[SHOT 2016] AREX Rex Zero1 Pistol

The FIME group, which is a part of Arsenal, is importing the Rex Zero 1 pistol made by Arex in Slovenia. My friends at Polenar Tactical are from Slovenia and shot this commercial for them.


They brought the pistols out to an invite shoot at The Range 702 in Vegas. I shot the suppressed version with the threaded barrel.





A close up of the grip texture.




The Rex Zero 1 reminds me of a Sig P226. However the Rex Zero 1 has some sublte changes. It has an ambi-safety, Ambi mag release, and the de-cocker is also the slide stop/release.

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The Rex Zero 1 is a short recoil modified browning linkless locking system. It comes in 9×19 and 9×21 although I did not inquire if they will import the 9×21 as the only caliber to test was 9×19. Just like the Sig, it is DA/SA.

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The standard pistol is already available and going to distributors. MSRP is a reasonable $599. No details on the cost of the threaded barrels just yet. Arex also makes a compact version of the Rex Zero 1 but no info on the price or availability of that one either.


Here is a short clip shooting the suppressed Rex Zero 1.

Shooting the @arex_arms #rexzero1 pistol #suppressed with a @gemtechsilencer at @therange702 #shotshow2016

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  • USMC03Vet

    Serialed barrel, slide, and frame. Is this becoming a standard thing now?

    • Rob

      Required in most European countries. You usually only see it on pistols imported from Europe or European countries that set up manufacturing in the US and don’t change with manufacturing practices.

      • Nicholas Chen

        There is no need to setup manufacturing in the U.S. For pistols.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Unless you happen to be glock and you’re trying to import the 42

        • Jwedel1231

          Unless you want to make a .380, which the Rex Zero 1 is not.

    • Eric S

      HK does it as well. It’s a Euro thing as Rob said.

    • oldman

      In most European countries If you are in possession of a pistol or rifle barrel you are in passion of a firearm. When they destroy a gun it is the barrel that must be destroyed.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      In the EU, barrels, bolts, slides are all restricted parts in and of themselves.

      It’s not like the US where you have a frame/receiver, and then everything else is “just a part”.

  • Friend of Tibet

    “The Rex Zero 1 reminds me of a Sig P226”

    Wow, never even notice that……….

    • Joseph Smith

      Except for that square trigger.

      Which doesn’t remind me of the W German P225 at all.

  • thedonn007

    I was going to ssay that it looks like a Sig P226 clone as well.

    • imperfect

      It does look like a clone, but during the show they confirmed they took some of the best aspects of other pistols and combined them together. The reset is extremely smooth and I really liked the full length slide rail. I think they said it was a 13 to 5.5 lb pull.

  • ClintTorres

    $600 MSRP for a non-polymer frame pistol? I’m listening…

    • Friend of Tibet

      In Canada you can get reliable Norinco P226 or 1911 clone for 400 dollars.

      • ClintTorres

        Too bad I live in California. The handgun roster is a mother!

  • Twilight sparkle

    That comercial deserves to be shown during the super bowl

    • Jwedel1231

      Completely agree. That was really great to watch, gun aside.

    • Nicholas Chen

      The guys at Polenar Tactical filmed it.

      • Twilight sparkle

        I read your article and I’m subscribed to them on YouTube 😉
        Nice write up on the gun, do you know when the distributors will start shipping them out?

  • nobody

    >It comes in 9×19 and 9×21 although I did not inquire if they will import the 9×21 as the only caliber to test was 9×19

    Damn, so I take it they aren’t planning on importing the .32 ACP version.

    • Ryan Hicks

      They are only importing the 9×19 right now. There will be a 40 S&W coming soon as well.

  • DIR911911 .

    so basically a Sig clone . . . for about the price of a Sig :/

    • Doug73

      You know where I can get a new SIG P226 for $599?!?

      Please share with the rest of us!

    • john huscio

      My guess is it will sell in the $500 range

  • CK S

    Looks nice, definitely the commercial is awesome. But still trying to figure out what it can do Sig226/229 can’t do. It’s so similar to Sig design. Sure the improvements are there and I can see that though. BTW Polenar Tactical dudes are awesome. Again the pistol looks great

  • dwight carson

    13lb DA pull? Dang, call in a friend. I see what msrp is, what do you think they will actually sell for?