Review: Strike Industries “Strike Switch”
Sometimes I really love mail time. Others, not so much. Today was a day to love.
In the mail box was a package from Strike Industries (SI), which is not unusual around here, but this one wasn’t a purchase. This was goodies to review. When I spoke to them I was trying to be all casual, like ‘Hey bro…yeah send anything…” but on the inside I was like ‘I can’t believe I get to do this for a living!’
So, anyway, we received some new gear from SI. We got their new Strike Switch, which is as you guessed, a selector switch for AR15 and AR10’s. We also received the SI JitterPlug, which could sound dirty if you have that kind of mind, or you could just accept that it is a little piece of stainless steel that helps make your Glock better. The Lou will be writing the review for the JitterPlug. I got to focus on the Strike Switch.
First things first. I am a huge fan of SI’s gear. Fanboy I guess. I buy parts all the time for my own rifles. Not trying to shill for them, but their prices are better than most companies and the quality is outstanding. I have never had a failure or a malfunction with anything I have ever used with their logo stamped on it.
I recently fitted my AR with their 60/90 degree 3 in 1 HEX Ambidextrous Safety Selector, that I purchased. As the name implies, it is Ambi, but they also include a deadman side indicator which I opted for.
It is very similar in shape to a mil-spec selector, but theirs has a short throw, a great ridged texture and is much more crisp and responsive. I figured the new Strike Switch would be the same. I was right.
I needed a donor gun, so I pulled out the Aero Precision X15 Gen 2 that we are fixin’ to turn into a pistol. It has an Aero lower parts kit, so it wouldn’t mind having a few upgrades.
The Aero is a nice lower, considering one, they make lowers for a lot of different companies and two, they offer a unique feature in their Gen 2, that if you watch the video later you can see, that has a second milled whole with a set screw which you can tighten to put a little pressure on the upper and stop any wobble or rattle between the halves.
Removing the Aero selector is easy enough by just removing the grip (watch the ‘holy shit’ spring and detent) and just slide out the existing selector.
The SI Strike Switch is very nice looking. It is has a great design. One thing you’ll notice right away is the short and long throws. Long goes forward. I only figured that out by looking at the logo and noting that it would face me correctly, not the business end. (After editing the video, I finally noticed the directional arrows on the rocker levers. Duh.)
I suggest a little blue Loctite on both screws (not shown in above photo). Get one side started and hand tightened to make installation a little easier. I started with the right side, you may reverse that. Doesn’t really matter.
Installation is very straightforward. You’ll notice that there is a bit of side-to-side play, even after it is all tightened down. This is normal. It’s fine. Don’t worry.
You’ll notice immediately after getting the detent, spring and grip all correctly installed and tightened down that the side-to-side movement of the selector is completely gone. It is rock solid at this point.
You can see from the photos that the Switch has the short throws facing the rear and the larger facing forward. It is a forward thinking approach. This rocker design is far ahead. Once you start working the controls, you notice how it takes just a couple seconds to locate smoothly the new position of the Switch. I say new position because even though the hole hasn’t moved, the short arm throw sits higher than a standard selector. A couple flips up and down and you know what to expect. It’s just there. Exactly where it should be. You’ll honestly not notice the difference, but then you’ll think about it, realize that it is in fact different, better and where it always should have been. It’s just that good. The larger front throw just seems to find your thumb when needed. It’s like forward controls.
Looking down from the top, you’ll notice just how different from a standard selector the Switch is. The large front throws are much easier to thumb down into position and the short rear throws are in the perfect ‘sweet spot’. There is a small gap on either side so you don’t mar the finish on your receiver.
One thing I did notice is that even though I am not used to shooting with the ambi selector. I haven’t done so before as noted in my choice to install the deadman indicator on my everyday AR. What stood out to me about the Strike Switch is that when the lever is down, it doesn’t get in the way, it isn’t uncomfortable and I don’t see how it could impinge on my grip. Likewise, it is very handy having the secondary lever there if you should ever have to fire off-hand. They thought of everything in this great design.
Overall, I’m very impressed with the Strike Switch. Weather permitting, I’ll take it out to the range tomorrow and include an update. For right now, consider this a complete win for Strike Industries.
***Look Ma’, no affiliate links! I ain’t sellin’ ’em.
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