Beretta Blog

What You Must Know About Cover and Concealment in Self-Defense

Posted by Jim Grant on May 2, 2017 11:52:00 AM

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While there are dozens of reasons people purchase a firearm, home defense often tops the list. In a home defense scenario, it's important to understand two related, but very different concepts: cover and concealment.

When buying a firearm for defense, either at home or on the go, it's important to get professional training because defense isn't just about shooting. One of the topics that a good defensive instructor will cover is that of cover and concealment. The average home has numerous examples of both, and you need to know how to use each along with their respective advantages and disadvantages. Knowing in advance which items in your work constitute cover or concealment just might make all the difference one day.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Tap/Rack as a Conditioned Response

Posted by Dick Jones on Apr 5, 2017 10:35:00 AM

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Today, it seems there are more trainers than there were shooters just a few years ago. Many train by teaching sound principles that apply to the real world while others tend to make their training sessions look like a Special Forces exercise, with students rolling around under cars and jumping out of windows. There’s no doubt those classes can be fun but do you really have the skills you need firmly entrenched in your psyche? Those skills must be sufficiently ingrained to allow you to perform under real pressure, not just the pressure of not embarrassing yourself in front of other people.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Dynamic Shooting, Handguns

5 Things To Know Before Buying A Home-defense Handgun

Posted by Jim Grant on Mar 30, 2017 1:14:00 PM

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Picking the right tool for the job is essential in all walks of life; hammers make terrible screwdrivers, and pocketknives are useless for digging post holes. The same can be said for deciding on a firearm for home defense.

Many shooters gravitate towards a handgun for such a purpose but fail to understand both the limitations of them and what makes an ideal home defense tool. Handguns are a compromise by design; they aren’t as effective at stopping a threat as either a carbine or shotgun.

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Topics: Self Defense, Handguns

How To Overcome Training Boredom

Posted by William Starnes on Mar 28, 2017 7:28:45 AM

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I know, I know…boredom at the firing range? Perhaps boredom is the wrong word; perhaps not. But if you shoot enough, you want to go beyond just hanging a target and blasting holes in it. Sure, we all have to do that sometimes. There are basic gun handling skills that need to be developed and cultivated, and the best way to do that is through repetition. Repetition can be boring, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Topics: Law Enforcement & Military, Concealed Carry, Self Defense

The Most Important Factor in Surviving a Self Defense Lethal Encounter

Posted by William Starnes on Feb 15, 2017 10:54:31 AM

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Most of the firearms enthusiasts that I know have spent a lot of time training and preparing for the possibility of being involved in a lethal encounter. It’s the ultimate question: would you survive, or would you become a statistic? This is among the top reasons why people buy handguns in the first place. But it’s not just about what type of gun or ammo you carry. It’s not just how well you prepared and trained.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

A Handy Upgrade for the Beretta 1301 Shotgun

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

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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

 

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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

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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

 

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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

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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