Nearly 500 Years of Success
The greatest success story regarding pistols is the fact that the American Armed Forces and State Police Forces started using the Beretta 92 series in 1985. Subsequently the French National Gendarmerie and Air Force also opted for a similar solution.
In 2002 an agreement was signed for the supply of 45,000 pistols (92FS) to the Spanish Guardia Civil. In the same year it also supplied about 40,000 pistols (92 series) to the National Turkish Police Force. In May a new contract was clinched for 18,744 pistols (92 series) to the US Air Force. In September 2007 another contract to supply the US Army and the US Air Force with10,576 pistols (series 92) was signed. In January, 2009 Beretta won the largest US military handgun contract since World War II to supply a total of 450,000 model 92FS pistols. In September 2012 – The US Army announced that Beretta USA has been awarded a contract for up to 100,000 92FS pistols.
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 ensued by frequent Beretta victories in major international competitions. It won medals at the Olympic Games of Rome (1960), Munich (1972), Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980), Los Angeles (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Beijing 2008 not to mention the numerous medals it has won at World Championships starting from 1978. At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Beretta confirmed its sports vocation by securing one gold, one silver and one bronze. Beretta competition shotguns have won more International Competitions than any other brand.