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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.

Intended Victims Curb Crime

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?

The Reminder

When you receive your original or renewed concealed carry license, get out your electronic calendar, move ahead 2 years (2.5 years for veteran’s licenses) 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. The NM DPS Concealed Carry Unit has been mailing out notices to remind people to do their Refresher classes.

Have Only One Type of Defense Gun

Some thoughts about having only one type of handgun from my friend John. It IS certainly something to think about.

I once worked with a fellow who had a zillion handguns and liked to vary by day which he carried.  The problem, whenever he was excited, he couldn’t function.

Odds are, as said in a previous newsletter,

“Someone else will pick [the day you need your gun] and they will only tell you at the last minute”.

Thus you are likely to be operating from habit/muscle memory … but for which gun?

When the excrement hits the ventilator, you need to react without thinking.  If you must discriminate between one firearm’s characteristics from another (safety? double action? single action?  double-single? trigger weight? sighting variance?), you are needlessly handicapping yourself in a life-or-death situation.

Good food for thought, John. Thanks for sending this.

April 2019

Note…I’m going to stay away from politics for a while… I’m sure you all have had enough of that. But, I will keep you posted as I’m made aware of things that are happening.
Interesting Thought… Have Only One Type of Defense Gun (some thoughts from my friend John, and something to think about).

I once worked with a fellow who had a zillion handguns and liked to vary by day which he carried.  The problem, whenever he was excited, he couldn’t function.

Odds are, as you said in a previous newsletter, Someone else will pick [the day you need your gun] and they will only tell you at the last minute.  Thus you are likely to be operating from habit/muscle memory … but for which gun?  When the excrement hits the ventilator, you need to react without thinking.  If you must discriminate between one firearm’s characteristics from another (safety? double action? single action?  double-single? trigger weight? sighting variance?), you are needlessly handicapping yourself in a life-or-death situation.

Good food for thought, John. Thanks for sending this.

An Interesting Study on Handgun Effectiveness… This study by Gil Ellifritz has been around a while but it is interesting. Based on data collected from armed encounters, some of the results may surprise you. Worth taking a look at.

https://www.buckeyefirearms.org/alternate-look-handgun-stopping-power

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • April 6 & 7…Gun Show in Alamogordo
  • April 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.
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 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 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.
For the Ladies… David Locke of the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (1703 Sudderth) is now carrying a line of concealed carry purses. If you are looking for a concealed carry purse stop by and talk to David. I’m sure he’ll have something you’ll like.

Tip of the Month… When you receive your original or renewed concealed carry license, get out your electronic calendar, move ahead 2 years (2.5 years for veteran’s licenses) 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. The NM DPS Concealed Carry Unit has been mailing out notices to remind people to do their Refresher classes.

In Closing… Thank you all for your support of Riclin Firearms Training. When I retired from my ‘real job’ almost 9 years ago to pursue firearms training, I had no idea how busy I would be or how many interesting folks I would meet. I have greatly enjoyed it. And I’ve been able to do some unique training as well. Stay safe out there!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Bloomberg Anti-Gun Agenda Passes on a 3-2 Vote

Thanks to all members, advocates and law enforcement that showed up!

On Thursday evening, January 24th, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted to sail through multiple bills backed by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The following bills were supported by Representatives Liz Thomson (D-Albuquerque) House District 24, Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) House District 46, and Angelica Rubio ( D-Las Cruces) House District 35. Read Original Article

House Bill 8: “Universal” Background Checks – Sponsored by Representative Debra Sarinana, would ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding individuals. Gun owners would 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 40: Background Checks at Gun Shows: Sponsored 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 Daymon 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: Domestic Violence & Firearm – 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 far beyond the categories currently included in federal law, in addition to requiring firearm seizure.

We would like to thank Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) and Representative Candy Ezzell (R-Roswell) for voting against these bills.

Additionally, The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted to pass Senate Bill 8, so-called “universal” background checks Sponsored by Senator Richard Martinez (D) and Peter Wirth (D) on a vote of 4-3. Senators Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D), Liz Stefanics (D), Antoinette Lopez (D), and Jeff Steinborn (D) all voted for the bill.

We want to thank Senators Candace Gould (R), Craig Brandt (R), and Stuart Ingle (R) for voting against this bill.

NEXT STEPS: The next stop for the House bills that passed in the House Judiciary Committee. The next stop for Senate Bill 8 is the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please contact House and Senate Judiciary Committee Members and ask them to oppose these bills.

House Judiciary Members: Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan), Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Christine Chandler (D-Loas Alamos), Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe), Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Matthew McQueen (D-Gallisteo), Zachary Cook (R-Ruidoso), Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (D-Albuquerque) and James Townsend (R-Artesia).

Senate Judiciary Members: Richard Martinez (D), Daniel Ivey-Soto (D), Linda Lopez (D), Mark Moores (R), William Payne (R), Bill O’Neill (D), Gregory Baca (R), Mimi Stewart (D), Joseph Cervantes (D), Ron Griggs (R), Peter Wirth (D).

Your NRA-ILA will be closely watching these bills while they are pending a hearing in House and Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Failure Drill

The Failure Drill, when practiced and perfected, is an extremely useful drill that saves lives.

The modern Failure Drill is accomplished by the shooter firing two center-mass shots as quickly as those shots can be delivered into a target and within an 8-inch center mass area. Following the second shot, the shooter follows through and assesses if their target still presents a deadly threat. If the target is still a threat, then the third shot is taken and ideally hits the area between the eyebrows and the upper lip. Note: The shot is aimed at this area of the skull because this is where the bone is thinnest.

The Failure Drill is more difficult than it sounds.

