August 2013

Interesting Thought… I’m sure we are all tired of hearing about the Zimmerman – Martin case in Florida, but now that the trial is over I’d like to offer a couple of thoughts about things we can learn from what was reported to have happened. First, since none of use was there, our knowledge of what actually happened is incomplete. However, based on what was reported, I think this confrontation could have been avoided… by both parties. They each had the opportunity to walk away at some point during the confrontation. Instead, the decisions that each made culminated in this tragedy. Granted, I wasn’t there, but anytime you can safely walk away from a confrontation, you should.

And second, anytime you use a firearm in self defense, there may be unexpected and unintended consequences.

As I mentioned last month, carrying that firearm is a huge responsibility. And the decisions you make while carrying it can have results that no one could foresee.

Think about it…

Night Class After Action report… The Night Class offered jointly in Las Cruces at the Butterfield Park Shooting Range by Riclin Firearms Training, LLC and SAFE, LLC on August 2 went very well. The participants learned that shooting at night is very different than shooting during the day. The basic flashlight techniques were taught while it was still light. Then, they shot in the dark using a variety of flashlight techniques and finally with no flashlight at all. Reloading at night can be interesting until you figure out what to do with your flashlight. All the participants indicated that they learned a great deal about shooting at night and that their confidence with their handgun had increased. After the Night class was finished there was short lesson on using an AR 15 in the dark with a flashlight. As a result several participants requested a night class focusing on the defensive use of a carbine. We will be working on that and keep you posted.

If you are going out to eat… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to and do a search. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

August Concealed Carry Class… The next concealed carry class will be August 10 & 11. 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 or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Personal Firearms Training… If you are interested in personal, individualized firearms training contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs. Any of the classes Riclin offers, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Advanced Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal training basis for individuals or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Defensive Bicycle ClassDefensive Bicycle Class… We are developing a class on how to be safe while riding your bicycle and how to effectively use your handgun in self defense while out riding. This has proven to be an interesting experience and we have discovered things about defending yourself on your bicycle that we never would have imagined. We anticipate making this class available soon. Let me know if you would like more information or would be interested in taking this class by contacting me at

Tip of the Month… A reminder from a letter in the July 30, 2013 edition of the Albuquerque Journal… ‘The New Mexico Supreme Court held in 1953 that there is no duty to retreat in the face of a threat of force. That common law principle is codified in an instruction which is given to juries in self defense cases. Jury instruction 14-5190 has for many years provided; “a person who is threatened with an attack need not retreat. In the exercise of his right of self defense, he may stand his ground and defend himself.”’ However, retreating (if only to cover), as long as it can be done safely, is generally the wisest course of action.

In closing… I would like to once again thank everyone who responded to my request for input on the newsletter last month. The response was overwhelming in favor of continuing the newsletter and I will do so. Over the next few months I will be making some changes in the format and content of the newsletter and I would appreciate your thoughts on anything you would like to see included. I promise that I will give strong consideration to each idea and thought that you send.

Richard Barbaras

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