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Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta
Beretta
[ˈfabbrika ˈdarmi ˈpjɛtro beˈretta] (literally, "Pietro Beretta
Beretta
Arms Factory") is a privately held Italian firearms manufacturing company operating in several countries. Its firearms are used worldwide for a variety of civilian, law enforcement, and military purposes. Sporting arms account for three-quarters of sales; Beretta
Beretta
is also known for marketing shooting clothes and accessories. Founded in the 16th century, Beretta
Beretta
is the oldest active manufacturer of firearm components in the world.[1] In 1526 its inaugural product was arquebus barrels; by all accounts Beretta-made barrels equipped the Venetian fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.[2] Beretta
Beretta
has supplied weapons for every major European war since 1650.[3] Beretta's sister company, Beretta
Beretta
USA Corp., located in the United States, manufactured and delivered over 600,000 M9 pistols to the United States Armed Forces
United States Armed Forces
starting in 1986.[4] It lost the contract in 2017.

Contents

1 History 2 Overview 3 Product lines

3.1 Semi-automatic pistols 3.2 Revolvers 3.3 Shotguns 3.4 Rifles
Rifles
and carbines 3.5 Submachine guns 3.6 Machine pistols 3.7 Launchers

4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

History[edit]

16th Century map by Giovanni Antonio Magini
Giovanni Antonio Magini
of the Province of Brescia. Val Trompia is in the center. Map is oriented with West at the top.

Venetian State Archive building

Val Trompia, a northern Italian river valley in the Province of Brescia, Lombardy, has been mined for iron ore since the time of the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages, Val Trompia was known for its ironworks; after the Renaissance
Renaissance
it came to be a center for the manufacture of weapons.[5] By the mid 16th century Val Trompia had forty ironworks, supplied by fifty mines and eight smelters. The birthplace of Beretta
Beretta
is in the village of Gardone located on the banks of the Mella river, in the middle of Val Trompia (i.e., between the upper valley and lower valley).[1] The Beretta
Beretta
forge was in operation from about 1500,[6] although the first documented transaction is a contract dated October 3, 1526 for 185 arquebus barrels, for which the Republic of Venice
Venice
was to pay 296 ducats to Maestro di Canne (master gun-barrel maker) Bartolomeo Beretta
Beretta
(in Italian).[5] The original account document for the order of those barrels is now stored in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (in Italian) in Venice.[7] By the end of the 17th century, Beretta
Beretta
had become the second largest gun barrel maker in Gardone.[1] Under the guild system, the knowledge of gun barrel fabrication that was bequeathed to Jacopo (1520/25 – …) from his father Bartolomeo (1490 – 1565/68)[8] was then passed on to his own son Giovannino (1550 – post 1577), and to his grandson Giovan Antonio (1577 – post 1649)[9] and so on until guilds were abolished by Napoleon
Napoleon
after his conquest of Venetian Republic in 1797.[1] Beretta
Beretta
has been owned by the same family for almost five hundred years[10] and is a founding member of Les Henokiens, an association of bicentenary companies that are family owned and operated.[11] In 1918, the Beretta
Beretta
Model 1918, one of the first submachine guns in the world, was fielded by the Italian army. Beretta
Beretta
manufactured rifles and pistols for the Italian military until the 1943 Armistice between Italy and the Allied forces during World War II. With the Wehrmacht's control of northern Italy, the Germans seized Beretta
Beretta
and continued producing arms until the 1945 German surrender in Italy.[5] In that time, the quality of the exterior finish of the weapons diminished and was much more inferior to both the pre-war and mid-war weapons, but their operation remained excellent.[12] The last shipment of Type I Rifles
Rifles
left Venice
Venice
for Japan in a U-boat
U-boat
in 1942. After World War II, Beretta
Beretta
was actively involved in repairing the American M1 Garands given to Italy by the U.S. Beretta
Beretta
modified the M1 into the Beretta BM-59
Beretta BM-59
rifle, which is similar to the M14 battle rifle; armourers consider the BM-59 rifle to be superior to the M14 rifle in some ways, because it is more accurate under certain conditions.[13][14] After the war, Beretta
Beretta
continued to develop firearms for the Italian Army and police, as well as the civilian market.[15] In the 1980s, Beretta
Beretta
enjoyed a renewal of popularity in North America after its Beretta 92
Beretta 92
pistol was selected as the service handgun for the United States Army
United States Army
under the designation of "M9 pistol".[2] In the 1970s, Beretta
Beretta
also started a manufacturing plant in São Paulo, Brazil. A contract between Beretta
Beretta
and the Brazilian government was signed, under which Beretta
Beretta
produced Beretta
Beretta
92s for the Brazilian Army until 1980. Later this plant was sold to Taurus, who continues to manufacture the Beretta 92
Beretta 92
under the name of PT92 using the same tools and labour which Beretta
Beretta
used, without the need for a license from Beretta, since the design is based on the original Beretta
Beretta
92, for which the patents are expired.[16] Beretta
Beretta
acquired several domestic competitors (notably Benelli and Franchi) and some foreign companies (notably in Finland) in the late 1980s.[17] Overview[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
M9

