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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

June 2017

Interesting Thought… From friend John Tate on the recent London terror attack…

“He threw chairs, glasses, and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.”* Such was the reaction of a man attacked by London terrorists armed with ” large knives.”

Did you know that not only guns but also knives are essentially illegal in England? †

Surprise, surprise – someone forgot to tell the terrorists.

According to news reports, It took the police 8 minutes to respond and terminate to the attack.* How many lives could have been saved had been citizens present armed with concealed weapons who could have responded immediately?

LESSON: If you have a gun, know how to use it and can legally carry it – CARRY IT! That small amount of extra weight won’t be a burden, and it does no good in storage at home (or in your vehicle).

* From May Condemns London Attacks That Killed 7 Police Arrest 12 in Raids

† It is illegal to carry a knife in public in England without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • July 8 & 9… July Concealed Carry Class
  • July 15…Couples Class in Las Cruces
  • August 12 & 13… August Concealed Carry Class
  • 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.

Couples Class… How would you and your spouse or significant other respond to…

  • a home invasion while both of you are watching TV one evening or
  • an intruder in your bedroom or
  • an assault when you are in your vehicle or
  • while you are walking while carrying your child or a bag of groceries?

Come join us and find out!

Whether you are both armed, or if only one of you is armed, this class will be an excellent way to communicate and discover what role each will play in a self-defense situation. It is not for beginning shooters.

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

The class will begin at 9:00 and finish in the midafternoon. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $150 per couple.

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.

Something for the Ladies… An interesting article about a mother’s perspective… I am a Mom, I am Armed

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.

Tip of the Month… Take a few minutes and read this article by Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training on tips on how to survive a terrorist vehicle attack.

Think about what he says and think also abut the Interesting Thought above. It appears that this may become more and more of a problem.

In Closing… It’s getting hot outside, but that’s no excuse not to go and do some training. Get yourself to the range. And don’t forget to drink plenty of water. The more you practice and train the better you will respond should the moment arise.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

May 2017

Interesting Thought… For the ladies…from Susan B. Anthony, well-known crusader for women’s rights and instrumental in the adoption in 1920 of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote…I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. 

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • May 13 & 14… May Concealed Carry Class
  • June 10 & 11… June Concealed Carry Class
  • July 15…Couples Class in Las Cruces (tentative)
  • Gun Show in Ruidoso May 27 & 28… I’ll be working the tables for DCR Enterprises. Stop by and visit with me (and you are welcome to buy a gun as well).
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.

Couples Class… The couples class tentatively scheduled for July 15 will be a scenario based class for couples. At this point there are six scenarios and each couple will participate in them as a team. How would you deal with a home invasion while you are watching TV one evening…or an intruder in your bedroom…or an assault when you are in your vehicle? Come join us and find out! This class is available to 1) couples who both armed or 2) couples even if only one is armed (you are still a team and need to work together in defensive situations). This will be a joint effort between Riclin Firearms Training and SAFE in Las Cruces and will be taught at the Butterfield Shooting Range west of Las Cruces. 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.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… This is becoming very popular. Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Carbine/Rifle Classes… Just finished a private Carbine Class for two individuals. We had a great time and they learned a lot! Contact me if you are interested in learning more about using the AR15 or AK47 (or any other rifle) for defensive and sporting purposes. I’d be happy to schedule a class for you or your small group.

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.

Veterans… I am now offering two classes for active duty military personnel or veterans who have been out of the military for less than 20 years. One covers the legal aspects of concealed carry in New Mexico and what you need to know to apply for your concealed carry license. The second class is an introduction to defensive handgun shooting for those with limited defensive handgun training/shooting experience.

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.

Tip of the Month… Lock your doors! A recent study of burglaries in a midwest town indicated that in 70% of the burglaries the homeowner had left a door unlocked. And in 79% of vehicle break-ins, the doors were not locked. I know we all lock our doors when we are not at home but apparently, someone isn’t. Get in the habit of locking your doors when you are in the house and when you leave. And lock your vehicle doors when you are in it and when you leave. To quote Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training and the author of the article where I got this information,,,’Lock your damn doors!’

