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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

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

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

March 2020

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?

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Defensive Revolver Class…March 14
  • April Concealed Carry Class…April 18 & 19
  • Although I’m taking a short break from the initial regular concealed carry classes (the next regular class will be in April), I am doing the initial class on request for small groups of people (3 – 5). Scheduling is very flexible. Let me know if you are interested.
  • I am still doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. 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

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. Think about this after reading the article above. 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… 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.

From NM Department of Public Safety… Veterans no longer have to pay for their fingerprints on when renewing their concealed carry licenses.

Tip of the Month… 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.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

February 2020

Interesting Thought… Guest Editorial… From Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces… I was cleaning out files the other day and came across this quote from Senegalese Conservationist Baba Dioum: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand, We will understand only what we are taught.”

I used it a lot when I was teaching Hunter Education. Then it occurred to me that it applies to just about everything – including firearms. I hope everyone reading this has experienced introducing a person with little training in firearms and watched them blossom into avid shooters. It’s really what it is all about! And it is the key to the preservation of all our firearms freedoms.

Sure, we need to write those letters to the politicians, send them emails and call them when onerous bills are introduced to the state and federal legislative bodies. But they are really only intellectual reasons and arguments.  And often fall on deaf ears!  We have all seen that happen!

What it all boils down to are hands-on, one-on-one experiences that change minds and hearts.

So my next question is obviously, “When was the last time you took a newbie to the range, let them shoot your guns and ammo, and watched the smiles and grins as they discovered for themselves the passion you and I share.”

That question is even more obviously followed by, “When are you going to do it again?”

Take a kid out and he or she will probably always be on our side when the anti-gunners start running on and on about how terrible guns are.

Take a woman out and you might just create an incredible advocate for our sport and passion.

This fight for the Second Amendment will not be won in our lifetimes but might just be LOST if folks like you and me drop the ball!  Please take some time to do this!  Share your passion (and guns and ammo) …and drop an email or write a letter to your Representative and Senator urging them to stay strong and loyal to the Constitution.

And, of course, keep your powder dry!

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. Think about this after reading the article above. 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.

Something New… I am experimenting with teaching concealed carry classes to couples, in other words, two people living together. The biggest benefit of this is that we can schedule the class to meet their needs. So far, doing the academic part of the class during 2 or 3 evenings during the week, in their living room, seems to be the preferred way for this part of the class. As a recent couple mentioned, taking a break in the middle of the academic session gave them a chance to better assimilate the information in the first half of the class. And we are able to discuss their particular needs privately as opposed to in front of a larger class.

The shooting session retains the same strong drills we have been doing but drills specific to their needs can also be included.

I’m excited about this experiment and the couples I’ve worked with seem to be as well. 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.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Defensive Revolver Class…March 14
  • April Concealed Carry Class…April 18 & 19
  • Although I’m taking a short break from the initial regular concealed carry classes (the next regular class will be in April), I am doing the initial class on request for small groups of people (3 – 5). Scheduling is very flexible. Let me know if you are interested.
  • I am still doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. 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.

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.

Tip of the Month… Get to the range more often! A lot of folks, when we do their 2-year Refresher class, tell me they haven’t shot since they saw me 2 years ago. And it’s pretty obvious watching them shoot. If you are going to carry a concealed weapon (or one openly) you have an obligation to practice and become proficient with it.

In Closing… Consider taking the upcoming Revolver class. Most of us have Revolver on our concealed carry license, but how many of us actually spend much time shooting a revolver? If it’s on your concealed carry license you should be proficient with it. Think about it!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

January 2020

Welcome to 2020! I look forward to training/shooting with you all this year. Please let me know if there is some particular training you would like me to offer.

Interesting Thought… Have you fallen into the concealed carry trap described in this article? Take a moment to read this article that I found on Facebook. There is a lot of truth to it. And then look at your current situation and level of training. Could you survive a self-defense or deadly force encounter in the real world? Do you need more training? If so, we’d be happy to help.

The Concealed Carry Trap – Are You Caught in it?

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. Think about this after reading the article above. 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.

Something New… I am experimenting with teaching concealed carry classes to couples, in other words, two people living together. The biggest benefit of this is that we can schedule the class to meet their needs. So far, doing the academic part of the class during 2 or 3 evenings during the week, in their living room, seems to be the preferred way for this part of the class. As a recent couple mentioned, taking a break in the middle of the academic session gave them a chance to better assimilate the information in the first half of the class. And we are able to discuss their particular needs privately as opposed to in front of a larger class.

The shooting session retains the same strong drills we have been doing but drills specific to their needs can also be included.

I’m excited about this experiment and the couples I’ve worked with seem to be as well. 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.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Although I’m taking a short break from the initial regular concealed carry classes, I am doing the initial class on request for small groups of people (3 – 5). Scheduling is very flexible. Let me know if you are interested.
  • I am still doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. 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.
  • I am planning on offering a Defensive Revolver Class in the near future. Most of us have Non-Semi-auto (revolver) on our concealed carry license but most of us rarely, if ever, spend much time with a revolver. It is still a good choice for a defensive, hunting, and recreational firearm…but you need to learn how to use it effectively.

Alamogordo Gun Shows in 2020… Alamogordo Gun Shows at the Otero County Fairgrounds…For tables or info contact Eli at 575-430-8681

February. 8-9
April 4-5
June 6-7
October 3-4
December 12-13

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I’m still doing those. 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.

Tip of the Month… Take the 6-second church test. Can you make a headshot in 6 seconds at 12 yards? This is based on what happened at the church in Texas recently where a member of the church security team stopped an active shooter in his church. The test is 1 headshot at 12 yards in 6 seconds, from concealment. It is best done cold…in other words no ‘warm-up’ or ‘practice’ shots. You’ll probably find that the time is easy to make. The difficult part is hitting a target as small as the head. Try it. And practice it.

In Closing… We are looking at some tough anti-gun legislation in the upcoming legislative session in Santa Fe. Join the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association (https://nmssa.org/) and follow them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NewMexicoShootingSportsAssociation/) if you have not already done so and wish to help them fight this legislation. They will keep you up to date on what’s happening in Santa Fe. And don’t forget to contact your legislators and encourage them to oppose this legislation. I’ll send out alerts as the NRA sends them to me.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

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

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

September 2019

Interesting Thought… Due to the recent active shooter situations, this article by Chris Hernandez is timely and some serious food for thought. Should you engage an active shooter? He points out several things you need to think about now before you find yourself in that sort of situation.

With the spate of mass shooting attacks the last couple of years, I’ve had a few people ask my thoughts on responding to a mass shooting as an armed citizen.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • September 7 & 8… Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by and say Hi…and we can take a look at your concealed carry license to see if you need your Refresher or Renewal class (you’d be surprised how many forget).
  • October 5 & 6…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • 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.
  • 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 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. 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 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 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… 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.

In Closing… Walmart has indicated that they will no longer be selling handgun ammunition. So, I encourage you all to purchase your ammunition locally from these supporters of Riclin Firearms Training… Ace Hardware in Alamogordo and Sandman Armory in Ruidoso.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

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