Ever since the initial official debut of the AF-1 Strike One semi-automatic pistol, the Arsenal Firearms S.r.l. company (headquartered in Gardone Val Trompia, Italy) announced that a machined aluminum chassis would be distributed in the future that would turn this revolutionary striker-fired, polymer-frame handgun in a practical carbine or otherwise a stable platform for a wide array of uses, ranging from silhouette shooting to range training or informal plinking, from service, defensive and tactical purposes for members of the MIL/LE/Gvt. community to bodyguards and private security personnel (where legal), from personal, home and property protection to competition shooting in several dynamic or practical shooting categories and divisions.
A couple of years later, Arsenal Firearms finally announced that said pistol-carbine conversion kit has been finalized, is in mass production and will soon hit gun stores − in Europe first, then internationally.
Dubbed the LRC-2, the chassis is manufactured under Arsenal Firearms contract by FAB Defense, a well-known Israeli company, and reprises several of the innovations and features that made another FAB Defense product − the KPOS kit for Glock, SIG-Sauer, Beretta PX4, Springfield XD and IWI Jericho pistols − so highly appreciated and sought after worldwide.
Entirely manufactured in hard-anodized, machined black aluminum alloy, the LRC-2 chassis can host an Arsenal Firearms AF-1 Strike One making it stable enough to score 100% hit at 100 yards; an AR-15 type cocking handle will engage the slide when the pistol is fit into the chassis, making it easy to rack. All other controls − magazine release button, hold-open catch − remain easily accessible.
Other features of the LRC-2 chassis include a FAB Defense FGG-KPOS removable, folding and adjustable ergonomic polymer foregrip and a rear attachment ring for a single-point sling.
The LRC-2 chassis also features wide venting holes, ensuring good cooling capabilities even during rapid fire, and two short MIL-STD-1913 "Picatinny" rail at 3'o-clock and 9'o-clock positions, allowing the attachment of laser sights, tactical flashlights, and other similar accessories. A full-lenght Picatinny rail is located on the top portion of the chassis, providing an interface point for back-up folding or fixed iron sights, optical sights and other optics or electro-optics such as night sights, long-range sights, red-dot collimators, and many more.
The standard barrel issued with the LRC-2 kit is 304,8mm/12" long; the in-line barrel and revolutionary locking system of the AF-1 Strike One semi-automatic pistol provides a safe, fail-proof cycling even with such a longer barrel.
In addition of making the AF-1 Strike One more stable and capable of longer-range hits, the LRC-2 system provides additional capabilities thanks to its sidefolding stock, hinged at the rear end of the chassis. Two different side-folding stock options are available: a non-adjustable, perforated metal stock and an M4-style folding and adjustable buttstock.
Several options are currently being evaluated to allow the LRC-2 kit to be sold in those Countries or jurisdictions where the availability or the use of such an item would otherwise be restricted by statute, such as the United States. In those Countries, the LRC-2 kit will probably be sold without a stock, or with a stabilizing brace in lieu of it; a decision will be taken in the months to come.
In the meanwhile, Arsenal Firearms already started the distribution of the LRC-2 chassis in Europe, and more specifically in its motherland Italy.
At least in the very first months, the LRC-2 chassis will NOT be available as a stand-alone aftermarket accessory, though; it will instead be sold as a bundle in a molded, padded, reinforcedcarry case with two combination hinged locks, together with an Arsenal Firearms AF-1 Strike One semi-automatic pistol in 9mm caliber (9x19mm or 9x21mm), several spare magazines, a single-point sling, a cleaning kit, and other dedicated accessories.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the entire bundle has been set at €1995.00 in Italy, VAT included. No word yet on export pricing.