Besides meeting Colion Noir and the Gunny, one of the other highlights of Media Range Day for me was getting the opportunity to get some trigger time on the Beretta ARX 100. I’ve been pining to add this plump little ball of Italian goodness to my collection ever since I first laid eyes on its full-auto cousin at NDIA 2012. Features include: Quick change barrel capability (no tools required, takes seconds); chrome-lined hammer-forged barrels; ambidextrous and redundant controls (safety / selector switches, bolt hold open latches, barrel release latches, magazine releases, etc., multiple ambidextrous sling attachment points; SCAR-like 4 position collapsible folding stock, AR ergonomics and the ability to use standard AR-15 magazines . . .
After a mere two mags of trigger time, my initial impressions of this rifle remain highly favorable. Despite having the silhouette somewhat reminiscent of a pregnant largemouth bass, the Beretta feels light and fast, and is incredibly well balanced. The trigger is acceptable, if not noteworthy, and nice tight groups are easily obtained even shooting offhand. I’m looking forward to getting a hold of a T&E sample and really putting it through its paces. Which leads me to the issue of availability.
The Beretta reps have told us that the ARX-100 will be forthcoming in second quarter 2014. Of course, since they have been giving us rosy short term “just around the corner” predictions since 2011, its hard to know if it is really true. In fact, hearing this tidbit of cheery news did make me think of one of my favorite songs from The Smiths, when Morrissey belts out the following lyrics:
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve
Heard this one before
I still love you, oh, I still love you
…Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love
Apparently, the whole “Obama got reelected / Sandy Hook” double whammy caused a delay in production, which had been expected to begin in late 2012. OK, I get that. Lets keep our fingers crossed.