On top of that, some gunmakers never come through with guns they have promised. Prominent among these is Empire Rifles of Meriden, New Hamsphire, which makes high-end big-game rifles but seems unable to actually get one into my hands. Beretta is the most hopeless of all gun makers in this respect. Getting something from Beretta is like getting swift, effective action from FEMA, or the truth from the Bush Administration. Apparently there is no one there who can manage to take a carton off a shelf, put a label on it, and give it to UPS.