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Old 10-08-2010
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Exclamation World premiere!

The BERETTA ARX-160 SF (Special Forces) enhanced assault rifle!
  • New (enhanced) polymer formula for better resistance to harsh climates;
  • Redesigned ergonomics of pistol grip and handguard;
  • Integrated Picatinny rails for accessories on the sides and under the handguard;
  • Integrated back-up iron sights;
  • Redesigned muzzle brake/flash suppressor for 12" and 16" barrel - polygon rifling, standard pitch 1:9;
  • New, optional 14,5" barrel available - quick-change barrel system remains;
  • Desert-tan finish; other camo finishes available;
  • STANAG 4179 magazine compatible; LANCER SYSTEMS L5 magazines issued as standard;
  • Fully ambidextrous controls; integrated cocking handle on both sides;
  • 5'56x45mm caliber as standard, adjustable short-stroke piston gas system to ensure reliable operation with any kind of 5'56mm/.223-Remington ammunition;
  • Caliber interchangeability explored in further development stages.

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Smile That's the ARX-160 standard model.

And I fired it, oh, SOO much...

The ARX-160 is the candidate for gradual replacement of the 70/90 weapon system within the Italian Armed Forces as the standard infantry/troop rifle, as well as the standard assault weapon within the Italian national law enforcement community.

The ARX-160 SF (Special Forces) was instead first introduced last July 12 during a reserved meeting between representants of the Italian Armed Forces and National Law Enforcement community, high-level managers of the BERETTA Holding, and few selected reporters from the specialized press at the headquarters of the UTTAT (Ufficio Tecnico Territoriale per gli Armamenti Terrestri - Technical Bureau for Land-based Armaments of the Italian Ministry of Defence) in a military base in the city of Nettuno, 60 km. south of Rome.

The ARX-160 SF is a variant of the baseline ARX-160 design developed from the reports of the Italian Armed Forces' personnel that is currently equipped with the weapon and is using it in combat situation on theaters of operation, most notably the "Task Force 45", a joint operational groupment of members of SpecOps units of all the Italian Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force) tasked to carry on high-risk operations in the Italian contingent's area of jurisdiction in Afghanistan, the Herat province.

The ARX-160 SF mainly differs from the standard version by being manufactured from a slightly different polymer formula, more resistent to the high temperatures and harsh conditions of the middle East. Other different features are integrated cocking handles on both sides (whereas the standard ARX-160 has a single screw-on cocking handle that can be removed from one side and installed on the other depending on the user's preferences), standard Picatinny rails for accessories on the two sides of the handguard (which are only optional in the standard ARX-160), standard BUIS (back-up/flip-up iron sights), and a newly-designed pistol grip with a different angle, allegedly more ergonomic.

Another improvement is in the adjustable gas system, whose tolerances were modified so to ensure operation even in the harshest situations, with sand, dust, mud and other environmental aggressives commonly found on the battlefield that would normally pose problems for a standard short-stroke system (not to mention to the direct gas impringment system used on the U.S. issue M16/M4 weapon family).

Other features (ambidextrous controls, removable lower handguard for rapid installation of the undercarried 40x46mm-SR GLX-160 grenade launcher, and others) remain mostly the same, and so does the quick-barrel change feature, that allows the user to rapidly swap between CQB 12-inch barrels and standard battle 16-inch barrels, all polygon-rifled and able to stabilize most, if not all, of existent 5'56x45mm military-grade and civilian-grade (.223-Remington) ammunition. In addition to this, the ARX-160 SF will also be equipped with a "mid-lenght" 14,5-inches barrel. A new flash hider/muzzle brake has been developed for the barrels of the ARX-160 SF, featuring no openings on the lower side (much like IMI/IWI did with the flash hider of the Tavor) to prevent heaving dust-sand when firing prone, which can both hinder the shooter's sight and reveal his position to the enemy.

A very good rifle overall, if you ask me. No plastic toy, no POS, reliable and controllable in full-auto. Truly a soldier's weapon.

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Default Re: That's the ARX-160 standard model.

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No plastic toy

So you say, and yet it looks like it's made out of the same stuff as the palm rests on my laptop. I call shenanigans, sir. Shenanigans!

Anyhow, is this a totally new design (well, as new as it can be, considering how many designs popped up in the last century), or is it an evolution of the Beretta AR-70/90? It sounds new.

I just hope that there is a widescale adoption, though, and none of this continued hesitancy to ditch old rifles.
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Arrow It's a TOTALLY new design.

  1. The AR-70/90 was an AK-based long-stroke piston. The ARX-160 is a short-stroke with adjustable gas spill.

  2. The 70/90 weapon system has a fairly standard cycling design. The ARX-160 has an extraction/ejection system with TWO shell extractors and NO shell ejectors, and TWO ejection windows, on both sides. The cocking handle on the standard model is screwed on in a slot on either one of the ejection windows, according to the preferences of the user, (right-handed/left-handed). By setting the two shell extractors, one will work as an extractor and the other as an ejector, and vice-versa; this will allow the user to set between left-side or right-side ejection. Although this is not exactly an effective need for ambidextrous functionality in a standard-config rifle (not like in a Bull-pup, where it's a "Must" if you want to make it ambidextrous), having spent cases eject on one side or the other at your will can help you in situations like CQBs, when your brass can be a hindrance to your battle mates nearby.

