Beretta Blog

The Beginning Pistol Shooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Jun 28, 2017 1:11:07 PM

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As an instructor, I see more and more people wanting to learn to shoot who have zero experience with guns. This is a tremendous blessing for our industry because all these new shooters are not only recognizing the value of firearms ownership and the ability to defend themselves, they’re likely to convince the people around them to reconsider their previous position on guns. Unfortunately, I also hear horror stories about the training (and lack of training) some of them have experienced. Learning to shoot is a serious undertaking and shouldn’t be approached in a haphazard fashion. Early success is important to a new shooter and bad habits established early must be overcome for a new shooter to reach his or her potential.

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Topics: New Shooters, Handguns

This Old Gun: The Beretta M1934 Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 27, 2017 9:33:06 AM

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The thing about historical guns is that they tend to be present during history’s most significant events. As a result, they often come attached to stories, sometimes fantastic ones. As the world’s oldest firearms company (and the world’s oldest ongoing corporate concern of any kind), our products have many stories to tell about events that shaped the world as we know it.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Other, Handguns

Consciousness and Competence in Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Jun 26, 2017 1:54:26 PM

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My first experience shooting a paper target with a pistol was both shocking and revealing. As a young man, I shot pistols with my friends who owned a Smith and Wesson Model 25. They all considered me to be the best shot, but we were shooting rocks, bottles, and cans - all normal practice targets in the 60s. I shot paper targets with rifles, but I considered this different, and it was only done to zero a scope or check different loads. On my first event of shooting paper with a pistol, a 25-yard pistol target was placed the proper 25 yards away. As I fired five rounds, I noted with satisfaction that there were no hits in the white. When we walked down to check my score. I found there were no hits in the black, either. I had grossly overestimated my capability. I was unconsciously incompetent before those five shots and consciously incompetent by the time the owner of that fine old revolver fired ten shots, all in the nine and ten rings.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

How To Take A First-Time Shooter To The Range

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 14, 2017 11:49:19 AM

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As a member of the shooting community, one of the most important things you can do is take new shooters to the range. If we all brought along just one guest per month and gave them a fun and safe experience, we’d never have another worry about protecting our heritage and rights. 

So, how do you share a lifetime of your experience and knowledge in a single visit? Consider our new shooter checklist to help organize your thoughts and activities to ensure that your guest will not only have a great and safe experience but will want to go again.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters

How To Fit Your Shotgun For More Accurate Shooting

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 1, 2017 8:40:39 AM

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Summertime means shotgun season: range time, league shoots, and competitions. To shoot our best we need to make sure that our guns properly fit.

First off, choose the shotgun that best matches your anticipated style of shooting. As you look through Beretta's catalog, you'll see over-and-under, side-by-side, and semi-automatic shotguns to cover everything from upland hunting to clay target shooting, to waterfowl hunting.

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Topics: Hunting, Clay Shooting

The Dangers Of A False Sense Of Security (Gun Training)

Posted by Tom McHale on May 30, 2017 1:49:58 PM

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If you’ve bought a gun for self or home defense, one of the most important things you can do is eradicate your assumptions. What’s that mean? One of the biggest dangers that defensive gun users need to overcome is that of a false sense of security.

Let’s start this discussion with the direct and blunt approach. Having a gun does not make you safer.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Mistakes Rookies Make At The Shooting Range – And How To Fix Them

Posted by Tom McHale on May 22, 2017 8:53:49 AM

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Every activity that involves other people has given standards for etiquette. You know, the customary rules of behavior that experienced folks just seem to know even though there may not be flashing signs on the wall explaining said expectations.

For example, when dining at Chez Raison d’Etre, you’re not supposed to drink out of the finger bowl even though it appears to contain perfectly good water. Apparently, you shouldn't ask for a straw for your Champagne de Saint Gaul Orpale Blanc de Blancs either. Don’t ask me how I know.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters, Handguns

Shaking the Turkey Monkey Off My Back

Posted by Jodi Stemler on May 17, 2017 1:48:25 PM

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A week before our turkey hunt, the weather report wasn’t looking good. This was the only weekend we had to head up to Scottsbluff, Nebraska and predictions were calling for sub-freezing temperatures, snow, and high winds – not exactly prime spring turkey hunting conditions! I tried to manage my expectations, but fears of not having the opportunity to finally harvest my first bird raised their ugly head.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Turkey

Two Mistakes Rookies Make With Concealed Carry - And How To Fix Them 

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2017 8:25:56 AM

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Everybody has a first time. You know what I mean. You might start to perspire. Perhaps you develop a nervous tick. Everyone I know is, at the very, least anxious their first time. And if we’re all honest with ourselves, there’s probably more than a bit of outright fear bordering on panic. That’s right: I’m talking about the first time you go out in public carrying a concealed firearm.

It’s OK. All of those reactions are perfectly normal. And if anyone tells you they didn’t have any trepidation their first time, they’re probably fibbing. Not only is some healthy apprehension expected, but it's also probably a good thing. After all, you’re venturing out into the world carrying a lethal weapon. Of course, you have no intention or desire to use it. It’s there in case you experience that really bad day that far too many others have encountered. The world can be an ugly place.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense

10 Ways To Conceal Carry

Posted by Tom McHale on May 5, 2017 1:15:04 PM

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Choosing the right method of carrying a concealed gun from the myriad of options isn’t a big deal, right? After all, the only downside of making the wrong choice is that it can get you killed.

That’s a harsh statement, but then again, carrying a gun is serious business. The various methods of concealed carry have pros and cons that you need to carefully evaluate and weigh against your particular routine. Choosing a carry method based on convenience or comfort alone can lead to a false sense of security, and that’s where the danger lies. If you ever need to use your gun in self-defense, your carry method needs to facilitate the act of you getting fast, reflexive, and consistent access to your gun in time to do something about the problem at hand.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns