Beretta Launches new Italian Virtrix Rifles — SHOT Show 2018

A brand most of our readers probably haven’t heard of and is set to make a splash in the near future, if our initial look at the new Virtrix Rifle lineup from Beretta. Virtrix is an Italian rifle company, known for precision armaments.

 Beretta Brings the Heat

Recently, they were acquired by Beretta, which is good news for us. Before now they were unavailable stateside, Virtrix will be available in the near future at your local gun shop. Today we got a sneak peek, and actually got to shoot some of the European models. What exactly will change with the U.S. model?

Time will tell. Importation laws can be a bit tricky. I often think the ATF throws darts at a board to decide what constitutes okay and not okay, with no thought to a practical reason.

You also have to factor in changes made specific to the U.S. market, since there are some things us red-blooded American’s just won’t tolerate. For example, a European magazine release on a pistol, or people talking bad about John Wayne. According to Beretta, the specs on the chassis system are as follows:

The action lever is firmly fixed thanks a to an strain relief system which makes it completely safe. FMRC Chassis can be fully customised to adapt to every shooter’s needs. Our chassis is made of alloy 6085 and 7075, hard black anodized to prevent scratching and abrasion; and our additional rail kits are all in MIL-STD 1913.

The rifles MINERVA series is equipped with a folding stock adapter with blocking opening and closure system easy to move under difficult conditions.

Impressions

If there is one thing Italians know about is design. Just try and find a store that deals in Russian suits or Latvian shoes if you don’t believe me. One look at the Virtrix rifle and you can see an aesthetic heritage of Supercars and suits guaranteed to get you a pocket full of phone numbers. The specimens on hand were absolutely stunning, in the way only deadly weaponry and forbidden fruit can be.  They featured smooth actions that locked up like a Swiss vault. The two-stage triggers were fantastic, and I’m looking forward to getting the American versions in for testing.

 

Pricing

Available in action sizes from 6.5 Creedmoor up to 338 Lapua, there is something for everyone. All the models we shot today ran off a single-stack detachable magazine and were fitted into modular chassis systems. Already a favorite among the Italian Special Forces, the Virtrix is sure to get some attention in the U.S.

And much like the more famous Italian car imports, the price tag is going to match. We haven’t been updated with what the MSRP will look like in the American models but is figured to be starting at $8,000, and going up to $14,000.

Check out Beretta rifles on GunsAmerica.

About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • zorro February 6, 2018, 7:01 am

    Don’t bother bringing that overworked Tika here to the US no one will pay that kind of money for that

  • Ricky Price January 24, 2018, 9:08 am

    Cheap price.

    • Scotty Gunn January 24, 2018, 6:53 pm

      I agree. Thinking of pre-ordering several. Might even get one for the night time maid’s son. Why not?

  • Dr Motown January 24, 2018, 8:35 am

    Add a $4000 scope and $2000 suppressor, and you’ll be ready to use your “Ferrari” at the next deer camp! PRS and LRS are very expensive hobbies, no doubt….but, hey, whatever you can afford to float your boat is fine with me

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