New From Beretta: ARX-160 .22 Pistol


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.


  1. avatar John says:

    Uhhh….. Yeah I fail to see the point, just like Rugers .22lr LCR. A .22 clone of something good for the caliber it’s made for, not .22.

  2. avatar DrewR55 says:

    Agreed. A 22lr pistol seems rather lame. That said when the ARX-160 chambered in 5.56 shows up I’ll be lining up to one of the second or third production runs. (you know; after all the bugs are worked out from the first run) if they offer a 22lr conversion kit for the standard models I’d probably take one.

  3. avatar Jesse N. says:

    Someone at Beretta has been playing too much Fallout 3, I think. 😛

    1. avatar Chris Dumm says:

      At least they let us play New Vegas at the range.

  4. avatar Ben Eli says:

    It looks like a tacticool nerf gun

  5. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Horribly ugly.

    1. avatar GUNSnDONUTS says:

      The Snookie .22: Squat, bulky and useless

  6. avatar Puzzled about it says:

    How about unfolding the stock and use it the way it was meant to. It’s the 22 version of an assault rifle, not a squirt gun.

  7. avatar Chris in TX says:

    I picked up a ARX-160 .22LR rifle and it shoots flawlessly. It will accept any .22LR round you give it with no failures. If the pistol is anything like the rifle I will get one, no matter how ugly it is.

  8. avatar SMG says:

    “I fail to see the point of turning rifles into pistols”. How about concealed carry laws?

  9. avatar James says:

    Grabbed one from Buds Guns on blow out price, it is back to full price now, shoots great, I like it, put a Crimson Trace on the rail and this thing attracts attention at the range. Comes in a nice suitcase type hardcase.

  10. avatar Don says:

    I received my ARX160 pistol today. I like the look and like it for an easy to use and a fun plinking tool. It seems to me that an elitist gunner looks down on and wrongly judges so many weapons. Especially (I hope) this new weapon for us.

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