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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!

July 2018

Interesting Thought… Here is a guest editorial from Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces, that is a bit of a change of pace but something we need to take very seriously considering the times we are in (and November isn’t very far away).

As another summer winds down and another political season gears up I have a couple of thoughts for everyone. Are you getting ready for what is coming? Elections in November and a long session in the State Legislature next year! I know, I know, it’s been too hot to even want to think about the next governor and other elected officials but remember the old saying … “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” NOW is the time to educate yourself about the platforms each candidate is standing on …particularly the 2nd Amendment plank. There is some really scary stuff out there so please, please, take a few minutes one of these hot afternoons and get on your computer and find out for yourself just how scary some of these folks are. The Bloomberg group is expected to mount another campaign and pour money into the politician’s coffers to promote their agenda. NOW is the time to plan our strategies!  Since it’s too hot to go to the range, take a few minutes and scare yourself to death about the future if we don’t get pro-active!

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • August 11 & 12 Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • August 18 & 19… Gun Show in Alamogordo. Stop by my table and visit a while.
  • Stay tuned for a late summer night shooting 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.

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… I know its fun to go to the range and burn up a lot of ammunition. However, think about working on one or two particular skills each time you go to the range. Some examples would be to work on marksmanship (always), developing a smooth and efficient presentation (draw), shoot from various forms of concealment, try shooting from unconventional shooting positions (seated, from the ground, etc), strong hand only, weak hand only, and so on. The purpose and benefit is to develop your shooting skills in a variety of ways so you will be better prepared in the event you need to use your handgun in a defensive situation. Note…these concepts work well with rifles and shotguns too.

In Closing… An interesting article on the civilian use of firearms to deter crime for you to take a look at sent by one of my subscribers. It looks at situations that occurred in June 2018 and is interesting reading… https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/07/09/a-month-of-data-provides-ample-evidence-for-why-law-abiding-citizens-own-firearms/

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

May 2018

Interesting Thought… Last month we had Part 1 which briefly discussed an encounter one of my students had recently with a javelina while hiking. In Part 2 we hear it in her own words. There are lessons to be learned here, particularly regarding the effects of adrenaline. I really appreciate her willingness to share her experience with us.

Part 2 of the Javelina Encounter…in her own words… 

It definitely was an intense time! Right after everything happened, mind you, I was out of bullets. I don’t believe I was cognizant of how many rounds I had. I’ve always known I carry 6 in that gun, but I guess I forgot how to count while encounter was taking place.

I was watching the dog as she was sniffing away on the trail and out of nowhere I saw this black thing (thinking it was a dog) charge my dog. I then got a look that it was a javelina. I remember thinking don’t shoot while they are fighting in fear of shooting the dog obviously. That part was clear. I waited til there was a break in fighting so I could fire. Honestly (due to adrenaline I’m sure) I don’t know if I fired at other pigs in fear of them ganging up on the dog (and that broke the fight up) or if I waited til the fight broke up on its own to fire the first shots. I do know I fired twice the first time. Fight ensued again and then broke up again. I fired 4 rounds then at the pack of pigs. The adrenaline was insane because I do remember the dog running fast away and I was stuck there without bullets and not knowing what would be next. That’s when I saw a baby pig and realized they were likely being protective.

I honestly don’t know how far away this happened. So, maybe it was 30 feet, lol. It felt like a tunnel and black all around me. Felt like it was so far away!

I picked up the largest stick I could find in case I needed it. Wishing like hell I had more ammo or a bigger gun but was incredibly thankful at that point for my gun. I rarely carry when I hike just because I never suspect anything to happen. This changed my mind. I was so thankful to have that little 380. Little but mighty. It did save the dog’s life and I do feel the dog saved mine. I ran away to find the dog. She was hunkered down scared outta her mind! That’s where I noticed bleeding on her side. I called my dad to come get us because I couldn’t tell the extent of her injuries at the point. BTW…the dog is fine now and the hair is finally growing back.

What I learned about this is 1. To always carry.   2.  Try like hell to stay calm and focus on what’s happening. I’m proud I didn’t panic, but I’m sad I let adrenaline take over right away, adrenaline seriously gives you amnesia. There are still some things I don’t remember, like when I fired first. However, since I never saw it coming, I was shocked at what took place. Never in a million years did I expect to see a pig there, much less 3, or for them to attack. I initially thought that it was another dog to begin with and I wasn’t super riled up and I was just going to grab a stick or something or fire a round to hopefully break them up. When I saw it was a pig, things changed. I don’t hike without my gun anymore. I carry a bit of a larger caliber now and good, quality bullets. 

