Beretta Blog

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

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

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: Competitive Shooting, Concealed Carry, Handguns, New Shooters

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

10-Year-Old Shyanne Roberts is Rocking the 3-Gun World with Her Beretta 1301 Comp Shotgun

Posted by Jaci Janes on Mar 21, 2015 3:28:00 PM

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Shyanne Roberts is a normal 10-year-old girl, but she is anything but average.  This New Jersey native started compteting with firearms at the age of 7, and she is now a sensation in 3-Gun competition.  Shyanne has chosen the Beretta 1301 Comp as her competition shotgun, and I recently got the chance to ask her why she chose the 1301, how she got started in competitve shooting and what's in store for her in 2015.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

College Students Shooting the Clay...

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 20, 2015 3:29:01 PM

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If you want to see the next generation of competitive clays shooters, look no further than the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). This non-profit organization is much broader than clays shooting or even sports as a whole. Its purpose is to bring together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools across the globe.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Clay Shooting Advice from an Olympian

Posted by Mia Anstine on Mar 1, 2015 8:25:00 AM

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Each year thousands of people make a great migration to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). It is the industry’s largest trade show and is attended by retailers, media and other industry professionals. This year was a bit different for me. My daughter, Lea, was finally old enough to take along. She had an amazing time meeting colleagues, suppliers and learning about products. While she was there she worked on intern and homework assignments. 

Lea had a lot of work to do, but a highlight was meeting clay shooting Olympic athlete, Beretta shooter, Kim Rhode.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Trigger Control: Accepting the Wobble

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 15, 2014 8:09:31 AM

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Last week, I was at a writer’s conference and it was shooting day. I was on the range with a good friend and outdoor writer who’s also a really good shooter, we’ll call him Glen. He was shooting a 1911 compact with a Crimson Trace laser and having a bit of trouble. I was standing off the line and watching the bright green laser point on his target ten feet away. The laser beam would rattle around in the center of the target for a second or two and then plunge a few inches down and left as the gun went off. 

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Chris Cerino's 7 Gun Tips to Become a Better Shooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Nov 19, 2014 1:39:11 PM

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I met Chris Cerino at the 2011 Bianchi Cup, just after the first season of the History Channel’s Top Shot TV series and as he was just starting his training company, Chris Cerino Training Group. He had an infectious, positive attitude and was a great shooter as well. Later, I took his four day Diagnostic Pistol Instructor Course and learned more about pistol shooting than I’d acquired in the previous 30 years of shooting and teaching people to shoot. Cerino has an analytical approach to training shooters. He’s thought out the issues that prevent good performance and has a way of presenting them that’s both revealing and helpful.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting