Passed down through 15 generations of the Beretta family, the company’s work has been documented since 1526. Today, under the leadership of Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta and his sons, Franco and Pietro, Beretta embarks on the 3rd Millennium with the benefit of centuries of experience, allowing it to develop specific and superior technology in the field of precision mechanics.
In the 2011 financial year Beretta Holding reached a consolidated turnover of 481.8 million euro. Beretta's output is approximately 1,500 weapons a day and covers just about the entire range of portable weapons. An estimated 90% of Beretta’s production consists of sporting firearms, with more than 75% of its arms being exported to about one hundred countries. The Beretta Clothing & Accessories line is sold in leading gun shops in Europe and America.
The production departments feature fully automated work centres and highly qualified craftsmen, a prerequisite for achieving the degree of precision and high quality contemplated by its design projects. The design department has advanced systems for calculating pressure by using the finite elements method. The laboratories are equipped for research in impulsive-dynamics applied to the weapon-ammunition system, for metallographic analyses and fatigue tests.
Beretta has been supplying firearms to the Armed Forces and Police Corps of Italy and numerous other countries for many years. In April 2007 a contract to supply the model Px4 Storm pistol to the Canada Borders Services Agency was signed. The American Armed Forces and State Police Forces started using the Beretta 92 series in 1985.
Beretta's success in the Defense and Law Enforcement realms is matched by its success in competitive shooting sports. Beretta won its first Olympic Gold medal in clay pigeon shooting in Melbourne in 1956. At the London 2012 Games, Beretta secured one gold, a silver and a bronze. Beretta competition rifles have won more International Competitions than any other rifle.
Industriousness, inventiveness, traditional methods, attention to the needs of its customers and its craftsmen, as well as ongoing research, technological improvement and state-of-the-art manufacturing methods are the foundation on which Beretta has built its image.