Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro
Beretta [ˈfabbrika ˈdarmi ˈpjɛtro
beˈretta] (literally, "Pietro
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 is also known for marketing shooting
clothes and accessories. Founded in the 16th century,
Beretta is the
oldest active manufacturer of firearm components in the world. 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.
Beretta has supplied weapons for every major
European war since 1650.
Beretta's sister company,
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. It lost the contract
3 Product lines
3.1 Semi-automatic pistols
Rifles and carbines
3.5 Submachine guns
3.6 Machine pistols
4 See also
6 Further reading
7 External links
16th Century map by
Giovanni Antonio Magini
Giovanni Antonio Magini of the Province of
Val Trompia is in the center. Map is oriented with West at
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 it came to be a center for the
manufacture of weapons. By the mid 16th century
Val Trompia had
forty ironworks, supplied by fifty mines and eight smelters. The
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).
Beretta forge was in operation from about 1500, although the
first documented transaction is a contract dated October 3, 1526 for
185 arquebus barrels, for which the Republic of
Venice was to pay 296
ducats to Maestro di Canne (master gun-barrel maker) Bartolomeo
Beretta (in Italian). The original account document for the order
of those barrels is now stored in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia (in
Italian) in Venice. By the end of the 17th century,
become the second largest gun barrel maker in Gardone.
Under the guild system, the knowledge of gun barrel fabrication that
was bequeathed to Jacopo (1520/25 – …) from his father Bartolomeo
(1490 – 1565/68) was then passed on to his own son Giovannino
(1550 – post 1577), and to his grandson Giovan Antonio (1577 –
post 1649) and so on until guilds were abolished by
his conquest of Venetian Republic in 1797.
Beretta has been owned by the same family for almost five hundred
years and is a founding member of Les Henokiens, an association of
bicentenary companies that are family owned and operated.
In 1918, the
Beretta Model 1918, one of the first submachine guns in
the world, was fielded by the Italian army.
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
continued producing arms until the 1945 German surrender in Italy.
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. The last shipment
of Type I
Venice for Japan in a
U-boat in 1942.
After World War II,
Beretta was actively involved in repairing the
American M1 Garands given to Italy by the U.S.
Beretta modified the M1
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
After the war,
Beretta continued to develop firearms for the Italian
Army and police, as well as the civilian market.
In the 1980s,
Beretta enjoyed a renewal of popularity in North America
Beretta 92 pistol was selected as the service handgun for
United States Army
United States Army under the designation of "M9 pistol".
In the 1970s,
Beretta also started a manufacturing plant in São
Paulo, Brazil. A contract between
Beretta and the Brazilian government
was signed, under which
Beretta 92s for the Brazilian
Army until 1980. Later this plant was sold to Taurus, who continues to
Beretta 92 under the name of PT92 using the same tools
and labour which
Beretta used, without the need for a license from
Beretta, since the design is based on the original
Beretta 92, for
which the patents are expired.
Beretta acquired several domestic competitors (notably Benelli and
Franchi) and some foreign companies (notably in Finland) in the late
Today, Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro
Beretta S.p.A) is run by Franco
Gussalli Beretta, President and CEO.
The traditional father-to-son
Beretta dynasty was interrupted when Ugo
Beretta assumed the firm's control; uncles Carlo and Giuseppe
Beretta were childless; Ugo married into the
Beretta family and
adopted the last name Beretta. His sons are now direct descendants
through their mother's side of the family.
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.
The parent company,
Beretta Holding, also owns
Beretta USA, Benelli,
Franchi, SAKO, Stoeger, Tikka, Uberti, and the Burris Optics company.
Beretta 92FS is the primary side arm of the United States
Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force, designated the M9 pistol.
Beretta was chosen after a controversial competition to
produce the M9, winning a contract for 500,000 pistols. A
condition of the original agreement was domestic fabrication of the
M9. After complaints from servicemen, the
Beretta M9 lost the
U.S. Army sidearm contract on January 19, 2017 to the 9mm version of
the Sig Sauer P320. 
Beretta M1915, M1919 and M1923
Beretta M 1934
Beretta M 1934 /
Beretta M 1935
Beretta M 1951
Beretta 70 series
Beretta 71 Jaguar
Beretta 72 Jaguar
Beretta 73, 74, 75
Beretta 100, 101, 102
Beretta 8000 Cougar
Beretta 8045 Cougar
Beretta Cougar Inox
Beretta Mini Cougar
Beretta 92FS Inox
Beretta 92FS Compact
Beretta 92FS Centurion
Beretta 92FS Brigadier
Beretta 92FS Brigadier Inox
Beretta 92G Elite 1A
Beretta 92G Elite II
Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm Compact
Beretta Px4 Storm
Beretta Px4 Storm Subcompact
Beretta U22 Neos
Beretta 21 Bobcat
Beretta 21A Bobcat
Beretta 3032 Tomcat
Beretta 950 Jetfire
Beretta 1200 FP
Beretta AL391 Urika and Teknys
Beretta Tx4 Storm
Beretta 1301 Comp
Beretta 1301 Tactical
Beretta A400 Xcel
Beretta A400 Xtreme Unico
Beretta A400 Xplor Action
Beretta A 300 Outlander
Beretta A 350 Outlander
Beretta SO4, SO5 and SO6
Beretta Xtrema 2
Beretta Model A series
Beretta UGB25 Xcel
Beretta Urika 2
Beretta RS 202-M2
Beretta 470 Silver Hawk
Beretta Silver Pigeon
Rifles and carbines
Beretta 501 (sporting rifle)
Beretta Rx4 Storm
Beretta ARX 160
Beretta Model 1918
Beretta Model 38
Beretta Model 38A
Beretta Model 38/42
Beretta Model 38/44
Beretta Model 3
Beretta Model 3 – a postwar modification of the 38/42
Beretta M12 series
Beretta Mx4 Storm
Beretta Cx4 Storm
Beretta 93R "Auto 9"
List of modern armament manufacturers
List of oldest companies
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^ 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 92SB-F 9-millimeter pistols for
use as a standard sidearm produced a pile of exceptional publicity for
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 9mm Pistols". Shooting
Illustrated. NRA. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 29 August 2015. To date,
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 family, the company was already active in
Gardone Valtrompia in the 1400s and its work has been documented since
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^ "Bartolomeo Beretta" Encyclopædia Britannica
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^ Thomson, Candus (30 March 2001). "Same aim, for nearly 500 years".
The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing Company. Retrieved 28 August
^ "Press Room : Gallery". Les Hénokiens - Association
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Retrieved 2 September 2015.
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 BM 59 Semi Automatic Rifle". National Firearms Museum. NRA.
Retrieved 27 August 2015.
^ McClellan, Angus (12 November 2009). "The
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
^ "Switching targets". The Economist. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 27
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 Announces Limited Edition 92 Centennial Pistol". American
Rifleman. NRA. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. The original
Beretta Model 1915 was adopted by the Italian forces one month after
Italy entered World War I.
Beretta and the M9A3: Update". American Rifleman. NRA. 3 February
2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. …
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
^ Valsecchi, Piero (10 March 1985). "Italy-Based
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
^ Kennedy, Harold (October 2000). "
Beretta 9 mm Finds Niche In
'Low-Intensity' Missions". National Defense. NDIA. Retrieved 28 August
^ 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.
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ISBN 9780375501494. CS1 maint: ASIN uses ISBN (link)
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