More interesting, however, is the pistol’s locking system. Rather than a traditional Browning-type tilt-barrel lockup, the Archon uses what the company calls the AF-Speedlock. It is a Y-shaped piece of metal that cradles the barrel just in front of the chamber. Small wings on both sides of the Y lock the barrel and slide together when the pistol is in battery. When the pistol is fired, the Y drops ever so slightly (about 0.1 inch), which unlocks the little wings that then ride in slots machined into the slide, allowing the slide to move rearward under recoil and cycle the action.