Upcoming Classes and Events… Note…we won’t be offering a regular monthly class in May or June. However, if you have a small group who wants a class and has a flexible schedule, please contact me and we’ll see what we can work out. Renewals and Refreshers will continue on request.

  • July 14 & 15 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 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.

Tip of the Month… I’ve said it before but it is very important…Carry Your Gun! You never know when it will be needed. Go back and re-read the javelina story at the beginning of this newsletter. Carry your gun…and some extra ammunition.

In Closing… Handgun shooting skills are perishable. If you don’t practice you will see your shooting skills degrade. Go practice. I’ll see you at the range.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

April 2018

Interesting Thought… 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 (https://www.facebook.com/LimatunesRangeDiary/posts/10156117269657432) 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.

An Interesting (and Scary???) Encounter (Part 1)… One of my students had an interesting (intense is the way she described it) encounter recently. While hiking with her dog three javelinas charged from the sagebrush. Her dog came to her defense and intervened in the attack distracting the javelina. After the dog had been bitten by one of the javelinas, the dog retreated a short distance giving her an opportunity to fire her handgun killing one of the attacking javelinas. The other two javelinas ran away. She was not injured. The dog was not as fortunate but is recovering and doing well.

Part 2 (next month) will have more detail in her own words.

In the meantime, there are several lessons to be learned from this encounter. See Tip(s) below…

Tip(s) of the Month… Lessons from the encounter above. First, have a gun. Carry all the time. You never know what may happen or when you may need it… even hiking.

Second, any gun is better than no gun. She was carrying a .380. Not a particularly powerful round, but it did the job in this case.

And third, choose the proper ammunition. Don’t try to skimp by. Save your inexpensive ammo for the range. Your life may depend on QUALITY ammo. She had good self-defense ammunition in her .380 and it did the job.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • April 7 & 8… Gun Show at Fairgrounds in Alamogordo
  • April 14 & 15… 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 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)

  • 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.
  • 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://verification.rld.state.nm.us/Search.aspx?facility=Y  and do a search. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

In Closing… The encounter described above has more lessons to be learned. Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

March 2018

Interesting Thought… 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. 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.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • March 9 & 10…Hunter Education Class in Tularosa (see NM Game and Fish website for details)
  • March 17 & 18…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • April 15 & 15…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.

Run and Gun Events… As many of you know I enjoy participating in Run and Gun events and have had the opportunity to train several folks to do so. It is an interesting and challenging sport that will really develop your fitness and practical marksmanship skills. If you are interested in participating in a Run and Gun event, here is an excellent article on preparing for your first one.

https://texasrunandgun.org/2018/01/training-first-run-gun-competition/

I’d be happy to discuss my experiences with you and help you train for a run and gun event if you are interested. There will be an excellent Run and Gun event in Pecos, TX in mid-September that is a good place to start for your first one.

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.

Tip of the Month… Do you carry your handgun while driving in your vehicle? If so, have you practiced drawing (presenting) your handgun from the driver’s seat (if you haven’t you should)? You can practice in the privacy of your driveway. Make sure the gun is unloaded…and then check again to make sure. Then practice drawing your handgun. Practice with and without your seat belt as well as unbuckling your seat belt as part of your draw. Practice exiting the vehicle with your handgun. Each vehicle will likely require a slightly different technique. So, work with your vehicle and how you carry until you find the combination that works for you. Take your time as you do this… there is no need to hurry while you are figuring this out. It just might come in handy someday.

In Closing… As current events are proving, it is an unsafe world out there. Be extra aware of your environment and always be thinking ‘What am I going to do if…” Have a plan. Be safe.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

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.

December 2017

Interesting Thought… This Interesting Thought is taken from an editorial recently published by Tim Schmidt, founder of the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) and is used by permission. It is very appropriate for this time of year. Give it some serious thought…

The Gift of Preparedness This Christmas…
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER

As the official countdown to Dec. 25 begins, it’s easy to get caught up in the magic of the season. There’s just something about the spirit of Christmas — the love, the kindness, the joy — that makes everything seem a little bit brighter and even a little bit safer.

