Beretta Blog

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

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

How To Add a Suppressor to Your Beretta Pistol

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 3, 2017 3:44:59 PM

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I think those Simon and Garfunkel guys were onto something with The Sound of Silence. Even though shooting suppressed handguns isn’t anything like it’s portrayed in the movies, it’s a whole new experience that offers not only a whole lot less noise but more enjoyable shooting characteristics.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How To Buy A Suppressor

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 18, 2017 9:30:06 AM

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Whether you’re a rifle aficionado, pistol enthusiast, or both, suppressors just might spoil you rotten. I can speak for most suppressor users when I say, “Once you shoot suppressed, you never go back.”

Why? While a suppressor doesn’t completely silence the noise of a gunshot, it reduces the sound to tolerable, and often hearing safe, levels. A day at the range is a lot more fun without being subjected to the sound of Thor’s Hammer every time you pull the trigger. Additionally, suppressors tend to smooth out recoil. While energy is energy and recoil is still present, suppressors dampen the feel. Since their purpose is to tame the sudden release of hot gases from the muzzle, you’ll feel a much more mellow sensation.

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Topics: Gun Rights, Other, Dynamic 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

Tap/Rack as a Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Apr 5, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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Today, it seems there are more trainers than there were shooters just a few years ago. Many train by teaching sound principles that apply to the real world while others tend to make their training sessions look like a Special Forces exercise, with students rolling around under cars and jumping out of windows. There’s no doubt those classes can be fun but do you really have the skills you need firmly entrenched in your psyche? Those skills must be sufficiently ingrained to allow you to perform under real pressure, not just the pressure of not embarrassing yourself in front of other people.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

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

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

Exactly How Precise Is A Shotgun?

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2015 4:12:00 PM

 

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At this point, you might be thinking, “He's using the words precise AND shotgun in the same sentence? Is this guy nuts?”

Well, that depends. I’m talking about whether a shotgun can be “precise” or not. We won’t discuss my sanity just yet. The potential precision of your shotgun depends on careful matching of your particular gun, choke tube (if applicable) and ammunition. And when I say careful matching, I’m not talking about specifying a brand of ammunition. I’m talking about specifying a brand, shot size, shell length, and velocity / power factor - basically all the things that uniquely define a particular box of shotgun shells.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

In defense of the trigger reset (yes: it's important)

Posted by Chappy on Apr 20, 2015 3:26:00 PM

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In my 20 years of travels around the world learning, teaching and engaging in the martial art of gunfighting, I see and hear many theories about shooting.  Some of these are valid and have been proven over and over in lethal encounters.  A great many teaching points and drills I see, however, are mere shadows of the real purpose of whatever skill was originally intended to be taught, or are based on the purely academic knowledge base of an instructor.

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Topics: Dynamic Shooting