Beretta Blog

A Handy Upgrade for the Beretta 1301 Shotgun

Posted by Tom McHale on May 13, 2015 10:30:00 AM


I’ve been testing out a new product from Mesa Tactical for my Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun: The SureShell Aluminum Shotshell Carrier. Called a side-saddle by some, this piece of gear allows you to carry extra shells on the side of the receiver for quick access.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Exactly How Precise Is A Shotgun?

Posted by Tom McHale on May 12, 2015 4:12:00 PM



At this point, you might be thinking, “He's using the words precise AND shotgun in the same sentence? Is this guy nuts?”

Well, that depends. I’m talking about whether a shotgun can be “precise” or not. We won’t discuss my sanity just yet. The potential precision of your shotgun depends on careful matching of your particular gun, choke tube (if applicable) and ammunition. And when I say careful matching, I’m not talking about specifying a brand of ammunition. I’m talking about specifying a brand, shot size, shell length, and velocity / power factor - basically all the things that uniquely define a particular box of shotgun shells.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

Trigger Reset: Don't Waste Your Time

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 30, 2015 8:30:00 AM


As a firearms instructor, I wonder about some of the things that are taught on the range; trigger reset is one of them. 

While going through Firearms Instructor school and the related armorer’s class, I was introduced to trigger reset. (It’s amazing how many years I had been shooting without knowing this bit of information). For those who are not familiar, trigger reset refers to releasing the trigger just enough after a shot has been fired for the sear to re-engage with the hammer or striker. At this point, the shooter can press the trigger again for a follow-up shot. In the class, we were instructed to fire a shot and to hold the trigger all the way to the rear afterwards. We were then told to slowly release the trigger until such time as we heard the “click” and felt it in our trigger finger. When that happened, we knew that the sear had reset, and another shot could be fired by pulling the trigger to the rear again. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Handgun Laser Myths... Busted!

Posted by Tom McHale on Mar 27, 2015 2:30:00 PM



Years ago, I had a feeling that lasers were a good thing for a self or home-defense gun. I’d only used them on the range for practice, and at home dry firing, but it just seemed so sensible to me. All of the “marketing messages” sounded pretty rational. 

“You can focus on the threat and still aim accurately.”

“They help you aim in low light conditions, when most self-defense encounters occur.”

“Lasers allow you to shoot accurately from unconventional positions.”

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting

A Handgun Laser Primer

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


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


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

Self Defense: When Practice Has To Make Perfect

Posted by Tiffany "Duchess" Matala on Sep 14, 2014 1:13:00 PM


We all are all used to hearing everyone tell us over and over again that practice makes perfect. We dry fire, we practice drawing our guns, and we may even practice what we would do if someone broke into our house. What happens when all of this practice HAS to make perfect, because it's no longer practice? This is the case, in moments self defense.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

A Look At The Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun

Posted by Tom McHale on Aug 1, 2014 4:38:00 PM


I recently got my hot little hands on a Beretta 1301 Tactical shotgun. After checking out the floor model at the 2014 NRA Annual Meeting, I decided I had to have one. Why? Because it handles like a shotgun carbine. If you’ve shot short, light weight and compact rifles, then you know exactly what I mean. Now envision those attributes in a shotgun and you’ve got the Beretta 1301 Tactical.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Self Defense

Stun Guns and Electronic Control Devices for Self Defense

Posted by Sara Ahrens on Jul 31, 2014 1:02:00 PM

DSC_0181Some people choose to carry less than lethal tools for self-defense. Two less than lethal tools, which are legally available to citizens in certain states, include electronic control devices and stun guns. Some products combine the two devices in one. People use a variety of terms interchangeably to describe these devices but they are quite different. To make an informed decision on whether or not to carry one of these devices, you must first understand what they are and what they do - and more importantly - don't do. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

How to Find A Gun Expert for Real Handgun Training

Posted by William Starnes on Jul 7, 2014 11:39:00 AM


Critical self-defense skills used to be taught from master to student, and students were chosen with great care. A typical student might spend years on just the basics before receiving his master’s approval. Today we live in a world of fake credentials, instant masters, and impatient students who want to be considered proficient after watching a few videos.
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting


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