Today, Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta
Beretta
( Beretta
Beretta
S.p.A) is run by Franco Gussalli Beretta, President and CEO. The traditional father-to-son Beretta
Beretta
dynasty was interrupted when Ugo Gussalli Beretta
Beretta
assumed the firm's control; uncles Carlo and Giuseppe Beretta
Beretta
were childless; Ugo married into the Beretta
Beretta
family and adopted the last name Beretta. His sons are now direct descendants through their mother's side of the family. Beretta
Beretta
is known for its broad range of firearms: side-by-side shotguns, over-and-under shotguns, hunting rifles, express rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, lever- and bolt-action rifles, single- and double-action revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.[18] The parent company, Beretta
Beretta
Holding, also owns Beretta
Beretta
USA, Benelli, Franchi, SAKO, Stoeger, Tikka, Uberti, and the Burris Optics company. The model Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
is the primary side arm of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, designated the M9 pistol.[19] In 1985, Beretta
Beretta
was chosen after a controversial competition to produce the M9, winning a contract for 500,000 pistols.[4][20] A condition of the original agreement was domestic fabrication of the M9.[21][22] After complaints from servicemen, the Beretta M9
Beretta M9
lost the U.S. Army sidearm contract on January 19, 2017 to the 9mm version of the Sig Sauer P320. [23] Product lines[edit] Semi-automatic pistols[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
M1915, M1919 and M1923 Beretta
Beretta
418 Beretta
Beretta
M951 Beretta M 1934
Beretta M 1934
/ Beretta
Beretta
M 1935 Beretta
Beretta
M 1951 Beretta 70
Beretta 70
series

Beretta
Beretta
70 Beretta
Beretta
71 Jaguar Beretta
Beretta
72 Jaguar Beretta
Beretta
73, 74, 75 Beretta
Beretta
76 Beretta
Beretta
100, 101, 102

Beretta
Beretta
Cheetah

Beretta
Beretta
81 Beretta
Beretta
84 Beretta
Beretta
85 Beretta
Beretta
86 Beretta
Beretta
87 Beretta
Beretta
89

Beretta
Beretta
8000

Beretta 8000
Beretta 8000
Cougar Beretta
Beretta
8045 Cougar Beretta
Beretta
Cougar Inox Beretta
Beretta
Mini Cougar

Beretta
Beretta
90 Beretta
Beretta
9000

Beretta
Beretta
9000S

Beretta
Beretta
92

Beretta
Beretta
90two Beretta
Beretta
92F Beretta
Beretta
92F/FS Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
Inox

Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
Compact Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
Centurion Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
Brigadier Beretta 92FS
Beretta 92FS
Brigadier Inox

