Beretta Blog

7 Reasons to Hunt Rice Fields for Ducks

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 17, 2017 2:05:40 PM

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Last year I passed up my annual Louisiana waterfowl hunt to join Beretta and Sako on an epic journey to Finland and Russia. While that trip has trumped all other birthday events, I have fond memories of cutting birds from the Southern skies on the date of my birth celebration.

For multiple years I headed south to the warmer, humid temperatures to take aim at the mini-F14-like Blue Winged Teal. If you haven’t partaken in the hunt, I must warn you that it’s an addicting one. While I’m not a fantastic shot at the zinging orange clay targets at the range, I’ve become quite proficient at blasting the little speed demons from the sky.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Shoot Accurate or Shoot Fast?

Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 11, 2017 9:06:33 AM

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I was shooting a defensive pistol match at my home club. The guy who’d set up this stage was clearly a masochist because the stage was designed to create an opportunity for failure. Defensive pistol matches are scored on the basis of the lowest time with penalties for misses and serious penalties for shots that hit "hostages." The course of fire required the competitor to fire two shots at three targets with only the head and shoulders of the USPSA target visible behind a hostage. This was repeated at three, five, and seven yards. This meant the only way to shoot the stage clean was to make head shots only.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Five Mistakes Rookies Make During Early Teal Season

Posted by Derrek Sigler on Aug 9, 2017 2:17:46 PM

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For many of us, our first crack at duck hunting every year comes from those tasty, winged speedsters – teal. It is a great way to kick off a long waterfowl season and is a lot of fun. With more states adding early teal hunts, and the popularity of duck hunting still rising, there are a lot of newcomers to the hunt headed to the waterways this year. While you can screw things up and still luck into a good hunt, there are plenty of ways a rookie can foul up a teal season. Heck, even a seasoned waterfowling expert can mess things up, so a refresher may just be in order.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Duck

Top 5 Reasons Hunters Should Always Use Hearing Protection

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 7, 2017 11:01:34 AM

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We all know the gun range mantra of “eyes and ears” and, when we’re at the shooting range, many of us wear this protection without fail. However, it is not uncommon for a hunter to head to the woods without hearing protection in place.

I’ll raise my hand and say I am one of them. Hunters spend hours sitting in a blind or walking in the upland fields not knowing when or if a shot will ever be fired. Muffling noise for those limited times when you shoot means every other minute when you’re NOT firing sounds like you are under water.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Hunting

How To Add a Suppressor to Your Beretta Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 3, 2017 3:44:59 PM

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I think those Simon and Garfunkel guys were onto something with The Sound of Silence. Even though shooting suppressed handguns isn’t anything like it’s portrayed in the movies, it’s a whole new experience that offers not only a whole lot less noise but more enjoyable shooting characteristics.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Waterfowl Hunters and the Farm Bill

Posted by Mia Anstine on Aug 1, 2017 1:24:11 PM

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As a waterfowl hunter and a farmer my ears perk up when I hear mention of the Farm Bill.

I’ve been working on the areas on my property that entice these birds. However, I tend to let my place rest and have found other great locations to hunt ducks. While I’d like to tell you my favorite spots, we all know those sites are sacred. Some of these places are on public land, and others are on private leases. One of my favorite waterfowl locations is in the marshes of Louisiana. Another is in the rice fields of Mississippi. Come to think of it, the cattail-covered banks of a Minnesota lake is a fantastic location as well.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck

Four Reasons to Love the .260 Remington

Posted by Preston Bankson on Jul 31, 2017 11:30:46 AM

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I’m a rifle geek. There, I said. You know the first step is to admit you have an issue.

When it came time to buy (yet another) rifle, I had a few desires:

  • A cartridge that would support my hunting passions and be relevant for the type of game in my area of the Southeastern United States.
  • An affordable solution, both for the rifle itself and for the rifle ammo cost over time. I’m an avid reloader, so I was less concerned about the per-round manufactured cartridge cost as long as components were readily available at reasonable cost. We’ll get more into this later.
  • A good long range platform that would allow me to shoot at long distance for fun, science, and long-range competitions.
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Topics: Reloading, Rifle Shooting

The Beginning Wingshooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Jul 20, 2017 1:10:10 PM

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I watched from my position on the dove field as Trey stepped out from behind the blind and raised his 20-gauge shotgun. The dove came in close and turned slightly. The gun came up smoothly, and I saw the feathers fly before I heard the report. The dove plummeted to the ground, and I watched eight-year-old Trey do a celebratory victory dance. He’d taken his first dove. He got two more that day.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland

How To Buy A Suppressor

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 18, 2017 9:30:06 AM

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Whether you’re a rifle aficionado, pistol enthusiast, or both, suppressors just might spoil you rotten. I can speak for most suppressor users when I say, “Once you shoot suppressed, you never go back.”

Why? While a suppressor doesn’t completely silence the noise of a gunshot, it reduces the sound to tolerable, and often hearing safe, levels. A day at the range is a lot more fun without being subjected to the sound of Thor’s Hammer every time you pull the trigger. Additionally, suppressors tend to smooth out recoil. While energy is energy and recoil is still present, suppressors dampen the feel. Since their purpose is to tame the sudden release of hot gases from the muzzle, you’ll feel a much more mellow sensation.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Other, Dynamic Shooting

Five Ways the Shooting Range Helps with Hunting

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 7, 2017 10:59:32 AM

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With hot summertime temperatures, some might be surprised that we’ve already got our sights focused on waterfowl and upland hunting season. There are those out shooting summer leagues at the shotgun range and others who are booking September teal hunts, November pheasant hunts, and January goose pursuits. As many approach the stand at the range, they think of their scores, winning a shoot, or how to prepare for hunting season.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck