La Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta is one of the leading manufacturing companies in Italy firearms. Their firearms are used worldwide by civilians, police, and armies. Beretta is one of the oldest arms companies, and has been owned by the same family for five centuries. The Beretta company was established in 1526, when the master armorer Bartolomeo Beretta of Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia, Lombardy, Italy) paid 296 ducats for the purchase of 185 muskets to Arsenal of Venice.
In 1918, the Beretta Model 1918 was the second submachine gun the Italian army in the field. Beretta manufactured rifles and pistols for the military until the 1943 Armistice between Italy and Allied forces during World War II. With the Wehrmacht to the control of northern Italy, the Germans seized Beretta and continued producing arms until the German surrender in 1945 in Italy. At that time the exterior finish of the weapons was much lower than before the war, but their operation remained excellent.
After World War II, Beretta was actively involved in repairing the American M1 Garand rifles to U.S. Beretta modified the M1 for Beretta BM-59 rifle, which is similar to the M14 rifle, the gun dealers who reviewed the BM-59 concluded that exceeded the M14 rifle, it is more accurate.
Today, the company is owned and run by Ugo Gussalli Beretta (a direct descendant of Bartolomeo) and his sons, Franco and Pietro. Tradition father to son Beretta dynasty was interrupted when Ugo Beretta Gussalli assumed control of the company; Carlo was adopted Ugo, son of sister Giuseppina Gussalli.
Beretta is known for its wide range of firearms: shotguns, hunting rifles, rifles, assault rifles, machine guns, revolvers and semi-automatic pistols. The parent company, Beretta Holding, also owns Beretta USA, Benelli, Franchi, Sako, Stoeger, Tikka, Uberti, the Burris Optics company and a twenty per cent interest of the Browning arms company.
Almost five hundred years of proven working activity have enriched Beretta with enormous experience, allowing you to develop a specific and high technology in the field of precision mechanics. Eventually, of course, the factory has acquired greater dimensions: from the beginning of 1900 until today, the floor area of the establishment has grown from 10,000 to more than 76,000 square meters.
Beretta production (about 1,500 weapons a day) covers almost the entire range of small arms: overlapping and parallel hunting and shooting in different gauges and different trim levels, shotguns, rifles, express, semiautomatic pistols (from lime . shorted to 22 cal. 45 Auto), automatic military weapons. The sports production covers 90%. The export of sporting weapons and over 75% are attended by one hundred countries.
In the early 90s, Beretta added to its traditional sporting guns production of a complete line of accessories and textiles for hunting, shooting and spare time that is characterized by high technical-constructive and simple elegance. In 1995 it opened in New York, the first Beretta Gallery. Later would follow the Gallery in Dallas, Buenos Aires, Paris and Milan, to which he joined in December 2005 a new Gallery in central London. The line Beretta Clothing & Accessories is now present, in addition to major European armories and America, also in numerous shop-in-shop, specialized and designed to accommodate large areas exclusive Beretta.
The model Beretta 92FS was designated by the U.S. military under the designation M9. In 1985, Beretta was chosen after a controversial competition to produce the M9 9mm. Parabellum for the U.S. military, winning a contract for 500,000 pistols. A condition of the original agreement was domestic fabrication of the M9 pistol. The Beretta USA factory in Accokeek, Maryland, manufactures military guns, police and civilians.
Then also the “Gendarmerie Nationale” and “L’Armée de l’Air” (France) chose a similar solution. In 2002 it was agreed to supply 45,000 pistols to 92 FS Guardia Civil (Spain). During the same year he also launched the supply of 40,000 pistols series 92 to Turkish National Police. In May 2005 with a new contract to supply 18 744 92 series guns aimed at the U.S. Air Force.
The achievements in the defense sector are added also achieved in the sport. In Melbourne, in 1956, Beretta won his first Olympic gold medal in skeet shooting. Since then Beretta victories in major competitions have been happening frequently: collected gold medals at the Olympics in Rome (1960), Munich (1972), Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984) , Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) not to mention the numerous medals won at the World Championships since 1978. In the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing (2008) Beretta reconfirms its sporting vocation winning two gold medals and one silver. Beretta competition shotguns have won more international competitions than any other weapon.