“Lock your damn doors!” ~ Greg Ellifritz, Active Response Training

In Closing… Summer is coming and the weather is getting warmer. Time to get to the range and do some shooting. Its also a good time to consider taking a class to take your shooting skills to the next level. I look forward to working with you.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

October 2016

Interesting Thought… Recently there have been a number of terrorist attacks in various places in the United States. Here is an interesting article that makes the point that we are, in reality, engaged in a war on terror and we are all potentially involved, whether we think so or not. They certainly think so. Read the article and then think about signing up for our Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class being held on October 29.

http://www.thegunwriter.com/21288/guest-column-this-is-war-and-like-it-or-not-youre-a-combatant/

Update on Proposed Revised Concealed Carry Regulations… NM DPS has scheduled an additional public hearing on the revised concealed carry regulations for November 1, 2016, in Santa Fe. The meeting has been announced on their website at www.dps.state.nm.us/. You can also download the proposed regulations if you have not already done so. I will keep you posted.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • October 8 & 9…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • October 29…Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces 
  • November 1…Public meeting on proposed concealed carry regulations in Santa Fe
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Classes on Request…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently on our calendar or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces October 29… We have revamped the class to include scenarios based on current events. The class will give you some skills and tactics for dealing with the active shooter or the homegrown terrorist if you should ever find yourself in that situation. It includes a night time scenario after dark. Most of us will never have to deal with an active shooter or a homegrown terrorist but it never hurts to be prepared. Tough times are here (just watch the news) and we look forward to seeing you in this class. Contact Richard at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com to sign up for the class.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Carbine/Rifle Classes… I have been doing some defensive carbine/carbine familiarization classes for small groups of individuals who want to learn more about using the AR15 or AK47 for defensive and sporting purposes. Contact me if you are interested.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Veterans… I am now offering two classes for active duty military personnel or veterans who have been out of the military for less than 20 years. One covers the legal aspects of concealed carry in New Mexico and what you need to know to be legal. The second class is an introduction to defensive handgun shooting for those with limited defensive handgun training/shooting experience.

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.

An Interesting Opportunity to Win a Firearm (or two) and Help a Local Charity…Calendar/Tickets are still available… Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of southern New Mexico’s Largest Firearms Raffle Ever! Over 100 firearms given away, one every Tuesday and Thursday throughout 2017! All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Otero County and the work they do in our community to support our neighbors, children, seniors, and families. Tickets can be purchased at the UWOC office at 1601 E. 10th St. or Western True Value at 412 9th St. in Alamogordo or The Olive Branch in Ruidoso at 2501 Sudderth Dr. With more than $50,000 worth of firearms up for grabs you do not want to miss out. The number of tickets/calendars is limited and once they are gone they’re gone! Stop by any of the above locations and get your ticket/calendar today! To purchase a calendar if you don’t live in Alamogordo, or for a list of all the firearms being raffled and the complete rules, visit the UWOC website at www.uwoterocounty.org or call their office at 575-437-8400.

Tip of the Month…  As a follow up to my tip last month of practice, practice, practice…dry fire, dry fire, dry fire! And a comment from a reader (and fellow firearms instructor)… Ref Tip of the Month: you do your audience a disservice by not reminding them that practice does not necessarily entail live fire. In fact, for many shooting skills, dry fire is more productive. That, with the additional benefits of no cost, not having to go to the range, no chance of a negligent discharge, etc. Very good thought, my friend. Thanks for sending it.

In Closing… Stay safe…the world is getting more dangerous.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

July 2016

Interesting Thought… The nightclub shooting in Orlando a couple of weeks ago should be a wake-up call for everyone. For anyone watching what is going on in the world, this should be no surprise. And I think it will happen again. And again. While the probability of you being involved in a terrorist attack like that is really pretty small, there is always the possibility that you will be. And when it does happen, the probability hits 100%. Just ask those folks in Orlando…or at the Istanbul airport. In the last several years it seems like the world has become a more dangerous place. So…what are you doing to prepare yourself for surviving such an event? Do you have a plan? Are you going to try to escape or are you going to attempt to deal with the shooter/terrorist? Are your shooting skills adequate to hit a person size target at a distance while you are under a great deal of stress? Some things to think about…

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • July 9 & 10…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • October 29…Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Classes on Request…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently on our calendar or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Interested in an Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Alamogordo? As a result of the shooting in Orlando Florida a couple of weeks ago several people have asked if we are going to be doing an Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class in Alamogordo in the near future. If you are interested in taking this class this summer (it will be an all day Saturday class) please let me know. If there is enough interest we will schedule a class.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces… We had to postpone this class last spring but have rescheduled it for October 29. It will be an interesting class and will give you some skills and tactics for dealing with the active shooter or the homegrown terrorist if you should ever find yourself in that situation. It includes a night time scenario after dark. Most of us will never have to deal with an active shooter or a homegrown terrorist but it never hurts to be prepared. Tough times are coming (just watch the news) and we look forward to seeing you in this class.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Carbine/Rifle Classes… I have been doing some defensive carbine/carbine familiarization classes for small groups of individuals who want to learn more about using the AR15 or AK47 for defensive and sporting purposes. Contact me if you are interested.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Veterans… I am now offering two classes for active duty military personnel or veterans who have been out of the military for less than 20 years. One covers the legal aspects of concealed carry in New Mexico and what you need to know to be legal. The second class is an introduction to defensive handgun shooting for those with limited defensive handgun training/shooting experience.

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.

An Interesting Opportunity to Win a Firearm (or two) and Help a Local Charity…Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of southern New Mexico’s Largest Firearms Raffle Ever! Over 100 firearms given away, one every Tuesday and Thursday throughout 2017! All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Otero County and the work they do in our community to support our neighbors, children, seniors, and families. In partnership with Burt Broadcasting Inc. and Western True Value, tickets can be purchased at the UWOC office at 1601 E. 10th St. or Western True Value at 412 9th St. in Alamogordo or The Olive Branch in Ruidoso at 2501 Sudderth Dr. With more than $50,000 worth of firearms up for grabs you do not want to miss out. The number of tickets/calendars is limited and once they are gone they’re gone! Stop by any of the above locations and get your ticket/calendar Today! For a list of all the firearms being raffled and the complete rules, visit the UWOC website at www.uwoterocounty.org or call their office at 575-437-8400.

Tip of the Month… Get to the range and practice! You would be surprised how many students for the Refresher or Renewal classes tell me that they haven’t shot since they saw me two years earlier. And it becomes obvious when they start shooting. Do the drills you did in your concealed carry class. Practice moving to cover and shooting from cover. Practice malfunction drills. Get out there and practice, practice, practice!

In Closing… As a reminder, your concealed weapon isn’t going to do you any good if you don’t have it on you when you need it. As you finish reading this newsletter, where is your concealed handgun? If it isn’t on your person (or close by), you might want to reconsider. Another food for thought.

Stay safe.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

May 2016

Interesting Thought… The Messy Reality of Self Defense. Some thoughts on the reality of self-defense from a blog written by Rob Morse.

“We are most likely to be attacked when we are away from home.  That means the arsenal in our gun safe is useless most of the time.  Think about that for a minute.  What we have on our body right now is what we will use to win or lose a self-defense encounter.  It is unlikely that we will have time to go to our car or safe room and get our gun, cell phone, flashlight, and trauma kit.  That is why criminals attack people who are, for example, on jogging trails.

Our options are limited.  Sometimes you can run away and escape.  Sometimes you can’t.  You will have to stand and fight if you are with your spouse, your children or your friends because you won’t leave them behind to face the attackers alone.  That leave us to defend ourselves from the threat, summon help, and provide aid to the injured.. with what we have in our pockets and, in our minds.  The thing we need most of all is a plan, and training lets us make good choices on the spot.”

It is worth reading the entire article at  https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-messy-reality-of-self-defense/.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • May 14 & 15… Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • June 11 & 12… Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • October 29… Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces 
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Classes on Request… If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently on our calendar or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know, and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces… We had to, postpone this class a couple of months ago but have rescheduled it for October 29. It will be an interesting class and will give you some skills and tactics for dealing with the active shooter or the homegrown terrorist if you should ever find yourself in that situation. Most of us will never have to deal with an active shooter or a homegrown terrorist, but it never hurts to be prepared. Tough times are coming (just watch the news) and we look forward to seeing you in this class.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible, and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Carbine/Rifle Classes… I have been doing some defensive carbine/carbine familiarization classes for small groups of individuals who want to learn more about using the AR15 or AK47 for defensive and sporting purposes. Contact me if you are interested.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Veterans… I am now offering two classes for active duty military personnel or veterans who have been out of the military for less than 20 years. One covers the legal aspects of concealed carry in New Mexico and what you need to know to be legal. The second class is an introduction to defensive handgun shooting for those with limited defensive handgun training/shooting experience.

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

  • 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.

Tip of the Month… Reread the Interesting Thought and the entire article as well. Then think about what you carry daily. Are you carrying enough ‘equipment’ or ‘stuff’ to survive a self-defense encounter and then render aid to yourself or a loved one if necessary until the first responders arrive? Is there anything you should add?

