Slovenian and Slovakian Gun Companies Developing Competition Pistols

Slovenian Arex and Slovakian Grand Power have almost simultaneously announced that they are developing competition versions of their handguns. The Grand Power’s pistol is shown on the top image of this article. It is called X-Calibur Match. The Arex’s pistol is based on their Rex pistol design and it will be called Alpha (see the image below). Both pistols are in the prototyping stage.

Maybe, the announcement of each of these pistols separately is not anything significant in the industry. If industry leaders release even slightly modified versions of their firearms, it becomes a really interesting information, because many people own the products of the top brands. In the case of these European companies, neither Arex nor Grand Power are industry leaders and the announced pistols are nothing completely new, but just competition versions of the existing models.

However, the fact that they announced about developing competition pistols literally with a difference of several hours is the interesting part of the story. I assume the competition between two brands should be pretty high. That must be the reason why as soon as one of them announced about the new pistol the second one came with an immediate response revealing its own design. Probably, they just don’t want to let their potential customers to get attracted by the competitor. Now the “winner” should be one who manages to release its pistol to the market first.

Hrachya H

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  • AD

    That Grand Power is one racy looking race pistol!

  • AREX showcased an early prototype of their race gun at the 2017 IWA expo in Nuremberg (Germany), back in March. It was originally designated the “REX Zero 5.0”.

  • Paul Rain

    Good stuff. Much better looking than the pistols from that country that supports ISIS that have gotten exposure on here recently, and you can have a clean conscience.

    • iksnilol

      But Slovenians and Slovaks are… *gasp* COMMUNISTS!

      • Paul Rain

        I’m not stuck in the Cold War. Why are you bringing politics into this?

        • iksnilol

          Just poking some fun at McCarthyism, take a chill pill, hombre.

  • Edeco

    OK, Roxor (380 longslide) with threaded barrel now. Quick like a bunny.

  • Heartbreaker

    The Grand Power looks like a slightly modified version of their existing X-Caliber competition pistol with a different slide release and extended aluminium picatinny rail for more muzzle weight.

  • James Wilson

    I’ve been going back and forth about adding an X-Calibur to the stable. This settles it.

  • Likvid

    It’s probably just coincidence tbh.

  • Congo Rick

    You could explain to me the difference between Slovenia and Slovakia a hundred times, and I’d just smile at you and nod like a brain damaged lab monkey.
    Which one is Trump’s wife is from?
    Ah, f*cuk actually. Your words would be lost on me.

    • iksnilol

      North and South Carolina would sorta be the American equivalent, same thing but slightly separated and completely different whilst being the same.

      • Paul Rain

        That’s unfair- North Carolina didn’t exactly cover itself in glory a century and a half ago. No such equivalent for Slovenia and Slovakia.

  • Dickie

    The firearm guy always talks highly of his xcalibur. I never even seen one in person.

    • Graham Baates

      The XCalibur is one of my favorite guns. We haven’t shot a Grand Power we didn’t like (we have six of them).

  • Aono

    RDS on the GP pls.

    10mm longslide too pls.

  • FLdeepdiver