The March issue of Shooting Illustrated focuses like a laser on ways to improve your shooting.

The March issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, makes a strong case for adding a laser sight to your long arm. A laser sight can act as a backup to an optical sight, as a stand-alone unit for close-in defensive work or when the lights are out and iron sights are less-than-optimal.

While shotguns typically aren’t equipped with laser sights, the UTAS-15 has an optional laser sight in the forend. This is one of the many unique features that make the UTAS-15 such a formidable defensive arm, with the real eye-opener being its 14+1 round capacity. Buckshot, slugs or both can be loaded into the UTAS-15, with the ability to switch back and forth between the twin tubular magazines—making it an extremely versatile shotgun for home defense.

Adam Heggenstaller’s informative article on lasers for long arms details the many reasons adding a laser sight to a rifle makes sense for self-defense. What was once an exotic extra on a handgun is now commonplace, and the advances in universal lasers mean that high-quality laser sights able to mount on your rifle’s accessory rails can be added without breaking the bank. The Taurus CT-9, a new import from the Brazilian arms maker, is equipped with plenty of space to mount a laser sight, although Jorge Amselle was impressed with the CT-9’s standard polymer sights.

On the other end of the spectrum in size and power, is the Beretta Pico, a pocket-size .380 ACP semi-automatic designed for deep concealed carry. Dick Williams reviews the diminutive Beretta with the mini-metric moniker and finds it fills a large niche in a small package.

“All tiny pistols are more difficult to shoot than their full-size counterparts. They are designed for easy concealment and carry comfort.” Williams writes. “Beretta has designed the Pico to fulfill that mission, and its modularity makes it a very attractive choice for a handgun you can carry every day.”

Even quieter than a pocket .380 ACP, air-powered rifles have been growing in popularity as .22 LR ammunition continues its disappearing act on store shelves. Richard Mann reviews air-powered pistols and rifles and discusses how training with modern air guns can help you become a better shooter.

Look for these articles and more in the March issue of Shooting Illustrated, The Definitive Source for the Modern Shooter, at a newsstand near you. You can also subscribe by calling (877) 223-3840.

For more information: visit, call Editor-in-Chief Ed Friedman at (703) 267-1331, or e-mail

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