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Practice With Your Bedroom Gun

I know many of you have a handgun in your bedroom. When was the last time you practiced with it? Does it have a light (or is a flashlight handy)? Have you checked lately too see if they still work? When things go bump in the night is not the time to discover that you have a dead battery.

Do some realistic drills at the range with your bedroom gun.

  • Lay down like you are sleeping, with your handgun close to where you keep it at night. A ground cloth or blanket will do as ‘bed’ for this and you’ll find it more comfortable than laying on the cold hard ground.
  • Place a target where your door would be. Practice grabbing your handgun and shooting the target while laying there in your ‘bed.’ Do this with and without whatever light you have.

You’ll find it’s a lot different than the standing up and shooting that you normally do. Something you should think about doing occasionally.

The Day You Need Your Gun

You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else will pick that day and they will only tell you at the last minute.

Tom Givens, of Rangemaster (a premier firearms training facility in Tennessee), made this interesting comment that was picked up on Facebook a month or so ago. Think about the truth of this statement. If I knew I was going to need my gun that day, I’d do everything I could to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, our life-threatening encounters tend to come when we least expect them.

Think about that for a moment as you decide whether or not to carry your gun today because it may be a hassle or a little inconvenient. And then carry it! Remember, you probably won’t get to pick the moment.

January 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

Interesting Thought for the New Year… You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else will pick that day and they will only tell you at the last minute. Tom Givens, of Rangemaster (a premier firearms training facility in Tennessee), made this interesting comment that was picked up on Facebook a month or so ago. Think about the truth of this statement. If I knew I was going to need my gun that day, I’d do everything I could to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, our life-threatening encounters tend to come when we least expect them. Think about that for a moment as you decide whether or not to carry your gun today because it may be a hassle or a little inconvenient. And then carry it! Remember, you probably won’t get to pick the moment.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • January 12 & 13, 2019…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • February 9 & 10…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • February 16 & 17…Gun Show in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…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. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

Refresher Classes… Don’t forget your mandatory Refresher Class! It needs to be done during the period of 2 months before to 2 months after the midpoint of your concealed carry license. I’ve had a number of students who haven’t done them and it can cause complications when you try to renew your concealed carry license. And it’s required by the law. If you don’t know where you stand, take a look at your license NOW. If you haven’t done your Refresher and need to, let me know and we’ll schedule a class for you.

 

When you receive your original or renewed concealed carry license, get out your electronic calendar, move ahead 2 years and put a reminder to do your Refresher. It’s also not a bad idea to go forward to the expiration year and make a note to do your Renewal Class as well.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are continuing work on our Practical Defensive Shooting Class. It will be based on realistic life-threatening scenarios that you might find yourself in. We are studying real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras as we develop this class. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds generally with few shots being fired. We are still planning on offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget… Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at themid pointof your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s concealed handgun license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… 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 http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y 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.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of 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.

Tip of the Month… Practice with your bedroom gun! I know many of you have a handgun in your bedroom. When was the last time you practiced with it? Does it have a light (or is a flashlight handy)? Have you checked lately too see if they still work? When things go bump in the night is not the time to discover that you have a dead battery.

Do some realistic drills at the range with your bedroom gun. Lay down like you are sleeping, with your handgun close to where you keep it at night. A ground cloth or blanket will do as ‘bed’ for this and you’ll find it more comfortable than laying on the cold hard ground. Place a target where your door would be. Practice grabbing your handgun and shooting the target while laying there in your ‘bed.’ Do this with and without whatever light you have. You’ll find it’s a lot different than the standing up and shooting that you normally do. Something you should think about doing occasionally.

In Closing… A final thought… A statement from an article by Tim Schmidt, of the USCCA…A few years back, Carrie Lightfoot, owner of The Well Armed Woman, said something that stuck with me and that I always end up thinking about this time of year: “It is a significant gift to arm the people you love with the tools and the training to protect themselves.”  Come and see me with any training needs you might have, or would like to gift to someone. I’d be happy to work with you in 2019.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Increase Your Awareness – Stay Alert

Stay Alert!Be extra alert as you go about your holiday activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your social activities and shopping that brings you into close contact with lots of people, including strangers, that you tend to become complacent.

Be extra aware of those around you. Most of them mean you no harm, but there are always those who are looking to harm you or take advantage of you.

Warning to New Mexico Gun Owners

Republished from: NRA-ILA Institute for Legislative Action

Expect Unprecedented Attacks On Your Second Amendment Rights During The 2019 Legislative Session

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Image Attribution: NRA-ILA

While the New Mexico Legislature will not convene for its 60-day Regular Session until January 15, lawmakers can start prefiling bills on December 17.  You will see unprecedented attacks on your Second Amendment rights from the word go.  Your NRA-ILA will alert you to bill numbers and provide links to the content of legislation as it becomes available.  But in the meantime, we want to share with you what we already know is coming.

Expect anti-gun politicians to introduce a slew of so-called “common-sense gun measures” — a misleading phrase that gun control activists use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid questioning the bills’ enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.

The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal” background check bills similar to those which legislators rejected in 2017.  These measures would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals.  Gun owners will be forced to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling firearms to family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members.  Such proposals will have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration.

“Extreme risk protective order” or “red flag” legislation touted by gun control advocates would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process.    Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding — prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter-evidence — would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property.

Another expected proposal would make gun owners liable if a child gains access to an unsecured firearm.  New Mexico already has a felony child abuse statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children’s lives or health at risk in any manner.  The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases.  Education is the key to protecting gun owners and their kids, not a one-size-fits-all mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.

If anti-gun organizations and anti-gun politicians make progress on these agenda items, you can expect bans on semi-automatic firearms and restrictions on magazine capacity to be next!

