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October 2018

Interesting Thought… 10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights… An interesting article from Gun Tests regarding things gun owners get wrong about their self-defense rights by Michele Byington, an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. It’s worth taking the time to read. It’s a bit long, so here is the link… https://www.gun-tests.com/issues/29_11/features/Gun-Owners-and-Self-Defense-Rights-26793-1.html?s=FB_121917A#.W45yAOhKiM

Another Interesting Thought… From a post from #ThinkItThrough on Facebook came this interesting thought… Firearms are for the preservation of life and liberty. For putting food on the table. And for sports. NOT for winning arguments, feeding our egos, or taunting petty drunks. Next time you feel frustrated at someone, or angry, think about this.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 10 & 11…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • 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
  • 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.
Brief AAR of September Night Class in Las Cruces… Class went very well. 9 students participated, including 2 couples. We did a variety of drills with and without a flashlight as the light dimmed, and then we started doing scenarios. These included an alley ambush (both as an individual and with a partner), a bedroom scene, a late night run to a convenience store (included a rifle on that one since most folks never have the opportunity to shoot their rifle at night) and more. Stay tuned…we’ll be doing it again in the near future.

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… A Bit of History (and something to practice)…the Failure Drill…
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/5/18/the-mozambique-drill-a-history-and-how-to

In Closing… A big Thank You to Josh at Western Ace Hardware (formerly Western Auto), David at Postal Annex, Wendy at Si Senors, Matt at Casa de Suenos and Alex & Tammy at Our Country Kitchen for your support and encouragement. I couldn’t do it without you all!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Where’s your handgun?

Are you carrying it right now? Is it close by? According to Jeff Cooper (as related in the June 2, 2014 issue of NRA Shooting Illustrated)

“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive handgun, your training was wasted.”

Think about that for a moment.

All the training in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t get your hands on your handgun (or other defensive weapons) when you really need it. Something to think about.

August 2018

Interesting Thought… Where’s your handgun? Are you carrying it right now? Is it close by? According to Jeff Cooper (as related in the June 2, 2014 issue of NRA Shooting Illustrated)
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive handgun, your training was wasted.”
Think about that for a moment. All the training in the world won’t do you any good if you can’t get your hands on your handgun (or other defensive weapons) when you really need it. Something to think about.Upcoming Classes and Events…
  • August 25 & 26…Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by my table and visit a while.
  • September 1 & 2…Gun show in Ruidoso…this is a big one
  • September 21…Night Shooting Class in Las Cruces
  • October 13 & 14…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.
Something for the Ladies… Here’s an interesting article published by the Well Armed Woman on how women are carrying their concealed handgun… https://thewellarmedwoman.com/concealed-carry/where-women-conceal-carry-infographic/
Night Class in Las Cruces… Riclin Firearms Training and SAFE of Las Cruces are teaching a night class at the Butterfield Field Trail Shooting Range just west of Las Cruces on September 21. Statistics show that the majority (up to 70%) of self-defense encounters occur at night or in low light. This class will teach you how to shoot with less than optimal light and give you a chance to practice those skills. We even have some scenario based situations for you to deal with. Come and join us…you need to be able to shoot at night!
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 of class.  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… Here’s something to try for both accuracy and speed…a version of the 5x5x5 drill for the handgun. 5 shots in 5″ target in 5 seconds. Start at 3 yards and see how you do. When you master that level of accuracy at that distance in that time, move out to 5 yards, then 7 yards, etc. Start at low ready. When you have mastered that start from concealment. You’ll be surprised what it will do for your shooting skills.
In Closing… All you have to do is to watch the news (if you aren’t disgusted with it already) to realize that we live in perilous times. Personal attacks seem to be on the increase. Are you ready? And since many of these occur at night, consider taking our night class in September. You’ll learn a lot!

From the Facebook page of Melody Lauer

From the Facebook page of Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the mid west…she describes a potential conflict she was involved in at a gas station while traveling that was resolved peacefully. You can find the details on her Facebook page if you are interested. However, her last few sentences have a very important lesson for all of us…As armed citizens, we are responsible for our own emotional control that allows us to reign in aggression and anger, even when others can’t or won’t.

When you go armed, every fight–no matter how minor–is a potential gunfight. Do everything in your power to keep it from getting to that point.

Be nice.

Be nice… until it’s time not to be nice.

Definitely, something to think about and be very aware of when you are armed.

Always Be Thinking Ahead

In looking at recent shooting events that have made the national news, and setting aside the current knee-jerk gun control rhetoric, one thing seems pretty obvious. In any kind of active shooter event, you are basically on your own. Yes, law enforcement will respond, but that response generally takes time.

What are you going to do between the time the shooting starts and law enforcement gets there? Are you going to try to escape, try to hide, or are you going to fight back?

Each situation is different and circumstances will dictate to a certain extent your response, but you should always be thinking ahead, especially if you are in a place with lots of people.

Consider this:

  • What are you going to do when the shooting starts?
  • Where is the shooter? Can you escape?
  • What about others with you?
  • Should you (are you able to) provide first aid to any victims?

Something to think about.

