Beretta ARX 160 Carbine Review
Part 1 - Introduction, Specifications and Summary
July 26, 2015
Some of my favorite firearms to review are those chambered in .22LR because they represent extremely cost
effective platforms, which, in the end, equal more shots down range
and more fun. Nearly every manufacturer makes some type of
.22LR handgun or rifle and the styles range from plinking, hunting,
target, competition, training, replicas and more. This gives us
a tremendous selection to choose from and making a selection can sometimes be mind
boggling when deciding on your next .22LR firearm. Recently
the selection got even harder with another platform being added to the mix with Beretta's offering of the
160 .22LR Carbine and Pistol. Although these products are branded Beretta,
actually manufactured by Walther as part of their
Tactical Rimfire Replicas. You can see both the Carbine and
Pistol models below.
I first started taking a look at this platform
when one of my shooting buddies was looking at the Beretta ARX 160
Pistol version. As I studied the
rifle, a couple of things came to mind which led me to purchasing one
for this review. The first was that the ARX 160 is a very
unique looking rifle. It is intended to be a replica of the
Beretta ARX 160 modular assault rifle which was developed for the
Italian Armed Forces in 2008. Thus the ARX 160 .22LR version
is a replica of a proven fielded weapon system. This
brings a level of uniqueness to this .22LR platform, but it gets
better. This year Beretta has started offering their ARX 100
which is the commercial version of their military version ARX 160.
This effectively makes the ARX 160 .22LR version a training carbine
for those who purchase the ARX 100 5.56 NATO version.
that came to mind when deciding to review this rifle was that I
haven't had a chance to take a close look at Walther's replica
firearms and reviewing the Beretta ARX 160 Carbine would make the
The last thing I considered was the price point on the Beretta
ARX 160 .22LR Carbine. I found there to be a huge range of
prices on this rifle which range from around $500 down to just
over $300 which is a pretty wide spread. I ended up
getting the rifle for this review from CheaperThanDirt.com for
$305 which was the best price anywhere. I cannot say they
will have the same price today, but they
are worth checking out. I had the rifle sent to my local
Caliber Firearms and it arrived 3 days after it was ordered.
Since the rifle comes with a single 20-round magazine, I also
ordered a 10-round and 30-round magazine from
CheaperThanDirt.com which I will discuss further in this review.
During my reviews I like to compare my results
to the manufacturer's claims where possible so the following text in
colored italics was taken directly from the
on 7/3/15 and the Instruction Manual and gives
an Overview, Key Features and Specifications
for the Beretta ARX 160 .22LR Carbine. The
are my way to keep up with details that I have covered in this
review with either photos, commentary or both.
The ARX160 is a rimfire version of the
ARX100, Beretta’s celebrated .223 Rem tactical rifle. But aside
from the caliber, this .22 LR rifle is virtually identical to
the centerfire version as far as operations, controls,
accessorization and customization options. A training rifle that
will never let you down, the ARX160 is an extra-durable piece of
gear that will satisfy even the most demanding tactical shooter.
Ambidextrous Controls: A serious training rifle should always
mirror the “real thing” in the way its controls work. This is
why the ARX160 features ambidextrous two-position safety,
magazine release and cocking handle. With this rifle, you can
easily train and shoot with either hand dominant and improve
your skills without breaking the bank.
Limitless Accessorization, Customization Options: This
training rifle is a great base for building the tactical system
of your dreams. It comes out of the box with four Picatinny
rails: on top, a full rail enables you to easily attach your
favorite sighting or optics system, while on either side and on
the bottom of the fore-end additional rails let you add other
accessories such as tactical lighting. Other customization
options include the telescopic folding stock: you can adjust the
length of pull at the touch of a button, while the stock can be
folded partially or all the way to accommodate most firing
Durable, Easy to Shoot and Maintain: The ARX160 is built to be
durable and super-tough, being constructed of superior steel and
techno-polymer. Its flip-up sights are just like those on the
full-caliber rifle—super-light but rugged, and featuring a rear
diopter for quick and accurate target acquisition. Maintenance
is easy thanks to the simple way in which it comes apart and is
reassembled without any tools. Whether you use it on its own as
a rimfire tactical rifle, or as a training tool to improve your
handling of the full-power counterpart, the ARX160 will always
turn heads at the range and will never let you down.
