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Fast Draw

How often do you practice drawing (or presenting) your concealed handgun? During your dry fire practice, practice drawing your concealed carry handgun (make sure it’s unloaded) from concealment. In a self-defense encounter, you will have very little time to respond, and the quicker you can draw your handgun the better.

Watch how fast the encounter occurs in this video. Could you have drawn your handgun before the attacker was on you?

 

June 2019

Interesting Thought… This month’s thought is attributed to Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite firearms training academy in Arizona…

If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.

There is a lot of truth in this statement and it is certainly something worth thinking about.

A YouTube Video Worth Watching… Somewhat along the lines of the Interesting Thought, here is a video worth watching in which a woman successfully defends herself from an attack, teaching her attacker a lesson…

Some interesting lessons…

  • Consider how fast that occurred…no time to ask for help or for any help to arrive
  • She didn’t seem to be aware of him until he got out of the car
  • Very close range
  • She kept backing up to get distance…there really wasn’t any other direction she could go in
  • No time to use her sights
  • That one shot, while it resolved the problem, did not completely disable the bad guy
  • She was certainly more aware after she shot the guy…while she was getting into her pack to get her phone she was definitely looking around to see what else might be out there

What else did you see?

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • June 8 & 9…Gun Show in Alamogordo
  • July 6 & 7…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo…if you already have your concealed carry license you might pass this on to someone who might be interested.
  • 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.

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 the mid point 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.

Important Info for Travelers… I’ve just been advised that New Mexico and Louisiana no longer honor each other’s concealed carry licenses. So, if you are a New Mexico resident traveling to or through Louisiana your NM concealed handgun license will not be valid. For more information on the validity of your NM license go to http://handgunlaw.us.

Tip of the Month… How often do you practice drawing (or presenting) your concealed handgun? During your dry fire practice, practice drawing your concealed carry handgun (make sure it’s unloaded) from concealment. In a self-defense encounter, you will have very little time to respond, and the quicker you can draw your handgun the better. Note how fast the encounter occurred in the video above. Could you have drawn your handgun before the attacker was on you?

In Closing… Summer is upon us. Have fun, be safe, and get to the range!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Anti-Gun Lawmakers Considering Restrictive Firearm Bills

NRA-ILAFrom NRA-ILA (original version here)

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Anti-Gun Lawmakers Respond As Early As Jan. 24, 2019

In her opening day speech to state lawmakers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on them to pass various gun control proposals that she supported on the campaign trail and which have been filed in the New Mexico Legislature. She stated that “hunters, sportsmen and responsible gun owners also recognize the need for New Mexico to take steps toward smart, effective gun violence prevention…”, implying that the gun community supports the restrictive measures outlined below.

While nobody is more adamant about preventing violent crime than gun owners and sportsmen, we know that the way to accomplish this is not through intrusive, ineffective and unenforceable gun control schemes. NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters are strongly encouraged to contact Governor Lujan Grisham and tell her that you OPPOSE the bills listed below.

In response to the governor’s call-to-action, the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee is expected to hold public hearings on the following gun control measures on Thursday, January 24, at 1:30 pm in Room 317 of the State Capitol. (Note: committee agendas have not been officially posted and we will notify you of any changes in scheduling.)

House Bill 8, so-called “universal background check” legislation sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, 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. This proposal will have no impact on crime and is unenforceable without gun registration.

House Bill 35, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require federal firearm licensed dealers to pay the state $200 annually to establish a system for the Department of Public Safety to run stolen gun checks on any used firearm an FFL purchases. While FFLs and gun owners support getting stolen firearms off the street, a functional process that allows them to conduct such checks in real time needs to be worked out in advance of any such mandate. And the state, rather than small business owners, should finance such a public safety initiative.

House Bill 40, by Representative Miguel Garcia, would require criminal records checks on private firearms sales at gun shows – a perennial target of the gun control crowd, even though studies show that these events are not a source of crime guns.

House Bill 83, extreme risk protection order or “red flag” legislation sponsored by Representative Damon Ely, 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.

House Bill 87, by Representative Deborah Armstrong, expands the state’s “prohibited person” firearm law by purportedly incorporating federal firearm disqualifications. The bill would prohibit individuals convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanor crimes or who are subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing or possessing a firearm, with violations being a criminal offense. However, the bill goes beyond the prohibited categories in federal law in several significant ways. The state law definition of “household member” – unlike federal law – specifically includes a person who is or has been a continuing personal relationship, which applies to dating or intimate partners who have never lived together. The bill would include, as firearm-prohibiting offenses, nonviolent misdemeanors with no physical contact between the parties (like harassment by telephone or email, or criminal damage to the property or jointly owned property of a “household member”). Unlike federal law, this bill would require anyone subject to a protective order to surrender any firearms they own, possess, or control to law enforcement within 48 hours of the order. Not only does this bill impose a mandatory surrender, it authorizes law enforcement to seize any guns that are in plain sight or are discovered pursuant to a lawful search. Similar legislation had passed the Legislature in 2017 but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Significantly, the 2017 legislation contained other options for affected parties to comply with the firearm surrender requirement, including storing their guns with licensed firearm dealers or transferring the guns to a qualified third party. These key alternatives are not contained in this bill.

House Bill 130, sponsored by Representative Linda Trujillo, would make gun owners criminally and civilly liable if a child gains unsupervised access to an unsecured firearm. New Mexico already has a first-degree 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 state mandate on how one stores a firearm in his or her home.

Please make plans to attend Thursday’s hearing to speak out against these misguided bills and contact committee members to urge them to OPPOSE these measures.

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