I had the pleasure to run the Rex Zero through the paces at Elite Training in Monroe NC. If fact I used this opportunity to re-certify my NC Armed Private Investigators license. Since this was a formal testing, no photographs or video could be taken during the session. What I can share with you is my impressions of this weapon during this session.
The Rex Zero awaiting its range debut.
One thing I noticed very early, when you have 6 rounds in a Rex magazine there is a bit of play in it. The magazine seems to need a nearly full magazine to have that snug fit. Now let me be clear, it has no ill effects on the operation of the handgun. It is however hard to miss.
The Arex Rex Zero 1 is solid and you feel this every time you fire it you are reminded. Felt recoil is very mild. As much as I like the 92 fs, it has far more felt recoil than the Rex for example.
Firing the first few rounds, I detected that the slide appeared to move somewhat stiff, it has never been fired so I expected a bit of break in. After a few rounds the slide smoothed out and appeared to just glide to the rear after every shot. It was really another signal that the gun oozes quality. I found the gun very easy to get on target and performed flawlessly. I found the sights to get on target fast, they are perfect.
The only negative thing I would have to address is the double action trigger pull. It is simply too heavy. I have a b-27 from today to make my point. At 15 & 25 yards you will see a handful of out layers, every one was a double action shot. The rest are single action. As much as I tried to stay on target, the heavy trigger negatively effected the accuracy for me. To use the 92 fs again, the Rex appears heavier than the Beretta 92 but far smoother and shorter. If Arex would lighten the double action pull by at least 25% I think you would find something closer to a CZ 75, the pinnacle of double action triggers.
Results. I ended up with an overall 96%. This is a bit less than my normal score with a G26. But the G26 is not a new weapon to me and I had practice with it prior to qualification. I took the Rex out cold, never fired it or any Rex before qualifying. The gun is exceptional.