What Is a Striker-Fired Handgun?

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What Is a Striker-Fired Handgun?

July 11th, 2020

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On today’s post, we have a “Roy’s Insider Tips” video by Roy Huntington, editor of American Handgunner, and shared with us by FMG Publications.

While a striker-fired gun like this XD-M from Springfield Armory might at first seem complicated, they are actually quite easy to operate.

In the video, Roy notes that a lot of people often ask the question, “What is a striker-fired handgun?”. And, with so many first-time handgun buyers on the market today, this question has become even more important.

The Details

While a striker-fired pistol can be a very simple, reliable and easy-to-operate design, it can be confusing to people new to the world of handguns. Roy states in the piece that his goal with the video is demystify this topic a bit.

A striker-fired pistol is usually simple to operate and very easy to use.

Using a Springfield Armory XD-M pistol for the video, Roy dives in to explain what a striker-fired pistol is, how it works, and what its advantages are. He begins by clearing the gun and making sure it is “safe” by removing the magazine, and then cycling the slide to ensure there is no round in the gun.

He explains that the XD-M, like Springfield’s entire XD-based line and the Hellcat, is a striker-fired pistol. He explains that the “striker” is basically a firing pin located in the rear portion of the slide that runs horizontally, parallel with the length of the slide.

Roy Huntington, American Handgunner editor, gives you a breakdown of what a striker-fired handgun is in the video above.

The trigger of the XD-M pistol, which features a safety paddle on its face (and the pistol also features a grip safety that must be gripped for the pistol to fire), is designed to release the striker and allow it to fire a round in the chamber. Each pull of the trigger simply releases this striker, that is then reset when the slide cycles during firing. The result is a simple and reliable system of operation.

Conclusion

As Roy explains, a striker-fired gun may seem confusing to a first-time buyer, but they are actually quite simple and reliable to use. And, unlike other handguns like a 1911 or most revolvers, there is no external hammer that must be cocked and then released to fire the firearm.

This XD-M striker-fired pistol is a very easy gun for a beginner to use.

So, if you’ve been eyeing a striker-fired pistol like the XD-M but was unsure about how it worked, be sure to check out the video from Roy above!

Editor’s Note: This video was produced by Roy Huntington and shared with us by American Handgunner. The original video can be seen here. Also, be sure to check out The Armory Life Forum, where you can comment about our daily articles, as well as just talk guns and gear. Click the “Go To Forum Thread” link below to jump in!

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