Beretta Blog

How to Pick the Perfect Pistol for Everyday Carry

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Dec 18, 2018 8:33:00 AM

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A trip to your local gun store can be overwhelming for someone new to concealed carry. Almost all guns bear a striking similarity to each other. They’re almost all black. Most pistols incorporate a hefty amount of plastic and some steel. What sets them apart?

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Topics: Handguns, Self Defense, Concealed Carry

Improve Your Pistol Skills on 100 Rounds per Month

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Dec 11, 2018 4:57:03 PM

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If you carry a defensive firearm or compete in practical pistol, you know consistent practice is the key to confidence and skill-building. We all need to practice more often, so we dry-fire at home to improve our skills without the time and expense of going to a range. Dry-fire is effective, and it’s something I do it on an almost daily basis, but at some point, the rubber has to meet the road and we need to put our plans into action and send rounds downrange. 

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Concealed Carry

The Many Faces of the Storied Beretta 92 Pistol

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Nov 27, 2018 9:50:00 AM

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The Beretta 92FS is one of the most iconic pistols in the world. The open-slide design gives the gun a distinct profile. The silhouette is even a popular choice for the “gun-free-zone” signs commonly posted by those who feel comforted by the protection offered by signage.

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Topics: Handguns

Should You Use Your Pistol's Slide Lock Lever or Rack the Slide?

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 5, 2018 8:59:00 AM

 

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When loading a fresh magazine or changing to a new one, there are two ways to “recharge” a semi-automatic pistol. You can push down on the slide lock lever using your firing or support hand thumb, or you can go through a partial slide racking motion. Some on the internet will insist that choosing the wrong method will get you killed and result in Justin Bieber lip-synching Milli Vanilli songs at your funeral.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Why Arkansas’s New Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit Matters for All of Us

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Oct 8, 2018 8:54:00 AM

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Earlier this year, Arkansas became one of the first states in the country to issue what the state calls an “enhanced” concealed carry permit. The new regulations allow those with an enhanced endorsement to carry a concealed firearm many places that are off limits to those with the standard CHCL: public college campuses, churches, even bars. Are these new permits a step in the right direction for those of us who carry concealed?

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Topics: Handguns, Self Defense, Concealed Carry

What To Do Before Your Concealed Carry Class

Posted by Kevin Creighton on Sep 27, 2018 8:51:00 AM

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Gun ownership continues to grow at record levels in the United States, and concealed carry permits are increasing right alongside gun sales, reaching record levels last year with no end in sight. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that the majority of people who go to the trouble and expense of getting a concealed carry permit don’t carry a pistol on a regular basis. When I went through my CCW class in Arizona many years ago, our instructor said that only a third of us would commit to carrying our guns on a regular basis. Based on my experience since then, I think he was optimistic.

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Topics: Handguns, Self Defense, New Shooters, Concealed Carry

Can You Shoot to Police Standards?

Posted by Tom McHale on Sep 5, 2018 9:26:00 AM

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Without pictures, it didn’t happen. Unless you bring back a t-shirt, you didn’t go. And without skill and progress measurement, you can’t improve.

One way to exercise your skills and measure your progress is to practice with a structured course of fire. A good routine will “walk you through” a variety of skills like strong hand only, support hand only, two-handed shooting, draws from a holster, and magazine changes. While the shooting community has developed hundreds of such practice scenarios, you don’t have to look any farther than your local law enforcement agency to find one. While every agency differs in the details, most have a structured qualification course of fire that every officer has to complete on a regular basis.

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

How Lack of Time Can Make You a Better Shooter

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 9, 2018 9:41:00 AM

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With many things in life, I deliver better results with aggressive time limitations. There’s nothing like a tight deadline to make me focus and produce. Unfortunately, shooting isn’t one of those activities. In fact, adding a time crunch to basic shooting tasks has the opposite effect of degrading performance, sometimes to near comical levels.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Handguns, Dynamic Shooting

What You Need to Know About Shot Timers

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 7, 2018 9:15:00 AM

IMG_555292978If you want to become a better shooter, you must measure your both your current skill level and your progress. You can measure and track accuracy results, and depending on your personal goals, that may be enough. For recreational shooting and some types of competition, time may not matter. However, if you want to improve your defensive shooting capabilities or perhaps move up the action pistol sports ladder, being able to shoot accurately under time pressure becomes important.  

A simple shot timer is a great addition to your range kit. Here’s what you need to know about how they work. 

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Topics: Handguns, Dynamic Shooting, Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting

Why Mount a Red Dot Sight on Your Pistol?

Posted by Caleb Giddings on Jul 10, 2018 9:22:12 AM

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Not too long ago, iron sights were the king of sighting systems for pistols and rifles. Rightfully so, as the fundamental designs of iron sights have remained largely unchanged for 300 years. Iron sights are thus a very mature technology that had been proven to be reliable and rugged. But slowly things began to change.

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Topics: Handguns, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Competitive Shooting