Beretta Blog

Getting Ready For Your First Match

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Apr 12, 2018 7:00:00 AM

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If you’ve been around the gun-related internet for any amount of time, you’ve seen how much fun it is to shoot action pistol matches like IDPA or USPSA. Action pistol (also known as practical pistol) is a ridiculously fun sport, but getting started can be intimidating for both men and women because you’re going to shoot an unfamiliar course of fire in front of your friends and others. Admittedly, the potential for embarrassing yourself is pretty high.

Ask me how I know this.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Getting Started in USPSA

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Mar 22, 2018 11:49:56 AM

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If you’re one of many new gun owners who has bought their first gun these past few years, now is a great time to think about different ways to enjoy going to the range. Along with thousands of other people, I’ve found that practical pistol is a great way to have fun with a handgun and learn how to use it safely under the stress of competition.

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, Competitive Shooting

Using discipline during range time

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Feb 26, 2018 2:05:21 PM

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Walk down the firing line of any public pistol range, and you'll see people having a grand ol' time throwing rounds downrange towards their target. Most of the targets will have a great many holes scattered about them with no visible rhyme or reason and no evidence of any marksmanship skills at all.

But yet, if you ask those people if they can shoot, to a person, they'll say "Yes," even though their targets are saying things to the contrary. So what is "being able to shoot," and how do you get better at it?

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, New Shooters

What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Feb 5, 2018 3:20:16 PM

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I live in a rural section of south Florida. I constantly see signs by the freeway exit ramps that advertise concealed carry permit classes for ridiculously low prices. On one hand, I understand how money (or the lack thereof) can affect buying decisions, but when you're choosing a firearms instructor, you are choosing someone to teach you how to potentially save your life and the lives of those close to you.

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

Handgun Lasers Aren't a Crutch; They Add Capabilities

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 8, 2018 1:17:39 PM

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Laser sights get a bad rap from gun know-it-alls. You’ll hear pithy and condescending comments like these…

• Laser sights are a crutch.

• Lasers are only for people who can’t use iron sights properly.

• Laser sights are slower.

• What are you gonna do when you’re laser battery runs out in the middle of a gunfight?

• Lasers are delicate and will break at inopportune times.

• Serious shooters don’t need them.

Those folks are missing the point. Completely. Lasers add capabilities to your existing knowledge, skills, and equipment without taking anything away. Who wouldn’t want that type of tradeoff?

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

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

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, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns, New Shooters

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

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: Dynamic Shooting, Gun Rights, Other