber optic sight (Glock standard dovetail)
Safety Trigger block, firing pin safety block, trigger bar disconnect
Magazine 15 Round, double-stack
Frame Steel Monocoque
Included Accessories Two (2) 15 RDS Magazines 2 Magazines – 1X15 RDS & 1X18 RDS Magazines, 3 Back Straps, 2 Grip Extenders
MSRP $855.00 $960.00

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