The world's oldest firearms manufacturer has announced its plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Gallatin, Tenn.
In 1864, more and more repeating rifles-Spencers and “sixteen shooter” Henrys-made their way into Union units. The South was being overwhelmed by superior numbers and firepower. If 1863 was the year of the rifle-musket in America’s bloody Civil War, then 1864 was the year of the repeater.
While Beretta previously announced that it would expand its future manufacturing operations at a new Gallatin, Tenn., facility due to Maryland’s political climate—in particular oppressive gun laws—hings heated up with the announcement that ALL the company’s U.S. manufacturing will now move to the far-more-firearms-friendly (and business friendly) State of Tennessee.
Today American Rifleman's Mark Keefe is at Beretta USA in Accokeek, Md., doing something that no sitting governor of the state of Maryland has done: visit the plant that has manufactured the M9 pistol that has served the United States military since the 1980s.*