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Beretta Rolling Out New Military Rifle / Beretta ARX-160
« on: December 16, 2009, 12:52:21 PM »
 Anyone read about this yet? It's interesting to see so many companies rolling out a rifle of this type these days.


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 Beretta Rolling Out New Military Rifle

The Italian Ministry of Defense has become the first military group to receive shipments of Beretta's new ARX-160 automatic rifle. The first 1,600 units have been delivered subsequent to the ARX-160's having been formally approved by the Italian Army in March.

Beretta's new ARX-160 automatic rifle with matching GLX 160 grenade launcher attached. The GLX 160 can be removed, attached to a second modular stock and used independently. You saw it here first.
The rifle, featuring the modularity that has become a virtual requirement in most soldier of the future projects worldwide, has been kept quiet in this country, but was shown and ordered in the DESi 2009 in London. The rifle, along with its matching GLX 160 40mm Grenade Launcher, has also been delivered to Albanian Special Forces, with Mexico also being in line for the new 5.56 select-fire rifles.

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to fire a working prototype of the new ARX-160. I was impressed with the performance of this piston rifle and its unique features. First, I have to admit a bias- I love select-fire weapons systems and a system that is easily disassembled (and reassembled) in the field. This rifle can be broken down without any tools - and has no loose pins, springs or fasteners to be lost.

Quick change doesn't really do the system justice. This one could be called "fast change" - and needs no tools.
Even more impressive - at least to me - Beretta's quick-change barrel system. Using two hands, again with no tools, a user can choose from several barrel options, make the change from short, -mid, to -precision length barrel, and be back in action in seconds.

The rifle's also built to quickly adjust to accommodate shooters. The collapsible and foldable stock features length of pull adjustments, magazine release, safety and charging handles are all reversible and selectable, and the rifle has the requisite left, right, top and bottom utility rails to handle virtually any piece of gear or optics system you'd like to attach.

If you've run the AR-style rifle, you'll find the ARX-160 different in some ways, but very familiar in others. There's a right (or left) side magazine release, along with a unique combination bolt and/or magazine release lever incorporated into the trigger guard. Since it runs using standard AR magazines, you'll also find it very similar there, too.

With the stock folded, the ARX-160 makes a very compact package. The rifle features sling mounts in no fewer than five potential locations.
Shooting the rifle in the semi-auto mode, however, doesn't really feel like the AR. In the full-auto mode, it's nothing like a standard AR operating system. As with any piston system, the gas discharged by rounds is used to cycle the system instead of the system on standard ARs. It also means less felt recoil -and significantly lessened muzzle rise in full-auto fire. In short and sustained bursts, the rifle stayed on target, making it seem to be a likely candidate for any military or law enforcement unit.

This is by no means a full description of the rifle, but we wanted to let you know that other candidates as the replacement rifle for the venerable AR-style weapon system are out there.

As always, we'll keep you posted.

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Re: Beretta Rolling Out New Military Rifle / Beretta ARX-160
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009, 01:31:34 PM »
Hmm. Everything the SCAR should have been?   :devillol :hide

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Re: Beretta Rolling Out New Military Rifle / Beretta ARX-160
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 01:45:24 PM »
Tool-less fast barrel change, bolt release in trigger guard, completely ambi- or reversible controls... this sounds suspiciously like the ACR to me...
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 01:59:32 PM »
It kinda looks like the love child of an AR and a Sig 556.

Who knows it could be a good rifle.  Since it's Italian I'm sure it's passed the drop test.   :hide
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2009, 02:33:43 PM »
What is really interesting is that I didn't know about this until now.  All of the press about the SCAR, ACR/Masada, HK416, etc. had drowned out much of anything else.

Beretta has made arms for half a millennium and this probably an evolution of the current/previous Italian service rifle.  A rifle that, as far as I know, doesn't have a bad reputation.
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2009, 12:24:07 AM »
 I've been thinking about this rifle and want to know more. So far, I came upon this. Not saying I would or wouldn't want one, I do like variety though.  ;D

www.world.guns.ru - Beretta ARX-160

Beretta ARX-160

Caliber: 5.56x45mm NATO
Action: Gas operated, rotating bolt
Overall length: 820-900 mm with 406 mm barrel and butt in ready position; 700 mm with butt folded
Barrel length: 305 mm / 12" or 406 mm / 16", quick changeable
Weight: ~ 3 kg with 406 mm barrel, w/o mag
Rate of fire: rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds

The Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle is, as of mid-2008, still in prototype / development stage. It is a part of the Italian Army's 'Soldato Futuro' program, and is developed by famous Italian company Beretta in close cooperation with army. The rifle is a part of a massive soldier equipment package, which, among other items, will include an advanced rifle sight witch will combine day and night time (optical, TV and IR) view / sight capabilities and laser pointer (also visible and IR). Another component of the Soldato Futuro system is an advanced 40mm single-shot grenade launcher, which will be either installed on the rifle (using Picatinny rail interface) or used as stand-alone weapon (by adding a detachable pistol grip and telescoped stock to it).

The Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle is gas operated weapon that utilizes conventional piston-operated action, with gas piston located above the barrel. Barrel locking is achieved by more or less conventional rotary bolt. Unlike most other assault rifles, the Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle features quick-detachable barrels, which can be changed by operator in the field by depressing the barrel release button (located on right side of receiver, in front of magazine housing), pulling the barrel forward and out of the gun, and then inserting another (or same) barrel back. The receiver consists of two parts, upper (which holds barrel and bolt group) and lower (which hosts magazine housing, trigger unit and pistol grip). Both halves are made from impact-resistant polymer and connected using special quick-release locks, so there are no pins to push out (and lose). Another interesting and unusual feature of the Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle is that it has selectable left / right side ejection system with dual ejection ports (on either side of the gun) and user-switchable left / right position of cocking handle. To change the direction of empty case ejection, user has to push the cross-bolt button, located above and slightly to the rear of pistol grip, by the tip of the bullet (or other pointed item). This affects dual extractor-ejector claws, installed on the bolt, forcing them to eject spent cartridge to the desired side without any further disassembly of the gun or parts change. Charging handle, which is attached to the bolt carrier, also can be installed on either side of the gun. The Beretta ARX-160 assault rifle fires from closed bolt, in single shots and full automatic mode, and has ambidextrous safety / fire mode selector switch conveniently located above pistol grip. Upper receiver is fitted with full-length Picatinny type rail, made of aluminum, which can accommodate a wide variety of sighting equipment, including iron, telescopic, red-dot or electronic sights. Standard open sights are mounted on folding bases using rail interface. Additional lengths of Picatinny rail are installed on the forend on 3-, 6- and 9- o'clock positions. Lower (6-o'clock) position rail is strong enough to host GLX 160 40mm single-shot grenade launcher. Standard buttstock is also made of plastic, and folds to the right side. The buttstock is of telescoped, user-adjustable design.




I also ran across this page, it's a new one to me. According to site information, the individual who runs the place is a webmaster at Beretta USA?

BerettaWeb.com - Beretta ARX-160


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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2009, 12:36:38 AM »
So while we are all waiting for the ACR, Beretta busts out the Masada.   :rotfl
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2009, 01:24:36 AM »
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2009, 07:15:20 PM »
Now the real question is:  Will Beretta sell a few on the civilian market after they've got the Italian Army order squared away?
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2009, 07:17:36 PM »
Now the real question is:  Will Beretta sell a few on the civilian market after they've got the Italian Army order squared away?

 I've thought about that. But I have a feeling it's not going to happen. One never knows though...

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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2009, 07:18:10 PM »
I'd like to get some trigger time with one of THESE!
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2009, 11:05:44 AM »
Here's another good link on the rifle: www.berettaweb.com/Beretta ARX_160.html
I have no doubt that this rifle will live up to the excellent Beretta name, it looks to be a first rate fighting rifle!
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« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2009, 10:48:42 PM »
What is with today's obsession with quick change barrels on an assault rifle? Is this really a need?

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« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2009, 11:17:52 PM »
Steve - Oh - I imagine that a great deal of todays focus on quick change barrels is at least three-fold. 

Primarily I believe it has to do with the ability to keep a rifle zeroed while selecting the barrel length most appropriate to the mission at hand.  For instance a soldier in (are there large cities in Afghanistan???) the Capitol City of Afghanistan my be fighting in very urban CQB environments.  While the soldier three miles away may be out in the sticks and engaging a target at much longer ranges and require an appropriate rifle to do so.  That same soldier may be in rotation to pass through a variety of different locations during each deployment.  And not requiring each change to require a barrel change that needs both a gunsmith or armorer and a trip to the range to re-sight in is a wonderful asset. 

Second I believe it has to do with the ability to quickly and easily replace a shot out barrel.  simple as that. 

And lastly the advertised bonus of the Magpul Masada i.e. enemy swarming, uh oh, no more ammo, collect a bunch of AK mags off fallen foes, quick barrel change, change the mag well receiver and trigger pack and VIOLA!  But I think thats more the hope rather than the reality of combat.  However for civilians it does offer the ability to quickly adapt your rifle from a varmint gun a la AR-15 to an Antelope gun with the 6.8 and then even an Elk gun moving up to an even larger chambering.  This is a very real benefit. 
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2009, 12:04:39 AM »
If you look at some of the pictures on the net, you'll see that when the bolt is back you can see daylight through the ejection port on this rifle.  That's right, it has two ejection ports, one left and one right.  What's even wilder is the bolt:

http://img198.imageshack.us/i/immagine1zis.png/

Two extractors.  You can actually change which side this rifle ejects on without any disassembly.  You just hit a little toggle and it switches from one side to the other.

Nifty.  On a bullpup it would be downright useful.
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2009, 02:43:34 AM »
And lastly the advertised bonus of the Magpul Masada i.e. enemy swarming, uh oh, no more ammo, collect a bunch of AK mags off fallen foes, quick barrel change, change the mag well receiver and trigger pack and VIOLA!  But I think thats more the hope rather than the reality of combat. 

Sounds good in theory, but it would probably be more expedient to just grab the bad guy's rifles in a situation like that.    Having the ability to easily change calibers is still a nice feature though. 
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2009, 01:19:49 PM »
In a combat situation it may not be practical, but commercially I see it as a great feature.  For someone like me, who can not afford to buy several rifles (or even several uppers) this could be a cost effective option to have multiple calibres and tailor the gun for different tasks and ammo availability.   
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