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New Product Highlight: Beretta Unveils New 5.56 Battle Rifle

Beretta unveiled a new rifle design this week called the New Assault Rifle Platform, or NARP -- a 5.56 short-stroke piston battle rifle.

    Beretta unveiled a new rifle design this week called the New Assault Rifle Platform, or NARP.

    Revealed in London at the 2023 Defence & Security Equipment International Show, the NARP is a 5.56-chambered short-stroke piston rifle platform.


    It comes in three barrel lengths – 11.5 inches, 14.56 inches, and 16 inches – and weighs 7.27 pounds with an overall length of under 35 inches.

    The NARP features include:

    • Ambidextrous controls
    • A set of telescopic, foldable, and collapsible stocks
    • Proprietary grips and buttstocks for “efficient handling”
    • MIL-STD-1913/STANAG 4640 and M-LOK Interfaces
    • AR/M4 mag compatibility
    • Integrated B-Silent suppressor.

    Beretta says the new battle rifle was developed and manufactured in Italy and looks to expand Beretta’s portfolio, adding more modularity and versatility.


    “We are excited to launch our New Assault Rifle Platform and offer our military customers a product that is specifically designed for their needs,” Carlo Ferlito, CEO and GM at Beretta Italy and VP of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT), said in a press release.

    “Thanks to close interaction with elite forces, we designed a weapon with unparalleled performance, that marks an important step forward in the evolution not only of Beretta’s Defense Department, but in the entire defense industry. This product is a valuable tool that can help our customers stay safe and mission-ready,” he added.


    No word on when or if the NARP will make its way stateside.

    What do you think of the NARP? Let us know in the comments below. For more battle ready rifles, check out our list of the Best .308/7.62 Rifles and the Best AR-15s.

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    • Commenter Avatar

      Looks like everyone is trying to make their own PSA JAKL lol

      September 19, 2023 6:57 pm
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      The AR-ification of modern rifles makes them all look kind of boring and similar. Had it not been for the article, looking at the images you'd assume it was another AR15 derivative. Kind of cool to see Beretta still doing stuff but it's not really hard to get excited. Still a fan of theirs, just underwhelmed by this announcement.

      September 15, 2023 2:16 pm
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        I'm pretty new to firearms having recently purchased my first pistol. I've been researching rifles lately and it seems like this is the new trend. Proprietary piston driven ambidextrous 5.56 carbines. Seems like the makers are all trying to put their own spin on the AR15 without really offering many incentives to offset the loss of modularity. It's kind of puzzling actually.

        September 15, 2023 6:16 pm
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      Its got really nice dirt, leaf and lint collection holes in the forearm..

      September 15, 2023 2:11 pm
      • Commenter Avatar

        As opposed to every other rifle with a rail system?

        September 15, 2023 2:18 pm
        • Commenter Avatar

          It’s a very nice gun I just prefer closed forearm dissipater, style guns…

          September 15, 2023 3:10 pm
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