Official List of Beretta Models Made Since 1526
Known officially as Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta, the successful Italian firearm manufacturer has been around since 1526, being one of the oldest companies in this industry. It operates in a few different countries, while its firearms are used all over the world.
Many weapons are sold for civilians, but others are specifically made for military and law enforcement professionals. Sporting firearms are more popular than most others, accounting for about 75% of the total sales.
Back in 1526, Beretta models started with arquebus barrels. While records from back then are not 100% clear and accurate, it’s believed the company managed to arm most of the Venetian fleet. Ever since 1650, Beretta has been involved in every big European war.
Over its incredibly long history, the list of Beretta pistols is clearly huge. Some firearms or certain Beretta types of guns have never really made it big tough. All in all, here are all Beretta models ever made and their characteristics.
Revolvers are clearly worth being mentioned, yet Beretta hasn’t excelled in this category. In fact, it has only made three revolvers.
- Stampede is similar to Colt’s Peacemaker. However, Stampede can safely carry six round magazines. It’s available in three finishes, as well as different grips. It has more variants, such as Old West, Old West Marshal, Buntline Carbine, Gemini, Philadelphia, Deluxe, Inox, and Bisley.
- Laramie is based on the Smith & Wesson Model 3. It comes with an automatic safety to prevent accidental discharge. It can take .45 Long Colt and .38 Special cartridges, so it’s quite versatile. The rear sight is adjustable.
- Manurhin MR73 works with two cartridges, .357 Magnum and .38 Special. It’s a French made revolver, both single and double action. It has been in production since 1972 and comes with more variants, such as MR 32 Match or MR 38 Match. Different variants use different calibers.
Beretta hasn’t paid too much attention to machine pistols. However, there are two such Beretta models out there.
- M915R works with the 9x19mm caliber and was initially produced between 1949 and 1980. It wasn’t available to civilians, as it was only available to military forces. Italian military forces adopted it as Modello 1951. Some variants include Helwan and M951 Brigadier, among others.
- 93R is a selective fire unit. Like the M915R, it was created for police and military forces. It was made between 1979 and 1993. The pistol is based on the original Beretta 92 design, but has a few extras. The R stands for Raffica, which defines its burst shooting features.
There are a few categories of firearms that make Beretta stand out and semi-automatic pistols represent its main production line. The Beretta pistol models list includes dozens of different models and variants.
- Model 1915 is a classic, made between 1915 and 1930. It was used in both world wars, with over 70,000 units produced. Variants include M1915, M1915/17 and M1915/19.
- M1923 was in service between 1923 and 1945. It was produced for the Italian army, but the government purchased less than 30% of the total production of about 10,000 units.
- 418 is one of the easiest firearms to conceal due to its size. It uses the 6.35x15mmSR caliber and was produced between the 1920s and the 1950s.
- M1934 is a semi-compact unit made between 1934 and 1991 in more than a million units. It’s one of the most popular firearms in the list of Beretta pistols.
- M1935 uses the .32 ACP caliber and was quite popular as well, produced between 1935 and 1967 in more than 500,000 units.
70 came out as a replacement for the M1935, so it had a few improvements as well. This gun gained notoriety for being featured in the cinema industry. Each new model in the series had different sizing standards. Altogether, the pistols used more cartridges, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, and .22 LR.
Variants are quite varied, but the top ones include:
- 71 Jaguar
- 72 Jaguar
- Cheetah is known as 81 too. The blowback pistol relies on more cartridges, depending on the variant, such as .32 ACP, .38ACP, and .22LR. Variants include 84, 85, 86, 87, and 89. One of them is known as Cougar, but the 8000 series has also been advertised under the same name.
- 8000 came out in 1994. It uses the .40 S&W cartridge and is known for its accuracy and reliability. Known as Cougar, it has more variants, like 8045 Cougar, Cougar Inox, and Mini Cougar.
- 90 has been produced in more variants, some of them ultra modern and with many futuristic features. Some variants include 92X or 92X RDO, which was introduced in 2021. M9A4 and 92G Elite LTT are not to be overlooked either.
- 9000 is a compact unit designed for civilians. It runs with .40 S&W or 9x19mm cartridges. It offers fixed sights, as well as a bit of adjustability in the finger rest. The pistol has four variants and two different calibers.
92 is one of the Beretta types with the highest variety. The original unit was introduced in 1976. It was brought into armed forces from more countries, such as Italy and the USA. More than 3.5 million units have been produced so far and it’s still being made.
