The New STK100 – Rock Island Armory’s First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

Rock Island Armory has been making 1911 pistols for over a century and is one of the best-known brands in the industry. They have been making 1911 pistols for over a century and are one of the best-known brands in the industry. And yet, the company is just now announcing their first striker fired (SF) pistol.

The new STK100 is Rock Island Armory’s first striker fired 9mm pistol, which means it is both true to the legacy of Ruger and the yet to be completed development of the new STK100.

Rock Island Armory was formed from the merger between the two largest .45 ACP pistol manufacturers in the US, and they continue to produce some of the highest quality .45 ACP handguns. The STK100 is one of the newest additions to RIA’s lineup, and it is the first RIA pistol to feature a striker-fired action. Right now, the STK100 is only available in 9mm, but RIA plans to offer the STK100 chambered in other popular pistol calibers in the future.

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The New STK100 – Rock Island Armory’s First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

Rock Island Armory has finally released something that is sure to please more than just the 1911 crowd this time around. The new STK100 Striker Fired pistol is very similar to polymer wonder nines currently on the market but has the distinct difference of featuring an aluminum frame. RIA claims that the aluminum frame is just as light but provides shooters with less flex in the frame and therefore better accuracy downrange. The new STK100 is set to release Thursday, June 17th and there will be a special launch presentation by the CEO of Armscor where your questions can be answered in a live Q&A Session.

The New STK100 - Rock Island Armory's First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

The Rock Island Armory STK100 is the company’s first striker-fired 9mm pistol.

Specifications for the STK100:

  • 9MM CALIBER
  • CAPABILITIES: 17
  • 4.5′′ BARREL
  • LENGTH IN TOTAL: 7.91′′
  • 1.25′′ OVERALL WIDTH
  • 5.16′′ OVERALL HEIGHT
  • APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 1.80 LBS
  • TENON CUT WITH RETAINING SCREW ON THE FRONT SIGHT
  • FIXED INTEGRATED ON OPTIC COVER PLATE REAR SIGHT
  • ALUMINUM GRIPS (INTEGRATED ON FRAME)
  • BLACK ANODIZED FINISH
  • SEMI-AUTOMATIC ACTION
  • 3-7 LBS TRIGGER PULL
  • PURPOSE: RECREATIONAL SHOOTING AND PERSONAL PROTECTION

The New STK100 - Rock Island Armory's First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

So let’s have a look at this new handgun from top to bottom. We can immediately notice some significant advantages over a typical double-stack 9mm polymer-framed striker-fired handgun from the front. Lightning cuts and forward sliding serrations are also included on the STK100. While I am not a fan of forward sliding serrations, I can see how they may be useful for people with lesser hand strength who want to do press checks. Second, the bottom side has a Picatinny rail-equipped dust cover, which should be standard on all new production guns, in my view. Even if you don’t use it, having the choice is always great to have. The grip is constructed of aluminum, as indicated in the specs, and seems to be beautifully anodized to match the parkerized slide. The pistol has a beavertail extension and a slide that is pre-cut to accommodate a carry optic.

The New STK100 - Rock Island Armory's First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

On Thursday, we should learn a lot more about the new handgun. I’d want to know what red dot optic the slide is cut for, as well as what a “3-7lb trigger pull” means. Is it possible that RIA included an adjustable trigger with their new pistol straight out of the box? The new handgun is expected to have an MSRP of $599, making it one of the most inexpensive Glock-pattern pistols on the market, but with a number of upgrades over the regular model.

The New STK100 - Rock Island Armory's First Striker Fired 9mm Pistol

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With the exception of the STK-09, Rock Island Armory has made a name for itself as a firearms manufacturer that takes their time to develop good quality guns. The STK-09 is their first striker fired pistol, and it is unique in many ways. Not only is it striker fired, it uses two individual hammers to fire each round, and uses a short stroke gas piston system. The STK-09 is also designed to be extremely reliable, and to incorporate the best features from a wide variety of manufacturers. Since it was designed to be a CCW, it has a polymer frame and slide, adjustable front and rear sights, and a stainless steel barrel. It also has a accessory rail and a threaded barrel for sound suppressors. Read more about rock island stk 100 for sale and let us know what you think.

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