Beretta Blog

Tap/Rack as a Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Apr 5, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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Today, it seems there are more trainers than there were shooters just a few years ago. Many train by teaching sound principles that apply to the real world while others tend to make their training sessions look like a Special Forces exercise, with students rolling around under cars and jumping out of windows. There’s no doubt those classes can be fun but do you really have the skills you need firmly entrenched in your psyche? Those skills must be sufficiently ingrained to allow you to perform under real pressure, not just the pressure of not embarrassing yourself in front of other people.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Patterning Your Shotgun for Turkey Hunting

Posted by Mia Anstine on Apr 4, 2017 10:46:41 AM

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There’s more than one reason to pattern a shotgun before you head out on a turkey hunt. One is to make sure the gun is shooting where it’s supposed to; the other is to make sure the shooter is shooting where he, or she, is supposed to.

Taking shots during turkey hunting is a bit different than those during waterfowl season. When you’ve got just one shot on a big bird, you want to make sure it’s a good one. Take your Beretta Turkey shotgun to the range and make sure you know where it’s hitting. Aim it at a turkey target, so you can verify the pattern impact where you aim.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey

What to pack for an Elk Hunt (When space is limited)

Posted by Beretta Blog on Apr 3, 2017 4:13:59 PM

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Cool nights and crisp mornings bring pangs and yearnings for elk season. If you’ve ever dreamed of an elk hunt, you may envision fall colors, big mountains and screaming bulls. Hunting bull elk during the rut is a hunt of a lifetime.

The truth of the matter is there are numerous ways, locations and scenarios for elk hunts. I think of the vision I shared above, while an acquaintance shared a vision of riding short horses across Mongolia with guides who didn’t speak English and expected you to jump from your running horse to ambush the glorious bull.

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Topics: Hunting

Open Carrying A Pistol For All To See

Posted by Chappy on Apr 3, 2017 8:41:00 AM

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One of the benefits of working in the firearms industry is that I get to work with all sorts of people. As an instructor, I sometimes have the pleasure of training citizen shooters. They may be looking for help learning how to use a pistol to defend their homes or carry concealed. At the other end of the spectrum, I also have the honor of training some of the most experienced and hardened warriors in the world. Those folks use weapons much like a carpenter uses a hammer (and view it in much the same way.)

Each of these groups makes equipment and training decisions through their own paradigm, and that keeps instructors like me on their toes. For example, civilians might have basic questions about topics that experienced operators understand viscerally, and vice versa. In short, different groups like this have different priorities and needs.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

5 Things To Know Before Buying A Home-defense Handgun

Posted by Jim Grant on Mar 30, 2017 1:14:00 PM

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Picking the right tool for the job is essential in all walks of life; hammers make terrible screwdrivers, and pocketknives are useless for digging post holes. The same can be said for deciding on a firearm for home defense.

Many shooters gravitate towards a handgun for such a purpose but fail to understand both the limitations of them and what makes an ideal home defense tool. Handguns are a compromise by design; they aren’t as effective at stopping a threat as either a carbine or shotgun.

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Topics: Self Defense, Handguns

8 tips for a Great Western Prairie Dog Hunt

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 28, 2017 7:39:27 AM

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Since we weren’t really prepared for a serious prairie dog hunt, my grandson, Charlie, and I decided our best tactic was to shoot the closer dogs with the .22 rimfire. I had only two rifles in the truck, one was a .223 Remington 5.56mm NATO rifle with a 1-6 Alpen scope. The other was a .22LR semi-auto rifle. I shot a couple of dogs out at longer ranges with the .223, but the extra noise caused the closer dogs to keep their heads down for a longer length of time than the rimfire. Since the object was to get him some shots, we decided to stick with the .22.

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Topics: Hunting

How To Overcome Training Boredom

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 28, 2017 7:28:45 AM

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I know, I know…boredom at the firing range? Perhaps boredom is the wrong word; perhaps not. But if you shoot enough, you want to go beyond just hanging a target and blasting holes in it. Sure, we all have to do that sometimes. There are basic gun handling skills that need to be developed and cultivated, and the best way to do that is through repetition. Repetition can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry, Self Defense

How To Improve Your Semi-Automatic Handgun Reliability

Posted by Beretta Blog on Mar 22, 2017 4:27:23 PM

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The “which is the best concealed carry gun?” question often leads to a “revolver versus semi-auto” discussion. Those who are revolver only fans traditionally use the “semi-automatics tend to jam” reasoning for their affection. As someone who owns and enjoys both of these types of handguns, I have to add a bit of defense to the argument that semi-autos jam.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

Advice for the First-time Turkey Hunter

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 14, 2017 3:33:38 PM

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Turkey hunting seasons are opening all around the country. I’m on various social media outlets, and the other day a follower asked me a question, “What advice would you have for a lady who is a first-time turkey hunter?”

A million thoughts went through my mind as I read the request. My first thoughts included a lot of questions, which would narrow down specifics to her scenario. Then I considered, “How about some advice, not just for the lady who wants to hunt, but for men as well.”

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey

How To Choose The Right Handgun Action (Three Redheads, Three Px4 Storm Models)

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 8, 2017 1:43:31 PM

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Three readheads? Three Storms? That sounds like the beginning of a story, doesn't it? I know that may sound exciting, and it is…just not in the way that most of you think. The redheads are my wife and two daughters. The Px4 Storms are theirs - not mine.

It will come as no surprise that I am a huge Beretta fan. The relationship started when I was young and shows no sign of waning. So it just makes sense that the women in my life are Beretta fans. We all started with the 92 Series. They all appreciated my Beretta 96 Elite II. Yes, 40 S&W is the caliber of choice in my family. I’m proud to say that all of them are good with handguns, but my two daughters have more practice than my wife does. They love to shoot.

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Topics: Concealed Carry