Oh great. Another thousand-plus-dollar European handgun. That’s what I thought when Slovenian manufacturer Arex introduced the Rex Alpha, and it’s likely what a lot of you are thinking right now. For me, a pistol designed for competition is always more of a “meh” than a “wow!” But, that changed when I shot the Rex Alpha in the mountains of Slovenia, not far from the border with Croatia.
Despite what at first glance seems like a high price, the Rex Alpha is actually a phenomenal deal. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better pistol for competition anywhere near the Alpha’s MSRP. Moreover, if accuracy and reliability are important enough to overrule weight considerations (or if you plan to keep it in the bedside safe), the Rex Alpha can perform outstanding duty as a defensive pistol, too.