Beretta
Beretta
92G Elite 1A

Beretta
Beretta
92G Elite II

Beretta
Beretta
92S

Beretta
Beretta
92SB

Beretta
Beretta
92SB-C

Beretta
Beretta
92A1 M9 pistol

Beretta
Beretta
96

Beretta
Beretta
96A1

Beretta
Beretta
Px4 Storm

Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm
Compact

Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm
Subcompact

Beretta
Beretta
U22 Neos Beretta
Beretta
APX Beretta
Beretta
21 Bobcat

Beretta
Beretta
21A Bobcat

Beretta
Beretta
3032 Tomcat Beretta
Beretta
950 Jetfire Beretta
Beretta
Nano Beretta
Beretta
Pico

Revolvers[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
Stampede Beretta
Beretta
Laramie

Shotguns[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
1200 Beretta
Beretta
1200 FP Beretta
Beretta
1201 Beretta
Beretta
1201FP Beretta
Beretta
AL390 Beretta AL391
Beretta AL391
Urika and Teknys Beretta
Beretta
Tx4

Beretta
Beretta
Tx4 Storm

Beretta
Beretta
1301

Beretta 1301
Beretta 1301
Comp Beretta 1301
Beretta 1301
Tactical

Beretta
Beretta
A400

Beretta
Beretta
A400 Xcel Beretta
Beretta
A400 Xtreme Unico Beretta
Beretta
A400 Xplor Action

Beretta
Beretta
A 300 Outlander Beretta
Beretta
A 350 Outlander Beretta
Beretta
SO4, SO5 and SO6 Beretta
Beretta
Xtrema Beretta
Beretta
Xtrema 2 Beretta
Beretta
Model A series Beretta
Beretta
UGB25 Xcel Beretta
Beretta
Folder Beretta
Beretta
Urika Beretta
Beretta
Urika 2 Beretta
Beretta
RS 202-M2 Beretta
Beretta
LTLX7000 Beretta
Beretta
470 Silver Hawk Beretta
Beretta
682 Berreta 692 Beretta
Beretta
DT-10 Beretta
Beretta
Silver Pigeon

Rifles
Rifles
and carbines[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
BM-59 Beretta 501
Beretta 501
(sporting rifle) Beretta
Beretta
Rx4 Storm Beretta
Beretta
AR70/90 Beretta
Beretta
AS70/90 Beretta
Beretta
AR-70/223 Beretta
Beretta
ARX 160

Submachine guns[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
Model 1918 Beretta
Beretta
Model 38

Beretta
Beretta
Model 38A Beretta
Beretta
Model 38/42 Beretta
Beretta
Model 38/44

Beretta Model 3
Beretta Model 3
– a postwar modification of the 38/42 Beretta M12
Beretta M12
series Beretta
Beretta
Mx4 Storm Beretta
Beretta
Cx4 Storm

Machine pistols[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
93R

Beretta 93R
Beretta 93R
"Auto 9"

Launchers[edit]

Beretta
Beretta
GLX-160

See also[edit]

Italy portal Companies portal

Beretta
Beretta
Holding List of modern armament manufacturers List of oldest companies

References[edit]