Some of the most popular types of Berettas in this series include:
- 92S, as a requirement from some law enforcement agencies
- 92SB was also known as 92S-1
- 92F is an upgraded version of 92SB
- 92FS is an upgrade that replaced a problem associated with the slide
- M9A1 in 9mm and .22 LR
- Wilsom Combat 92G Brigadier Tactical
- Elite LTT – Langdon Tactical
- 92X Performance
Even the 93R machine pistol is often considered a variant of 92. Plus, Beretta 92 has been copied by other manufacturers too, mainly in Brazil, Egypt, South America, and Turkey. These days, forces from more countries rely on it.
Beretta 92 is also known as Beretta 96 and Beretta 98. There are no differences between them, but when shopping, you may find the same firearm under a different name. All these names refer to the same unit, which is one of the most popular releases among all Beretta models.
Px4 Storm is built for both civilians and military forces. It borrows the short recoil mechanism from 8000, while the safety and trigger are taken from 92. It’s in production since 2004 and uses 9x19mm Parabellum, .45 ACP, and .40 S&W cartridges.
There are more Beretta models under the Px4 Storm umbrella:
- Type C
- Type D
- Type F
- Type G
- Px4 Subcompact
- Px4 Compact
- Px4 Compact Carry
- Px4 Storm Special Duty
- U22 Neos relies on the .22 LR caliber. It has a few upgrades in different variants. There’s a deluxe model, as well as a carbine conversion kit.
- APX was introduced in 2016 and quickly became a series with more models, all of them using .40 S&W, 9x19mm NATO and 9x21mm IMI cartridges.
- 21 Bobcat is a pocket pistol with a wide grip. It uses the .22 LR and .25 ACP cartridges. Produced since 1984, it’s the successor of Model 20. Bobcat 21A is its main variant.
- 3032 Tomcat is chambered in the .32 ACP cartridge. Produced since 1996, it’s very simple to conceal. The family also includes 3032 Tomcat Inox.
- 950 Jetfire is part of a long line of small and compact pistols. It was produced for more than 50 years, until 2003. It comes in .25 ACP and .22 Short calibers.
- BU 9 Nano is a micro compact pistol in the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. It was made between 2011 and 2019.
- Pico was made with the same purpose, concealed carry. Made since 2013, it’s been officially discontinued by Beretta. It uses the .380 ACP caliber.
Apart from the Beretta handgun models, it’s worth noting that the Italian firearm manufacturer has also focused on shotguns. It mainly created simple, but reliable and durable shotguns.
- 1200 was mainly produced during the early 1990s and was specifically created with self-defense purposes in mind. Some armed forces adopted it too. It also has a few variants, such as 1200 FP.
- 1201 was similar and many saw it as an upgrade from 1200. More variants were produced, such as 1201F for sports and hunting and 1201FP for armed forces.
- AL390 is a semi-automatic unit with a 12 gauge barrel. Five variants were made for it, gold sporting, 20 gauge sporting, 20 gauge youth edition sporting, sporting, and the original.
- AL391 follows similar rules. The semi-automatic unit is considered one of the best in its category. It’s chambered for 12 or 20 gauge and it comes in more variants, like Urika, Xtrema, and Teknys.
- Tx4 and Tx4 Storm are similar. They shouldn’t be confused with the pistol and carbine using the same name. They are chambered for 12 gauge and come with lots of adjustability.
- 1301 is gas operated. The semi-automatic unit is chambered for 12 gauge and comes with two designs, one for sports and the other one for military and civilian uses. Variants include Comp and Tactical.
- A400 is a family of shotguns used for clay shooting, waterfowl, upland adventures, and even civilian uses. Based on the Beretta Wiki, there are quite a few variants, with Xcel, Xtreme Unico, Xtreme Plus, and Xplor Action being the top ones.
- A 300 Outlander is a soft shooting unit known for its reliability and simplicity. The cylinder and piston feature a self cleaning mechanism.
- A 350 Outlander is similar to A 300 Outlander from many points of view, but it comes with a few upgrades for reliability.
- SO4 is one of the most reliable shotguns. If well looked after, it can work like new for more than 100,000 shots. SO5 and SO6 are similar in features.
- Xtrema has been engineered as a new unit, with well-built mechanisms, solid materials, and a ballistically solid design.
- Xtrema 2, also known as A391-Xtrema2 is a semi-automatic unit available in a few variants. It’s mainly popular among hunters and target shooters.
- UGB25 Xcel is a 12 gauge shotgun, known for soaking recoil up without too much hassle. It’s known for its reliability and trouble-free operation for years.
- Folder has a self explanatory name. It’s one of the few types of Berettas that can fold. Like other shotguns in this range, it offers great reliability.
- Ultraleggero was designed in 2021. It is made of steel and is often considered a replacement for the discontinued Ultralight shotgun.
