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Bernie Revering column: Beretta -- A firearms empire

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Beretta is the oldest manufacturer -- of anything -- in the world. There is no other industrial enterprise that has been in continuous operation for over five centuries. The beginnings of Beretta were in 1565, when the maker of cannon barrels started in business, with an order from the Republic of Venice. Fifteen generations of Beretta sons have been at the management of the factories which followed. Beretta has always been controlled by families of the same name.

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