Makers of some of the most revered firearms on the market and a company with international name recognition, Beretta turns 495 on Oct. 3.

As noted by the company, "In 1526, Mastro Bartolomeo Beretta (1490-1565/68) of Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia, Italy, received 296 ducats as payment for 185 arquebus barrels sold to the Arsenal of Venice. Although there is a history of Beretta products’ production in the 1500s, this particular moment in our history is the first documented sale of Beretta products in the known world, and it is the foundational point from which our company began its commanding presence in the firearms manufacturing industry."


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The Oct. 3, 1526, arquebus paperwork. (Photo: Beretta) 

Now pushing ever closer to the 500-year mark, Beretta is known for more than just their barrels. 

Its Model 92 and companion M9 handgun lines continue to expand while the 21st Century APX polymer-framed pistols have grown in popularity. 

When it comes to shotguns, the company makes any number of excellent double-barrel field and trap guns while the Model 1301 is one of the most reliable tactical shotguns in history. 

Beretta's rifles currently in production include the ultra-modern ARX-100 in 5.56 NATO and the futuristic CX4 pistol caliber carbine. 

Here's to another 495!

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