Beretta Blog

Getting Ready For Your First Match

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Apr 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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If you’ve been around the gun-related internet for any amount of time, you’ve seen how much fun it is to shoot action pistol matches like IDPA or USPSA. Action pistol (also known as practical pistol) is a ridiculously fun sport, but getting started can be intimidating for both men and women because you’re going to shoot an unfamiliar course of fire in front of your friends and others. Admittedly, the potential for embarrassing yourself is pretty high.

Ask me how I know this.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Getting Started in IDPA

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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In my previous article, I talked about getting starting competition in the United States Practical Shooting Association, or USPSA, with your everyday carry 9mm service pistol. In this article, we’re going to talk about shooting the USPSA’s stepchild, IDPA, which stands for the International Defensive Pistol Association.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Getting Started in USPSA

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 22, 2018 11:49:56 AM

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If you’re one of many new gun owners who has bought their first gun these past few years, now is a great time to think about different ways to enjoy going to the range. Along with thousands of other people, I’ve found that practical pistol is a great way to have fun with a handgun and learn how to use it safely under the stress of competition.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Will You Shoot Better with an Improved Trigger?

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 6, 2018 11:42:23 AM

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Since I was a skinny, pimply faced kid behind a gun counter I’ve seen people check a gun for clear, look down the sights and check a gun’s trigger pull. Often the next statement is, “Nice trigger.” Gun companies are constantly upgrading their trigger systems, and sometimes offer competition triggers. I’ve certainly done the same thing thousands of times. I do like a crisp and light trigger pull, but does a light and precise trigger always result in better shooting?

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Handguns

10 Reasons to Shoot a Practical Pistol Match

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 6, 2018 10:21:18 AM

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If you carry a defensive pistol, you should really consider making it a habit to shoot a practical pistol (USPSA) match on a regular basis. Here are ten reasons why this is so.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Self Defense

How to Handle a Gun Like a Professional

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

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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

Gun Training - The Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 2, 2017 2:49:45 PM

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This week, I spent an hour or so in the car with my 15-year-old grandson who has his learner’s permit and is learning to drive. As we drove, I explained to Charlie the importance of conditioned response in driving. His mom had an accident shortly after getting her license. Her tires ran off the pavement, and she snatched the wheel, causing the car to veer across the road on the other side. It could have been a life-threatening accident, and she asked me to teach him how to avoid her mistake of snatching the wheel when her tires ran off the pavement. Charlie is fast becoming an effective shooter, and most of our visits involve some pistol training. I explained the process was no different than the training we were doing with his pistol shooting.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

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

Two Mistakes Rookies Make In Handgun Shooting – And How To Fix Them

Posted by Tom McHale on May 2, 2017 8:55:12 AM

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Being a rookie is one of those life necessities. Every time we learn a new skill, we’re rookies for some period of time. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just our required learning period. In sports, the “rookie” label often applies to a player's first year in the big leagues. When it comes to handgun shooting, you can shorten your “rookie season” by learning and implementing the proper techniques right away. Let’s look at a couple of the most common rookie mistakes and discuss how to banish them to distant memories.

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

A Handy Upgrade for the Beretta 1301 Shotgun

Posted by Tom McHale on May 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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I’ve been testing out a new product from Mesa Tactical for my Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun: The SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carrier. Called a side-saddle by some, this piece of gear allows you to carry extra shells on the side of the receiver for quick access.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting