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Mistakes Rookies Make At The Shooting Range – And How To Fix Them

Posted by Tom McHale on May 22, 2017 8:53:49 AM

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Every activity that involves other people has given standards for etiquette. You know, the customary rules of behavior that experienced folks just seem to know even though there may not be flashing signs on the wall explaining said expectations.

For example, when dining at Chez Raison d’Etre, you’re not supposed to drink out of the finger bowl even though it appears to contain perfectly good water. Apparently, you shouldn't ask for a straw for your Champagne de Saint Gaul Orpale Blanc de Blancs either. Don’t ask me how I know.

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Topics: Firearms Safety, New Shooters, Handguns

Two Mistakes Rookies Make With Concealed Carry - And How To Fix Them 

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2017 8:25:56 AM

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Everybody has a first time. You know what I mean. You might start to perspire. Perhaps you develop a nervous tick. Everyone I know is, at the very, least anxious their first time. And if we’re all honest with ourselves, there’s probably more than a bit of outright fear bordering on panic. That’s right: I’m talking about the first time you go out in public carrying a concealed firearm.

It’s OK. All of those reactions are perfectly normal. And if anyone tells you they didn’t have any trepidation their first time, they’re probably fibbing. Not only is some healthy apprehension expected, but it's also probably a good thing. After all, you’re venturing out into the world carrying a lethal weapon. Of course, you have no intention or desire to use it. It’s there in case you experience that really bad day that far too many others have encountered. The world can be an ugly place.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense

Two Mistakes Rookies Make In Handgun Shooting – And How To Fix Them

Posted by Tom McHale on May 2, 2017 8:55:12 AM

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Being a rookie is one of those life necessities. Every time we learn a new skill, we’re rookies for some period of time. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just our required learning period. In sports, the “rookie” label often applies to a player's first year in the big leagues. When it comes to handgun shooting, you can shorten your “rookie season” by learning and implementing the proper techniques right away. Let’s look at a couple of the most common rookie mistakes and discuss how to banish them to distant memories.

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

How To Improve Your Semi-Automatic Handgun Reliability

Posted by Beretta Blog on Mar 22, 2017 4:27:23 PM

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The “which is the best concealed carry gun?” question often leads to a “revolver versus semi-auto” discussion. Those who are revolver only fans traditionally use the “semi-automatics tend to jam” reasoning for their affection. As someone who owns and enjoys both of these types of handguns, I have to add a bit of defense to the argument that semi-autos jam.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Handguns

Two Factors in Handgun Accuracy

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 23, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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I have had the opportunity to teach a lot of people to shoot. They have varied from newly-hired police officers to domestic abuse victims. Through the years, I’ve come up with my own ways of describing the process and breaking it down into its most basic steps. It is these basic steps that I want to cover in this article because they are just as applicable to the experienced shooter as they are the novice. 
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Topics: New Shooters

A Handgun Laser Primer

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 2, 2015 8:40:00 AM

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If you want to start a bar fight, just bring up the topic of using lasers on handguns. Although they’ve been mainstream for years, there’s still an amazing amount of controversy, disinformation and downright bunk floating around out there. With that in mind, we figured it’s time to do a series of articles that together, will offer a comprehensive guide to handgun lasers.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Benefits of Using a Handgun Laser

Posted by Tom McHale on Jan 31, 2015 2:40:49 PM

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Last time, I discussed the types of handgun-mounted lasers and how they operate. Now, let’s take a look at the “why” behind mounting a laser on your handgun. In other words, what are the benefits? Next in this series, we’ll talk about what some consider drawbacks. I consider most of the perceived drawbacks myths, but you can make your own decision when we get to that point.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, New Shooters, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Managing the Trigger

Posted by Dick Jones on Jan 5, 2015 10:09:15 AM

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One of the best things about my life is how I’ve cultivated so many great friends. Those friends enrich my life, and it’s a pleasure when I get the opportunity to do something nice for them. This week, Mitch Dawkins, whose dad shot on my rifle team when he was a teenager, called about a shooting lesson for his new bride, Megan. Megan is preparing for a career in law enforcement and Mitch wanted me to give her a pistol lesson.
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Topics: New Shooters

Using Hearing Aids with Hearing Protection

Posted by William Starnes on Dec 17, 2014 8:25:00 AM

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Like many people, I suffer from hearing loss. Within the last year, I finally decided that I’d had enough and purchased a couple of hearing aids.  I had a lot of questions about hearing aids - the first of which was why are the darned things so expensive.  But after learning more about them, I see why.  These are not just amplifiers; modern hearing aids are micro-computers that adjust sound levels based on computerized frequency mapping of the individual’s hearing.  I can’t tell you the impact of hearing sounds that I had not heard in years (truthfully decades).  It was striking and a bit overwhelming at first.  It seems that a person doesn’t notice gradual declines in hearing - the daily losses are so small that you grow used to them.  Then one day you realize that you’re not hearing bits of conversation and nuances of speech.  You start missing out on conversations and compensating for it, then you figure out that something has to change.

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Topics: New Shooters, Other

Trigger Control: Accepting the Wobble

Posted by Dick Jones on Dec 15, 2014 8:09:31 AM

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Last week, I was at a writer’s conference and it was shooting day. I was on the range with a good friend and outdoor writer who’s also a really good shooter, we’ll call him Glen. He was shooting a 1911 compact with a Crimson Trace laser and having a bit of trouble. I was standing off the line and watching the bright green laser point on his target ten feet away. The laser beam would rattle around in the center of the target for a second or two and then plunge a few inches down and left as the gun went off. 

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Topics: New Shooters, Competitive Shooting