New Arex Rex Zero 1 Pistols: Competition Model and Nickel Models.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

Some of you may know I’ve been in Slovenia touring the Arex Factory this week. I just left the factory floor, and it was impressive, to say the least. The quality control and redundancy that goes into constructing the Rex borders on obsessive-compulsive. I may do a TFBTV video on the factory tour at some point, but the important news for today is that Arex is launching two new models of the Rex Zero 1.

The most significant debut is the Alpha. The Alpha is meant to be an out-of-the-box competition gun: It has a 5 inch barrel and commensurately extended slide, however the slide cuts (pictured) are not for a compensator as it might appear, but, in fact, it’s a weight reduction measure incorporated to decrease the overall cycle time of the slide. The sights will be a serrated flat black rear with a red fiber optic front. The frame, unlike the standard Rex Zero 1, will be all-steel construction. The trigger is a little bit lighter and smoother than the standard Rex, but there’s not a spec sheet on what the trigger weight will be on the production model, although I glean that it may be marketed as a competition trigger and available to install in the Rex Zero 1. The diamond plate grips are very aggressive, and it also includes an extended beavertail. I should mention, however, that this is still a prototype gun. Arex was generous enough to give us a first look at the Alpha (and I will be shooting it tomorrow), but it will be formally introduced to the public at SHOT Show next year.

Also new is the nickel-plated Rex Zero 1 in both standard/full-size and compact configurations. This gun looks stunning with wood or the factory standard grips as pictured. It is functionally identical to the Rex Zero 1, including use of an aluminum frame. This is a true nickel-plated gun, it is not cerakoted or or otherwise coated, and as you can see from the photos below, it is completely nickel-coated inside and out. MSRP on the Rex Zero 1 standard model is $670, the nickel version should run about and additional 10% over the price for the standard Rex Zero 1. Look for the nickel plated version to drop this fall or winter. Again a big thanks to Arex and to their exclusive U.S. importer, FIME Group,  for letting us get this sneak preview. Be sure to check TFBTV for upcoming video content on Slovenia and the Arex pistols.

While there isn’t a spec sheet for the Alpha, click the link to see a .pdf of the nickel spec sheet. REXZERO1CP-N

Alpha internal view of frame.

Alpha slide.

Alpha upper.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

We swapped uppers and lowers on the standard and nickel plated versions of the Rex. It was very handsome, and this impromptu experiment at our press conference led to Arex developers commenting that this could be a combination they may offer in the future.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

New nickel Rex Zero 1 pistols.

The slide cuts on the Rex Alpha.

Rex Alpha with a good view of the grips, extended beavertail, and more aggressive slide serrations.

Nickel internals of the nickel Rex Zero 1.

Nickel internals of the nickel Rex Zero 1.

Nickel Rex Zero 1.

Nickel Rex Zero 1, exploded view.

Prototype grips for the Alpha.

The Arex Zero 1 Compact is ideal for tactical fanny pack carry.



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  • john huscio

    More sig than sig these days. Bet the reliability/accuracy us better too….

    • Billy Jack

      Are parts interchangeable?

      • Kelly Jackson

        No. The grip feels a good deal thicker too.

        • Billy Jack

          So just a ripoff of Sig not licensed rework? If that’s the case, what are the odds people partake just to see them shutdown later over the theft? I know this isn’t the first time some company borrowed heavily.

          • GenKittVonKnox

            It’s not a rip off. It’s not more like a Sig, it far more like a CZ-99, CZ-999, or EZ-9 than a Sig.

          • Kelly Jackson

            The CZ-99 was largely copied from the Sig P226.

          • George

            I was thinking it’s like the CZ-99 or EZ-9 before I got to your comment. Both the Arex and CZ-99 are from the former Yugoslavia. The CZ-99 from Serbia, the Arex from Slovenia, I believe.

          • Kelly Jackson

            There’s some functional differences in terms of the decocker / safety but for the most part it’s a Sig P226 / P229.

            The magazines latch differently so they’re not interchangeable, it looks like the grip scales could probably interchange.

          • Billy Jack

            Thanks

  • James Young

    Good looking guns. More affordable than many hammer pistols too

    • GenKittVonKnox

      Most Sig’s are twice as much. When a company get’s too big and charges too much someone else who will make a better product will fill the void better and cheaper.

  • Indianasteve

    A friend of mine has a Rex Zero One. It’s really nice. Looks great and shoots amazing. I might have to buy me one of these new ones. The question is which one. I prefer the compact gun size and weight but that alpha really draws my attention. I really shouldn’t buy both of them, should I ?

    • James Earl Jones

      Sounds like you’re new here. The answer to that question is ALWAYS buy both of them.

      • Indianasteve

        HaHa! That’s a lot of money though. Not sure what my wife would say about that. I may have to come out of retirement just so I can afford all of the guns I want.

