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Shoot Your Carry Firearm

When was the last time you shot the handgun you carry?

A lot of folks, if they shoot at all, tend to shoot something other than the gun they carry.

You need to practice with the gun you carry! You should be very familiar with your carry gun, know the trigger, be comfortable with the sights, and be able to clear a malfunction quickly. Shoot your carry pistol!

Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range Reopens!

The Shooting Range Is Open!

The Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz is open! Due to the current virus, social distancing situation, etc, there are a few new rules and guidelines.

Hours (for the moment) are 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. They are currently closed on Monday and Tuesday. You will need to stop at the classroom and sign in (and sign out when you are finished). If this is your first time back since they closed they’ll give you a quick briefing on the new rules.

They have made a number of very positive changes in the range, including stands for gongs at the 300, 200, and 50-yard ranges. The office is currently being remodeled as well.

I will resume teaching the initial concealed carry class to individual couples and small groups as soon as the state begins to process after-action reports again and fingerprints are available.

Renewal and Refresher classes will continue on request as soon as the state reopens.

Training for other firearms related classes is now available. Contact me if you have a firearms training need and we’ll get you scheduled.

Please let me know if you have any questions about all this.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Dry Firing – When You Can’t Get Out to Shoot

First, and very important, make sure your firearm is unloaded BEFORE practicing with dry firing. 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.

Dry firing is an excellent way to maintain and even improve your shooting skills, but remember, make sure your firearm is unloaded when you do this! (I know this is a repeat from my Interesting Thought, but it is something you should really consider doing).

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

AFTER you’ve checked, double-checked and triple-checked to ensure your firearm is NOT loaded…

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.

 

A Great Opportunity to Improve Your Shooting Skills

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!

1st Quarter Change of Schedule for 2020

Taking a Break… A Small Change in Scheduling…

I will not be scheduling any regular monthly initial concealed carry classes for January, February or March 2020. This is historically a slow time of the year and I have a couple of other projects I am working on. Regular monthly classes will resume in April. However, I will continue doing Refresher and Renewal classes on request.

In the meantime, for those interested in the initial concealed carry class I’d be happy to do a private class if you and two or three or more of your friends, family or co-workers are interested. The scheduling of a private class is very flexible.

Other individual and specialty classes will continue to be available as scheduled or on request.

Thank you all for your understanding and support of this short break in the regular monthly class schedule. I look forward to offering initial concealed carry classes again in April.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Upcoming Revolver Class

We are in the process of developing a Defensive Revolver Class.

In addition to those who carry a revolver as a concealed weapon, this class is ideal for those who have Revolver on their concealed carry license but don’t shoot one very much, or don’t even have one. After all, if it’s on your license you should be proficient with it.

Please let me know if you would be interested in taking this class. We can provide a revolver for those who don’t have one.

November 2019

Interesting Thought… Upcoming Revolver Class… We are in the process of developing a Defensive Revolver Class. In addition to those who carry a revolver as a concealed weapon, this class is ideal for those who have Revolver on their concealed carry license but don’t shoot one very much, or don’t even have one. After all, if it’s on your license you should be proficient with it. Please let me know if you would be interested in taking this class. We can provide a revolver for those who don’t have one.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 16… Active Shooter Class in Las Cruces…Contact Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 or respond to this newsletter.
  • November 23… Night Class in Las Cruces… Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 to sign up for the class or respond to this newsletter.
  • November 30 & December 1… Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by my table and visit (or sign up for a class).
  • 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.

October 26 Active Shooter Class … A Brief After-action Report… The October 26 Active Shooter class went very well. After some initial skills development, we did several scenarios, each tailored to the concealed carrier. Prior to doing each scenario, we had a discussion about the best way to handle that particular situation. Then everyone did the scenario, individually or as a team, depending on the scenario. Other than a general introduction to each scenario, there was no set way on how to handle the situation and everyone (or each team in a couple of the scenarios) dealt with the scenario a little differently. A great learning experience for everyone, including the instructors. A big Thank You to all those who attended this class. We will be offering this class again in Las Cruces on November 16. Contact Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com or call 575.644.1692 to sign up for the class.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of these types of 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 the midpoint of 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 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 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… Looking back at this month’s Interesting Thought, whatever handguns and calibers you have on your license, you should be proficient with. In addition, you should certainly be proficient with the handgun you carry daily, or even if you only carry it occasionally. You’d be surprised how many people tell me they either don’t shoot much or haven’t shot since they say me in their last class 2 years ago. Remember, if you ever fire your concealed handgun in a self-defense situation, you are responsible for each and every round that you fire. I’d be happy to go out shooting with you sometime…just give me a call.

In Closing… Seems like ti’s gotten nastier out there. Carry your handgun wherever you can, be constantly aware of your surroundings, don’t go any place you shouldn’t or have concerns about and BE SAFE!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Attention: New Method for Refresher Class

This Interesting Thought is going to be a bit different but is important none the less. I recently attended a meeting in Albuquerque at the Concealed Carry Unit to provide input to a curriculum the unit is developing. One of the topics discussed was the required 2-year Refresher class.

Very soon the Concealed Carry Unit is going to start enforcing the guidelines for the Refresher. They indicated that they will be sending reminders (either by mail or email) that you need to do the Refresher. If you don’t do it within the 60-day time limit after the midpoint of your license, they will send you another notice that you have 30 days to do the Refresher or your concealed carry license will be suspended. If you fail to do the Refresher after this second notice your license will be revoked and you will have to start all over again with the initial 15-hour class.

Until then they will not renew your concealed carry license if you have not done your Refresher.

There are two ways you can do the Refresher. First (and this is the one I recommend because you are required to actually shoot and requalify) is to schedule a 2-hour Refresher class with a concealed carry instructor. Upon completion, the instructor will submit an after-action report and a copy of your training certificate to the Concealed Carry Unit and you will have met your obligation. Or you can go online to https://www.dps.nm.gov/images/ConcealCarry/2yr_refresher_2019.pdf and do it online for free. You will have to read the material and send the certificate you print in after passing the test. While this is a good review, particularly of nonviolent dispute resolution, there is no shooting requirement.

It is up to you which option you choose for the Refresher, but you must do it. When you receive your initial or renewed concealed carry license, go to your calendar on your computer or phone and on that day 2 years (2.5 years for veterans with a 5-year license) make an entry to call your instructor and schedule the Refresher class. Or indicate that it’s time to do the online Refresher. Either way works, but you must do that Refresher.

And a final thought…the Concealed Carry Unit is doing you a favor by reminding you about the Refresher. They don’t have to. As they pointed out in the meeting, you don’t get a reminder from DMV to renew your driver’s license, do you? It’s your responsibility to meet the obligations that come with your concealed carry license.

If you would like to schedule your Refresher class please contact me at riclin@tualrosa.net or (575) 430-3040.

October 2019

Interesting Thought… This Interesting Thought is going to be a bit different but is important none the less. I recently attended a meeting in Albuquerque at the Concealed Carry Unit to provide input to a curriculum the unit is developing. One of the topics discussed was the required 2-year Refresher class.

Very soon the Concealed Carry Unit is going to start enforcing the guidelines for the Refresher. They indicated that they will be sending reminders (either by mail or email) that you need to do the Refresher. If you don’t do it within the 60-day time limit after the midpoint of your license, they will send you another notice that you have 30 days to do the Refresher or your concealed carry license will be suspended. If you fail to do the Refresher after this second notice your license will be revoked and you will have to start all over again with the initial 15-hour class.

Until then they will not renew your concealed carry license if you have not done your Refresher.

There are two ways you can do the Refresher. First (and this is the one I recommend because you are required to actually shoot and requalify) is to schedule a 2-hour Refresher class with a concealed carry instructor. Upon completion, the instructor will submit an after-action report and a copy of your training certificate to the Concealed Carry Unit and you will have met your obligation. Or you can go online to https://www.dps.nm.gov/images/ConcealCarry/2yr_refresher_2019.pdf and do it online for free. You will have to read the material and send the certificate you print in after passing the test. While this is a good review, particularly of nonviolent dispute resolution, there is no shooting requirement.

It is up to you which option you choose for the Refresher, but you must do it. When you receive your initial or renewed concealed carry license, go to your calendar on your computer or phone and on that day 2 years (2.5 years for veterans with a 5-year license) make an entry to call your instructor and schedule the Refresher class. Or indicate that it’s time to do the online Refresher. Either way works, but you must do that Refresher.

And a final thought…the Concealed Carry Unit is doing you a favor by reminding you about the Refresher. They don’t have to. As they pointed out in the meeting, you don’t get a reminder from DMV to renew your driver’s license, do you? It’s your responsibility to meet the obligations that come with your concealed carry license.

If you would like to schedule your Refresher class please contact me at riclin@tualrosa.net or (575) 430-3040.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • October 26…Active Shooter Class at the Sydney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. This class will explore options for armed individuals with concealed carry licenses in an active shooter event. We’ll be doing some realistic scenarios that you, as a concealed carrier, might experience during an active shooter event.
  • November 2 & 3…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.

Active Shooter Class October… Shots Fired… Now, What Do You Do? This is a scenario-based class designed to help prepare you as a concealed carrier for dealing with an active shooter…whether you decide to Run (escape), Hide or Fight. This class is not for beginners. Participants must have a concealed carry license or an equal level of training. Participants will be expected to do the scenarios with their everyday carry gear and from concealment. For more information or to sign up for the class contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of these types of 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 the midpoint of 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 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 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… Practice when it’s not perfect. We all enjoy a nice day with good weather at the range, but what are we really learning? Practice in the rain sometimes, when it’s windy, in the snow, when it’s very hot, and when it’s cold. I just finished the Pecos Run and Gun event (a 5.5-mile loop with 8 shooting stops) and it rained on me the first mile. When I got to the first stage I was soaked, my rifle and gear was wet and it was raining so hard I couldn’t see all the targets. Great fun. We had prepared for the heat and what we got was rain and mud. You never know what the weather (and circumstances) will be until you get there. And remember, the defensive use of your handgun will happen in seconds and the weather won’t care if you like it or not.

In Closing… Some good news! Ace Hardware in Alamogordo and Sandman Armory in Ruidoso are now offering an ammunition package to students of Riclin Firearms Training for their initial concealed carry class. It consists of 150 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 50 rounds of .45 auto ammunition and the cost is $55. A great deal on this ammunition! I encourage you to patronize these fine businesses.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Your Public Image Plays a Part in Actions You Take – Even When Justified

Be careful about how you present yourself. This article, from A Girl With a Gun, has some food for thought about how you present yourself as a gun owner and a concealed carrier. She points out that if you are involved in a self-defense situation and are forced to shoot, everything you have ever done, including what you post on social media as well as any stickers on your vehicle, may come under legal scrutiny. Will that be to your benefit or detriment? Take a few minutes to read this article and give it some thought.

Your character is on the line and your defense won’t like your negative public image, especially if your actions were reasonable and justified.