The SL15 Striker is a well-thought-out configuration. Weighing just 6 pounds without additional accessories, the Striker handles more like a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon) with all of the benefits a carbine provides. A day of training at the US Training Center revealed the same.
I’ve quit counting the number of OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) that currently put their mark on an AR-style rifle. It’s virtually impossible to remember all of the different ways these same manufacturers rename what soldiers simply call an “M4.” So what’s the difference? it’s all in the details.
Working on CNC machines, lathes and mills, most of the SL15 parts are designed and manufactured in-house by Spike’s team of armorers. “Why are we better?” CEO Tom Miller rhetorically asks. “Because we take the next step with all our rifles. We do a lot of little touches. Almost everything we do is custom. Even small enhancements are carried on our basic product line, whether it’s a $1,000 or a $3,000 carbine. We’ve shot a lot and learned the hard way. We don’t skimp just because the rifle is basic.”