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Shooting Skills Are Perishable

Get some realistic defensive shooting training! Then practice the skills you learn! Taking an occasional class isn’t enough. These skills are perishable…you must practice to maintain them.

Don’t Get Stuck in the OODA Loop!

“The trained man (or woman) wins!”

I don’t remember where I first saw that, but it is something to think about. If you don’t train, how will you know what to do in a life and death confrontation? You might come up with a solution, but you’ll be behind the curve of the one who is trained.

Remember the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act)? If you are in a situation you haven’t trained for, you run the risk of being stuck in the Decide part of the loop, and your opponent may be Acting while you are Deciding.

August 2020

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY… I am suspending monthly initial concealed carry classes until further notice except for those already scheduled and for occasional small groups and couples. If you have two or three people who would like to take the class with you contact me and we’ll work it out.

I will continue to do Refresher and Renewal classes on request. Check your license and see if you need either of these classes.

I will also continue to offer private firearms training, in lieu of the initial concealed carry class, to meet your other general or specific firearms training needs.

Contact me through Facebook, phone or text 575.430.3040, or email rbarb2@gmail.com and we will work out the details for your class.

If you do want to take the initial concealed carry class, the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range has a list of local firearms instructors. You may contact them at 575.443.9006.

Thank you everyone for your continuing support and referrals! Stay safe out there!

Interesting Thought… ‘The trained man (or woman) wins!’ I don’t remember where I first saw that, but it is something to think about. If you don’t train, how will you know what to do in a life and death confrontation? You might come up with a solution, but you’ll be behind the curve of the one who is trained. Remember the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act)? If you are in a situation you haven’t trained for, you run the risk of being stuck in the Decide part of the loop, and your opponent may be Acting while you are Deciding.

Upcoming Classes and Events…
I am doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request since the shooting range is now available. 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.
Contact me if you are interested in private general or specific firearms training.

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, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, Basic Firearms Training as well as any other firearms training you might be interested in, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… See the Interesting Thought Above… Get some realistic defensive shooting training! Then practice the skills you learn! Taking an occasional class isn’t enough. These skills are perishable…you must practice to maintain them.

A Closing Thought… A different sort of closing thought…here’s an interesting article by fellow firearms trainer Eve Flanigan that was published by Bravo Concealment. Take a look. Think about how it applies in today’s environment… https://www.bravoconcealment.com/blogs/latest-news/the-ambush.

Keep Alert and Stay safe!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

A New Shooting Experience

I managed to break my ankle while hiking. This has been an ‘interesting ‘ experience. Fortunately, I have friends who are willing to take me to the range occasionally and put up with me shooting from a wheelchair.

And speaking of wheelchairs, I have had a number of students who are in wheelchairs. Being in one myself for this little while has taught me a lot about what those folks go through. I’ve had to rethink how I carry my concealed handgun and adjust my shooting stance to accommodate the restrictions caused by the wheelchair.

June 2020

Another Update… As I mentioned in my earlier ‘Dramatic Update,’ I managed to break my ankle while hiking. As a result, I’m now wearing a boot and have instructions not to put any weight on my ankle for a while. The boot should come off later this month, but I’ll still need to get back to walking and let this thing heal properly. As a result, I won’t be scheduling any initial concealed carry classes, or any specialty classes, until after July 15. I will be doing Renewals and Refreshers on request, assuming we can work out the logistics of getting me to the range since I can’t drive at the moment.

This has been an ‘interesting ‘ experience. Fortunately, I have friends who are willing to take me to the range occasionally and put up with me shooting from a wheelchair.

And speaking of wheelchairs, I have had a number of students who are in wheelchairs. Being in one myself for this little while has taught me a lot about what those folks go through. I’ve had to rethink how I carry my concealed handgun and adjust my shooting stance to accommodate the restrictions caused by the wheelchair.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Initial concealed carry classes will resume after July 15.
  • I will be doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request since the shooting range is available. 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.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… These will resume after July 15. 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.

Couples Classes… These will resume after July 15. I have been surprised, and very pleased, at how popular these couples classes, where I work with individual couples, have become in a short period of time. If you would be interested in this sort of concealed carry class please let me know. I’d be happy to discuss with you ways we can accommodate you and your specific needs.

Tip of the Month… 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!

A Closing Thought… I’m looking forward to next month when I can get back to teaching on a regular basis. In the meantime, be safe out there..things are getting a little chaotic.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Unforeseen Delay

Last week I was hiking in Dry Canyon and managed to fall when a rock rolled out from under my boot. After hiking out about a mile and icing it for a couple of days I ended up in the emergency room. After x-rays, they told me I had a broken ankle (a fracture of the distal fibula). So now I have this fancy boot on my foot and orders not to put any weight on it or walk for the next 6 weeks.

So…it looks like I’m going to have to delay many of my teaching activities, including the initial concealed carry class, for 6 weeks or so. I’ll keep you posted.

If you do need a Refresher or Renewal class let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.

The Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range has reopened, with some restrictions, and things are going well. They have made a lot of positive changes out there. I’ve received word the local gun club (Otero Practical Shooting Association) will start holding matches again at the range, but on a limited basis. This Sunday, May 24, will be an IPSC match. The .22 match and Cowboy match will be held on their regular schedule in June. Masks may or may not be optional.

I’ve been told that fingerprinting for concealed carry initial applications has resumed at Print Plus, but by appointment only.

So…be stay out of trouble out there, and be safe!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

April 2020

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!

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • Due to the current situation, I have no classes scheduled. Once the situation changes, the ranges are open again and fingerprinting is available, I’ll look at scheduling classes again.
  • I will be doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request again once the shooting range is available. 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.
  • Due to the virus situation, the Concealed Carry unit is extending the grace period for people needing renewal classes from 60 days to 120 days. For more information go to https://www.dps.nm.gov/top-links-for-nm-residents/concealed-carry-licenses. However, once your license is expired you may not carry a concealed handgun until you receive your renewed concealed carry license from the Concealed Carry Unit. But remember, New Mexico is an open-carry state.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… These will resume once the virus situation is resolved and the state is opened up again. 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.

Couples Classes… These will resume once the virus situation is resolved and the state is opened up again. I have been surprised, and very pleased, at how popular these couples classes, where I work with individual couples, have become in a short period of time. If you would be interested in this sort of concealed carry class please let me know. I’d be happy to discuss with you ways we can accommodate you and your specific needs.

Tip of the Month… If you can’t get out to shoot, dry firing is an excellent way to maintain and even improve your shooting skills (I know this is a repeat from my Interesting Thought, but it is something you should really consider doing).

A Closing Thought… Even though coping with the virus situation has been difficult, we’ll get through this. Don’t get discouraged. Look to the future when this is resolved. It may be tough getting there, but we’ll make it. Until then, keep the faith and be safe out there!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Covid-19 Special Announcement

The Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range located in La Luz, NM is closing beginning Monday, March 23 and tentatively re-opening on April 10. This is due to the response to the current virus situation.

Due to the range closure and the shut down of the fingerprint stations for concealed carry fingerprints, Concealed Carry classes have been suspended until these situations are resolved.

The closure and suspensions are temporary and are in response to the coronavirus. Renewal and Refresher classes will resume again once the range is open. Initial Concealed Carry classes will be scheduled once the fingerprinting situation is resolved.

Clean Your Gun!

Clean your carry gun! And lubricate it! You’d be surprised how many people show up for their Refresher or Renewal classes with their handgun so dirty or dry that they malfunction. If you carry it every day it’s going to pick up ‘stuff’ from the environment, or your pocket/purse or from your clothing. Clean it on a regular basis even if you haven’t shot it.

Where There’s a Potential for Violence

Interesting Thought… Here’s an interesting comment by Tom Givens of Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, a major firearm training facility in Florida. It is taken from his March 2020 newsletter…

Any place there are people, there is a potential for violence. Every community, no matter how small or peaceful appearing, has violent criminals and mentally disturbed individuals. Accept that fact. Once you accept that fact, it becomes easier to put up with carrying your gear, religiously, every day. You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else gets to pick that day, and they will typically only inform you at the last minute.

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

Something to think about. Give some thought to how you go about your day…are you prepared for the day when someone decides you may need your gun?