The Italian armed forces are already familiar with the Beretta ARX-100 in the form of its military select fire counterpart, the ARX-160.
This 5.56 carbine was originally designed as part of the Soldato Futuro (“Future Soldier”) program, which makes its futuristic look fitting. This ain’t your daddy’s M16. The ARX-100 is a completely ambidextrous system, including charging handle, safety, magazine release, and even the direction of ejection can be easily swapped left or right. All you need is a 5.56×45 round (or a tool with similar point) and, presto—the casings will fly out the opposite side of the gun.
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