Beretta, being the oldest corporation in the world, is also one of the oldest gun manufacturing companies. It is know for the wide variety of firearms that it produces. While many gun companies specialize in one type of gun production, Beretta is just as well known for its extremely high quality shotguns as for its service pistols.
The company is based in Italy but has production facilities in other countries as well. Many of the guns sold in the United States are made in the company's Accokeek, MD plant.
In the states the company is best known for its M9 service pistol. This handgun was chosen by the United States Army to replace the M1911A1 as the standard pistol to be issued to Army personnel. The Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard subsequently adopted the M9 as the pistol of choice shortly thereafter. The same gun, marketed as the Beretta 92FS, has garnered a cult following in civilian shooting circles as well.
The Beretta 92FS enjoyed early success in the law enforcement sector with many departments adopting the pistol because of its high magazine capactiy and broken firing pin safety mechanisim.
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While not a major player where military shotgun are concerned, Beretta is one of the top names in sporting shotguns. The company produces a full array of scatter guns including semi-automatic, over/under, and side-by-side versions. Some of these shotguns are considered to be works of art with prices running into the thousands of dollars.
Beretta is also known to be a "resourceful" company that has not been above borrowing the designs of other gun manufacturers and tweaking them enough to be resold without infringing on the patents of other companies. Case-in-point would be the Beretta BM-59 rifle which is closely tied to the U.S. M14.
Recently, the company has been producing "space-aged" designs such as the Cx4 Storm, U22 Enos, and the Px4 Storm which have received wide acclaim and acceptance by the shooting public.
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