Beretta Blog

How to Handle a Gun Like a Professional

Posted by William Starnes on Jan 4, 2018 10:31:52 AM


I visited a local gun shop this week and was glad to see that business was booming. I was happy for the shop owner, the people browsing and buying, and for the industry. But my brief moment of euphoria was rudely interrupted by three instances of sloppy gun handling - two by customers and one by an employee of the business. As an instructor, range safety officer, and former police firearms instructor, my instincts kicked in, and I wanted to grab the guns and point them in a safe direction before anyone got hurt. That was three instances of pointing a loaded gun at people within just a few moments.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Dogs, Mountain Lions, and Delicious Stuffing - A Field to Fork Story

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jan 4, 2018 10:21:58 AM


Stuffing seems to be the most loved ingredient that we enjoy on our Thanksgiving and Christmas menus. This year I had rave reviews on my stuffing, and it could've been due to the secret field-to-fork ingredient. Dare I tell the story of how I made the "best stuffing ever?" What's the secret ingredient that is derived from a challenging hunt? Read on, and I'll share the story of how well-trained dogs, a beautiful mountain environment, and a challenging hunt lead to delicious eats on the table.  

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Topics: Hunting

How We're Choosing Her First Hunting Rifle

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Jan 4, 2018 10:14:27 AM


There was only one person in our household lucky enough to draw a big game tag this year. My daughter turned 12 in the spring making this her first opportunity to hunt big game in Colorado. Now, she has a late season cow elk tag for the northwest part of the state.

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Topics: Hunting

How Natural Point of Aim Can Improve Your Handgun Accuracy

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 27, 2017 10:15:06 AM

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If there was a way to let your body do more of the work of getting and staying on target, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that? Of course, you would! It’s not so much about doing more of the work as it is about getting, and more importantly, staying on target. The bottom line is this. If you can allow your body to “naturally” assume more responsibility, then you can shoot more accurately and more consistently. Having to force your body, arms, and hands to make accurate hits leads to fatigue and therefore inconsistency.

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Topics: New Shooters, Handguns

How to Draw from a Holster

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 27, 2017 9:21:50 AM


If you own a handgun, you need to know how to draw from a holster. Even if you don’t plan on carrying your handgun concealed, you’ll need a holster if you ever plan to attend a training class. You're planning on that, right? A good holster is also a handy, and safe, accessory that you can use at many outdoor shooting ranges. If you do plan to carry a handgun for defensive use, then it’s imperative to know and practice proper holster use.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Getting a Gun for Self-defense? You Need These Five Things

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 14, 2017 12:48:00 PM

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Even though aggregate crime rates have been trending dramatically down over the past two decades, the world feels like a dangerous place. Maybe you’re thinking of getting a gun for self-defense. Whether you intend to use it to protect your home or to carry it on your person (being careful to follow your state’s laws on the matter), there are some other things you’ve got to have.

Here are the top five things that you need besides the gun itself.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Tips for Carrying Concealed Inside the Waistband

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 26, 2017 11:14:58 AM


The great thing about Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters is that you get to go to the clothing store and order pants a full size larger than normal. Larger pants allow you to stuff a big, fat handgun fit between your pants and your tender midsection. 

Let’s think about this for a minute. I’m really about a 36-waist size, although I am sharing that information with you in confidence and I really expect that you won’t tell anyone else. When I go to buy pants, I have a choice of whether to buy size 36 or, if I add the margin for IWB carry, size 38. Hmmm. What to choose... 36 of course! Yes, we’re all just a little bit vain, right?

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Topics: Concealed Carry

How to Hit the Bird When You're Cross-Eye Dominant

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 25, 2017 8:21:55 AM


We all have our excuses about why we miss flying birds when we’re shooting our shotguns, but cross-eye dominance doesn’t have to be one of them.

As a child, and even into young adulthood, I had a strong right-eye, which matched my right-handedness. Unbeknownst to me, my eyes changed as I aged. Now my left eye will take over as the strong one if the right one is fatigued. The issue doesn’t bother me at all as I look through the scope atop my Sako Hunter rifle. When I need both eyes open, to point at and hit a bird is when I’ve encountered difficulty.

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

How to Sight in Your Rifle

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 16, 2017 1:41:53 PM


It’s a scenario I’ve seen dozens of times: a frustrated shooter with spent cartridges all over the shooting bench and still no zero. Sighting in can be frustrating if not properly approached, but if done correctly, it’s a simple and painless process.

The first objective is to remove all variables possible. That means making sure the scope is properly mounted to the rifle, using a steady and solid rest to allow repeatable shots, and setting up a target large enough to record any shots fired. Once this is accomplished, check the scope for parallax by moving your eye back and forth behind the ocular lens and watching to see if the reticle moves across the target. If the crosshairs move, you have a parallax problem that will affect your ability to fire accurate shots. If your scope has adjustable parallax, make sure it's set to the proper distance.

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Topics: Hunting, Rifle Shooting

Moms Mentor the Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Oct 11, 2017 2:11:12 PM

IMG_8090.jpegThe weather report wasn’t looking very good. After 90-degree temperatures on Thursday, the outlook for the weekend was for rain and highs in the low 50s. But the state youth-only waterfowl hunt for our zone was just for this weekend, so there was no doubt we would still be going. Besides, even as a novice waterfowler, I knew that cool and cloudy days often make for good duck hunting.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck