When Strike Industries introduced their Strike Modular Chassis (SMC) for the SIG Sauer P320, I used to be intrigued. Strike Industries despatched out their SMC in for this overview in addition to some just lately launched improve components for it. So allow us to dive in and take a more in-depth take a look at their modular chassis.
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Putting in The SMC
The Strike Industries SMC is a modular body. So putting in it onto your FCU (Hearth Management Unit) is straightforward. Take away your slide out of your present body, take away the takedown lever and pull the FCU out of your present body. Then drop the FCU into the SMC chassis and reinstall the takedown lever and slide.
I used my SIG Sauer Customized Works FCU that was in my FLUX Raider. This FCU doesn’t have any body safeties like my SIG M17. So it drops into the Strike SMC with out modification. The SMC has witness marks if you wish to minimize the body to permit for the manufacturing facility body safeties however Strike Industries doesn’t advocate that. There’s a security delete pin that you may get in your security lever-enabled FCU. I discussed it in my FLUX Raider review.
Strike Industries despatched me their SMC Alpha chassis. It got here with some extras like grey grip panels and the Lego mini determine appropriate SMC toy gun. On the time of writing this text, the SMC Alpha comes with the next:
-x1 SMC – ALPHA GRIP MODULE/CHASSIS with SMC Grip Panels SI Modular Magazine Release [w/ extended button] and Rear Module Backstrap [w/ QD sockets] (totally assembled)
-x1 Ambidextrous Aspect Charging Deal with
-x1 Slide Cowl Mount for Ambidextrous Aspect Charging Deal with
-x1 Screw for Ambidextrous Aspect Charging Deal with to Slide Cowl Mount [M4x8mm T20 Rounded]
-x2 Rubber pad for Ambidextrous Aspect Charging Deal with bar [back side facing slide]
-x1 Spare Journal Holder for SIG SAUER P320 with SI Modular Magazine Release [w/ extended button] (totally assembled)
-x1 Screw for Spare Journal Holder for SIG SAUER P320 [M5x30mm T27 Socket Head]
-x1 Nut for Spare Journal Holder for SIG SAUER P320 [M5 Hex]
-x1 Multi-Optic Mount
-x4 Screw for Multi-Optic Mount [M4x7mm T25 Socket Head]
-x3 Screw [M3x8mm T10 Flat]
-x3 Screw [M3x9mm T10 Flat]
-x3 Screw [M3x10mm T10 Flat]
-x3 Screw [M3x14mm T10 Flat]
-x3 Screw [M3x15mm T10 Flat]
-x3 Screw [M3x7mm T10 Rounded]
-x3 Screw [M3x8mm T10 Rounded]
-x3 Screw [M3x10mm T10 Rounded]
-x3 Screw [M3x11mm T10 Rounded]
-x5 Massive mounting submit
-x5 Small mounting submit
-x5 Shallow mounting submit
-x3 Tall mounting submit
-x1 Torx instrument [T10]
-x1 Torx instrument [T20]
-x1 Torx instrument [T25]
-x1 Torx instrument [T27]
-x1 Loctite® Threadlocker Blue 243®
-x2 Warning card
-x1 SMC Enamel Pin
-x1 SMC Sticker
Since I’ve the FLUX Raider, I used to be most curious to attempt the Strike Industries SMC with a slide-mounted optic. So I used my SIG Sauer M17 with Delta Level Professional. I additionally put in the spare journal holder. The SMC doesn’t include a brace or inventory nevertheless it has a Picatinny part on the again so you should use any Picatinny appropriate brace or inventory. I nonetheless have the Strike Industries twin folding adapter so I put in it on the SMC.
The size of pull (LOP) of the SMC with twin folding adapter is a bit lengthy. You may see how for much longer it’s in comparison with the FLUX Raider brace.
The longer LOP is because of the design of the SMC. The rear Picatinny part is all one-part machined aluminum with the again strap of the SMC. The rear part is to this point again to clear the reciprocating slide. In reality, the SMC has an identical profile to the B&T USW body for the P320. Beneath I laid the B&T chassis immediately on prime of the SMC. They’re very related.
Strike Industries has plans to make a standard backstop so you should use the SMC chassis as a bonafide handgun chassis. Should you take away the spare journal holder, you possibly can holster the SMC. I used my Black Hawk Omnivore. Even the twin folding adapter clears the holster.
Spare Journal Holder
I used to be curious to see how the SMC regarded with the 30 spherical P320 magazines. It’s a bit tall.
The spare journal holder doesn’t enable the spare journal to sit down up increased. You may see a triangular protrusion on the entrance face close to the underside of the magazine holder. That’s the journal catch and launch. The spare magazine holder comes with a factory-installed magazine catch extension. I discovered that the extension would hit my palm once I seize the magazine holder for assist. See the photographs under. The extension stands proud quite happy with the holder.
The opposite difficulty I had is the place of the button. I need to maintain my assist hand (left hand) as excessive up as potential for recoil administration and higher management of the SMC. This locations the magazine launch close to the underside of my palm. I’ve to shift my hand down, discover the magazine launch and press it with my thumb. This feels sluggish and awkward to me. It isn’t as pure as the twin magazine launch of the FLUX Raider.
I thought of switching the button to the opposite facet and urgent it with my ring finger nevertheless it sits behind the second knuckle. It’s nonetheless awkward to press it that approach so I ended up merely eradicating the extension. The magazine holder is extra snug to know however eradicating the journal will not be as pure as I would really like. I would favor a friction match setup quite than an precise magazine catch.
Slide-mounted charging deal with
The SMC comes with an ambidextrous charging deal with and slide cowl. It’s essential to take away the rear slide plate in your P320 slide and change it with Strike’s slide cowl mount. As soon as put in you slide the charging deal with by way of the facet, you possibly can have it on the left or proper facet of the slide. I observed when it’s on the left and once I shoot the SMC like a standard handgun with my assist hand greedy my hearth management hand, my thumb is in the way in which of the charging deal with. So be conscious of that difficulty if you’d like this charging deal with in your handgun setup.
Once I took the SMC to the vary I had some points with failure to feed. I used to be struggling for about 20 rounds once I observed the slide cowl mount and charging deal with was low.
I eliminated the slide from the body and your entire slide cowl mount simply slid proper out. The half that’s held captive broke off and remains to be retained within the slide.
I eliminated the damaged components. You may see how skinny the steel is so it’s not a shock that it broke, Additionally having the charging deal with on the left facet means there may be added torque applies to that skinny half. Fortunately I introduced the manufacturing facility slide cowl plate with me. It was within the brown field you see within the photograph under. So I swapped it again in and the gun ran fantastic.
Strike Industries changed that damaged half however I favor my Virtuous Engineering ambidextrous charging deal with anyway.
Optics Bridge aka Multi Optics mount
I wish to name the Multi Optics Mount the optics bridge. It’s based mostly on Strike Industries optic mount plates for handguns and offset purple dots. You may see it has lots of holes drilled and tapped to accommodate a plethora of mini purple dots. It even has drop-in recoil bosses.
Are you able to run a slide-mounted optic and the optics bridge on the similar time? Sure. However the slide-mounted purple dot sight image is obscured by the optic mounted on the bridge.
I had some points with the optics bridge. the 2 entrance corners have been getting hit by the slide reciprocating.
In line with my contact at Strike Industries, the tolerances of the SMC are very tight. Nevertheless, the FCU rails for the slide are merely folded steel. They don’t seem to be precision machined. So there will be some slight tolerance points that present up like within the case of the optics bridge getting hit.
One other difficulty I had appeared to stem from working a compact slide. I’m utilizing a P320 RXP XCompact slide on the SMC, the identical slide I take advantage of on my present FLUX Raider setup. Additionally the identical FCU. Nevertheless within the Strike chassis, with the Optics Bridge put in, the slide strikes so quick that it bumps the chassis and causes the slide catch to bounce up each shot. If the optics bridge will not be there, the slide catch will nonetheless bounce nevertheless it clears the slide and the gun continues to cycle. I attempted my good friend’s compact slide with Parker Mountain Machine comp and it ran fantastic. The slide appears to maneuver extra slowly and the slide catch stays nonetheless. I additionally didn’t have points once I ran my full-size M17 slide.
Further SMC Equipment
Shortly after SHOT Present, Strike Industries despatched extra equipment for his or her modular chassis. They despatched:
- Blast Defend
- Comp (Small and Massive)
The Blast Defend helps to guard your assist hand thumbs in addition to lengthen the accent rail. With the spare journal holder on the modular chassis, there isn’t any room so as to add a pistol-mounted gentle. The Blast Defend means that you can mount small compact lights however sadly not full-size like a SureFire X300 or Streetlight TLR-1.
The comps are hooked up and bolted on to the modular chassis quite than requiring a threaded barrel.
The comps include a screw that you may flip along with your thumb however when it sits down within the recess, it helps to make use of a instrument. There’s a slot minimize into the highest that’s good for a coin.
I did uncover a slight difficulty with my slide setup. The Strike Modular Chassis comps are designed for slides that use 3.9″ barrels. My slide has a 3.6″ barrel. So there’s a noticeable hole between the comp and slide/barrel.
Fortunately, my neighbor has an M18 so I borrowed his slide and it matches the SMC with comp.
The Blast Defend slides over the chassis accent rail and is held in place with a cross bolt. You may then slide the spare journal holder and it bolts to the final slot on the Blast Defend.
The chassis backstrap has a threaded gap for the magwell.
The magwell is injection molded polymer.
It has a lip on the entrance that grabs onto the entrance fringe of the pistol grip.
As soon as hooked onto the entrance, you rock the magwell up and bolt it in place with the equipped screw.
The magwell will accommodate P320 mags even with the polymer covers just like the manufacturing facility 30 rd mags.
The comp appears to work however I didn’t discover a lot vertical motion from the Strike Modular Chassis since you have got so many factors of contact.
Remaining Ideas On The SMC
I’m ambivalent concerning the Strike Modular Chassis. It has some points with the tight tolerances and there are a plethora of small screws all around the chassis. Whereas they’re Loctited, I’m involved after extended use might they again out? The FLUX Raider is less complicated and one strong piece however not almost as modular because the SMC. The SMC retails for $539.99 and that’s with out the twin folding adapter. If you need that possibility you must add one other $219.99. Now you’re spending $760 and that doesn’t embrace the P320 of your selecting. Altering magazines with the spare journal holder is a bit awkward however with apply, it may be achieved proficiently.
I like the very fact you possibly can arrange the Strike Modular Chassis to your private choice. You may have a slide-mounted optic or set up the optics bridge for a hard and fast optic. With a view to have a slide-mounted purple dot possibility on a FLUX Raider requires a everlasting modification the place you take away the fastened bridge. I wish to see a Picatinny optics bridge so you should use regular purple dots and never simply mini purple dots usually mounted to pistol slides. An optics bridge minimize for Aimpoint Nano, Acro and Steiner MPS could be good. All the chassis is precision-milled aluminum so it’s arguably stronger than a polymer chassis.
If you need customization that simply requires bolting on or unbolting components for a personalized setup then the Strike Modular Chassis may be for you. Go to the Strike Industries website for extra data.
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