        • Marc

          You tell your wife when you buy a gun?????

          • Indianasteve

            I don’t have to tell her. She knows by the strange smile on my face. No, really, my wife is pretty cool about me buying guns. I just said that to be funny. The real reason though, trying to make this short, I just retired end of Nov. And still trying to figure out finances. It’s a lot more work than I thought. On top of that, unexpected costs. Trip to help family $2,000. Need to replace wood burner stove $3,000. New well $5,500, all this year. Maybe I could start a go fund me for my gun purchases.

        • Thomas Acquinas

          The conversation would start out with “You have been served…”

  • nova3930

    The more I look at these, the more I kinda want one

  • Joe

    I love this design, but I wish the REX hadn’t gone with a solid exposed backstrap, instead opting for something like the E2 grips. Can you throw some calipers on that thing, compare the trigger reach vs. a SIG E2?

    • Kelly Jackson

      The REX has a considerably further reach even compared to the pre-E2 Sigs P229s.

      • joe

        Yikes, thanks for the head’s up.
        I’ll just have to recommend it to my large-pawed friends.

        • Kelly Jackson

          Give it a go, I own a P229 and was looking for a cheaper range / beat around the woods piece but I handled one at a gun show a few weeks back, the full size P226 clone, and was rather surprised at the girth of the grip.

  • iksnilol

    Thanks for the fanservice in the last pic 😉 … I mean, who fanny pack carries.

    • MeaCulpa

      The tactical fanny pack pairs nicely with with a pair of sandals with white socks for deep undercover work in Disneyland; well basically anywhere in Orlando.

    • Giolli Joker

      Am I wrong or he’s not wearing shorts???

      • PK

        Heyyy I get it, you’re saying James is half black. The lower half.

        • ShootingFromTheHip

          James’ legs are lazy and smoke crack?

          • BillyOblivion

            Now there’s an embarrassment to the human race.

    • PK

      Something something, iksnilol wants to pack his fanny.

    • haha np. BTW, they expressly told me “no shorts” for the trip before they met me, but I think they like me now and I am going to rock them tomorrow at range day. I’ll bring the pants jic.

      • iksnilol

        Why no shorts? Are they really that insecure about themselves?

        Hide scissors in your pockets for inmpromptu pants shortening.

        • Giolli Joker

          Convertible pants (e.g. Columbia ones) are great… although I feel that once shortened they are still too long for JR’s standards.

      • Giolli Joker

        Any other European factories visited/to be visited during the trip?

        • No, short trip. In fact, as far as I know, I’m the only one who’s not leaving tomorrow. I’m going sightseeing and drinking with Polenar for the rest of the week.

  • Xtorin O’hern

    thaaaat nickel model thooooo

    • John Deagan

      If they had it in .45 ACP I’d be sold!

      • john huscio

        If the demand is there it could happen. Im betting Arex will be selling more pistols here than anywhere else shortly, if not already……MAC’s torture test boosted its profile…

      • Xtorin O’hern

        i don’t even need it in .45, just give me some pretty wood grips like on the Sig P226 stainless elite

        • GenKittVonKnox

          I have a massive hard on the for the P226 Stainless Elite, I just can’t afford it.

  • Sense Offender

    If only it came in 10mm

    • This has been a touchy subject this weekend which makes me think it is possible.

    • James Young

      I’ve been wanting to pick up an Arex for some time. If they had a model in 10mm with a price under $700 I would pick one up.

  • Vitsaus

    I like how companies just come out with a sci-fi movie prop version of their pistol and market it as “competition model.”

  • Giolli Joker

    A good non-Chinese candidate for a 7.62 Tokarev model.

    • Adam D.

      “When pigs might fly”, but I have to admit, that would be very interesting.
      A 10mm version wouldn’t be half bad either!

      • GenKittVonKnox

        I think the frame and the over all design of the Rex could easily handle 10mm. It’s up to Arex if they want to being out a 10mm version. But considering .40cal is dying a slow and painful death and 10mm is picking up stream that might make sense.

  • GenKittVonKnox

    That nickel with wood grips is just gorgeous.

    • El Duderino

      Kinda reminds me of the HK P7 nickel with the Nill wood grips.

  • Adam D.

    James,
    thanks for the report!
    The nickel version with the wood grips does look very handsome!
    I’m not a DA/SA guy, but if I had a Porsche Panamera I think I’d rock this gun! 🙂

    Did they mention why they went with nickel plating by the way?
    Arex makes some excellent quality pistols, so I’m sure their nickel plating process is squared away as well, but I’m having doubts about the long term durability of nickel plating over modern standards like nitriding or Cerakoting, unless it’s nickel-boron (stress on latter).

    • They went with plating because they are in a weird place vis a vis manufacturing: They are big enough that probably 97.5% of the gun is constructed in house, but they are small enough that they listen to customer feedback on social media and elsewhere, and this was asked for.