But good, law-abiding people like you and me understand that evil never sleeps — not even on days leading up to the most wonderful time of year. And so, as much as many of us openly embrace and celebrate all the goodness that surrounds us at Christmastime, we must also acknowledge that the hustle and bustle of the season — when criminals are quite literally out in full force — requires us to be more vigilant than ever.

Indeed, even though it would be easy to become complacent over the holidays, that’s exactly why we mustn’t … because bad guys are actively looking for us to let down our guards.

With all the shopping, traveling and celebrating ahead, we simply cannot forget to pause and look at the world around us:

That means paying a little extra attention when we’re loading all those gifts into our trunks.

It means planning a little farther ahead when we leave our houses empty to go visit family for a few days.

And, most certainly, it means carrying our firearms to protect ourselves and our loved ones no matter where we are.

The bottom line is that criminals don’t take “holidays” off — and, as responsibly armed Americans, neither can we.

Thanks, Tim, for your timely words of wisdom.

Get Your Christmas Gift Certificates… Looking for a great Christmas gift? Gift certificates are available for any class that we offer, from the regular Concealed Carry class to Refreshers and Renewals, as well as specialty and individual classes.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • January 6 & 7… Concealed Cary Class in Alamogordo
  • February 10… Ready Citizen Challenge
  • Renewal and Refresher classes… 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 to conduct their Ready Citizen Challenge on February 10. 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. More information to follow.

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 Richard Barbaras sent you.

Tip of the Month… Stay safe at Christmas. Reread the Interesting Thought 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.

In Closing… I would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to training with you in the new year.

Christmas 2017

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

October – November 2017

Interesting Thought… A recent article from Tier Three Tactical provides a fascinating analysis of 30 surveillance tapes of actual self-defense situations. As a result, they have developed 11 tips everyone carrying a concealed weapon (and everyone else for that matter) should pay attention to. They are:
  • Carry a high capacity weapon, ideally 8 rounds or above.
  • Be able to access your gun with one hand.
  • Keep your head on a swivel, checking your 6, the most dangerous area.
  • Delay your draw.
  • Obscure your draw.
  • Do not engage immediately unless you must.
  • Practice pivoting and engaging threats
  • Practice gun grappling and one-handed engagement within 3 feet
  • Shoot from cover if available
  • Practice shooting and moving at man sized target at 3-5 yards
  • Validate all live training with force on force training
The full article (which is well worth reading and thinking about…and also watch the videos) can be found here: http://www.tierthreetactical.com/11-research-based-concealed-carry-tips/

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 4 & 5… November Concealed Carry Class…Sat from 8 am – 5 pm and Sun from 8 am – 2 pm.
  • November 18…Night Class in Las Cruces…4 pm – approximately 9 pm.
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…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.

Night Class in Las Cruces… November 18…Come join us for this interesting and practical defensive night class. Many self-defense situations occur after dark and shooting at night is very different than in the daylight. Learn to shoot at night with and without a flashlight. And then we’ll have some realistic scenarios for you to test your skills. Contact me at (575) 430-3040, riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at (575) 644-1692, safeinlc@aol.com to sign up.

Couples Retreat… We have decided to postpone our Couples Retreat scheduled for October 28. A lot of couples said they were very interested in attending but very few actually signed up. We felt that this would be a very valuable session for couples to learn to work together in self-defense situations and so did many of those we talked to about it. So I’m curious…why didn’t more couples sign up? If you were interested in the class I’d really appreciate it if you would take a moment and let me know why you decided not to attend. We are certainly willing to reschedule the Couples Retreat if there is sufficient interest.

Want 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)

  • 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.
  • 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.

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… Practice shooting with your weak hand. This is something everyone tries to avoid, but the truth is that you should be ambidextrous with your handgun (rifle as well). Use a tight grip, angle the handgun slightly, line the sights up and press the trigger. Nothing to it, just something you need to practice.

In Closing… Please take a moment and let me know your training needs and interest. I’d be happy to accommodate your needs if at all possible.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

Mid September 2017 Update

The newsletter is going to be a bit late this month so I thought I’d send out some announcements about upcoming events.

September 16 & 17…Gun Show at the Fairgrounds in Alamogordo. I’ll have a table. Stop by and say hello. You can sign up for a Concealed Carry class, or a Renewal or Refresher. Or just visit…I’d be glad to see you.

October 14 & 15…Concealed Carry Class…This is the initial class required for your concealed carry license. If you already have your concealed carry license but have friend or two who might be interested let them know.

October 28…Couples Retreat in Las Cruces… Whether you are both armed, or if only one of you is armed, this Couples Retreat will be an excellent way to practice communicating with each other in self-defense situations and discover what role each might play in such a situation. While it is not for beginning shooters. we welcome couples where both are armed or only one is armed. After all, the non-shooter is still part of the team and must be considered in any self-defense situation. This will be an interesting retreat.

Renewal and Refresher classes… I’m doing these on request. Check the dates on your license…it is so easy to forget! If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class.

Individual Firearms Training… I’m doing individual and small group classes on request. Let me know what your training needs are and we’ll schedule a class to meet those needs.

Contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a class.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

August 2017

Interesting Thought… In a recent article in the American Handgunner, Tom Givens of Rangemaster has the following comments about the situations some of his students have dealt with over the years. There is a lot of food for thought here…

I have good debriefs on almost 70 defensive shootings involving my students over the years. Over 9 out of 10 of these occurred away from home, at convenience stores, shopping malls, grocery stores, ATM’s and other public places. Since they were in public spaces, even at night there was adequate illumination to see and function quite well. Not one shooting involved a flashlight, and not one student indicated they felt a need for one at the time.

Over 9 out of 10 occurred between 3 and 5 yards, which is about the length of a typical American sedan. Most involved little or no movement, with a quick side-step being the only movement involved in all but two. Only three fired from other than a standing position and only one incident involved intentional physical contact between the attacker and the defender. The fight was won in all of these cases by the quick application of pretty basic skills.

The full article can be found here: https://americanhandgunner.com/are-you-training-for-fads-fantasy-or-a-fight/

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • August 12 & 13… August Concealed Carry Class…Sat from 8 – 5 and Sun from 8 – 2.
  • October 28…Couples Retreat in Las Cruces (see below for more details)
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…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.

Rescheduled Couples Class (Retreat)… We have rescheduled the Couples Class originally set for July 15 and changed the format. It is now a Couples Retreat, includes a night shooting session, and will be Saturday, October 28.

Whether you are both armed, or if only one of you is armed, this Couples Retreat will be an excellent way to practice communicating with each other in self-defense situations and discover what role each might play in such a situation. While it is not for beginning shooters. we welcome couples where only one is armed. After all, the non-shooter is still part of the team and must be considered in any self-defense situation.

A team effort between Riclin Firearms Training and SAFE in Las Cruces this Couples Retreat will be held at the Butterfield Shooting Range west of Las Cruces.

You will discuss and discover how you and your spouse or significant other would respond to…

  • a home invasion while both of you are watching TV one evening
  • an intruder in your bedroom (this will be done after dark)
  • an assault when you are in your vehicle
  • when you all are walking while carrying your child or a bag of groceries
  • other realistic situations

The Retreat will begin at 12:00 noon and finish about 9:00 pm. Dinner will be provided. Cost is $150 per couple. We are asking for a $50 deposit per couple to register you for the retreat. The remainder of the fee is due at the beginning of the retreat.

Contact Richard at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com for more information or to sign up for the class. Class size will be limited.

Pecos Run and Gun… We are training for the upcoming Pecos Run and Gun event in Pecos, TX on September 16. A 5-mile loop with 6 shooting stops, you must carry a rifle, handgun, ammo, and water the entire distance. This is an event that challenges your physical fitness, your equipment, and your marksmanship. And it is a lot of fun. If you are interested in participating in Pecos or another Run and Gun event let me know. I’d be happy to work with you.

Want 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)

  • 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 Renewalclass 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.
  • 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.

Local Gunsmith… If you are looking for a 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… Suggestions from the Tom Givens article discussed in the Interesting Thoughts above…Have the gun on your person, it won’t do you any good otherwise. Solid initial training, followed up with periodic sustainment training with your carry gear leads to a comfort level with the equipment fostering the willingness to actually wear it daily.

Learn to access the handgun from concealment, safely, reliably and quickly. Learn to get good, solid hits with the first rounds out of the gun. It would be good to know how to reload it and to fix malfunctions if they occur. Take a good course on legal issues, like one from Massad Ayoob or Andrew Branca, and then carry on.

In Closing… Until next time…stay safe!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor