April 2020

Interesting Thought… We have been facing some difficult times. I’m sure many of you are getting bored. But we have a great opportunity to improve our shooting skills even if shooting ranges aren’t open. You can still dry fire!

Dry firing is a great skill builder, can be done in the privacy of your own home and is free. What’s not to like?

First, and very important, make sure your firearm is unloaded. Unload it in one room and then go to another to do your dry firing, leaving any ammunition in the first room. Then check again to make sure your firearm is unloaded. Find a safe place to point your firearm and then pick out a point (a nail head, a small screw, a small hole, etc…something small) and use that as an aiming point. Assume your firing position, line your sights up and press (squeeze or pull for you old-timers) your trigger. If your sights move when the hammer falls or the firing pin goes forward, you need to repeat the process until the sights don’t move (or move as little as possible).

Once you master dry firing from one position, start working on another. You can stand, kneel, sit, go prone, use walls and furniture as obstacles, etc. You can practice your presentation(draw) to get it smoother. You can practice lining your sights up and pulling the trigger after your presentation. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

You’d be surprised what 5 or 10 minutes of dry firing a day will do for your shooting skills.

Remember, make sure your firearm is unloaded when you do this!

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • Due to the current situation, I have no classes scheduled. Once the situation changes, the ranges are open again and fingerprinting is available, I’ll look at scheduling classes again.
  • I will be doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request again once the shooting range is available. Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes.
  • Due to the virus situation, the Concealed Carry unit is extending the grace period for people needing renewal classes from 60 days to 120 days. For more information go to https://www.dps.nm.gov/top-links-for-nm-residents/concealed-carry-licenses. However, once your license is expired you may not carry a concealed handgun until you receive your renewed concealed carry license from the Concealed Carry Unit. But remember, New Mexico is an open-carry state.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… These will resume once the virus situation is resolved and the state is opened up again. A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Couples Classes… These will resume once the virus situation is resolved and the state is opened up again. I have been surprised, and very pleased, at how popular these couples classes, where I work with individual couples, have become in a short period of time. If you would be interested in this sort of concealed carry class please let me know. I’d be happy to discuss with you ways we can accommodate you and your specific needs.

Tip of the Month… If you can’t get out to shoot, dry firing is an excellent way to maintain and even improve your shooting skills (I know this is a repeat from my Interesting Thought, but it is something you should really consider doing).

A Closing Thought… Even though coping with the virus situation has been difficult, we’ll get through this. Don’t get discouraged. Look to the future when this is resolved. It may be tough getting there, but we’ll make it. Until then, keep the faith and be safe out there!

Richard Barbaras

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