[SHOT 2016] Beretta ARX-200 To Be Available In April?

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TFB stopped at the Beretta Defense booth, where they were exhibiting the new ARX-200 7.62x51mm select-fire rifle. We reported on the rumors, and subsequent release of this rifle last year, but details remained hazy, and there was no word of a US market release.

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The ARX-200 is modified versus the ARX-100. Unlike its smaller 5.56mm caliber brother, the ARX-200 lacks reversible ejection capability, has a more rigid (but harder to change) barrel mounting system, and an adjustable gas regulator. The reason for these changes, says Beretta, is due to the gun being designed around requirements for a precision semiautomatic marksman’s rifle. The single ejection port layout is much more rigid and stable than the dual-ejection model, and the barrel mounting system also is designed to improve accuracy.

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On the floor of the 2016 SHOT Show, I spoke with Beretta representatives about the rifle, its design, and its potential debut for civilians in the USA. One representative said that the rifle’s release date would depend on the interest generated at the show, but another suggested an April release date.

The Beretta representatives claimed an accuracy goal for the ARX-200 program of 1.5″ at 600 meters (0.218 MOA!), but other Beretta literature gives the accuracy of the rifle at 1.5″ at 100 meters – much more realistic-sounding.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Dave

    As long as its based on the ARX-100 they’ll struggle to get close to 1.5moa at 100yds.

  • Dracon1201

    Well, maybe it’ll be slightly less crap than the ARX-100.

    Let’s say I’ll be impressed if the hit 2moa at 100 yds.

  • Ed

    Or better yet get a AR-10 or M-1A for alot cheaper and they would be alot more reliable.

    • Justin

      Lol. Based upon what?

      • CommonSense23

        Well wouldn’t say the M1A can do that, but the ARX is not proven it self to be a capable platform.

  • hydepark

    SCAR 17s.

  • Llewellyn Franks

    Do any of yall know what MOA actually is?

    • KK

      To be pedantic, that’s Inch Per Hundred Yards. MOA works out to 1.047in at 100 yards.

    • Rob

      Your graphic is wrong. 1 MOA = 1.047 @ 100yd

      often times 1″ @ 100yd is used and is reffered to as shooter’s MOA or inch per 100. However the omission of the .047 may result in meaningful error at extended ranges so it is important that the limitations are understood if it is used.

      • n0truscotsman

        we’re talking fighting rifles, not precision ones.

        • Rob

          “The reason for these changes, says Beretta, is due to the gun being
          designed around requirements for a precision semiautomatic marksman’s
          rifle,” from the article above. It looks like they are marketing this as a more precision oriented iteration of the the ARX series.

          If some one calls someone out for not knowing what MOA is and then proceeds to incorrectly explain what MOA is, is it not expected that he himself would be corrected? Or should we let false information stand?

          • Llewellyn Franks

            Admittedly I didn’t look at the infographic close enough before posting it and maybe I should have clarified.

            My point was that the statement of “1.5 MOA at 100 yards” makes no sense. if a rifle is rated for 2 MOA then its optimal group will be 2 MOA period. 2 MOA at 100 yards, 1000 yards, and at 2 inches.

            MOA does not change at different ranges.

          • Please enlighten me as to where I said “1.5 MOA at 100 yards”.

          • n0truscotsman

            Its not about ‘incorrect information’, it is about adequate context when explaining the required accuracy of a 308 caliber semi-automatic rifle.

            Im not disagreeing with you, but your emphasis on the specifics in this case is being pedantic. Now if we were talking about a precision bolt-action rifle in 338 lapua, thats far different.

  • Giolli Joker

    “1.5″ at 600 meters”
    Rep confusing inches with MOA, maybe?
    This looks much better than the ARX-100, more rifle, less NERF gun.

  • Art Neergaard

    I discussed the ARX-200 with Beretta at the show in the context of the new 2-stage trigger that ShootingSight is launching for the ARX-100. Good news is that with the obvious addition of the full-auto bits, the fire control group looks identical between the two, so the ShootingSight trigger should work in both. When the discussion turned to how soon ShootingSight could get an ARX-200 for actual testing, the answer was nothing as soon as April. As I understood, all ARX-200 parts are made in Italy, so they are not 922R complient, and it will be quite a while before sufficient US made parts are available to allow civilian availability.

  • iksnilol

    And people told me I was way too optimistic 😛

  • David Lowrey

    Didn’t they say it can also use smaller calibers with barrel replacements? How will the mag well accept different magazines?

  • jono102

    Looks like they finally realized all the gimmicks they had in the ARX 100/160 weren’t needed or indeed part of its issues. Te best way I’ve heard it put was, “It has more flex than an over ripe banana.”