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Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A.




Phone: +39 030 8341 1
Fax: +39 030 8341399
Address: Via Pietro Beretta, 18, 25063 Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy
Geocode: 45.6903;10.1834


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Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. (or Beretta) is a major Italian gun manufacturing company.

Beretta's weapons are used extensively by civilians, police and militaries all over the world.

Beretta is famous for its large product range that includes side by side shotguns, over and under shotguns, self-loading shotguns, hunting rifles, express rifles, assault rifles, sub-machine guns, lever action rifles, single action revolvers, double action revolvers and pistols.



Beretta is also a partner of Fabrique Nationale de Herstal.

Beretta is famous for their 92FS 9 mm Luger pistol, which has seen much exposure in American action movies, such as the Lethal Weapon series. That gun has at various times been the official sidearm of several first world armies.


Beretta pistols

  • Beretta Mini Pistols
  • Beretta 80 Models
  • Beretta 92 Models
  • Beretta 8000 Models
  • Beretta 9000 Models

Beretta is also well-known in hunting circles for their shotguns, often embellished with exquisite handcarved stocks and frames.



Beretta is the world's oldest corporation, and has been owned by the same family for nearly half a millennium.

The Beretta company was founded in 1526 when a Venice gunsmith, Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta received a large order for musket barrels for the city's arsenal; the payment receipt for this order still exists in the company's archives. Today, generations later, the company is owned by Ugo Gussalli Beretta, a direct descendant of the original Bartolomeo, and is run by him and his sons, Franco and Pietro.

In 1985, Beretta was chosen during a controversial selection process to produce the M9 9 mm Luger sidearm for the United States military. They won a contract for 500,000 units.


External links

  • Beretta Defence
  • Beretta USA website
  • Beretta owners Forum
  • Berettaworld information site
  • Berettaweb information site
  • Largest Beretta Collection Outside the Factory
  • Photos and information about current production Beretta pistols
  • Photos and information about Beretta shotguns


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