- RS 202-M2 is a 12 gauge shotgun. It normally runs with 2.75 inch shells, yet it’s known for running with three inch Magnum rounds too.
- LTLX7000 is a pump action unit. It’s been created as an experimental model. Furthermore, it’s not lethal.
- 470 Silver Hawk is a 12 gauge unit. It is well built and reliable, but it also comes with excellent engineering. The finish makes it stand out.
- 682 is known by more names, depending on its evolution. Some refer to it as 682 Gold E, but 682 Gold and S682 are also some common names. It has been in production since 1984.
- 692 is yet another 12 gauge available in a couple of different variants. The trigger is slightly adjustable.
- DT-10 is probably the most popular over and under shotgun among all Beretta models. Made between 2000 and 2014, it is one of the few units with a detachable trigger.
- DT-11 is an exclusive series with a reliable cross-bolt locking system. It has a durable and classic finish, as well as interchangeable barrel locking shoulders.
- Silver Pigeon is a stunning mix of performance and beauty. The double barrel shotgun is mainly used in hunting and sports.
Other shotguns produced by Beretta include Model A and Bellmonte Due, but they’ve never made it big.
Carbines and rifles
Apart from the popular Beretta 9mm models, the firearm manufacturer has also designed several types of rifles.
- BM-59 was introduced in 1959 as an automatic battle rifle. It uses the 7.62x51mm NATO. It came out in a few variants, some for civilians and some for military forces. Variants include Mark I, II, III, and IV, as well as BM62 and BM69 for civilians.
- 501 is a sporting sniper rifle introduced in 1985. It was built for military forces only and it was quickly adopted by Italians and other European countries. It uses the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge.
- Rx4 Storm has been in production since 2005 and uses the 5.56x45mm NATO and .223 Remington cartridges. Certain tests have been made with other cartridges too. It’s a semi-automatic unit with iron sights.
- Cx4 Storm is a pistol caliber unit using a few different cartridges, 9x19mm Parabellum, 9x21mm IMI, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. The straight blowback rifle has a few variants, with Mx4 Storm being the main one. The variant is made for military forces only.
- BRX1 is one of the most revolutionary hunting rifles out there. It has a linear reloading system and brings in some of the newest innovations coming from Beretta. It’s also known for the reversible ambidextrous linear bolt.
Beretta didn’t excel when it came to assault rifles. However, there are a few Beretta models out there worth some attention.
- AR70/90 is chambered for 5.56×45 NATO. It can be enhanced with a rifle grenade and it’s the most common service rifle for the Italian army. It also has grenade sights.
- AS70/90 is based on the AR70/90 is a light rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm NATO. It can fire 800 rounds per minute. Only a few units have been made and not for civilians.
- AR-70/223 is one of the oldest assault rifles produced by Beretta. It’s actually the AR70/90 model, but redesigned with a few extra features.
- ARX 160 is a modular rifle introduced in 2008 as an advanced solution for Italian military forces. It was designed in 2008 and it went into service straight away.
- ARX 200 is chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO. It’s also a modular unit and was introduced in 2015, still very popular today.
Beretta models are quite varied and submachine guns were also targeted, with quite a few interesting releases.
- Model 1918 is a self loading carbine in service since 1918. While rare today, it was renowned for its effectiveness and simplicity. Variants include Mod.1918/30 and MIDA. It’s been commonly used by military forces in more countries.
- Model 38 was produced for the Royal Italian Army for World War II. It was introduced in 1938 and chambered for 9x19mm M1938. Overtime, it went through a series of variants, such as 1938A, 1938/42, 1938/43, 1938/44, 1938/44 Special Model 1, a few types of 1938/49 and Model 5.
- Model 3 didn’t bring in too much innovation. It was an upgraded version of a Model 38 variant, 1938/42. It kicked in after World War II and didn’t have any significant updates.
- M12 is a submachine gun chambered for 9x19mm Parabellum. It’s produced under license in more countries and it’s still in use in military forces from more countries.
- PMX is chambered in the same caliber. It was designed in the early 2010s and there are currently more than 8,500 units on the market. It was presented as a replacement for the M12 by the Italian authorities in 2017.
A variant of Cx4 Storm is also designed as a submachine gun.
Apart from all these, Beretta has also developed GLX-160. The grenade launcher can’t be used independently, but along with ARX 160.
Bottom line, these are all the types of Berettas out there, as well as the Beretta models for each category. The Italian manufacturer has a few subsidiaries, while some of its firearms are produced under license by other companies.
It’s gained most of its popularity with its wide range of pistols, in all shapes and sizes. However, like its competition, it has also evolved towards other groups of firearms too, such as rifles and shotguns.