There are a few documents available today which date the beginning of Bernardelli back in 1721. It was only in 1865 though that the founder,Vincenzo Bernardelli and his children, started to manufacture handguns for the army. In 1903 the company relocated to a bigger facility, when Bernardelli started to expand its offering including the hunting side by side shotguns which made the brand famous all over the world.
In the 80s and 90s next to the more traditional production of side by side shotguns, Bernardelli engineered and manufactured a new over and under shotgun and a new double stack handgun. After the long history production of various kind of weapons, at the end of the 90s Bernardelli relocated to a new facility just outside Brescia, and since then has focused on the production of semiautomatic shotguns, side by side shotguns, rifles, pump guns and only one model of handgun.