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Beretta Firearms

Beretta firearms accepted its first customer order on 3 October, 1526 by Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta of Gardone, Italy. This makes Beretta the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world.

Beretta is owned by Beretta Holding S.p.A., which also owns Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger, Sako, Tikka, and Uberti Aldo & Company (a.k.a. Cimarron Arms).

Articles on Beretta Pistols

Target lite: the Beretta 87 Target is a sleek, flat, smooth to run and sweet to shoot, elegant little .22 pistol

The Beretta 87 Target is a heckuva gun. It’s roughly twice the price of a comparably equipped Neos, the “plastic” Beretta .22, but I think it’s more than twice the gun. Far more accurate, more “shootable” in many respects, and with vastly more of the old-world artistry in metal that has made q-u-a-l-i-t-y an optional spelling for B-e-r-e-t-t-a. Heck, I bought it, didn’t I?

21st century plinker: Beretta Neos U-22

Taking this hint, Beretta recently joined the ranks of major gun manufacturers who offer a simple target pistol chambered for the .22 LR, ideal for beginners and actually, even experts. The U-22 Neos is the inspired result of combining top-notch Beretta reliability with the artistic and practical talent of the Italian Giuguiro design firm. And, you can see it in the compelling, out-of-the-ordinary design of this pistol.

In the time of Billennium: is Beretta’s latest special occasion handgun as cool as it looks?

Beretta has built steel frame pistols before. Beretta has built single action semiautomatic pistols before. Beretta has built fancy guns before, some of them strikingly beautiful. All of these concepts come together in their latest, the Billennium.

Accurate Plating and Weaponry custom Beretta M92: This AP&W Beretta is proof positive that the 1911 is not the only service pistol fit for fine custom work

If someone had told me 10 years ago that I would be carrying a Beretta M92 on a daily basis, I would have chuckled. Nevertheless, the good qualities of the Beretta, both before and after custom work, are not easily dismissed. As a fighting handgun, the Beretta makes the grade. With a few improvements from Accurate Plating and Weaponry, it is a superb choice.

Beretta’s Fabulous .40’s

The racy, new Model 9000 is just the latest in a long line of respectable mid-caliber pistols from the biggest name in Italy. When a cartridge becomes popular, big gun companies don’t just chamber one handgun for it.

Articles on Beretta Shotguns

Franchi and Stoeger get Benelli’s inertia drive

There are some real pluses to being a gunmaking dynasty. Beretta now owns, among other companies, Benelli, Franchi and Stoeger and has taken the remarkable step of spreading Benelli’s inertia drive technology across the other brand lines.

Beretta Firearms Patents

Device for extracting and ejecting a cartridge case in a firearm

Interchangeable rib

Safety device for a breechblock of a firearm

Supplementary safety device for light firearms

Sear mechanism for firearms

Barrel balancing device for collapsible firearms

Butt pad made of composite material for firearms

Extendable end-plate for pistol magazines

Perfected mechanical safety device for light firearms such as semiautomatic rifles

Safety catch for pistols

Gas-flow device for automatic shotguns

Device for setting the stock angle for shotguns

Gas operated shotgun

Semiautomatic rifle with lateral feeding mechanism and ejection from below

Precision device for hand guns

Ten round magazine with fifteen round profile

Method of decorating parts of small firearms and resulting product

Ten round magazine with fifteen round profile

Device for coupling and releasing the trigger mechanism in the bascule of guns

Carrier-suitcase for sports guns their spare parts and equipment for the user

Precision mechanism for handguns

Tripping mechanism for semiautomatic and automatic firearms

Knife blade

Knife with folding gutting hook


Device to open and close the bolt in semiautomatic pistols

Automatic safety device for fire arms

Safety means for the bolt of automatic and semiautomatic pistols

Device for rapidly engaging and disengaging the trigger mechanism in the breech of a gun

Monotrigger mechanism for trapshooting guns

Decocking mechanism for pistol with automatic firing pin safety

Control device for rapid firing particularly automatic weapons

Removable handle with auxiliary sights for transporting automatic rifles

Retaining mechanism for rifle magazines

Gun barrel choke


Lever-type closing device for blocking and unblocking the barrel of automatic portable firearms

Multipositioned two-legged support for portable automatic weapons

Safety device for a pistol

Adjustable legs support for automatic weapons

Safety for an automatic pistol

Pistol with stock extension and auxiliary grip

Means for controlling rapid-fire in an automatic weapon

Double-barrel shotgun

Reversible sliding magazine latch for pistols

Beretta Firearms Manuals

Beretta Pistol Manuals

Series 950

3032 Tomcat


U22 Neos

PX4 Storm


8000 Cougar



87 Target


92 FS CO 2

92 Stock – 92 Combat

.22 LR Practice Kit

89 Standard

Beretta Revolver Manuals


Beretta Shotgun Manuals

A391 Xtrema2

AL391 Urika/AL391 Teknys

Over and Unders – Side by Sides

A391 3.5 Xtrema


UGB25 Xcel

Serie A 303


AL 390

1201 F/1201 FP

Beretta Carbine Manuals

Cx4 Storm

The carabine .22 LR

Books on Beretta Firearms

The World of Beretta: An International Legend
The World of Beretta: An International Legend

The oldest industrial firm and the oldest gunmaker in the world, Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, S.p.A., launches its 475th anniversary with the publication of this lavish history and celebration of a unique world of fine guns. Beretta remains under the stewardship of its founding family, headed now by Ugo Gussalli Beretta and his sons, Pietro and Franco. Today the Beretta line of firearms and accessories reigns as one of the few international brands symbolic of unsurpassed quality. But no other firm goes back so far in history, or reaches so many corners of the globe, as Beretta.

The Italian company stands supreme partly because it is on the cutting edge–of design, quality, manufacture, performance, and style. Through the centuries, the family has guided the company in the transition from specialist gun-barrel makers to, in Napoleonic times, creator of sporting firearms, later adding military and law-enforcement arms and importing arms by Colt, Remington, S&W, and Winchester, still later developing one of the first international industrial enterprises.

The Beretta line is the firearms enthusiast’s dream: self-loading pistols, rifles, and shotguns; bolt-action rifles; double-barrel over-and-under and side-by-side sporting rifles and shotguns; single-barrel trap guns; and from these, a refined line of premium-grade guns unsurpassed by any gunmaker in the world. All are created with the perfect melding of the most advanced, space-age, computer-generated production machinery, in concert with traditional hand craftsmanship, in the ancient gunmaking village of Gardone, Val Trompia.

In 1985, Beretta’s classic Model 92 pistol was adopted as the M9, the official U.S. Armed Forces sidearm, following extensive competition with the designs of other companies, sessions that subjected the pistol to the most rigorous tests. The Model 92 is the most widely used self-loading pistol in law enforcement and the military in the world today.

Beretta shooters dominate national, international, and Olympic shotgun competitions, and are a commanding factor in the rapidly developing world of sporting clays.

Gun Digest Book Of Beretta Pistols
Gun Digest Book Of Beretta Pistols

As the personal protection arena of the firearms industry continues to grow, resources devoted to choice protective handguns are at a premium. In The Gun Digest Book of Beretta, thorough specifications and articles on function and reliability provide valuable information for people researching self-protection options, handgun collectors and target-shooting enthusiasts.

With more than 500 years of gun-making history, the Beretta name is synonymous with solid craftsmanship. In the pages of this new release from the publishers of Gun Digest, readers get information including caliber, weight and barrel lengths for modern pistols. A review of the accuracy and function of all models of modern Beretta pistols give active shooters details needed to make the most of this popular firearm. More than 300 photographs, coupled with articles detailing the development of design and style of these handguns, create a comprehensive must-have resource.

Modern Beretta Firearms
Modern Beretta Firearms

This is a very well written and documented book regarding the oldest firearms manufacturing firm in the world.

Gangarossa presents very useful information in detail about the firm and the excellent firearms the firm produces, including the famed Beretta 92FS, other Beretta pistols, shotguns, rifles and even machineguns. Rather than simply listing their characteristics, Gangarossa explains their design origins, their development history and their miliary, police and commercial uses in great detail. He also provides his view of the successes and failures of Beretta’s arms.

Also worthy of mention is the most complete history of the M9 handgun trials (the US military trials to select a handgun to replace the aging M1911A1 Colt) and subsequent developments, which dispel many myths and misconceptions about how the Beretta 92FS became the M9.

1 thought on “Beretta Firearms”

  1. Beretta U22 Neos, is a near exact copy of O.O.Sunderland’s
    pistol which patented in 1958 and manufactured by
    “High Standart” as “Duramatic”.

    However, this, in fact, is a second copy of same pistol,
    since Colt had done it before “Beretta” with the name as

    Please look the power of an economical design…


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