New From Beretta: ARX-160 .22 Pistol

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How many .22 clones can you shoot in one day? Keep guessing. In the meantime here’s video of me vainly plinking away with Beretta’s very newest rimfire offering: a .22 clone of their pricy ARX-160. What is there to say about a two-handed, five-pound pistol with precise aperture sights and a mediocre trigger? If we’re feeling charitable, it feeds and fires reliably using ‘standard’ .22 AR magazines. I’m usually a decent shot with a .22 rifle or pistol, but I listened in vain for the ‘ping’ of lead hitting steel as I fired this bit of firearms curiosa to little effect. The main reason why this is a FOAB (Fish on A Bicycle) firearm . . .

The supplied (pop-up) aperture sights are nearly impossible to use. This gun begs for a big red-dot sight. RF begged me to throw a towel over it; he thinks the ARX-160 is the ugliest gun he’s ever seen. I think it would look awesome in the hands of a sci-fi Space Marine.

The ARX-160’s so new that no price has been announced yet. The sample I fired may in fact be the world’s only working prototype. As with the .22 Mini-Uzi pistol I demoed just before this, I fail to see the point of turning rifles into pistols. But somebody must see a reason for doing so (money?) or else they’d stop making them.