^ a b c d Grant, Tina (8 June 2001). International directory of company histories. Detroit, Mich: St. James Press. ISBN 9781558624443 – via FundingUniverse.  ^ a b Suro, Roberto (7 June 1987). "ITALY: HOST FOR THE ECONOMIC SUMMIT - A LAND OF FAMILY BUSINESSES; The Careful Aim of the Beretta Clan". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 August 2015. The Pentagon's 1984 decision to buy 320,000 Beretta
Beretta
92SB-F 9-millimeter pistols for use as a standard sidearm produced a pile of exceptional publicity for Beretta
Beretta
(which also supplies the Texas Rangers.)  ^ Anderson, Lisa (30 October 1990). "Still The Big Guns Of Weaponry". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 August 2015. Since 1526, The Beretta Family Has Been The World`s Most Fashionable Arms Supplier  ^ a b "U.S. Army Acquires Additional Beretta M9
Beretta M9
9mm Pistols". Shooting Illustrated. NRA. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2015. To date, Beretta
Beretta
has delivered over 600,000 M9 pistols, with 18,000 already scheduled for delivery under the new 5 year contract.  ^ a b c Alderson, Keanon (20 December 2011). "ADVICE: Longevity teaches family business lessons". The Press Enterprise. Riverside, CA. Retrieved 27 August 2015. Learn from a company that weathered bubonic plague, political intrigue, assassination attempts and World War II
World War II
to become a premier manufacturer in its industry segment  ^ "FABBRICA D'ARMI PIETRO BERETTA S.p.A. Today". Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta. Retrieved 1 September 2015. Passed down through 15 generations of the Beretta
Beretta
family, the company was already active in Gardone Valtrompia in the 1400s and its work has been documented since 1526.  ^ "Private Museum". Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta. Retrieved 1 September 2015.  ^ "Bartolomeo Beretta" Encyclopædia Britannica ^ " Beretta
Beretta
Since 1526". Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta. Retrieved 5 September 2015.  ^ Thomson, Candus (30 March 2001). "Same aim, for nearly 500 years". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing Company. Retrieved 28 August 2015.  ^ "Press Room : Gallery". Les Hénokiens - Association internationale d'entreprises familiales au moins bicentenaires. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  ^ " Beretta
Beretta
International". Beretta.com. Retrieved 2008-09-08.  ^ "Beretta's BM59: The Ultimate Garand" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 25, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2016.  ^ " Beretta
Beretta
BM 59 Semi Automatic Rifle". National Firearms Museum. NRA. Retrieved 27 August 2015.  ^ McClellan, Angus (12 November 2009). "The Beretta
Beretta
M9: 25 Years of Service". American Rifleman. NRA. Retrieved 30 August 2015.  ^ Humphries, Michael (27 February 2012). "Taurus PT 92". Shooting Illustrated. NRA. Retrieved 29 August 2015. Although that first pistol would look very different to anyone familiar with the current PT 92, it was quite similar in appearance to the existent Beretta
Beretta
Model 92.  ^ "Switching targets". The Economist. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 27 August 2015. Beretta
Beretta
has reinvented itself in the past decade, a change as dramatic as the reinvention of its most famous customer in 'Casino Royale', the latest Bond film.  ^ " Beretta
Beretta
Announces Limited Edition 92 Centennial Pistol". American Rifleman. NRA. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. The original Beretta
Beretta
Model 1915 was adopted by the Italian forces one month after Italy entered World War I.  ^ " Beretta
Beretta
and the M9A3: Update". American Rifleman. NRA. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. … Beretta
Beretta
submitted an Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) to its current contract the company calls the M9A3, which fulfilled many of the requirements set out for the looming Modular Handgun project.  ^ "Italian designed, American made, Iraq deployed". American Machinist. Penton. 13 Dec 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2005. Its pistols have been used in every major U.S. military engagement since the late 1980s, including both Iraq campaigns, in Bosnia, Panama and Afghanistan.  ^ Valsecchi, Piero (10 March 1985). "Italy-Based Beretta
Beretta
Has Made Weapons Since 1526 : Army Opts for James Bond's Handgun". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 27 August 2015. Beretta will begin production of the model for the U.S. military in its ancient factory in this northern region that has been the stronghold of Italy's arms industry since Roman slaves began working on metals and arms.  ^ Kennedy, Harold (October 2000). " Beretta
Beretta
9 mm Finds Niche In 'Low-Intensity' Missions". National Defense. NDIA. Retrieved 28 August 2015.  ^ Mizokami, Kyle (23 January 2017). "The Sig P320 is the U.S. Army's New Sidearm". Yahoo News. Retrieved 28 January 2017. After a two-year, $17 million dollar search involving 12 contestants, the U.S. Army has finally picked its first new handgun in 32 years. 

Further reading[edit] Wilson, R. L. (2000). The world of Beretta : an international legend. New York: Random House. ASIN 0375501495. ISBN 9780375501494. CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link) External links[edit]

Official website Beretta
Beretta
Defence Beretta
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USA Beretta
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Australia Beretta
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Factory Tour - Efficiency, Tradition, & Craftsmanship At Beretta's Plant I

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