Beretta Blog

You Can't Hit What You Can't See

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 19, 2018 9:37:12 AM

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Opening Day is always hot, but last year shattered records. The only saving grace was the light breeze that blew the sweet smell of drying hay down from the field and into the grouse and woodcock woods. Mr. Brown, the farmer, was happy for he would get in a fourth cut before the temperature dropped and the snow flew. My wife and I did not share his joy and instead swatted mosquitoes while wiping sweat from our brows.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland

Tactical vs. Gun Lights: Which to Use?

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Jun 7, 2018 8:25:00 AM

 

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It’s 8:20 on a summer’s evening as I type this, and twilight is starting to settle in over the small town in Florida where I live. My wife and I will go for a walk after I’m finished with this article. I’ll have a concealed carry pistol with me as I usually do, along with a mobile phone, some other stuff, and a powerful handheld “tactical” flashlight. I consider a small, powerful light to be an absolutely essential part of my everyday carry, and I’ve come to see the benefits of having a light on my firearm as well. Both are useful, and both have their roles for self-defense.

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jun 5, 2018 8:27:27 AM

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Turkey hunting becomes a real challenge late in the season. After all that hunting pressure on the turkeys, they can become scarce. You’ve tried your calls. You’ve moved your blind from location A to B to C, to D — and finally, all the way to Z and have yet to bag a big bearded bird. The clock is ticking and days are dwindling. Now it’s time to put your real hunting skills to the test. It’s time to learn to stalk a turkey, just as you would an elk.

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Is Competition a Proving Ground?

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Jun 5, 2018 8:24:38 AM

 

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The sport of practical shooting requires you to make fast, accurate shots under the pressure of a shot clock, giving your body a taste of what it might be like to deal with the stress of a real-world encounter.

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Topics: Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

6 Things You Need in Your Range Bag

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 1, 2018 7:50:00 AM

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There are plenty of things that are obvious additions to a range bag. You’ll need eye and ear protection. If you like to bring guests, then pack extra safety glasses and hearing muffs, so everyone has a set. Targets, a stapler, and spare staples are also a given. Is that all you need? Not if you want to guarantee an interruption-free outing.

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Topics: New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Posted by Mia Anstine on May 31, 2018 7:45:35 AM

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You need tools to make sounds to entice a wild turkey into shooting range. There are a variety, and if you ask veteran turkey hunters, they’ll give you their opinion as to which is best. While insight from the experienced hunter is important, you’re going to need to demo, practice, and decide for yourself.

Pot calls, mouth reeds, box calls, and others need to be staples in your hunting vest. "What the heck are those," you ask? Allow me to explain a few of them.

How to Hunt Turkey Series

Part 1: Why You Need to Hunt Turkeys

Part 2: How to Locate Wild Turkeys

Part 3: The Gear You Need for Your Turkey Hunt

Part 4: Learn the Art of Talking Turkey

Part 5: Tools You Need to Call a Wild Turkey

Part 6: Hunting Turkey Like Elk: End of Season Tactics

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Topics: Hunting - Turkey

Why You Shouldn’t Use Reloaded Ammunition for Self-Defense

Posted by Tom McHale on May 11, 2018 8:02:00 AM

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Maybe you don’t even reload your own ammunition. That’s OK, read on anyway, because this article still might apply to you.

For purposes of this discussion, let’s consider a universe containing two types of ammunition: practice and self-defense. Practice ammunition is designed to do one thing – go forward in more or less a straight line. As a bonus feature, it should also drill holes in paper or cardboard targets and make a clanging noise against steel plates. If a practice round doesn’t go bang once in a while, it’s no big deal and presents a training opportunity to work on your malfunction drills.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Pros and Cons of Pistol Optics

Posted by Tom McHale on May 10, 2018 11:30:17 AM

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Some decades ago, conversations over newfangled inventions for guns went something like this...

Hold on there son; you want me to put a thing made of GLASS on top of my trusty rifle? Are you kidding me?

The discussion was about the idea of adding a scope to a rifle to perform the task of accurately getting sights on target. For hundreds of years, shooters had relied on a solution of simplicity and extreme durability: iron sights. Adding a potentially fragile, and more importantly, unproven invention had to be just asking for trouble, right?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Why Off-Body Carry Can Be a Bad Idea

Posted by Kevin Creighton on May 10, 2018 11:18:38 AM

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There are times when the need to be discreet is going to mean carrying your defensive firearm somewhere other than on your waistline. There is also the fact that in our society, it’s quite normal for women to walk around with a purse on their shoulders, and a purse is useful for carrying any number of things such as a self-defense pistol.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

What Makes a Perfect Carry Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Apr 23, 2018 2:26:24 PM

Beretta PX4 Compact Carry Pistol

I suppose that any pistol you have handy during a personal defense emergency is a perfect carry pistol, right?

Technically speaking, any handgun that shoots reliably can be a carry pistol. Large or small, mouse gun or big-bore caliber, double-action, single-action, or striker-fired. The usefulness of a concealed carry tool depends more on the skills of the user than on the hardware. However, assuming that one’s commitment to training and practice comes first, there’s nothing wrong with finding a pistol that’s optimized for concealed carry. In fact, the right features can provide a significant advantage to the skilled user.

So, what defines a perfect carry pistol?

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Topics: Concealed Carry