Beretta pistols: A Brief history of the oldest gun company in the world.
Did you know, that Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, the world-famous Italian Beretta pistolsmanufacturer, is also the oldest active firearms manufacturer in the world? It’s no small coincidence that their guns are still as pumped full of life as they were when the company was founded, in 1526.
Beretta pistols are interesting not only because of their history, but because of their durability.
Some urban legends claim people have lost Beretta pistols while in battle and they’ve been excavated decades later and still fully function.
One of the most basic and widely used Berettas is the Beretta 92, which is available in many configurations each with a distinct model name to reduce confusion. The first two digits identify the caliber. So, for example, the 92 is chambered for th 9×19,, Parabellum. The 93 is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum also but is also capable of semi-auto, full auto or three round burst modes, so you can have a variety of ways to destroy your target. The 96 is chambered for the .40 S&W, which was introduced in 1990. The 98 is chambered for 9x21mm IMI, an option introduced in 1991 for markets where it is illegal to own a weapon chambered for a military cartridge such as 9×19mm – essentially, this is because of Italian laws.
Most notably, the Beretta 92FS, 18100 has a double-action first trigger pull, which is then followed by a single-action trigger pull for subsequent rounds. The “F” and “FS” models have a safety lever that also functions as a decocking lever. This gun was adopted by the US Army as the M9 pistol. It’s interesting tidbits like these juicy facts that have kept Beretta in business for so very long.