The most difficult part of the Failure Drill is the changes of shot delivery that the shooter must make. The first two shots should be fired as quickly as the shooter can center his hits. Then, they must slow down enough to re-evaluate the situation and with precision deliver a headshot.

The history behind this technique (and something to practice): The Mozambique Drill: A History and How To

Learn the Facts and Think It Trough

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. Link to 10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership.

The article is a bit long, so here is the quick list.

10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership

  1. Drag The Body Into The House
  2. The Only Time a Gun Should Be Displayed Is If You’re Going To Shoot It
  3. Make Sure There Is Only One Side of the Story
  4. It’s Legal to Shoot a Trespasser
  5. Invoking the Right to Remain Silent Will Cause the Police to Think You Are Guilty
  6. Shooting to Wound Is Better Than Shooting to Kill
  7. Criminals Get Arrested; Not Good Guys
  8. Gun Modifications and Choice of Ammo May Cause More Legal Liability
  9. A Person Cannot Be Sued Civilly for Acting in Self-Defense
  10. Warning Shots Are a Great Idea

From a Facebook post 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.

#ThinkItThrough on Facebook

Next time you feel frustrated at someone, or angry, think about this.

 

Accuracy and Speed Drill

Speed & Accuracy DrillsHere’s something to try for both accuracy and speed… a version of the 5 x 5 x 5 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.

New Mexico State Democrats Unveil Four Gun Control Proposals for 2019 Legislative Session

Here is an email I received from Tara Mica, NRA-ILA State Legislative Director. She asked me to pass it along to you all.
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 Dear New Mexico Gun Owner:

We’re five months away from the 2019 Session of the New Mexico Legislature and anti-gun lawmakers are already rolling out gun control proposals!  NRA-ILA will be reviewing these measures in the coming weeks, but you can read about them here now:

Gabby Giffords and her national gun control organization recently rallied in support of Democratic candidate for governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, and the aforementioned proposals.  These events clearly demonstrate show how critical it is that you elect pro-Second Amendment candidates this fall.

In the meantime, please read the opinion editorial below by New Mexico Shooting Sports Association President Zac Fort on the Democrats’ anti-gun bills, which appeared in the ABQ Journal this weekend.

Thank you!

Tara Mica, NRA-ILA State Legislative Director
‘Common-sense’ gun control plans actually don’t make sense

  • By: Zachary Fort / President, New Mexico Shooting Sports Association; Albuquerque Resident

A recent editorial (“It’s time for common-sense gun measures,” Journal Aug. 12) called for state lawmakers to pass a number of gun control proposals rolled out last week by Democratic lawmakers. “Common-sense gun measures” is a phrase that gun control activists and anti-gun politicians use in hopes that the public and the media will avoid scrutinizing the details of these bills or questioning their enforceability, efficacy, intrusiveness or necessity.

• The gun control crowd plans to resurrect “universal background check” bills similar to the ones legislators rejected in 2017. These measures would force gun owners to pay undetermined fees and obtain government approval before selling a firearm to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers, or fellow hunters, competitive shooters and gun club members. Supporters will falsely claim they are targeting gun shows and online transactions. But what the legislation really does is ban all private firearms sales between law-abiding citizens. Studies by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics show that less than one percent of crime guns are acquired at gun shows and background checks are already required before anyone takes delivery of a firearm purchased online. So after five years of debate on this topic, lawmakers will waste more time next year considering unnecessary proposals that have no impact on crime and are unenforceable without gun registration.

• “Extreme risk protective order” legislation touted by gun control advocates would authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals who may not have committed or even threatened to commit any unlawful or violent act. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner in an ex parte proceeding – prior to any formal hearing before a court at which the individual in question would have the opportunity to be represented by counsel or present counterevidence – would be sufficient to allow law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their lawfully owned property.

These “red flag” bills have encountered opposition in other states because they lacked appropriate due process procedures, among other significant details. The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU expressed great concern about “the breadth of this legislation, its impact on civil liberties, and the precedent it sets for the use of coercive measures against individuals not because they are alleged to have committed any crime, but because somebody believes they might, someday, commit one.” Source: riaclu.org.

• Another suggested proposal could make gun owners liable if a child gains access to an unsecured firearm. New Mexico has a statute on the books to hold adults accountable for putting children at risk in this way, or any other manner: NMSA Section 30-6-1. Under current law, it is a felony for a responsible person to knowingly, intentionally or negligently place a child in a situation that may endanger the child’s life or health. The tools exist to charge and prosecute parents or guardians in appropriate cases. Sadly, there is no shortage of recent examples in our state of kids being subjected to horrific neglect, abuse and physical violence that has nothing to do with firearms ownership. Bills similar to that being proposed have failed in previous sessions. So once again, lawmakers will spend time next year debating unnecessary gun control legislation and abdicating any responsibility to address the root causes of New Mexico’s at-risk youth.

It’s no surprise that the Democratic nominee for governor, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has embraced these proposals and is pushing for even more radical measures, such as bans on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms used for hunting, recreational shooting and self-defense, and restrictions on standard magazines used with these guns. She has a long history of supporting the agenda of New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his national gun control organizations while serving in Congress. New Mexicans who are concerned about crime and protecting our civil liberties deserve better than what she and at least some of her fellow Democrats are selling: unenforceable, ineffective, intrusive and unnecessary laws that won’t make us any safer.

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This is a serious threat to our Second Amendment rights and Tara and the NM Shooting Sports Association will be asking for your help during the upcoming 2019 NM legislative session to defeat these proposals. In the meantime consider working to help elect pro Second Amendment candidates to the legislature in the November election.

Richard Barbaras