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Beretta is one of the world's and it has been owned by the same family for some five hundred years. The Beretta company was established in 1526 when gunsmith Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta of (, , ) was paid 296 in payment for 185 by the . The bills of sale for the order of those firearms are in the firm's archives. Beretta manufactured and for the Italian military until the during . After the war Beretta continued to develop firearms for Italian army and police and for civilian market. In the eighties, Beretta enjoyed a renewal of notoriety in North America after its pistol got selected as service handgun for the US army under designation "".

The Beretta 92 (also Beretta 96 and Beretta 98) is a series of designed and manufactured by of . The model 92 was designed in 1972 and production of many variants in different calibers continues today. The replaced the pistol in 1985 with the . Although only 5000 copies of the original design were manufactured from 1975 to 1976, the design is currently produced in four different configurations (FS, G, D and DS) and three .

The Beretta 92 FS Brigadier (1993 - 2006) has a 60 grams (2.1 oz) and 1 mm (0.04 in) wider and heavier slide to improve recoil control when firing multiple shots in quick succession. It also includes removable front and rear sights.