Beretta Blog

The Most Important Factor in Surviving a Self Defense Lethal Encounter

Posted by William Starnes on Feb 15, 2017 10:54:31 AM

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Most of the firearms enthusiasts that I know have spent a lot of time training and preparing for the possibility of being involved in a lethal encounter. It’s the ultimate question: would you survive, or would you become a statistic? This is among the top reasons why people buy handguns in the first place. But it’s not just about what type of gun or ammo you carry. It’s not just how well you prepared and trained.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

My Beretta Centurion: A 90 Series Returns Home

Posted by William Starnes on Jul 25, 2015 10:30:00 AM

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Most of my friends enjoy shooting, and when they are not on the range, they are probably talking about their favorite sport in one way or another.  I think once you start shooting, it gets in your blood, becomes part of who you are and never quite goes away.  My affliction started when I was just a young boy, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  My first rifle was a semi-auto .22LR.  My first handgun was a Beretta 92F.  The rifle was a tool to me; it went wherever I went (I spent almost all of my time trekking through the woods close to my home).  I remember the rifle for the memories that I made while carrying it.  My Beretta 92 left a different sort of impression.  If anyone could be said to be in love with an object, this gun held my affection.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting

Shoot or Don't Shoot? What Would You Do?

Posted by William Starnes on Jul 6, 2015 3:45:39 PM

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My partner and I responded to a domestic disturbance in one of the local neighborhood.  We pulled up next to the suburban, middle-class home and approached the door not knowing what the situation was.  The door opened, and we were met by a young woman of about 35 and what appeared to be her son of about 15.  She frantically waved for us to come in and was  repeatedly said, “Hurry, he’s going to kill her…he’s going to kill her!” She led us to a closed bedroom door through which we could hear muffled, angry voices and rustling from some commotion.  As she opened the door, I’ll never forget the scene…

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry

A Tactical Shooting Revelation

Posted by Carrie Lightfoot on Apr 15, 2015 2:45:00 PM

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I was very fortunate to be invited to participate in Beretta’s 1st Tactical Summit held at the elite Academi training facility in Moyock NC. Top gun industry writers from all over the country attended to get hands on training with the full line of Beretta tactical firearms. Just getting the chance to learn about these combat guns from the team from Beretta would have been amazing in itself, but in an effort to make this a fully experiential opportunity, Beretta brought in an exceptional team of top tactical instructors from all over the country to put us, and the equipment through the paces.  The result? An over the top, in depth, hands on full immersion into the nooks and crannies of these guns, the depths of real tactical training and the core of Beretta’s mission and values.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting

Trigger Reset: Don't Waste Your Time

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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As a firearms instructor, I wonder about some of the things that are taught on the range; trigger reset is one of them. 

While going through Firearms Instructor school and the related armorer’s class, I was introduced to trigger reset. (It’s amazing how many years I had been shooting without knowing this bit of information). For those who are not familiar, trigger reset refers to releasing the trigger just enough after a shot has been fired for the sear to re-engage with the hammer or striker. At this point, the shooter can press the trigger again for a follow-up shot. In the class, we were instructed to fire a shot and to hold the trigger all the way to the rear afterwards. We were then told to slowly release the trigger until such time as we heard the “click” and felt it in our trigger finger. When that happened, we knew that the sear had reset, and another shot could be fired by pulling the trigger to the rear again. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Handgun Laser Myths... Busted!

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 27, 2015 2:30:00 PM

 

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Years ago, I had a feeling that lasers were a good thing for a self or home-defense gun. I’d only used them on the range for practice, and at home dry firing, but it just seemed so sensible to me. All of the “marketing messages” sounded pretty rational. 

“You can focus on the threat and still aim accurately.”

“They help you aim in low light conditions, when most self-defense encounters occur.”

“Lasers allow you to shoot accurately from unconventional positions.”

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

A Handgun Laser Primer

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 2, 2015 8:40:00 AM

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If you want to start a bar fight, just bring up the topic of using lasers on handguns. Although they’ve been mainstream for years, there’s still an amazing amount of controversy, disinformation and downright bunk floating around out there. With that in mind, we figured it’s time to do a series of articles that together, will offer a comprehensive guide to handgun lasers.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

The Beretta Px4 Type C

Posted by William Starnes on Feb 28, 2015 8:25:00 AM

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I recently purchased a Px4 Type “C.” For those not familiar with this variant, it is essentially a “slick slide” Px4 with a double action type trigger.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting

Benefits of Using a Handgun Laser

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 31, 2015 2:40:49 PM

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Last time, I discussed the types of handgun-mounted lasers and how they operate. Now, let’s take a look at the “why” behind mounting a laser on your handgun. In other words, what are the benefits? Next in this series, we’ll talk about what some consider drawbacks. I consider most of the perceived drawbacks myths, but you can make your own decision when we get to that point.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic 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