Don’t sit idly by and watch your freedoms disappear.  Sign up as an NRA Frontlines volunteer and get at least three fellow gun owners to also sign up to receive timely legislative alerts on firearm-related bills during this upcoming session.  Make plans to attend committee hearings on these bills at the Roundhouse when NRA-ILA notifies you of the place and location.  And contact your state lawmakers before and during session urging them to OPPOSE these measures.

A new governor and a large number of freshman State House members won’t be sworn in or have contact information at the Roundhouse until next month.  The make-up of the State Senate basically remains the same.  Please contact your State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE bills that ban private gun sales between law-abiding individuals, OPPOSE red flag legislation that allows for the confiscation of firearms without due process and to OPPOSE proposals that mandate how you must store firearms in the home.  

Preparing for Your Personal Defense

Here’s a very interesting article by Jeff Gonzales posted on Shooting Illustrated regarding things you need to consider as you look at your personal safety and defense.

The article states that managing a potential threat is best done before the threat reaches your “contact” distance, and ideally when they’re still well within the “far” area to give yourself better options. Here is an illustration to explain.

Personal Defense Zones

These concepts are particularly appropriate in the holiday season where we are liable to spend more time in close proximity to people while out shopping or during holiday social events.

Read Jeff’s article: Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

December 2018

Interesting Thought… Here’s a very interesting article by Jeff Gonzales posted on Shooting Illustrated regarding things you need to consider as you look at your personal safety and defense. These concepts are particularly appropriate in the holiday season where we are liable to spend more time in close proximity to people while out shopping or during holiday social events. Read Jeff’s article: Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • December 8 & 9…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • January 12 & 13, 2019…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…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. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are continuing work on our Practical Defensive Shooting Class. It will be based on life-threatening realistic scenarios that you might find yourself in. We are studying real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras as we develop this class. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds generally with few shots being fired. We are still planning on offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

Gift Certificates Available!… Christmas is coming and what better gift than the gift of training to help prepare a friend or loved one be safe? Gift certificates are available for any of our training classes. Just contact me by phone or email to arrange for your gift certificate.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… 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.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course two years after you receive your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s concealed handgun license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… 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 this link and Search for a License. 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.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… 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.

Tip of the Month… Be extra alert as you go about your holiday activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your social activities and shopping that brings you into close contact with lots of people, including strangers, that you tend to become complacent. Be extra aware of those around you. Most of them mean you no harm, but there are always those who are looking to harm you or take advantage of you.

In Closing… As you prepare for the holidays I have two thoughts for you. First, take time to consider the reason for the season. It’s the birth of Christ…not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday event or Santa Claus. And second, as you celebrate, Be Safe!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you! I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

 

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Be Extra Aware of Your Surroundings During The Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. Now is the time to be extra aware of your surroundings.

You are probably going to be in places with lots of people at times. And you may be carrying money or other valuables. Be cautious, especially if approached by strangers. Always have a  means to defend yourself and the loved ones with you.

Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

7 Recurring Details of Active Shooter Events

One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.

Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought… http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-azana-day-spa-shooting

Take-a-ways From the Article

  1. There is no “safe” place. If you want to be able to defend yourself, you must be prepared at all times.
  2. Revenge isn’t the sole motive. It’s about notoriety and achieving lasting infamy.  The killer needs a body count to get it.
  3. The killer started a fire as a distraction and likely tried to create an improvised explosive device using a propane tank. If you really want to be prepared for the active shooter event, you need to know a little about bombs and IEDs.
  4. The shooter hid his gun.  Inappropriate or exceptionally heavy bags or luggage where they aren’t necessary should trigger your warning bells.
  5. Use a combination of tactics to escape. Keep yourself safe. Escape the building if you can. If you don’t have a good idea where the shooter is located and have a room that can be secured, barricading is a viable option.
  6. It can take a LONG time to completely clear a building.  Study up on some battlefield medical references so you control serious bleeding when you need to and how to improvise both a pressure bandage and a tourniquet.
  7. Restraining orders sometimes provoke a violent response. Think carefully about the risks versus the benefits of filing court orders against violent family members.  Be cautious if your friend, neighbor, or co-worker has recently filed such an order.

Pay attention to the recurring details of these tragic shooting events. We can learn from the mistakes of others.

November 2018

Interesting Thought… One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.

Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought… http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-azana-day-spa-shooting

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • December 1 & 2…Gun Show in Alamogordo…I’ll have a table…stop by for a visit, or to sign up for a class
  • December 8 & 9…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • January 12 & 13, 2019…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…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. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are developing a Practical Defensive Shooting Class which is based on realistic life-threatening scenarios that you might find yourself in. We’ll start with some basic defensive skills development and then move into scenarios based on real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds with few, not many, shots being fired. The development of this class has been interesting and we have learned a lot during the process. We anticipate offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

A Purely Commercial Comment… Christmas is coming and what better gift than the gift of training to help prepare a friend or loved one be safe? Gift certificates are available for any of our training classes. Just contact me by email or I’ll be at the Alamogordo Evening Lions Gun Show at the Fairgrounds on December 1 & 2. Stop by and visit and consider picking up a gift certificate.

Don’t Forget…

Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course two years after you receive your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s concealed handgun license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… 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 http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y 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.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… 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.

Tip of the Month… The holiday season is upon us. Now is the time to be extra aware of your surroundings. You are probably going to be in places with lots of people at times. And you may be carrying money or other valuables. Be cautious, especially if approached by strangers. Always have a  means to defend yourself and the loved ones with you. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

In Closing… Thanksgiving is upon us. As you celebrate, take a moment and reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for. And be safe while you celebrate!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor