Current manufacturer located in Brescia, Italy since 1526. The company name in Italy is Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta. Beretta U.S.A. Corp. was formed in 1977 and is located in Accokeek, MD. Beretta U.S.A. Corp. has been importing Beretta Firearms exclusively since 1980. 1970-1977 manufacture was imported exclusively by Garcia. Beretta is one of the world's oldest family owned industrial firms, having started business in 1526. In addition to Beretta owning Benelli, Stoeger, and Franchi, the company also purchased Sako and Tikka Companies in late 1999, Aldo Uberti & Co. in 2000, Burris Optics in 2002, and Steiner International Optics. Beretta continues to be a leader in firearms development and safety, and shooters attest to the reliability of their weapons worldwide.
Beretta Shotguns are manufactured in two grades. Field guns and Sporting guns. The sporting models are also synonymous with Competition Grade guns. Field guns often lack the second sight bead found on sporting guns. Sporting guns often have lengthened forcing cones for lighter recoil. These and other features is what makes the sporting guns more desirable and often more expensive than field guns.
Field guns and Sporting guns often carry similar names. Rather, many models are produced in both field grade and sporting grade.
Beretta also manufactures varying styles of actions from the popular Over/Under break open models, Side by Side break open model, to the Autoloader. Each has its own advantage and disadvantage. See our catalog for the various models and styles of P. Beretta Shotguns.