Beretta Blog

A Clean Shotgun is a Happy Shotgun

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 27, 2018 9:58:00 AM

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The argument of shotgun cleaning took place in bird camp. In one corner was my buddy who cleans his shotgun like clockwork... which is once a decade whether it needs it or not (it needs it). In the other corner was a pal who meticulously cleans his shotgun at the end of each day. On some days I wonder if he'd like to clean his shotgun after every shot. I'm in the middle and wipe my guns after each hunt and clean them once a month or at the end of the season. My only exception is that I do a thorough cleaning after hunting in a heavy downpour or after use in a saltwater marsh.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

These Days It's Tough to Give a Buddy the Shirt Off Your Back

Posted by Tom Keer on Aug 8, 2018 9:01:00 AM

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For seemingly forever, layering systems have been an integral part of our sporting lives. Back-in-the-day we wore a t-shirt followed by a cotton shirt accompanied by a wool sweater and then a waxed-cotton coat. If the coat was tan, it doubled in a duck blind, and if not it was traded for one with a camo pattern. These natural materials felt great, they worked well, and we were comfortable. Sometimes we got wet, other times we got hot, but usually, we were cold. No one complained for it was part of hunting.

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Topics: Hunting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

The Things Your Waterfowl Hunting Guide Wishes Clients Would Do

Posted by Tom Keer on Jul 24, 2018 10:14:00 AM

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The Mallards took a quick look at the spread and kept on booking. They were high in the sky with the afterburners on. Maybe they were en route to yesterday's buffet, or maybe they saw something they didn't quite like. It didn't matter 'cause your guide hit 'em with a mix of calls. There were a few comebacks, a begging hail call and when they got closer the quacks and contented feeding sucked 'em in.

A good guide will make or break your hunting experience, but there's a lot to know about your roles in the guided hunt. Here are some things that your guide would like to see you do to guarantee safety and success.

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Topics: Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Laser Guided Shotgun Training? Almost…

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 23, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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Wingshooting skills would be so easy to learn if we were shooting laser guns. You know, the ones aliens carried in the “B” movies to project a continuous beam of disintegration at earthlings who refused to take them to their leader. With these mythical shotguns, we would just watch the beam and easily adjust for lead on any target no matter how evasive its maneuvers.

If you’ve ever set foot on a shotgun range, you know it doesn’t work that way. Learning to consistently center a shot pattern you can’t see on a moving target is to master physics, muscle memory … and a good bit of art. It takes time.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

The Great Shotgun Bead Debate: Part One

Posted by Bill Miller on Jul 16, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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Rifles and handguns are aimed. Shotguns are pointed. But what does that really mean?

It means shooting any firearm with a single projectile is precise. It requires time and attention to align the sighting system – whether open sights or optical sights – on the intended target. Alignment and steadiness are so critical that the best shooters control breathing and heartbeats to press the trigger at the absolute proper millisecond.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got the Right Swing

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 28, 2018 9:05:00 AM

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Recently, Beretta columnist Bill Miller explored different types of wingshooting techniques from a practical perspective of hand-eye coordination and mechanics. Now it's time to look at how those techniques apply in the field for different situations. Tom Keer explores the topic in more detail.

I didn't mind that the week of snow that fell in knee-high drifts ended my grouse season. It had been a great few months of snap shooting over solid points. While inland coverts were now a frozen tundra, the nearby ocean hadn't yet iced over. Add to the fact that the cold snap pushed big flocks of sea ducks, Canada geese, and Brant into the bay it was easy for me to make the switch. All I had to do was to trade my 28 gauge for a 12-gauge, my lead shot for steel, and my blaze orange for camo.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

Shooting Singles Versus Flocks

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 26, 2018 9:03:00 AM

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Two braces, one pair of pointers and another pair of setters, carved up the field like there was no tomorrow. They all arrived at the same place at slightly different times. A pointer locked up followed by a setter's honor followed by a pointer's honor and then the back by the final setter. This covey was likely to be a hatblower, a term I learned from long-time bird doggers Ed and Sheila Hart. Hatblowers are big coveys, with some ranging between 50 and 75 birds strong. When they flush all a once there is a rush of air so strong that it nearly blows your hat off of your head.

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Topics: Hunting - Upland, hunting - waterfowl

The Right Kind of Clays

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 25, 2018 8:34:00 AM

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It's conventional wisdom to do a few things prior to bird hunting season. Wax your cotton chaps, clean your guns, road your dogs, and drop a few hard-earned pounds from summer BBQ's. Other items need tending, but getting ready for the season by shooting clays is a whole lot of fun.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl

If It Fits, Shoot It

Posted by Tom Keer on Jun 21, 2018 9:38:00 AM

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I admit that I was worried when I looked around the gun shop's tremendous inventory. I'd need nerves of steel to depart without making a purchase. That said, shotguns are like potato chips, you can't just have one. And so I squared my shoulders and started reviewing the Over/Unders, Side-by-Sides, Pumps, and Semi-Automatics to find one I couldn't live without. I'm always in the market for a new firearm, so that makes me a salesman's low-hanging fruit. And I'm sure it's a similar situation with you.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Turkey, hunting - waterfowl

Shotgun Shooting 101

Posted by Jodi Stemler on Aug 23, 2017 3:49:27 PM

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Proper shotgun shooting is a game of repetition – the more you shoot, the more often you will shoot well. However, if you don’t start with the basic shooting position engrained in your muscle memory, it will be hard to ever shoot consistently. There are a few fundamental things you should always do when you shoot a shotgun. Make these fundamentals habitual, and you will be able to focus on the more “intangible” parts of shotgunning and wingshooting.

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Topics: Clay Shooting, Hunting - Upland, Hunting - Duck, hunting - waterfowl