Beretta Blog

Tips for Carrying Concealed Inside the Waistband

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 26, 2017 11:14:58 AM

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The great thing about Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters is that you get to go to the clothing store and order pants a full size larger than normal. Larger pants allow you to stuff a big, fat handgun fit between your pants and your tender midsection. 


Let’s think about this for a minute. I’m really about a 36-waist size, although I am sharing that information with you in confidence and I really expect that you won’t tell anyone else. When I go to buy pants, I have a choice of whether to buy size 36 or, if I add the margin for IWB carry, size 38. Hmmm. What to choose... 36 of course! Yes, we’re all just a little bit vain, right?

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Do Handguns Have Knockdown Power?

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 11:16:04 AM

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Let’s clear something up. Hollywood does a lousy job of portraying the performance of handguns. Pistol shots cause villains to fly through windows, cars, and buildings to explode and nameless henchmen to surrender by the thousands. In other words, TV and movies show that handguns have serious “knockdown” power. Let’s talk about that for just a sec…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

How to Deal with Pistol Malfunctions

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 10:57:09 AM

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The loudest sound in the known universe is that of a “click” when your gun is supposed to fire. We’ll refer to that sound as a malfunction. Sometimes there’s not even a click and the gun still won’t fire. We’ll call that a malfunction too.

Fortunately, unless something physically broke on your gun between shots, malfunctions fall into a couple of common categories. Let’s take a look at how to deal with them.

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

How to Choose the Right Holster: Pros and Cons of a Holster

Posted by Mia Anstine on Oct 2, 2017 2:59:49 PM

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The forever-asked question in the concealed carry market is, “Which holster should I purchase?” I’ve been asked the question numerous times, and my answer is never brief. Heck, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a holster to safely hide a firearm on your body. This list of criteria gets even longer when it’s a woman who wants to know which holster is going to be best.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

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

Concealed Carry Tips: How to Improve Your Situational Awareness

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 5, 2017 9:48:22 AM

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There’s an old saying that goes something like this.

"You win 100% of the fights you avoid."

Sounds, simple, doesn’t it? The hard part is the avoidance. Before you can avoid something, you have to know it’s headed right at you. If the “detect and avoid" part was easy and came naturally, the Titanic would be an obscure footnote in history.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Shoot Accurate or Shoot Fast?

Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 11, 2017 9:06:33 AM

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I was shooting a defensive pistol match at my home club. The guy who’d set up this stage was clearly a masochist because the stage was designed to create an opportunity for failure. Defensive pistol matches are scored on the basis of the lowest time with penalties for misses and serious penalties for shots that hit "hostages." The course of fire required the competitor to fire two shots at three targets with only the head and shoulders of the USPSA target visible behind a hostage. This was repeated at three, five, and seven yards. This meant the only way to shoot the stage clean was to make head shots only.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

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

The Dangers Of A False Sense Of Security (Gun Training)

Posted by Tom McHale on May 30, 2017 1:49:58 PM

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If you’ve bought a gun for self or home defense, one of the most important things you can do is eradicate your assumptions. What’s that mean? One of the biggest dangers that defensive gun users need to overcome is that of a false sense of security.

Let’s start this discussion with the direct and blunt approach. Having a gun does not make you safer.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Two Mistakes Rookies Make With Concealed Carry - And How To Fix Them 

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2017 8:25:56 AM

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Everybody has a first time. You know what I mean. You might start to perspire. Perhaps you develop a nervous tick. Everyone I know is, at the very, least anxious their first time. And if we’re all honest with ourselves, there’s probably more than a bit of outright fear bordering on panic. That’s right: I’m talking about the first time you go out in public carrying a concealed firearm.

It’s OK. All of those reactions are perfectly normal. And if anyone tells you they didn’t have any trepidation their first time, they’re probably fibbing. Not only is some healthy apprehension expected, but it's also probably a good thing. After all, you’re venturing out into the world carrying a lethal weapon. Of course, you have no intention or desire to use it. It’s there in case you experience that really bad day that far too many others have encountered. The world can be an ugly place.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense