A Handy Upgrade for the Beretta 1301 Shotgun

Beretta's 1301 Tactical Shotgun equipped with a Mesa Tactical SureShell Shotshell Carrier.

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. Before getting into the specifics of the Mesa Tactical SureShell […]

Exactly How Precise Is A Shotgun?

This Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun has ghost ring sights - for good reason.

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 […]

What’s Best For Home Defense? Pistol, Rifle or Shotgun?

A short-barrel carbine like this Beretta ARX 100 makes an excellent home defense weapon. It's compact, yet far more powerful than a handgun.

I just had a wonderful opportunity to directly compare pros and cons of different guns (or weapons systems as my instructors say) for home defense. You see, I just (barely) graduated from Tactical Pre-School. They were threatening to have me repeat, but I don’t think any of the instructors wanted me back for another session. […]

Mad Gun Science: Is Buckshot Best for Home Defense?

If you're going to use a shotgun for home defense, why not get eleven?

Recently we looked at the pros and cons of using birdshot loads for home defense. Now it’s time to look at the flip side – using big and heavy buckshot for the same purpose. The timing for this topic is perfect as I just returned from Tactical PreSchool at the Academi training facility in Moyock, […]

College Students Shoot the Clays at the ACUI Shotgun Bowl Series

Here's what a new Beretta 692 Sporting model does to a clay target.

If you want to see the next generation of competitive clays shooters, look no further than the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). This non-profit organization is much broader than clays shooting or even sports as a whole. Its purpose is to bring together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools across […]

The 5 Best Pocket Carry Handguns

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Pocket carry exposes the eighth great mystery of the universe: it’s much easier to put a gun in your pocket than to take it out. It makes sense when you think about it. When you go to draw a pocket carry handgun, your hand is wrapped around it in a firing grip, so the entire […]

A Handgun Laser Primer

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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, […]

Benefits of Using a Handgun Laser

Why not add a light and laser to your nightstand gun?

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 […]

Getting Started with Guns – A Beretta SHOT Show Webcast

Getting Started with Guns hosted by Beretta USA.

I had the distinct pleasure of participating with femme fatale Barbara Baird from Women’s Outdoor News in a roundtable webcast at SHOT Show. Hosted by the good folks at Beretta USA, we chatted about how to help new folks get started with shooting. We had a great time and topics covered included interpretive dance, shooting […]