  3. The ARX-160 has a fast-strip polymer shell, designed in two receivers (lower and upper) that strips in two as fast as an M16/M4 at least. Plus, it features a quick barrel change option. On the field, the soldier needs no tools and just a few seconds to change barrel:
    • Remove the magazine and clear the chamber;
    • Grab the barrel by the muzzle, push the barrel disengagement button, turn it 1/4 left and it will be disengaged from the bolt. Just pull it out;
    • Slab a new barrel in, with the gas piston on the left, all the way down until it engages in position, while keeping the barrel disengagement button pushed; turn it 1/4 right and it will be in position.
    Two barrels will be issued with every standard ARX-160: a 12" CQB barrel and a 16" standard infantry barrel, both with polygon rifling. This will allow a single soldier to carry along both standard infantry firepower and confined-space fighting capabilities without the need for an additional weapon OR an entire upper receiver (which is what several US-made firearms actually propose).

  4. The weapon is built around a modular bolt; this means that, by changing barrel, bolt head and magazine (much like in the Remington/Bushmaster ACR a.k.a. MagPul "Masada"), one might be able to switch from the standard 5'56x45mm caliber to others. This is not yet feasible, as standard infantry ARX-160 rifles will be dimensioned for 5'56mm proportions only. The ARX-160 SF in its production stage might feature this possbility though.

  5. The stock of the ARX-160 conveniently folds on the right side of the weapon and has a lenght-adjustable buttstock. A top Picatinny rail for optics is standard, other accessory rails can be rapidly attached to the weapon on the sides and under the handguard (them will be standard with the ARX-160 SF "Special Forces" model); the hand rest on the handguard can be removed to install the purpose-built 40x46mm-SR grenade launcher of the system, the GLX-160, which can also be used as a stand-alone system.

  6. The ARX-160 will be issued with flip-up backup iron sights and with the standard optical sight used by the Italian Army, which is the Aimpoint Comp-M2 ACIES red-dot gunsight, yet other optics might also be issued, including the Leupold Mk4 CQ/T 1-3x14mm riflescope for DMR purposes, and the SELEX Galileo ASPIS multifunctional integratedn rifle sight developed for the "Soldato Futuro" ensemble. Other optical gunsights might be developed directly by BERETTA itself for the ARX-160 through its two controlled companies that operate in the optics field, BURRIS of Greeley (Colorado, USA) and STEINER of Germany.

  7. It doesn't matter what it looks like it's made of; its polymer can resist the harshest conditions, can protect the system from environmental aggressives, from drops and shocks at extremely high velocities and from altitudes.

Oh, and just to make it clear: the ARX-160 is no "experimental", no "advanced prototype". It is a finished product already available for export. And it is battle-proven. It -IS- in use with our boys (the Italian Special Forces) in Afghanistan. It has so far replaced half of the M4-type carbines and about 1/4 of the Beretta 70/90 system derivatives in their arsenals. If, and when, the Italian Armed Forces will go for full adoption, depends only on if, and when, Mommy Italy will decide to open the safe and pull out the big €€€.

OFFICIAL WEBPAGE OF THE ARX-160 ON THE BERETTA HOLDING DEFENCE WEBSITE

PICTURES FROM THE ORIGINAL BROCHURE (linked from The Firearms Blog; I have them in VERY high resolution if you want/need them):






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Default Re: World premiere!

Still looks like it needs interchangeable pistol grips to me. I'm a bit surprised when I see guns made these days with built in pistol grips.
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Still looks like it needs interchangeable pistol grips to me. I'm a bit surprised when I see guns made these days with built in pistol grips.

Why does it looks like? I have extensively handled and fired it. Believe me, it does -NOT- needs interchangeable pistol grips.

Oh, forgot to mention that the pistol-grip itself features an airtight compartment for cleaning and maintenance tools.
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Arrow FW: Beretta ARX-160 hi-res pictures.

I have uploaded the High-Resolution pictures of the standard Beretta ARX-160 on an Online hosting service, in a .ZIP file. You can download them from HERE.

Be warned that all pictures are ©2009/2010 BERETTA Holding S.p.A., Gardone Val Trompia (BS) - Italy.
Disclosure is allowed with due creditation of the owners of the rights, and for sole informational purposes. Press sources (magazines, etc.) that wish to use them shall first ask permission to the BERETTA Holding S.p.A.


In the picture: Dr. Michele Micheletti, Director of Product Management at the BERETTA Holding S.p.A., illustrates the ARX-160 assault rifle in its "Soldato Futuro" (Italian Future Soldier program) configuration. The weapon is equipped with GLX-160 40x46mm-SR single-shot grenade launcher, ASPIS multifunctional integrated riflesight and SCORPIO grenade launcher fire-control system.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVG5A_C-IKU

Beretta ARX 160 in camouflage





ARX 160A1

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