Me and My Beretta!
Jan01

Me and My Beretta!

If this sounds a bit familiar, you may recall that I wrote a blog post called “Me and My Benelli” a couple of years ago. There I go again . . . falling in love with another Italian shotgun. Embracing my Italian roots (I am of 100% Italian ancestry), I have long been drawn to these wonderful shotguns. My 12-gauge Ultra Light Benelli has been a wonderful gun and is serving me well with its versatility. I love it for hunting turkeys, ducks, doves, and clay shooting with its semiautomatic action. The fact that it weighs less than 6 pounds is a great advantage in every situation. However, there are many occasions where having a gun with a break-open action is preferred. I have attended events where you are required to have a gun with a break-open action for safety reasons on and off the field. If the action is open, there is no possibility of a shell being fired unintentionally. After much research, I started focusing on the Silver Pigeon V over-and-under 20-gauge shotgun. You might think I was gaga over the gorgeous walnut oil-finished stock and its hand-inlaid gold game scenes on the sides of the action. Or, maybe it was the oval on the stock where I can put my initials or family crest that turned my head. Yes, those Italian gunmakers know how to make you swoon! OK, the sheer beauty of Beretta may have had a thing or two to do with it, but I honestly think that I was drawn to this shotgun, as I believe it will be a gun that will satisfy my quest for quality and durability. This gun will surely be one that I pass down to the next generation of hunters in my family. I am thrilled that my daughter Caroline loves to shoot clays, and I also have three granddaughters who, although very small, share my love for anything relating to hunting, especially wearing camouflage clothes. Being a member of Back Woods Quail Club, I have had the pleasure of taking some clay shooting lessons from Ken Podraza of 2XL Shooting Sports. I was excited to learn that Ken now offers shotgun fittings and stock modifications, so I was quick to give him a call to help me get my gun fitted. Ken is certainly a perfectionist, and I learned so much from him about my new gun. “As a shooting instructor and shotgun fitter, I see many people interested in finding that perfect shotgun. A shotgun should feel balanced, swing smoothly to the target, and have the shooter’s eye aligned down the rib of the barrel...

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The Matthew Bellamy Project… A Tragedy leads to this Amazing Cause

Gun Safety is above all, the most important aspect of owning a gun, especially when it comes to protecting our children. I would love to share this cause with my fellow gun owners. This very worthwhile project promotes gun safety through education and offers many other events to bring the Bellamy Family’s message of gun accident prevention  to as many people as possible. Please take a minute to visit this web site and please get involved.   TheMatthewBellamyProject (MBP) is a gun safety organization committed to preventing unintentional firearm deaths by providing free gun locks and firearm safety classes. Our Mission Our family owns guns and respects the rights of others to do so. However, in spite of the fact that we keep our guns locked in a safe where children cannot access them, we lost a child due to an unsecured gun. Out of our heartache, we share our story: Encouraging adults to be responsible for the proper unloading and storage of firearms. Encouraging adults to educate children about gun safety and the proper handling of firearms. Urging parents to ask: “Are there unsecured firearms where my children play”? Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Me and My Benelli
Sep23

Me and My Benelli

Ok,  you could say that I am in love with my new ultra light Benelli 12 gauge shotgun.   I have been in the market for a another shotgun for some time. I love to hunt doves, turkey, and ducks so I felt like my 20 gauge over under was coming up short on versatility. Now, I can’t complain… I have had some pretty good success with my 20 gauge- a trophy turkey, couple of ducks and plenty of doves over the years. But, a girl has to have as much confidence as possible and a 12 gauge Benelli does just that. It is impressive in every way. First,  I love being able to load and shoot 3 shells instead of two.  David Floyd, one of the owners at The Gun Store, took good care of me when selecting the gun that was right for me.  We carefully went through all the different aspects of the gun and how I wanted to use it.  A 12 gauge has more recoil and are typically heavier than a 20 gauge.  Since I got the ultra light, the weight of the gun was not an issue.  As for the recoil, I have not had any problem with it.   A 12 gauge should have an advantage of range but more or less has the same shooting power as the 20 gauge.  Since I love to hunt turkey and ducks as well as doves, I think the 12 gauge will be the perfect gun for me.  So,  I embrace my Italian roots and I am thrilled with my Beneili!! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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Gun Safety-  What’s Wrong with this Photo??
Sep04

Gun Safety- What’s Wrong with this Photo??

Without doubt, gun safety is always the priority when handling guns.  The basics never change and need to be reinforced constantly:  A gun safety course should be taken before handling a gun.  Every gun should be treated as if it were loaded.  Your gun should be pointed in a safe direction at all times. Do not take your gun off safety until you are ready to shoot.  Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.  Store your firearm so that children cannot access it. Never shoot at water or a hard surface as the shot can be deflected in various directions. Be knowledgeable about your firearm safety features but remember they do not substitute safe handling on your part. Properly  clean and maintain your firearm Use the proper ammunition. Never climb a tree stand, fence or obstruction with a loaded firearm Avoid alcohol or medications that may impair you while handling a firearm. Never transport a loaded gun. I recommend getting used to your gun by practicing with it without it being loaded – by that, I mean get to know your gun.  I practiced drawing my handgun from my holster many many times unloaded and used a post it note for my target. The muscle memory from this exercise will enable you to feel comfortable when you use it at the shooting range. Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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