Maintained and Planned Awareness

If you are approached by someone in a parking lot (i.e.Walmart, etc) with a hard luck story wanting money, your best bet is to say something like ‘Sorry, I can’t help you’ while moving away and looking to see if they have a partner. Be aware that the approach of asking for help could be a way to distract you so you can be attacked/robbed/whatever by a partner. This isn’t always the case, but it certainly pays to be aware and be safe.

Which leads us to Tip #2…Carry your handgun on a routine, daily basis. You do not get to pick which day you will need your gun (do you really think you get to pick the day the situation mentioned above occurs???). Someone else makes that decision for you, and you will typically be informed at the very last minute!

Think about that last sentence for a moment and realize how true it is.

Firearms in Church

Since the shooting in the church in Texas several weeks ago there has been considerable discussion about the place of guns in church. Many people favor it (and a lot of my students admit that they carry in church) but some are still uneasy about the idea. Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the Midwest with a following on Facebook, has this to say regarding carrying guns in church…

I never really did understand the resistance some people felt about carrying a gun in church. If I can justify the legal and moral use of deadly force with my God and religion in my house, I don’t see why He would have a problem with it in His house.

An interesting thought.

January 2018

Interesting Thought… Since the shooting in the church in Texas several weeks ago there has been considerable discussion about the place of guns in church. Many people favor it (and a lot of my students admit that they carry in church) but some are still uneasy about the idea. Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the Midwest with a following on Facebook, has this to say regarding carrying guns in church…

I never really did understand the resistance some people felt about carrying a gun in church. If I can justify the legal and moral use of deadly force with my God and religion in my house, I don’t see why He would have a problem with it in His house.

An interesting thought.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • February 10…Ready Citizen Challenge
  • February 17 & 18…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.

Ready Citizen Challenge… Terry Nelson and Eve Flanigan will be in Alamogordo on February 10 to conduct their Ready Citizen Challenge. Using four different law enforcement qualifications, this is an interesting and exciting way to test your handgun shooting abilities compared to people who carry guns for a living. Cost of the Challenge is $110. A $60 deposit is required to register for the Challenge. Contact me at 575-430-3040 or Eve Flanigan at 575-642-4825 to sign up or for more information.

Interested in a Private Concealed Carry Class?… These are becoming very popular. 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.

Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests, or with a group of your friends, or for your business, contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs. 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.

Local Gunsmith… If you are looking for a local gunsmith talk to Josh Prather of Prather Gunsmithing. He has worked on a couple of my guns and done an excellent job. You can contact him by email at prathergunsmithing@gmail.com or by phone at (575) 430-5820. Tell him I sent you.

Tip of the Month… If you are approached by someone in a parking lot (i.e.Walmart, etc) with a hard luck story wanting money, your best bet is to say something like ‘Sorry, I can’t help you’ while moving away and looking to see if they have a partner. Be aware that the approach of asking for help could be a way to distract you so you can be attacked/robbed/whatever by a partner. This isn’t always the case, but it certainly pays to be aware and be safe.

Which leads us to Tip #2…Carry your handgun on a routine, daily basis. You do not get to pick which day you will need your gun (do you really think you get to pick the day the situation mentioned above occurs???). Someone else makes that decision for you, and you will typically be informed at the very last minute!

Think about that last sentence for a moment and realize how true it is.

In Closing… As we begin the new year I’d like to say Thank You to Si Senors, Our Country Kitchen and Casa de Suenos for their support and encouragement this past year. They have allowed me to do academic sessions in their restaurants which is a lot more comfortable than doing academics at the range. And the feedback I get from you all who have had their academics in one or more of these restaurants has been very positive. I encourage you to support these fine restaurants.

Ready Citizen Challenge Event Scheduled for February 2018

Think you’re a great shot?  Come prove it and earn a T-shirt too!  Offered by Terry Nelson and Eve Flanigan, the Ready Citizen Challenge is a four-level series to test your pistol marksmanship skills. We are offering Level 1 in Alamogordo on February 10. If there is interest we can do Level 2 on February 11.

It’s a great way to check your skills and boost your confidence as you learn how you stack up against gun-carrying professionals! Those tests are timed, and qualifying scores are set for you as they are for any officer, from 75-80 percent.

At Level 1, the four courses of fire include

  • an untimed qualification used by a well-known shooting school to select applicants for a special class given by celebrity shooters
  • the New Mexico armed security guard shooting test
  • the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act qualification
  • the New Mexico Department of Public Safety dim-light handgun qualification (done during the day, but using a handheld light)

All shooters who complete the four tests of any Level receive a T-shirt, even if they did not make a passing score on one or more tests. Persistence is a virtue of the Ready Citizen!  Those who pass each level get a printed certificate of achievement.

Price: $110 per level plus a $5.32 range fee. One free on-site reshoot per test is offered for any tests not passed. Approximately 200 rounds; bring a bit extra. Three to four hours range time depending on the number of participants, weather, etc. Contact Eve Flanigan at 575-642-4825 to sign up for the Challenge or for more information.

Are you a Ready Citizen?

Don’t Become Complacent About Your Safety

Christmas Shopping Stay safe at Christmas. Reread The Gift of Preparedness This Christmas and take it to heart.

Be extra cautious and don’t become complacent about your safety as you go about celebrating the Christmas season and enjoying family and friends.