Val Trompia is a small valley in the Italian Alps surrounded by greenery where, because of its geographic conformation and its natural resources, weapons have been built since the dawn of time.
A valley which for centuries has been clinging to an ancient know-how. Gardone Val Trompia, a town of about 10 thousand inhabitants, is the Italian, European and World capital of firearms, where they produce 70% of small arms (Sporting/Hunting Firearms) manufactured in the entire European Union and 40% of World production.
The industrial district consists of 140 companies that export around the world generating a turnover of about 7 billion euros a year. 90% of the production is in fact destined for export, of which 45% to the United States and North America and 35% to the European Union countries.
At the forefront is the Beretta factory which has its origins here and maintains its headquarter in the center of Gardone. "The oldest industrial dynasty in the world", as it is often described, is today a holding company with twenty branches all over the world.
The roots of the Gardone Val Trompia armory tradition are linked to the characteristics of the territory, in particular to the presence of iron mines and the availability of water resources thanks to the river Mella that crosses the valley. Here we meet different faces of Italian industry: there is the mass production of the great mother Beretta, there is the craftsmanship of the vintage replicas, there is the luxury manufacture of small companies that make every year at most ten hunting rifles sold for one hundred thousand euro each, capable of attracting vips of various kinds in this valley: from crowned heads like the former king of Spain Juan Carlos up to artists such as Eric Clapton. All eager to buy the weapons of the Val Trompia.
From here come the Beretta Series 81, used by Al Pacino in Scarface, or the legendary Beretta 92, which replaced the Colt 1911 in the holster of the American army. Then there is the sport: at the last Olympic games in Rio, of the 133 athletes from 59 countries all over the world, 90% chose rifles made in Val Trompia.