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

Sight Science (how to use handgun sights)

Posted by Tom McHale on Apr 6, 2018 11:53:27 AM

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There’s a lot more to handgun sights than meets the eye. OK, so that little play on words was entirely on purpose, but it’s true. While sights seem simple and even mundane, there’s quite a bit of thought and sophisticated science put into the design of effective handgun sights.

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

Will You Shoot Better with an Improved Trigger?

Posted by Dick Jones on Mar 6, 2018 11:42:23 AM

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Since I was a skinny, pimply faced kid behind a gun counter I’ve seen people check a gun for clear, look down the sights and check a gun’s trigger pull. Often the next statement is, “Nice trigger.” Gun companies are constantly upgrading their trigger systems, and sometimes offer competition triggers. I’ve certainly done the same thing thousands of times. I do like a crisp and light trigger pull, but does a light and precise trigger always result in better shooting?

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Handguns

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: New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

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: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Do You Need Two-strike Capability In Your Pistol?

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 12, 2018 4:17:11 PM

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I think some issues, preferences, and beliefs just get passed around the gun community with few stopping to consider and evaluate what they really mean. You know, things like “The batteries will just run out of your laser or light when you need it most!” Or maybe, “It only takes one .45 ACP bullet to end a fight.” You know the drill and have probably heard dozens of such nuggets of wisdom passed down.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

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, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

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: Concealed Carry, Competitive Shooting, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

How Natural Point of Aim Can Improve Your Handgun Accuracy

Posted by Tom McHale on Nov 27, 2017 10:15:06 AM

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If there was a way to let your body do more of the work of getting and staying on target, wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that? Of course, you would! It’s not so much about doing more of the work as it is about getting, and more importantly, staying on target. The bottom line is this. If you can allow your body to “naturally” assume more responsibility, then you can shoot more accurately and more consistently. Having to force your body, arms, and hands to make accurate hits leads to fatigue and therefore inconsistency.

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Topics: New Shooters, Handguns