|Description: Has Beretta been around a while? WOW Established in 1526, Beretta has been owned by the same family for almost five hundred years. It is the oldest firearms manufacturer in the world. Today the company is owned and run by Ugo Gussalli Beretta, a direct descendant of the original founders. In the U.S. Beretta’s most popular “claim to fame” would probably be the adoption of the Beretta 92 pistol as the service handgun for the U.S. army. The Army desiginated it as the M9. Today Beretta owns and manufacturers Benelli, Franchi, SAKO, Stoger, Tikka, Uberti, and Burris optics. The 92FS Beretta and the PX4 Storm are both very popular hanguns in the U.S.