What is a Beretta AR70 90


Beretta AR 70/90
Italian paratrooper with an SC70 / 90
general information
Country of assignment: Italy, Jordan, Malaysia
Developer / Manufacturer: Beretta
Manufacturer country: Italy
Model variants: AR, SC, SCP, SCS, AS
Weapon Category: Assault rifle
Overall length: 955 mm
Weight: (uncharged)3.8 kg
Barrel length: 450 mm
Technical specifications
Caliber: 5.56 × 45 mm NATO
Possible magazine fillings: 30 cartridges
Ammunition supply: Curve magazine
Cadence: 650 rounds / min
Fire types: Single, continuous fire
Number of trains: 4
Twist: right
Visor: open sights
Closure: Rotary head lock
Charging principle: Gas pressure charger
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The AR 70 is an assault rifle made by the Italian manufacturer Beretta.

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Beretta began developing the AR-70 family in 1968. The original version AR 70/223 or its special versions were initially procured from 1972 by Italian special forces and also exported abroad, including to Jordan and Malaysia. In addition to the basic version, Beretta also offered the shortened special versions SC70 / 223 and SCS70 / 223, as well as a light MG variant under the designation AS70. The weapons of the AR-70 family were initially not built according to STANAG specifications. From the mid-1970s, the Italian Navy and Air Force introduced the AR 70/223, especially for security units. The army did not follow suit until 1990, but procured the improved AR 70/90 (built according to Stanag) or the special versions SC70 / 90 and SCP70 / 90 (for airborne troops) as a replacement for the post-war BM59 rifle (7.62 × 51 mm NATO ).


The AR-70 is a long-stroke gas pressure charger with a rotating head lock. The return spring surrounds the gas piston. The rotating head lock with two locking lugs corresponds to the lock of the Kalashnikov. The firing pin is freely movable in the bolt carrier.

The bolt housing, manufactured using sheet metal stamping technology, is divided into a lower and an upper half, which are held together with a hinge pin under the cartridge chamber and a locking pin at the pistol grip. The upper bolt housing, in which the bolt carrier runs, has a rectangular cross-section. On the left side is the combined safety / fire selector lever that can be operated with the thumb. It has three positions: safe, continuous and single fire.

A rear sight with three positions (100, 200 and 300 m) serves as a sight. The front sight is attached to the gas block. The cocking lever is located on the right side of the weapon and is firmly connected to the bolt carrier.

A rifle grenade launcher is attached in front of the gas block, which is designed as a barrel casing and screwed to the gas block. The grenade sight is attached to the gas block and closes the gas channel when it is folded up so that the entire gas energy acts on the grenade and the lock does not repeat.[1]


AR 70

Original version with a Kalashnikov-style magazine holder.

AR 70
Standard version with plastic piston
SC 70
shoulder rest that can be folded to the right
SC 70 S
Short version with shoulder rest
AR 70-78
lMG version with bipod and 40-round magazine (not produced in series)
AR 70/223
Version as a self-loading rifle (only single fire) for the civilian market.

AR 70/90

Modified version from the 1990s: compatible with STANAG magazines, has different butts, fore-ends and shoulder rests as well as a handle that holds the sighting device.

  • AR 70/90, assault rifle for the infantry
  • SC 70/90, carbine for special forces
  • SCP 70/90 (SC 70/90 S), shortened version of the SC 70/90 for paratroopers and crew of armored vehicles.

The only difference between the AR and SC models is the shaft. The AR version has a fixed glass fiber reinforced technopolymer shaft with a rubber butt plate. The SC and SCP versions have a foldable metal shaft with a rubber kickback foot, resulting in a significantly shorter overall length when the shaft is folded down. Due to the design of the butt, all operating elements on the right side of the carabiner are accessible even when the shaft is folded down.

See also


  • Günter Wollert, Reiner Lidschun, Wilfried Copenhagen: Rifles. (1945-1985). In: Illustrated encyclopedia of rifles from around the world. 5th edition. Volume 1 + 2. Brandenburgisches Verlagshaus, Berlin 1988, ISBN 3-89488-057-0, Waffen, pp. 291-296.

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Ian McCollum: Beretta AR-70. In: Forgotten weapons. www.forgottenweapons.com, accessed February 26, 2018.

Web links

  • Ian McCollum: The Beretta AR70. (YouTube) In: youtube.com. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  • Maxim Popenker: Beretta AR-70/223 and AR-70/90. In: Modern firearms. modernfirearms.net, accessed February 26, 2018.

Categories:Assault rifle | Beretta | Military equipment (Italy)

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