Beretta Blog

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

It's About the Fundamentals, in Gun Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Nov 14, 2014 1:19:26 PM

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I recently received a letter from a reader on the subject of long-range shooting and ballistics. I’d recently done a blog entry on zeroing rifles, and the reader advised me of some factors I failed to mention in the story. It was apparent he was much better informed about the science of ballistics than I, and I appreciated both his knowledge and his concern. Reading the email, and my subsequent response put me to thinking about something that can have a positive effect on the success of a shooter, whether for personal defense or as a hunter or competitor. Simply put, there is no substitute for mastery of the fundamentals.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

A Story of Students and Clay Shotguns

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 23, 2014 8:43:00 AM

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What do you get when you combine 133 college students, from seven colleges with over a quarter of a million dollars worth of competition shotguns?

You get boatloads of clay dust and a lot of smiles.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Getting Old and Still Seeing the Sights

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 16, 2014 11:23:00 AM

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Some think that life during your youth is better than it is once you gain maturity. I am not one of them. I’ve enjoyed life much more now that I have a few miles on my odometer and chips in my paint. I may not be as strong or as fast now, but I’m smarter and I know how to live. There is a down side to having some vintage on your label, though, and it relates to vision. It happens to all of us provided we live long enough. Our eyes age and the fluid in them gets a little cloudy, the muscles that shape the eye to focus get a little weaker, and the iris, the aperture that adjusts for optimum vision in different lighting conditions gets lazy.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

A Quick Tour of the Beretta ARX100

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 9, 2014 11:43:00 AM

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I've never watched the Transformers movies, but if my understanding is correct, those flicks were about 1974 AMC Gremlins morphing into deep fried banana splits, thereby earning free admission to the Texas State Fair. Or something along those lines.

Even if I'm a bit off in my understanding of the Transformers plot, you have to admit the idea of effortless transformation on demand is a pretty cool thing. Politicians do it all the time based on poll numbers and density of cameras within 25 yards, so why shouldn’t rifles be able to perform the same feat?

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Gun Practice? Or Plinking?

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 6, 2014 11:12:00 AM

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Practice or Plinking? To get real benefit, gun practice must be structured.

In almost every sport, there are those who seem to work hard and yet they never seem to get real results. When I was a younger man, I loved riding dirt bikes. It was challenging, I liked the mechanical aspect of tuning and maintaining my bike, and I enjoyed the company of the other guys who were into riding dirt. I had a very good motorcycle, excellent equipment, and I rode quite a lot, but I never was better than a mediocre rider.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

Convergence: Why Your Zero is Only Correct at Two Distances

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 12, 2014 4:12:00 PM

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It’s a common misconception that once a bullet leaves the muzzle of a gun, it rises. When I was a young man I simply couldn’t understand what forces of nature caused this phenomenon to occur, yet the photos in the books always showed the bullet rising up above the line of sight when the parabolic curve of a bullet’s trajectory was illustrated.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Shooting The Beretta 1301 Tactical In The Dark (3 Gun)

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 7, 2014 2:08:00 PM

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Recently I wrote about my first experiences with the Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun. I love the "shotgun carbine" idea of a short, light and handy defensive shotgun. What I didn't get into before was the idea that if you ever had to use a defensive shotgun, it would probably be in the middle of the night, meaning in the dark. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting

Shooting in the Dark: The Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 3, 2014 1:22:00 PM

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As I write this, I’m coming down off a major high. I’m sitting on an airplane on the way back home from the high desert miles outside of the beautiful town of Bend, Oregon.

I’ve been out there all week at the Crimson Trace Midnight 3 Gun Invitational competition. Like last year, the event was held at the COSSA range which is located miles and miles from nowhere. This works out pretty well as neighbors in more populated areas might get a bit upset about hearing gunfire all night long for four straight nights.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting