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Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta is a major Italian firearm manufacturing company. Its firearms are used world-wide by civilians, police, and armies. Beretta is one of the world's oldest corporations, it has been owned by the same family for some five hundred years. The Beretta company was established in 1526, when gunsmith Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta, of Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia, Lombardy, Italy), was paid 296 ducats in payment for 185 arquebus barrels by the Arsenal of Venice. The bills of sale for that firearms order are in the firm's archives.
In 1918, the Beretta Model 1918 was the second submachinegun the Italian army fielded. 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 and continued producing arms until the 1945 German surrender in Italy. In that time, the exterior finish of the weapons was much inferior to both the pre-war and mid-war weapons, but their operation remained excellent. In 1938, Imperial Japanese Navy officers of the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces went to Italy to buy arms. Japanese small-arms production then was almost exclusively for the Japanese Army. Beretta was one of three Italian arms makers who produced 60,000 to 120,000 rifles for the Special Landing Forces. The rifle, denominated the "Type "I" rifle by the Japanese, was a Carcano action rifle set in a two-piece Japanese-style wood stock, and was chambered for the 6.5mm x 50mm Japanese rifle cartridge. Per Beretta International's web site, the last shipment of Type I rifles left Venice for Japan in a U-Boat in 1942.
After World War II, Beretta was actively involved in repairing the American M1 Garand rifles given to Italy by the U.S. Beretta modified the M1 into the Beretta BM-59 rifle, which is similar to the M14 battle rifle; armourers consider the BM-59 rifle superior to the M14 rifle, because it is more accurate.
Today, the company is owned by Ugo Gussalli Beretta, a direct descendant of Bartolomeo, and is run by him and his sons, Franco and Pietro. (The traditional father-to-son Beretta dynasty was interrupted when Ugo Gussalli Beretta assumed the firm's control; uncles Carlo and Giuseppe Beretta were childless; Carlo adopted Ugo, son of sister Giuseppina Gussalli, and named him a Beretta.)
Beretta is known for its broad range of fire arms: side-by-side shotguns, over-and-under shotguns, self-loading shotguns, hunting rifles, express rifles, assault rifles, submachine guns, lever bolt-action rifles, single-action revolvers, double-action revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols. The parent company, Beretta Holding, also owns Beretta USA, Benelli, Franchi, SAKO, Stoeger, Tikka, Uberti, and a twenty per cent interest of the Browning arms company. Beretta products are reputed well-made, durable, and reliable.
This pistol is the official sidearm of several first world armies. The 92FS model is the official sidearm of the United States military, designated the M9 Pistol.
In 1985, Beretta was chosen after a controversial competition to produce the M9 9mm Parabellum sidearm for the U.S. military, winning a contract for 500,000 pistols. A condition of the original agreement was domestic fabrication of the M9 military pistol. The Beretta USA factory, in Accokeek, Maryland, manufactures military, police, and civilian pistols.
- Beretta M1915
- Beretta M1934 / 1935
- Beretta M1951
- Beretta Mini Pistols
- Beretta 70
- Beretta 80 Models
- Beretta 90
- Beretta M92 Models
- Beretta 96 Models
- Beretta 8000 Models
- Beretta 9000 Models
- Beretta Px4 Storm
- Beretta 90-TWO Models
- Beretta M9A1
- Beretta 93R
- M9 Pistol
- Beretta Model 75
Beretta mini pistolsEdit
Beretta is also well known in hunting circles for their shotguns.
- Beretta 1201FP
- Beretta DT-10
- Beretta 682
- Beretta 686
- Beretta Silver Pigeon Series
- Beretta AL391 Urika and Teknys (Semi-Auto)
- Beretta SO4 and SO5
- Beretta Xtrema
- Beretta Xtrema 2
- Beretta 687
- Beretta Model A series
Beretta rifles and carbinesEdit
Beretta submachine gunsEdit
- Beretta Model 1918
- Beretta Model 38/42
- Beretta Model 3 - a postwar modification of the 38/42
- Beretta Model 12 series
Beretta machine gunsEdit
- FN Minimi, manufactured under Fabrique Nationale de Herstal license, for use by the Italian Armed Forces.
Beretta Air PistolsEdit
- Beretta Air Pistol Model M92N
- Beretta Air Pistol Model M92B
- Beretta XX-TREME Air Pistol- Tactical
- Anics A-9000S Beretta Air Pistol
- Beretta Elite II BB Pistol