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Beretta History: How One of Biggest Firearms Brands Came to Be

By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 05:25 PM

Beretta's history is remarkable: founded in 1526, it has remained not only in continuous operation, it has been owned and managed for all of its 489 years by the Beretta family, for 15 generations.

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Beretta started as a one-man shingle in Italy in 1526, with Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta running the show. After competing with several other local firearm dealers, he was chosen to be the sole manufacturer of weaponry for the republic of Venice, Italy, and named master gun-barrel maker, affording him a level of respect and stature within the firearm community, according to the history of the company on Beretta.com.

For a good part of Beretta's history, the company only made gun barrels.  That changed under the leadership of Giuseppe Beretta. Upon taking over management in 1850, he lead the company to begin to manufacture entire guns, detailed on The Shooter's Log, the blog of cheaperthandirt.com

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Giuseppe's successor Pietro Beretta  modernized the business in the early 1900s by creating a hydroelectric plant, said The Shooter's Log. The length of Pietro's tenure is the stuff of legends: he began leadership in 1903 and helmed the firearms giant until his death in 1957.

First, Beretta supplied the Italian Royal Armies with all of the firearms for both WWI and WWII. During the course of WWII, the Beretta production facilities passed hands between the Italians, Germans, and Allies. Which means they were making a lot of guns.  "By the end of WWII, Beretta was making 4,000 Model 1915's a month," reported the Shooter's Log.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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