August 2011 Newsletter

An Interesting Thought… Be careful who is in the next room if you ever start shooting in your home! This statement came after an interesting test of bullet performance in sheet rock. Several walls were created by spacing 12 sheets of sheet rock 3 ½ inches apart. Since a wall in a house is two sheets of sheet rock, we had the equivalent of 6 rooms. Handgun bullets were fired into the ‘walls’ to see how many rooms would be penetrated. Even the .22 long rifle fired from a short barrel handgun penetrated 9 sheets (4½ rooms). Most standard defensive handguns penetrated all 12 sheets (6 rooms) with either hard ball or hollow point ammunition. The least amount of penetration was 7½ shot from a 12 gauge shotgun which penetrated only 4 sheets (2 rooms). It was an interesting demonstration that most bullets will penetrate much further that you think, and while not a real scientific test, certainly food for thought.

Tip of the Month… If you are planning on flying with your handgun, check out this web site:
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1304715. Look for Mac’s Guide to Flying with a Firearm. This is a very good article on flying with your firearm and well worth reading if you will be flying with your handgun.

Advanced Handgun Class… Friday August 12 from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm or so. This class will introduce advanced defensive handgun techniques including very close range shooting, shooting from the ground, shooting on the move, moving targets, and an introduction to shooting at night. You will need a handgun, holster, extra magazines or speed loaders, approximately 250 rounds of ammunition, a flashlight you can operate with one hand, and a ground cloth or sheet you can lay on. I realize that this is a Friday but we have to do it this way to gain access to the range at night. If you have any questions, or can fit this class into your schedule, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

August Concealed Carry Class…August 13 & 14… this is our regular monthly concealed carry class. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the class, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

The Ladies Advanced Defensive Handgun Class on July 23 at the Butterfield Trail Shooting Range in Las Cruces was a great success. In addition to doing a variety of realistic defensive drills, including a charging bad guy, and getting some experience shooting at night both with and without a flashlight, the ladies also had the opportunity to shoot in the rain. It was an interesting class.

Ladies Concealed Carry Group… The next meeting of the Alamogordo group will be on August 11 at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ at 6:30 pm. Ladies, please come and join us and bring a friend.

Las Cruces Ladies Concealed Carry Group… This ladies group will be meeting on August 17 from 6:30 – 8 at the Command Bunker at 415 S. Valley in Las Cruces. All ladies are welcome. Whether you are in Las Cruces that day, or make a trip over just for the meeting, you will find this a very interesting group of ladies.

Specialty Classes… We now offer a variety of specialty classes, including…
•    Night Classes (learn to shoot at night…this is when most defensive situations occur and shooting at night is much different than shooting in the daylight)
•    Defensive Shotgun (learn to use your shotgun in a close quarters self defense situation)
•    Defensive Carbine, (learn to use your AR, AK, 10/22 or lever action rifle in a close quarters self defense situation)
•    Advanced Defensive Handgun Class (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques)
•    Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class, (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques oriented towards women’s unique situations)

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we can discuss putting a class together. My teaching schedule is very flexible and can certainly accommodate your training and scheduling needs.

Basic Firearms Training Classes… If you are interested in learning the basics of the handgun, rifle or shotgun, then these introductory classes will get you started and will open you to the exciting world of recreational or defensive shooting. These classes are taught on request, so if you are interested please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… If your particular training needs are not being met by our regular classes, or you desire some on-on-one instruction to improve your shooting skills, please let me know. I’m willing to travel to your locale if we can work out the logistics.

Refresher and Renewal Classes… Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your license to see if you need to take a Refresher (2 years after the issue date of your license) or a Renewal (2 months prior to the expiration date on your license). Let me know if you need to take either of these classes and we’ll arrange a time to do them.

Refresher and Renewal Classes… Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your license to see if you need to take a Refresher (2 years after the issue date of your license) or a Renewal (2 months prior to the expiration date on your license). Let me know if you need to take either of these classes and we’ll arrange a time to do them. Note that there will be a Refresher Class on Monday August 8 at 8:00 am if anyone is interested.

Supporters…Thank you to all our supporters (and my apologies to any I have forgotten).
•    David at the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049)
•    Clint at Ricochet Shooting Sports, (575.434.GUNS)
•    James at Basin Firearms (575.430.0541)
•    Wyatt at the Gun Rack (575.443.1528)
•    Larry at Fire Power Gun and Pawn of Ruidoso (575.257.3943)
•    Robert at the Wal Mart (575.434.5870) Sporting Good Department
•    Concealcarrychat.com… http://www.concealcarrychat.com
•    Cressie at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

Please patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

Going Out To Eat… To determine if a particular restaurant has Restaurant license (which according to the NM Alcohol and Gaming Division means they can only sell beer and wine) go to http://164.64.87.25/MyLicenseVerification/Search.aspx?facility=Y.

In closing… I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support since I retired from my ‘real’ job a year ago and am focusing on firearms training. I have had some interesting students (some with unique needs) and have been able to visit some interesting places. Thanks again for your interest and support!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

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