Joesph Modi owned a Beretta BM59 which he had bought for nostalgia's sake after looking through Shotgun News. He had also bought about a thousand rounds of ammo for the gun. After the Ring of Fire, knowing that he would eventually die from his diabetes, Joseph decided to leave the BM59 to his grandson Josh Modi, thinking that he might give it to Grantville's army. After Joseph's death, Josh kept the rifle. In July of 1631, he gave it to Louis de Geer as a gift, thinking that it might help him convince potential investors in their planned steel company that Grantville was real.