The Italian Armed Forces has chosen to maintain their alliance with Beretta for small arms, including the Beretta 92FS/M9 pistol and the ARX160 rifle.
The decision, while possibly influenced by national pride, also reflects a long-standing trust in the company, which dates back to 1526.
The ARX160, developed as part of the Soldato Futuro program, offers improved efficiency and a modular platform.
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The rifle has been adopted by various military and police forces globally.
“The Beretta ARX160 assault rifle has improved efficiency in the field by innovative engineering geared specifically toward the soldier. The ARX160 modular platform features fully ambidextrous controls and a pin-free design. The coking handle, the magazine release button, the fire selector button, the hold open lever, the folding sock button and the barrel release latch are all designed to be comfortably operated by right- and left-hand users. The ejection side can be reversed from right to left, depending on the user’s preferences,” Beretta Defense Technologies stated.
In the US, the ARX100 won the 2014 Golden Bullseye Award, but is yet to achieve widespread popularity.
“The ARX100 was engineered with one purpose in mind: to be today’s best tactical semiauto rifle … The ARX100 features a constant contact/short-stroke gas piston system that makes it feed and fire under the most unforgiving conditions. The lightweight technopolymer receiver allows for reliable operation with virtually no lubricants. To make maintenance easy and trouble-free, this rifle has no pins and can be completely disassembled in a matter of seconds with no tools at all,” said Beretta USA.
The rifle’s accuracy was noted, with one specific load performing exceptionally well.
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