In Closing… The United Way of Otero County is hosting a very interesting firearms raffle as a fundraiser. They are giving away 108 firearms during 2017 (2 each week plus some grand prizes). For more information go to http://www.uwoterocounty.org/cms-view-page.php?page=firearms-calendar-raffle

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

March 2016

Interesting Thought… Lots of food for thought in this statement from John Conner in the March/April 2016 issue of American Handgunner (all you have to do is read the news to realize it is a dangerous world out there…and getting more so)…’Please, never step out your door, no matter where you live – not to the backyard, the barn, the mailbox or your Maserati – without a gun, a light, a knife and an attitude. Never drive without considering dangers greater that the usual morons, drunks, dopers, and texters. Returning home, remember, evil may await. The new national sport seems to be The Anger Games. You may not want to play, but you might have no choice. And I want you to WIN.’

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class…March 19 in Las Cruces
  • April 9 & 10…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo 
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Classes on Request…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently on our calendar or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class Report… Our Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class in Las Cruces on November 21 was interesting and exciting. This scenario based class presented six scenarios relevant to an active shooter or terrorist attack. The students were given general guidelines for each scenario but had the opportunity to respond as they thought best, as long as they accomplished the end result (and did it safely). The class featured daylight and night time scenarios and included a ‘battlefield pick up’ of an AK47 scenario. Very interesting. Everyone said they enjoyed the class and really learned a lot. Due to popular demand, we’ll be offering this class again on March 19. It will be somewhat different as we strive to improve the class and make it more relevant to what is currently happening.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Carbine/Rifle Classes… I have been doing some defensive carbine/carbine familiarization classes for small groups of individuals who want to learn more about the AR15 or AK47. Contact me if you are interested.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Veterans… The training requirement for a concealed carry license for active duty military and veterans who have been out of the military for less than 20 years has been waived. However, they are still responsible for knowing the law. We have developed a class to assist veterans in learning the legal side of concealed carry (for example when the use of deadly force is appropriate and legal and where they may and may not carry their concealed handgun) and to assist them in applying for their concealed carry license. If you are a veteran who qualifies or know a veteran who does, have them contact me if they are interested. I’d be happy to assist them.

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.

Tip of the Month… When was the last time you shot while flat on your back? Yet in a violent confrontation, you might find yourself on the ground with no way to get up. You need to practice drawing and firing your handgun while on your back and on each side. Start by practicing with an UNLOADED handgun. You can do this in the privacy of your home. Once you are comfortable with drawing your handgun from various positions on the ground go to the range and do some shooting. Caution…this is unfamiliar to many folks so be mindful of the safety rules as you do this and be cautious.

In Closing… Things have been very hectic since the beginning of the year which is why this newsletter has been delayed several times. The demand for firearms training has been phenomenal. Thank you for your continued patience and support. I look forward to seeing you at the range.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

December 2015

Interesting Thought… What is your role? If you are in a public place and suddenly find yourself in an active shooter or terrorist attack situation (think recent attacks in San Bernardino and Colorado Springs) what is your role? If escape is impossible, do you go after the threat(s)? Do you shelter in place? Do you provide life saving first aid to the injured while law enforcement deals with the threat? What is your role?

Even though much of our training is firearms oriented, you may not be in a position to use your firearm (or for some reason you may not even have it with you). The threat may be in another room or on the other side of the building. Others may be dealing with the threat. What is your role?

Every situation will be different and circumstances will likely dictate to a large extent what your role will be. So…some things to think about…What other training have you had besides your basic concealed carry class? Are you trained to provide emergency first aid to severely bleeding people. How good a physical condition are you in? Are you physically able to help others escape or transport a wounded individual to a safer location?

What is your role? Something to think about…

Give the Gift of Training for Christmas… If you are looking for some last minute gift ideas what better gift for a friend or loved one than to give them the gift of training? We have gift certificates available for any of the classes we teach. Contact me to discuss purchasing gift certificates.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • January 9 & 10, 2016…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo (currently full…taking a waiting list)
  • January 16 & 17…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo (currently full…taking a waiting list)
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Other classes…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class Report… Our Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class in Las Cruces on November 21 was interesting and exciting. This scenario based class presented six scenarios relevant to an active shooter or terrorist attack. The students were given general guidelines for each scenario but had the opportunity to respond as they thought best, as long as they accomplished the end result (and did it safely). The class featured daylight and night time scenarios and included a ‘battlefield pick up’ of an AK47 scenario. Very interesting. Everyone said they enjoyed the class and really learned a lot. We’ll be offering this class again.

