Exclusive: First Look At The New Beretta ARX-160A3

We have received our first photos of the brand new Beretta ARX-160 A3 which has just been unveiled at DSEi in London. I have not seen a specification sheet for this rifle so I do now know what the internal changes, if any, are. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Externally the handguard has been updated. The top row of air vent slits have been replaced with large square cut outs. The row of vents below it still has the thin slits. These larger cut outs would shave off some weight while letting more air circulate around the barrel.

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beretta ARX 160 a3

The white screen shows a ARX 160 A3, the rifle below it is a A2 model.



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  • bmartin79

    Looks like an m4 with a lot of plastic added to it .

    • Giolli Joker

      …until you fold the stock… 🙂

    • Lance

      Naw too much plastic played with one months ago no real big deal mostly hype.

    • floppyscience

      What kind of M4s are you seeing?

  • AznMike

    I see you can’t still can’t switch the A2 style grip

    • Ian

      And that’s a good thing because an A2 isn’t made for humans.

  • theOneCalledGiant

    Its too tall. I still think it resembles a squashed fn scar.

    • Eric S

      I was getting the ‘aborted love child of a SCAR and a G36’ feel from it.

      • Callum King-Underwood

        Combined with a mother that smoked weed or something the whole way through the pregnancy.

        It is one ugly looking gun.

  • Dan

    I was lucky enough to shoot this a few times ober the years at the IDGA Soldiers show, and can say it was a pleasure. I see it as an example of function over form, as it has features others have tried with working but not very complete results. The ejection swap is ingenious, one of thing that makes you think “why didn’t I think of that?”

    • iksnilol

      It would be nice if somebody made an bullpup using the ejection swap, put magrelease in trigger guard (to make it ambidextrous).

      But I digress, I find it silly people complain that a gun is ugly or has too much plastic (as long as it doesn’t break, it is okay)

      • dp

        I agree on that ejection swap and that deserves credit.
        As far as outer form – I cannot give out my view; it looks like pregnant whale. This is how the crazy grenade launcher-rifle combo project looked like. It is not about appearance as you say; it is about practicality. I submit that if it takes excessive and undue amount of space as a result of its appetite for bulk then you as user are in disadvantage.

        • Man pippy

          The ejection swap feature does not deserve credit since it’s a useless feature.

          • iksnilol

            If you shoot ambi its useful.

          • Hyok Kim

            Why do you say it’s a useless feature?

      • One word Tavor. The safety is ambi,so is the mag release. It can also be switched from right hand to left hand.

        • iksnilol

          Only problem Tavor is illegal like [insert swear word here].
          Its too short and it hasnt been approved for practicalshooting.

          • st4


        • Hyok Kim

          Can ejection swap be done fast, more or less on the fly?

          Btw. How do you like the trigger?

      • snmp

        The French FAMAS have ejection swap frome 1979

    • -X-

      HS Produkt VHS-2

  • dp

    Ugly and clumsy with couple of transformer tricks. By now we should know: there is plastics and there are SYNTHETIC composite materials; for former see Beretta, for latter HK. Even Italian army did not adopt it. Leave it to kids.

    • J.T.

      “Even Italian army did not adopt it.”

      The ARX 160? They are in use by the Italian Army. They got accepted for use in 2009 and have been issued to Italian troops in Afghanistan.

      • dp

        I missed that one, thanks for notifying me. Well in A-stan everyone tries to show best of feathers. Also, I read that Kazakhstan bought some amount in M43. so they must be able to take some heat.
        My qualm with this particular creation is its humongous and unwieldy format. If user wants to put up with it – good for them.

      • dp

        BTW, they are also taking part in India’s future rifle contest.

    • Giolli Joker

      “there is plastics and there are SYNTHETIC composite materials”
      Would you explain me the difference?
      I see only marketing names…
      Like: “Hell no!” Our guns aren’t made of plastic, it’s fiber reinforced polymer!”

      • Claudio

        For you the difference between normal plastic and a polymer is just a matter of marketing? I would like to point out to you, for example, that the Kevlar is an aramid polymer and I think it is a little different from the plastic.

  • Pierangelo Tendas
  • Gabe Suarez

    I predict that all the M4 fanboys and all the “Buy American” types will excoriate this rifle incessantly, like they do with everything. However, all the breakthroughs in the arms industry in the last decades have been driven by European companies, and this is no different.

    I also predict that the Beretta will be of the same top quality that is hallmark of all Italian weapons, and that it will a strong success in the world of the affluent American shooters. I suspect it will quickly eclipse the SCAR platform in 223 and if the Italians bring in the 7.62×39 and 7.62×51 versions, they will take top spot in each caliber genre as well.

    Gabe Suarez
    CEO – Suarez Group

    • bmartin79

      This rifle looks like a piece of crap . Yay folding stock.

      • hking

        Everyone I spoke to at the Crimson Trace 3gun absolutely loved it. So I will value the word of people who have actually used the platform over how you feel it “looks”.

      • anon

        “Don’t judge a book…”

    • Hyok Kim

      I read that trigger pull is almost 10lbs?

  • Big Daddy

    As an Ex CAV trooper would I want to carry that into combat? No. I never saw combat but I have spent enough time in and out of M113s and other vehicles to say this is a monstrosity even with the folding stock. A plastic one at that, I wonder how it feels after getting all dirty with grease and sweat when the temperature is over 100 degrees?
    The M4 was a step in the right direction for Mech troops this is what? In 7.62×39 I can see it being a lot better then the old AK design for modern warfare but not in 5.56.

    • Hyok Kim

      Doesn’t Glock have plastic frame?

  • Vhyrus

    We still haven’t gotten the semi auto version we were promised months ago!

    WTF Beretta? Y U No keep promise?

  • Ryan.

    Its still bloody ugly.