Russian gun magazine “Kalashnikov” has published this image on one of their social media pages. It is taken in Beretta facilities. Supposedly these are the upper and lower receivers of a new Beretta submachine gun or pistol caliber carbine. Unfortunately, there are no details available yet. However, let’s take a close-up look at different portions of the receivers and try to find out or guess what features it will have.
So the parts are obviously made of some sort of polymer. Judging from the location of the slide release, magazine release and safety selector holes, the controls are going to be pretty similar to that of AR-15 rifles. You can also see that the pistol grip and trigger guard are single molded piece with the lower receiver.
The lower receiver also features an integral 6 o’clock Picatinny rail. The hole in front of the magazine well is most likely an axis pin hole to hold a trunnion or the barrel in place. Also, note the hook at the front portion of the upper receiver. I think, the upper receiver either slides in or hooks and pivots onto the lower receiver.
The upper receiver has set of holes on top and sides which are probably there to mount Picatinny rails on. I think they didn’t make the rails one piece with the receiver, to be able to attach aluminum rails. But it might not be the case because these receivers look to be unfinished products (maybe even prototypes). So it is also possible that the rails will be polymer too, just attached separately. The upper receiver also has a charging handle slot on the left side.
As you can see, there is not too much we can tell based only on a single picture. Nevertheless, it is exciting to see a new Beretta firearm being developed. Although Beretta already has the Cx4 Storm, this new gun will probably be more AR-15 oriented. I think it is going to be a stronger competitor for SIG MPX, CZ Scorpion EVO 3 and many other recently developed PCCs.