Kazakhstan Special Forces Adopt Beretta ARX-160 in 7.62x39mm

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Despite most of the industry showing no interest in continuing to develop firearms which chamber the 7.62x39mm, Beretta delivered a 7.62x39mm of their ARX-160 not long after the original 5.56mm. It looks like Kazakhstan may have been the first country to adopt the it. A photo from a recent military parade shows special forces carry the 7.62mm ARX-160 with the GLX-160 grenade launcher attached.

Thanks to Albi for the tip.

Steve Johnson
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  • Big Daddy Big Daddy on May 10, 2013

    Having carried a M203 I can say that those rifles with the 40mm GL will be difficult to handle. The attachment is too far forward making it difficult to load. There isn't a way to fire it properly, how can you pull the trigger correctly? There's no real grip. Using the magazine on the M203 wasn't the best but it was there, this weapon has really nothing to grip properly. Also the weight at the end of the rifle, I would think that aiming and firing would be difficult, especially under duress during a real firefight. The rifle itself looks good and probably performs well enough. This looks like a case of the bean counters choosing their weapons not the men going to fight with them.

  • Spencer Spencer on May 10, 2013

    No Borat jokes??? Where is everyone's sense of humor?