Beretta Blog

Pistol Science: The Rotary Recoil System

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 27, 2018 9:01:00 AM

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By very definition, semi-automatic pistols all have some basic features and functions in common. What makes them "semi-automatic" is the recoil system that performs a carefully orchestrated process of:

  • Moving the slide to the rear.
  • Ejecting the spent cartridge case.
  • Cocking the hammer or striker for the next shot.
  • Moving forward and stripping a fresh cartridge from the magazine.
  • Loading that cartridge into the chamber as the slide closes and locks into position.
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Topics: New Shooters, Handguns

6 Things You Need in Your Range Bag

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 1, 2018 7:50:00 AM

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There are plenty of things that are obvious additions to a range bag. You’ll need eye and ear protection. If you like to bring guests, then pack extra safety glasses and hearing muffs, so everyone has a set. Targets, a stapler, and spare staples are also a given. Is that all you need? Not if you want to guarantee an interruption-free outing.

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Topics: New Shooters, Dynamic 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

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

How to Choose the Right Handgun

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 6, 2017 12:01:13 PM

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If you're buying a new handgun, it's good to approach the process with just a bit of strategic planning. The more you can think through some basic decisions, the better the choice you'll make. Not only will you be happier with your purchase, but you also won't experience the dreaded buyer's remorse. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Topics: New Shooters

Do Handguns Have Knockdown Power?

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 11:16:04 AM

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Let’s clear something up. Hollywood does a lousy job of portraying the performance of handguns. Pistol shots cause villains to fly through windows, cars, and buildings to explode and nameless henchmen to surrender by the thousands. In other words, TV and movies show that handguns have serious “knockdown” power. Let’s talk about that for just a sec…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

How to Deal with Pistol Malfunctions

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 4, 2017 10:57:09 AM

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The loudest sound in the known universe is that of a “click” when your gun is supposed to fire. We’ll refer to that sound as a malfunction. Sometimes there’s not even a click and the gun still won’t fire. We’ll call that a malfunction too.

Fortunately, unless something physically broke on your gun between shots, malfunctions fall into a couple of common categories. Let’s take a look at how to deal with them.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

Gun Training - The Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Oct 2, 2017 2:49:45 PM

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This week, I spent an hour or so in the car with my 15-year-old grandson who has his learner’s permit and is learning to drive. As we drove, I explained to Charlie the importance of conditioned response in driving. His mom had an accident shortly after getting her license. Her tires ran off the pavement, and she snatched the wheel, causing the car to veer across the road on the other side. It could have been a life-threatening accident, and she asked me to teach him how to avoid her mistake of snatching the wheel when her tires ran off the pavement. Charlie is fast becoming an effective shooter, and most of our visits involve some pistol training. I explained the process was no different than the training we were doing with his pistol shooting.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

How to Survive Your First Gun Store Visit

Posted by Tom McHale on Oct 2, 2017 2:38:46 PM

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Not too long ago, a visit to a local gun store might become a rough experience, involving store clerks sitting around the counter with a few buddies, talking about yuppies who occasionally wander in by accident. The highlight of their day might have been glaring at those “new people” who had not yet earned the right to hang out and spin gun yarns.

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Topics: New Shooters

The Beginning Pistol Shooter

Posted by Dick Jones on Jun 28, 2017 1:11:07 PM

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As an instructor, I see more and more people wanting to learn to shoot who have zero experience with guns. This is a tremendous blessing for our industry because all these new shooters are not only recognizing the value of firearms ownership and the ability to defend themselves, they’re likely to convince the people around them to reconsider their previous position on guns. Unfortunately, I also hear horror stories about the training (and lack of training) some of them have experienced. Learning to shoot is a serious undertaking and shouldn’t be approached in a haphazard fashion. Early success is important to a new shooter and bad habits established early must be overcome for a new shooter to reach his or her potential.

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Topics: New Shooters, Handguns