Next Gen Clones

Beretta ARX100

There have been 3 generations of military rifles since the end of World War 2.   These generations are described below:

1st Generation

This generation attempted decrease the production time and cost of military rifles, while increasing combat effectiveness.  Costs were reduced via increased use of metal stampings and castings.  Combat effectiveness was increased via semi-automatic and full automatic firepower and increased magazine capacity (20rds).  However, the use of full-power rifle cartridges (primarily .308/7.62x51 & 7.62x39), made these weapons very heavy and difficult to operate in full-auto.  Rifles of this generation include the AK47/AKM, FAL/L1A1, G3 and M14.  Semi-Automatic versions of most of these rifles are available, but their cost is typically around $1500, due to extensive use of heavily machined steel. 

2nd Generation

This generation continued the drive to decrease production time and costs, while further increasing combat effectiveness.  Costs were reduced via extensive use of stampings, and aluminum alloys with a reduction in machining of parts.   Combat effectiveness was increased via the use of even higher capacity magazines (30rds) of reduced caliber ammunition (.223/5.56x45 and 5.45x39).  Almost all rifles of this generation have been full-auto but they remain controllable due to the lower powered ammo and improved ergonomics.  The primary rifles of this generation are the M16/M4 and AK74 families of rifles.  This generation also includes bullpen rifles like the AUG. FAMAS, and SA80 and other designs, like the SIG550.

3rd Generation

This is the generation that succeeded the M16/M4 and AKM/AK74.  It has less emphasis on cost reduction and more emphasis on combat effectiveness.  Plastics are used extensively, even for receivers, but the focus is on reducing weight instead of costs.  Combat effectiveness has been improved via the increased use of combat optics and suppressors and better ergonomics with adjustable stocks and better controls.  Rifles of this generation include the ARX, G36, SCAR, SIG MCX, and Tavor.


FAL

Gen 1:  FAL/L1A1 Clone - A large and heavy, 7.62x51 NATO rifle, with 20rd magazines.


Colt MH6601

Gen 2:  Colt M4 Clone - A light and accurate, 5.56x45 NATO rifle, with 30rd magazines.


ARX100

Gen 3:  Beretta ARX160 Clone - An optics ready, light, modular, 5.56x45 NATO rifle, with 30rd magazines.


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