In London this week, Beretta took the curtain off its newest rifle design, which may look familiar to a lot of folks. 

Dubbed the NARP for "New Assault Rifle Platform" – keep in mind that "assault rifles" are real and "assault weapons" are made up here, guys – the latest Beretta debuted at the 2023 Defence & Security Equipment International show on Tuesday. Offered in three different barrel length configurations (11.5. 14.5, and 16-inch) at introduction, the 5.56 NATO platform has a layout similar to a number of popular modular short-stroke gas-piston platforms on the market, such as the CZ BREN M2, FN SCAR, HK 416, IWI Carmel, and SIG Sauer MCX and sports AR-style controls. 

 

Beretta NARP
The new Beretta NARP has fully ambidextrous controls and can use a range of telescopic, foldable, and collapsible stocks as it is an adjustable piston gun and doesn't have a standard AR-style recoil buffer and DI gas system. (Photos: Beretta) 
Beretta NARP
Other standard features are common MIL-STD-1913, STANAG 4640, and M-LOK interfaces, meaning optics will mount, AR/M4 mags will work (it is shown with Lancer L5 AWM mags), and all those groovy accessories will fit. (Photos: Beretta) 
Beretta NARP
Among the variants shown off, clad in assorted optics from Beretta-owned Steiner, are an 11.5-inch CQB-style carbine and a more standard model with a 14.5-inch barrel. Importantly, Beretta stresses that the NARP is meant to run suppressed full-time if needed and the company has also introduced the new Beretta-made B-Silent sound suppressor to use with it. (Photos: Beretta) 
Beretta NARP
Beretta stresses the developmental process behind the NARP is rigorous, with the platform vetted under extreme conditions. (Photos: Beretta) 

 

“With the NARP program we invested energy and resources in the development of a new assault rifle platform that would enhance soldier capabilities, as required by international protocols and meet their needs for reliability, accuracy and modularity," said Franco Gussalli Beretta, President and CEO of Fabbrica d’Armi and Executive Vice President of Beretta Holding. 

As for what this means for the company's futuristic ARX short-stroke piston rifles and carbines, which were introduced in 2008 and later offered as semi-auto sporter variants to the commercial market, it is unclear. With so many countries opting for assorted M4-looking platforms and the ARX more or less stalled with adoption by only a handful of Mil/LE users outside of Italy, it could be that Beretta is opting to go a little more contemporary and see who bites. 

Will the NARP ever appear in the U.S. as a commercial sporter variant? Our bet is probably, but probably not with that name.

If so, will fans of House Beretta buy one to go with their 92F, PX4, and 1301? That's a sure thing.

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