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Beretta rolled out its updated version of Italian military’s primary battle rifle – the ARX 160A3.

This new version features a handful of slight design changes over the ARX 160A2. Beretta has added larger venting spaces along the top of the handguard to help with heat dissipation.

Another change Beretta engineers added is a detachable knob that slides over the rather slender charging handle, so the shooter can get a more comfortable grip when charging the weapon.

The bolt release is now located on the side of the lower receiver instead of inside the trigger guard.

The Italian military began adopting the ARX 160 to replace the older, AR 70-series rifles in 2009. A version of the ARX 160 was also being evaluated in Phase II of the U.S. Army’s improved carbine competition before the service formally cancelled the effort in June.

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E.D.M. January 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Part of me really really wants one of these in SBR flavor.

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JCitizen February 2, 2014 at 9:42 pm

I like the idea of having a removable barrel when it gets hot! These are an awesome design, Maybe they need a belt fed version? HA!

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Lance January 29, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Rather had a A-70/90 less bulky than this thing. Yeah some units have them in Italy many still have AR-790/90s.

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Jeff January 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

That thing is hideous and looks poorly designed for ergonomics.

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RattedHalo February 1, 2014 at 2:31 am

The Italians being world renowned for tasteless design and poor ergonomics.

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Darkwater January 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

I spent a few years assigned to the San Marco Regiment (Italian Marines) in the late 1980s (then a reinforced battalion). The Berreta version then was comparable to the M-16 in use, but seemed just a bit off-balance, which was compensated for once you became used to the feel.

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Eric January 30, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Cool! They put gold handles on a garbage can.

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israelisellouts January 31, 2014 at 12:05 pm

they need to start thinking less starship trooper and more practical, that is one fat mother

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RattedHalo February 1, 2014 at 2:32 am

You've fired it have you?

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Pat Collins February 1, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Italian WWII rifle for sale. never fired and dropped once.

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Stefan S. February 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Pat you mean French rifles. The Italians fought France did not.

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Balais February 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

The hell they didn't.

Ever read about De Gaulle's trek across the colonies in Africa to assemble an army against the vichy and nazis?

Or the resistance forces?

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JMB February 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm

For anyone who hasn't seen the vid, here's a great overview from Shot Show 2011 that NutnFancy did. The guy from Beretta did a great job and it's an review piece.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2bW0vJi83k

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spd522 February 21, 2014 at 3:18 am

Beretta needs to stick with shotguns.

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