Beretta Blog

Thoughts On Securing Your Home Defense Shotgun

Posted by Bill Miller on Oct 31, 2018 9:14:00 AM

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Choosing a shotgun as the “tool of final resort” to defend yourself, your family, and home can be a wise decision. A light, short-barreled shotgun has a lot going for it as a defense weapon. We’ve looked at the pros and cons versus a handgun, and there are many reasons the shotgun can come out on top.

However, there’s one big question that must be answered: How are you going to store that shotgun securely and safely yet keep it accessible in a fraction of a second should you need it?

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Top 5 Reasons Hunters Should Always Use Hearing Protection

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 7, 2017 11:01:34 AM


We all know the gun range mantra of “eyes and ears” and, when we’re at the shooting range, many of us wear this protection without fail. However, it is not uncommon for a hunter to head to the woods without hearing protection in place.

I’ll raise my hand and say I am one of them. Hunters spend hours sitting in a blind or walking in the upland fields not knowing when or if a shot will ever be fired. Muffling noise for those limited times when you shoot means every other minute when you’re NOT firing sounds like you are under water.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Hunting

How To Take A First-Time Shooter To The Range

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 14, 2017 11:49:19 AM


As a member of the shooting community, one of the most important things you can do is take new shooters to the range. If we all brought along just one guest per month and gave them a fun and safe experience, we’d never have another worry about protecting our heritage and rights. 

So, how do you share a lifetime of your experience and knowledge in a single visit? Consider our new shooter checklist to help organize your thoughts and activities to ensure that your guest will not only have a great and safe experience but will want to go again.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters

Mistakes Rookies Make At The Shooting Range – And How To Fix Them

Posted by Tom McHale on May 22, 2017 8:53:49 AM


Every activity that involves other people has given standards for etiquette. You know, the customary rules of behavior that experienced folks just seem to know even though there may not be flashing signs on the wall explaining said expectations.

For example, when dining at Chez Raison d’Etre, you’re not supposed to drink out of the finger bowl even though it appears to contain perfectly good water. Apparently, you shouldn't ask for a straw for your Champagne de Saint Gaul Orpale Blanc de Blancs either. Don’t ask me how I know.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters, Handguns

Gun Storage Options for Every Price Range

Posted by Jason Hanson on Jan 27, 2014 11:55:00 AM

slide-to-unlock-thumbEvery gun I own is always locked up, unless it’s on my hip or I’m taking a rifle or shotgun to the shooting range. I have a one-year-old daughter who gets into everything, and I obviously don’t want her accessing any of my guns.

Recently, a New Jersey man left his .22 rifle unlocked in his home. The man’s 4-year-old son found the rifle and accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old friend with it. The New Jersey man has been charged with child endangerment and he's rejected a plea bargain that would have sent him to prison for seven years. Now, the man is going to trial and faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Topics: Firearms Safety

Concealed Carry Myths & Misconceptions - Off Body Carry

Posted by Nikki Turpeaux on Jan 6, 2014 8:00:00 AM

off-body-carrySome people subscribe to the thought that all concealed handguns should be carried by some type of method that is secured on the body. Some examples are inside or outside the waistband holsters, ankle holsters, shoulder holsters and some type of appendix or belly band. Depending upon the circumstances, especially for females, sometimes an off-body carry method is necessary. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety

Project ChildSafe

Posted by Kenn Blanchard on Dec 27, 2013 1:42:00 PM

ChildSafe_3color.6801843(1)Receiving the gift of a safe or gun lock for your household during the holidays is not as sexy as finding a Beretta shotgun under the tree, but it’s a gift for all seasons. Keeping your children safe is always in season. As gun owners, we put up with a lot when it comes to attacks on our freedoms. We are collectively blamed for every accident that happens. As we start thinking of family events, travel and kids, I want to introduce to some and remind others about the National Sport Shooting Foundation’s Project Childsafe program. It was started in 2003 to promote safe firearm arms handling and good storage practices. The program started off from grants from the Department of Justice, but today is funded solely by the firearms industry.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Other

Lead Poisoning Symptoms and Strategies to Minimize Contamination

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Nov 7, 2013 7:30:00 AM


Shooters are at great risk for lead poisoning, yet many shooters either minimize, or are unaware of the risks associated with their exposure. The physical symptoms of lead poisoning, which act as a warning, are often overlooked because they mimic other, more common ailments. Additionally, these symptoms surface over time, masking a proper diagnosis.  If a shooter experiences any of the following symptoms listed, they should consider lead poisoning as a potential cause and seek testing and treatment.  

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Other

Lead Dangers – Health Effects & Methods of Contamination

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Oct 10, 2013 12:01:00 PM

When I became the Range Master for my agency, I didn’t know what I needed to know about lead. Two years into my position I got a real education  that was nothing short of terrifying. The recession forced my agency to mandate my unit and I (five of us) to handle all range functions from training and qualifications, to maintenance of firearms. Unable to pay overtime, I could no longer rotate these responsibilities amongst a large cadre of part-time range officers and armorers.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, Other

Concealed Carry Handguns - Rehearsal and Responsibility

Posted by Mia Anstine on Jul 22, 2013 8:00:00 AM


I thought I was going to actually have to use my Conceal Carry (CC) gun a while back. My daughter and I had just returned from hunting. We were parked more than twenty miles from town on a highway in the high country. We had just loaded the horses in the trailer and gotten into our truck. 

We sat in the truck at the trailhead parking lot eating a sandwich and warming up. A white mini-van with no license plates drove up. As it parked in front of us we noted two men were in the front seats. They sat in their vehicle for several minutes as a trooper ticketed someone else on the other side of the highway. After the trooper pulled away the men got out of the van and approached our truck.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety, Gun Rights, Self Defense