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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 Dangers - Part 2

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


Lead Dangers - Lead Poisoning Symptoms and Strategies to Minimize Contamination

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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

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

3 Concealed Carry Tips For People With A Disabilities

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jan 2, 2013 4:44:00 AM

I was diagnosed and treated for a rare muscle tumor when I was 17. The cancer was so rare that I was only the 7th person diagnosed with it and the first person to ever survive it. I was sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN which is an awesome hospital and I strongly recommend that you help support they hospital with donations or fundraisers.
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety

Going Through The Change

Posted by matteo recanatini on Oct 31, 2012 3:32:00 AM

by Carrie Lightfoot - Guest Contributor
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety, Self Defense

When you've got to go.... You've got to go!

Posted by matteo recanatini on Sep 17, 2012 12:30:00 AM

by Carrie Lightfoot - Guest Contributor
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety

3 Problems With Carrying A Gun While On Crutches

Posted by matteo recanatini on Jul 5, 2012 6:14:00 AM

By Jason Parks – Guest Contributor 

If you didn’t read my first post, I wrote about the disadvantages of physical disabilities when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon. I also talked about how I have been on crutches for a couple of years. I did not receive my conceal carry permit until recently, but the issues that go with the crutches while carrying have been in the back of my head for a long time.

Being on the crutches presents three major problems when it comes to carrying a concealed weapon.

First of all, being on crutches partially lowers your situational awareness. We all know the best way to stay out of trouble is to be aware of what is happening around you and avoid potential problem situations. Using crutches takes away from a person’s situational awareness to varying degrees depending on where you are. You have to keep your attention on not catching a crutch on a curb or crack or on not putting a crutch down on a slick surface or in a hole.

Hanging out at the SASS practice.
The plus side to this problem is that you also have to watch out for other people because they are not paying attention to you which is why this only lowers your situational awareness slightly.

Second, the crutches are simply in the way. You need at least one free hand to draw your pistol and in some suggested tactics, you need two. You have to drop or otherwise get the crutches out of your way before you can draw a pistol. I guess you could always throw a crutch or cane at your attacker before drawing. Or not. Up to you.

I need to figure out how to get the crutches out of my way while simultaneously making sure that they do not interfere with drawing my pistol. This is going to take some trial and error and a lot of practice which is what a lot of you suggested that I do in your comments about my last post on Beretta's Facebook page.

Third is the issue of balance and mobility. Once you have the crutches out of your way, you have basically locked yourself into an immobile situation where your main tools of balance and mobility are laying on the ground. I can stand on my bad leg and even take a few steps without crutches so I can still shoot from a balanced position. But there are people who can’t do that. What do they do? Best option I can come up with right now is to Stop, Drop and Shoot.

Maybe I should apply for a trademark for that and start teaching it? I’m going to try it the next time I practice and see how it goes.

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) website has some good articles on concealed carry and shooting with a physical disability here and here.

This post and its contents are the views and opinions of the author only, and do not necessarily represent those of Beretta.

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You can follow me on Twitter @thejasonparks.
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Firearms Safety