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Arex Zero 2S

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Those who have been with the channel a long time may remember one of the earliest videos was on a new gun from a new (to the US) company, Arex. That name would go unknown by many until Military Arms Channel made a video about the Zero 1 pistol. Slovenia may be a country most Americans can't find on a map, but in Europe their manufacturing is highly respected, especially since their self-liberation from Yugoslavia.

One of the companies to flourish in Slovenia is Arex. With ultra-modern production facilities, ISO certification, and absolute internal control (even their tooling is made in house), Arex is one of few firearm brands that not only makes all their own stuff, but is also a source for third-party defense manufacturers. Arex doesn't just manufacture, they also provide pre-project design, engineering, prototyping, documentation, verification, and final production for themselves and others. In short, just because you may not have heard of them doesn't mean they're not a substantial company.


The Zero line of pistols is recognizable to many Americans has having inspiration from the Sig P226 line. What shouldn't be ignored, however is that this is not just a "next step" from the P226, but in my eyes an evolution of Zastava's own improvements of the P226 in the form of the Zastava CZ99, CZ999, and EZ9. The Zero line from Arex is more like a 5th evolution from the P226. While the Zastava pistols were nice duty guns, they lacked consistency in production quality. One feature the Zastava pistols brought us is the combination of the slide lock/release and decocking lever and that brilliance continues with the Arex Zero line.


The Zero 2S is a refresh of the Zero 1. The same impeccable manufacturing to create a truly ambidextrous, Double-action/Single-action (DA/SA) hammer-fired gun, but now with some slight aesthetic tweaks and ergonomics that, despite my experience with hundreds of pistols, I didn't think was possible. Having sent back my original Zero 1 years ago, I couldn't compare the "new" to the "old", but take a look at this pistol's construction and features in the tabletop video below:


Cleaning kits or tools included with pistols are rarely something to be excited about or even mention, but Arex has done a fine job with this one: Bore mop, two brushes, and jag are all contained in what becomes a handle with pivot after constructing the cleaning rod.




Specifications for the Arex Zero 2S:

The Arex Zero 2S includes two magazines and a very complete cleaning kit.

Caliber: 9mm

Capacity: 18+1

Length: 7.8″

Height: 5.6″

Width: 1.4″

Barrel Length: 4.2″

Weight w/magazine 32oz

Safety: Ambidextrous

MSRP: $849.99




Combination slide lock/release and decocker. The grip bulge toward the top proved brilliant for hands both XXL and S.

That uncommon grip shape and size made me think the Zero 2S would be like the Zero 1 and Zastava pistols before; a bit chonky in the hand. Having extra breadth creates more surface area of contact between user and pistol. This contract is an opportunity for traction, and also more area distributing recoil energy resulting in less pressure per square inch of contact. More hand on gun to control what is effectively less need for control per area. It can feel broad in the hand, but that breadth also makes the shooting experience more comfortable. Think of it like sitting on a folding chair versus an over-stuffed couch. Either can be comfortable for a short while, and the folding chair sure is convenient, but if you're going to be spending any length of time using it the sofa is a lot more comfortable.

I was concerned with how Teya's smaller hands might find what for my hand was a work of art. That leads us to the range video where Arex's new ergonomic design of the Zero 2S would be tested by both hand sizes.

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared. Additional, on-demand ammunition through True Shot Gun Club.


Range performance was as expected, but what I didn't expect was that clever ergonomic hack that Arex has figured out. Somehow this 18+1 capacity pistol fits my hand about like most good-sized compacts, yet my thumb stays clear of controls. At the same time Teya had no trouble with it and didn't feel like she was holding a 2x4. Part of the trick is the clever hump on the left side of the grip. It's sized, shaped, and placed just so that it keeps my thumb out of the way and for Teya helps fill the gap smaller hands typically experience on larger guns. The "giraffe's neck" texture patterning (my term, not an official name) also holds nicely to the skin; enough for traction, but not exfoliation.


Conclusion: The MSRP might cause some sticker-shock for those accustomed to polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, but for a European-made, all-metal, DA/SA pistol with the option to operate the gun as a single-action-only or as a true DA/SA, the price is quite fair. The Arex Zero 2 S is an absolute pleasure to shoot, and the more enjoyable a gun is to shoot the more likely you are to train with it. More time training (ideally) turns into better proficiency which can win a match or save your life. To me that makes the price a deal.


We got our Arex Zero 2S from Global Ordnance, with time they may be found elsewhere too.

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Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell
16 juil. 2023

I would like to try a weaker recoil spring but what's the stock springs weight? Where can you get recoil springs? Just use any weaker 9mm spring for a 4 inch barrel? I'd also like to get a lighter main spring to lower the DA poundage (putting in the lightest LTT spring for the Beretta PX4 did wonders and didn't affect reliability at all). Arex already puts in their lightest (gray) spring but I can't find the weight for that either. I think the fully loaded mags are just putting too much downwards pressure on that pivoting mag catch. When the springs wear a bit, that may take care of itself. I really want the gun to work because I…

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Robert Campbell
Robert Campbell
15 juil. 2023

Hate to say it but I just got one and it was an absolute disaster on the first range trip. I had multiple horizontal stovepipes in my 4 zero1 20 round mags and one or two in the 17 round mags that came with the gun. Don't know if it's a break in issue, ammo issue, extractor, recoil spring or ejector issue. It also doesn't want to drop fully loaded magazines unless you manually lock back the slide and is hard to drop the slide with the slide lock/decocker. On the plus side, love the ergos and it is accurate. The DA is heavy but smooth - especially if you don't try to stage the trigger and just pull thru.…

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Graham Baates
Graham Baates
15 juil. 2023
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Because not everyone uses the same terms in the same way I'll venture some guesses. If you mean stovepipe as in the spend case not clearing and getting caught by the slide; that could be weak ammo, limp-wristing, or the recoil spring is too strong. Try hotter ammo until the gun is more broken in (in our ammo guide look for stuff with higher muzzle energy). If the stovepipes are live rounds that are being spat ouf of the magazine then you've got some bad mags. The slide release will get easier over time. Considering the magazine drop issue I think ther emight be something wrong with your magazines in general.

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Absolutely love your reviews very informative I recently purchased a Rex zero 2s and I love this firearm no problem as an EDC in a crossbreed super Tuck holster running silver tip 115g JHP

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Graham Baates
Graham Baates
29 déc. 2022
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Thank you

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George Zener
George Zener
09 mai 2022

How does the grip work for left handed shooters?

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I love this pistol, but I'm left handed, too :-(

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I can't be the only one who loves that grip!

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you are not 😁

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