Beretta Blog

Clay Shooting Tips: The Straight Away Target - Easy to Hit and Easy to Miss

Posted by Dick Jones on Sep 9, 2014 11:21:00 AM

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We were at the old Tarheel Gun Club, and I was sitting on the porch with Jason, a unique individual and the clay shooting club keeper, who always wore blue denim bib overalls. I was talking about the relative difficulty of the different targets in skeet shooting. The toughest targets for me were stations three, four, and five. All these are crossing targets, one each from the right and left. At that time, I didn’t really have a good handle on shooting crossers and it seemed these targets always kept me from shooting 25 out of 25. “Well,” I bragged, “at least I don’t have trouble with low house, station seven.”

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Topics: Clay Shooting, New Shooters

10 Tips For Taking Your Wife To The Range

Posted by Tiffany "Duchess" Tesmer on Aug 22, 2014 9:11:00 AM

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So you want to take your wife to the range. You love her and you love guns, and you want her to love guns so you can have your cake and eat it too. The problem is, you expected her to say no to the range outing, like she always does, but this time, she said yes. Now what?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

No Substitute for Focus in Gun Training

Posted by Dick Jones on Aug 21, 2014 9:10:00 AM

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I have a close friend who’s a pretty good clay shooter, but his shooting suffers because of his willingness to pitch in to the gun club. He’s a co-chairman for the shotgun program, so most of his Sunday visits to the club’s five stand involve more administration than pulling the trigger. A couple of Sundays past, he signed up to shoot two rounds of five stand after the busiest part of the afternoon. He shot a perfect 25 on the first round, not the first 25 he’s shot, but a good score for anyone. On the second round, he went to the last station without a single miss.

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

How To Improve Your Handgun Accuracy In One Easy Step

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Here's a shooting tip: if you do this one practice routine, you can learn to shoot without missing. Before we get into the secret of how to always hit your target, we need to talk physics.

I know, this is a gun blog, and you never use that high school science stuff anyway. Just hear me out for a minute…

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

Taking Your Handgun Proficiency to the Next Level

Posted by Jaci Janes on Aug 5, 2014 8:48:00 AM

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You’ve been carrying on with your handgun training at the range regularly, and you finally have a good grasp of the fundamentals of shooting. Your grip is solid, you have the basics of sight alignment down and your point of aim is almost always your point of impact.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters

10 Ways To Convince Your Wife You Need Another Gun

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 4, 2014 9:39:00 AM

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Unlike Mia, I had no problem whatsoever addressing this scenario. After all, I’m a world-class expert at rationalizing my gun purchases. Don’t believe me? Then explain how I have so many guns, yet am still happily married. At least until my better half reads this article.

For a limited time only, I’m going to share some of my top secret methods. Just be warned, these ideas are powerful. They’re 100% successful almost 47% of the time.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Other

How To Clean Your Beretta Px4

Posted by Tom McHale on Jul 25, 2014 3:48:00 PM

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These detailed instructions are for a Beretta Px4, but if you have a 92/96 series, you can take advantage of this article too. There are a couple of different details, like how the takedown lever works, but everything else is pretty much the same.

The gun I'm using for this demonstration is a.40 S&W Beretta Px4 with a Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro. That's a combination light and laser unit that works with virtually any gun with a rail - like this Px4. The good thing is that it's completely out of the way for cleaning and maintenance, as you see here.

First you have to take it apart, or field strip your PX4. There is no need to completely disassemble your pistol unless something is obviously wrong with its function. And even then, full disassembly and inspection is best left to a qualified gunsmith.

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Topics: New Shooters

Four Essential Handgun Accessories (and not) You Might Not Have in Your Range Bag

Posted by Jaci Janes on Jun 17, 2014 9:28:00 AM

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Hooray, it’s range time!  No doubt, your your list of handgun accessories and range stuff to pack when you head out to your favorite shooting destination already includes firearm, eye and ear protection and targets, but you may be missing a few items that could help make your next range trip stress-free.  These four items are all inexpensive, easy to pack, and they can quickly make the difference between a short and frustrating trip and a fun and relaxing day of shooting.

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Topics: New Shooters

How To Get Started Trap Shooting

Posted by Tom McHale on Jun 4, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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Recently, I wrote The Rookie’s Introduction to Clay Shooting to help new folks get a handle on what the various clay shooting sports are all about.

Now, let’s get serious about how to get started.

Although you can start your clay target shooting career in any of the primary disciplines - trap, skeet or sporting clays, I might encourage new shotgun shooters to take a run at trap shooting first. It’s not a hard and fast rule, just an opinion from some guy on the internet. (That would be me.)

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Topics: Clay Shooting, New Shooters, Competitive Shooting

Customizing Your Beretta Handguns: Why Not?

Posted by Tom McHale on May 26, 2014 4:00:00 PM

I used to be a gun purist. I never made any changes to a factory gun. If I did tweak it, swap out parts or add things, then it wouldn’t be original any more, now would it? And that would be… wrong? For some reason, having a perfect, factory-configured gun was important to me. Perhaps for the same reason I’m reluctant to pull that tag off of new mattresses.

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A lightly personalized Beretta 3032 Tomcat (left) and a Beretta 92FS customization in progress (right.) Note the stainless steel guide rod and Hogue wrap-around grips.
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Topics: New Shooters, Other