- Sling Swivel: Tactical sling swivels on this rifle enable
shooting and carrying in a variety of positions.
- Picatinny Rail: The ARX160 comes out of the box with a
variety of Picatinny rails, enabling you to attach your favorite
- Ambidextrous Cocking Handle: Depending on your dominant hand
or tactical situation, you may use the cocking handle on either
side of the ARX160.
- Ambidextrous Mag Release: Like most controls on the ARX160,
the mag release is ambidextrous, making it easy to train and
shoot with either hand dominant.
- Ambidextrous Two-Position Safety: Easily use the safety with
either hand dominant. The AR-15 style safety will be instantly
familiar to those accustomed to the standard issue US military
- Flip-Up Sights: Unlike the afterthought you get on most
rifles, the sights on the ARX160 are perfectly engineered for
quick target acquisition and are adjustable for a variety of
- Telescopic Folding Stock: The stock may be fully folded, and
it is adjustable for length of pull at the touch of a button.
- Model Code: JXR21800
- Model Name: ARX 160 22 LR Rifle 18"
- Action: Single
odd way to denote semi-auto for a rifle
- Barrel length (in) 18.11
review rifle measured 18.16"
- Caliber .22 LR
- Magazine 5
- Overall height (in) 11.4
with the 20-round magazine installed
- Overall length (in) 36.2
review rifle measured 36.6 with the
buttstock fully extended
- Overall width (in) 3.15
- Weight unloaded (OZ) 105.82
review rifle weighed in at 97.5 ounces
with the magazine
- Sight Radius (in) 13
review rifle measured 16.8"
- Trigger Pull 5.5 - 7.7 lbs
review rifle measured 7.6 pounds
- MSRP $575
This review is broken down into multiple
parts with this page providing links to each part along with an
overall summary of the specifications, pros and cons, and my final "bottom
comments. Make sure you take time to checkout the other parts
of the review because they contain many photos and
lots of commentary. Also, there is an extreme amount of detail in those
parts which is not covered on this page.
As you read these Pros and Cons below,
keep in mind that it is hard to keep my particular preferences from creeping in the
equation. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to
look at the other parts of this review so you can decide yourself on
items which may be more of a personal preference.
Attractive tactical 22LR rifle
Rifle can function as a training rifle for the Beretta ARX 100
5.56/.223 REM version rifle
Overall I was really impressed with the build quality of the
Beretta ARX 160 .22LR Carbine
Even though the rifle has a very polymer look, it appears that
they included metallic components at the critical locations
Proved to be 100% reliable with a wide range of ammunition.
Near one MOA accuracy with certain standard velocity ammunition
Disassembly and reassembly of the Beretta ARX 160 Carbine is
very quick and simple. These two tasks can be done
together in less than 60 seconds so there shouldn't be any
excuse for not keeping your rifle clean.
Pro/Con/Comment (you decide)?:
I would in no way brag on the 7.6 pound trigger pull, but I
found it to be livable for this style rifle and didn't have any
issues shooting my rimfire dueling trees freehand.
Since the front and rear sights are not intended to be
removable, you will need to use clamp style mounts that don't
require you sliding them on the rail from an end.
It seems that the price for this rifle varies significantly.
If you can get one in the lower $300 range, this seems to be a
great value rifle.
I didn't like the way the telescoping feature of the
buttstock seemed to stick and was difficult to adjust.
Some spray silicone seemed to help this issue.
The rear sight seemed to block my field of view.
The Beretta ARX 160 22R Carbine has quickly
become one of my favorite rimfire rifles. It has proven to be
reliable and accurate and I have been pleased with the overall
quality of the rifle. So far it has proven to be 100% reliable
with all the ammunition I have put through it and my round count is
well over 1000. Will it prove to be as reliable as a Ruger
10/22 or S&W 15-22? Only time will tell. Since the
action is extremely simple, I have a hard time believing reliability
will ever become an issue. I feel me getting this rifle for
$305 was an extreme value and I'm anticipating these low prices at
certain retailers will become a thing of the past. If you are
looking for a tactical styled rimfire rifle that is different from
the standard AR styled models, then the Beretta ARX 160 is
definitely something you should consider.
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