      • Adam D.

        Oh, I see, thanks James!

      • Dougscamo

        Apparently feedback on social media is the reason that they wouldn’t let you wear shorts…. 🙂

        • Billy Jack

          boom

      • GaryOlson

        Is the nickel an electroless nickel ; eg wet — or a PVD process

    • Thomas Acquinas

      I think I prefer old fashioned bluing to the cerakoting I’ve seen. Many of the Cerakote pistols in FDE look really ratty after general carry and fire use. Once the coating wears (and it does wear) you can’t really touch it up. You either live with an ugly gun, or you do a complete refinish. Besides, there is something about a well worn blued warhorse with a well earned patina that just warms the soul.

  • Tom

    I hope they sent Sig a thank you card after for what looks to be a pretty much blatant copy of the P226 design. The way I see it, unless their quality is higher than the Sig, if it costs nearly $700 I’ll take the real thing every time. Arex parts, longevity, and warranty support is unknown, Sig is not going anywhere. If I’m going to buy a clone, it has to be priced way lower than the real thing or the gamble isn’t worth it on a new company with no track record, and little to no US presence.

    • john huscio

      Its more than fair to say arex exceeds sig quality these days.

    • Indianasteve

      Yeah. Sig is not the gun manufacturer they used to be.

    • Tom

      Don’t get me wrong I’m not really saying Sig is that great, as you guys mentioned they seem to be getting more stuff wrong than right lately. All anyone has to do is look at the delays delivering stuff, MCX/MPX/516 issues and major updates/generations needed to address problems, lack of promised accessories, caliber conversion kits etc. Heck the P210 is still vaporware after we’ve had high level Sig people promise it repeatedly on video for 2 years now to be out “any day now” so I’m anything but Sig’s biggest fan lately. I’m just not sure the P226, Legion release pains aside, and older stuff would fall into that, I think they still do a pretty good job on those on average, even those are not what they used to be though, but the prices have gone nowhere but up.

    • I would have thought the same thing about the warranty, until I saw the facility. The factory is unbelievable. They do almost 100% of the gun in house. Springs, and the controls are outsourced, as well as the Mecgar magazines. Everything else is made there. They also manufacture other products for the Slovenian military (like beltfed MG links), so I would suppose that even if the gun operation wasn’t very profitable, the company and the factory would always be there. As a company at least, they aren’t going anywhere.

      • Adam D.

        What about the AKB15?
        Do you know something about its status? Still proto or close to ready?

  • El Duderino

    I like the nickel gun, but need another 9mm like I need a hole in the head.

  • John

    Being a P226 fanboy I really want to hate this gun.. and I still think it’s young and needs a bit more time to prove itself…but….that being said….

    It seems like you get a nice looking and highly functional gun for the price and have you SEEN pictures of Slovenia?!?! I would buy one today if it included a tour of the factory and some passes to their ski resorts!

    Jus’ sayin’

    • Nashvone

      I’m willing to bet that the average American couldn’t find it on the map.

      • Dougscamo

        Hell, the average American now can’t find all of the UNITED STATES if forced to locate them on a map…

        • pun&gun

          A significant chunk of American adults think that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Public education, everybody.

        • Giolli Joker

          I recently saw a video with Americans interviewed on North Korea’s whereabouts on a mute map… well, beware of Canada, guys, it hides Kim Jong-Un.

      • Billy Jack

        I bet 99% of humanity can’t pronounce the name of the capital of Slovenia the first 2 attempts.

        • KidCorporate

          Lyooblana?

  • Nashvone

    I have absolutely zero need for another 9mm. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go reorganize my handguns so I have room for the nickel Zero1.

  • Indianasteve

    I hear they are giving away free holsters. Not just to new customers, but to all customers. Even if you bought the very first pistol they will send you a holster. That’s how you keep customers.

  • James Young

    We are going to see a TFB video review of one of the Arex models right??

  • ciscokid3750

    I saw a video proving the REX is much more reliable when pushed down into mud that the much more expensive Sig P226. Is this all good. Well maybe yes and maybe no because the average guy never mistreats his guns like that but he does want extreme accuracy and the Sig still beats out the Rex in that category but not by much because the newer American Made Sigs are no where near built to the precision of their former German manufactured guns. So what does this really mean for a carry gun. It means little as the average gun fight is at spitting distance and the Rex certainly fills the bill both financially and also in the reliability category. Its a great buy for the money hands down.

  • Rasputin

    Arex could really fck off the Germans by providing something akin to the X-Six. A six inch target model.

  • DennisBechtel

    the rex alpha will be my gun to get ,when they become available here in the us of a .

  • maodeedee

    Now if they’d only make it as a single action like Sig does with the P226 Elite SAO.