Tactical Medicine Class… This December 12 class was great and provided us very important information and skills everyone carrying a firearm needs to know. It was beyond basic first aid. We learned lifesaving techniques in dealing with traumatic injuries in stressful situations and austere environments where medical care may not be immediately available (active shooter, vehicle accident, wilderness accident, etc). Terry and Eve did a really good job teaching the class. The final scenario we did was interesting and eye opening. If you were unable to attend this class but are interested in taking it, please let me know. I’m sure we can get them to came back and teach it again. This is a class everyone should take!

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

WesTex Run and Gun… For those interested in running and shooting events the Prude Ranch at Ft. Davis, TX is putting on the second annual WesTex Run and Gun (westexrun-n-gun.com) on February 6, 2016. These events are a real test of your fitness and firearms shooting and manipulation skills as well as an excellent test of your gear. I did this event last year and it was a lot of fun in a very picturesque environment. If you would like to do some training for this event contact me at riclin@tularosa.net and I’d be happy to work with you.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • 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 tohttp://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… Christmas is just days away. As you do your last minute Christmas shopping, be extra aware of the people in your environment. It can be difficult when you are in a crowded store with lots of people in your personal space, but be extra cautious. Your safety, and the safety of the loved ones with you, may depend on it.

In Closing… I would like to thank you all for your encouragement and support this year and wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2016.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

November 2015

Interesting Thought… You’ve taken your basic concealed carry class and learned a lot…but do you  really feel adequately prepared to deal with a criminal attack? The average self-defense scenario usually takes place at distances measured in feet, not yards, and is over very quickly. Can you effectively defend yourself at those distances…where you may possibly have to deal with the attackers weapon before you can draw your own? Your basic concealed carry class is Concealed Carry 101…it is only the beginning of your education in the field of personal defense. There is a lot more to learn and new skills you will need. You should consider getting additional training…it might save your life someday. Something to think about…

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 21…Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces
  • December 12…Tactical Medicine Class in Alamogordo
  • January 9 & 10, 2016…Monthly Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Other classes…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class… As you have seen in the news recently, active shooters can pose a serious threat. Lone wolf terrorist attacks can pose a serious threat as well. And we have seen both in recent months. Are you prepared to deal with either of those? This unique scenario based class will improve your shooting and tactical skills and help to prepare you for such an event. This will be our second active shooter/terrorist response class and will be somewhat different than the first class. We have added a night portion with scenarios this time. For more information or to sign up for the class contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie at safeinlc@aol.com. A limited number of slots are available.

Tactical Medicine Class… This very important class presents information and teaches skills everyone carrying a firearm needs to know. It is beyond basic first aid. You will learn lifesaving techniques in dealing with traumatic injuries in stressful situations (gunfight, vehicle accident, wilderness accident, etc). More information will follow in a separate announcement.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Pecos Run and Gun (Sept 19)… This was a great event. The venue was changed so it was a little shorter than last year, but it was still 4.5 miles with 5 interesting shooting stops (including one with the Pecos River in the background) and lots of dust (which got into everything). I managed to hit all the targets with in the time limits (although I did take 2:57 to finish a 3:00 stage). Smokey and his crew put on an awesome event and we’ll be back next year.

WesTex Run and Gun… For those interested in running and shooting events like the Pecos one above, the Prude Ranch at Ft. Davis, TX is putting on the second annual WesTex Run and Gun (westexrun-n-gun.com) on February 6, 2016. These events are a real test of your fitness and firearms shooting and manipulation as well as an excellent test of your gear. I did this event last year and it was a lot of fun in a very picturesque environment. If you would like to do some training for this event contact me atriclin@tularosa.net and I’d be happy to work with you.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • 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

    tohttp://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… Practice drawing (presenting) your concealed handgun. How quickly can you draw it a fire a round? In a criminal attack the bad guy isn’t going to give you much time to draw your weapon. A good rule of thumb would be for you to be able to draw your weapon from concealment, and fire one shot into a 81/2 x 11 sized piece of paper (about the same size as the vital area on an adult) in 1.5 to 2 seconds. This isn’t as easy as you might think. Buy (or borrow) a shot timer and try it. The first few draws will probably be very eye opening and will take a lot longer than you think they will. Then practice your presentation (draw) so that you can get the time down to below 2 seconds. Remember, the smoother your draw the faster it will be. Start slowly and work on accessing your concealed handgun through the layers of clothing concealing it, getting a proper grip, clearing the holster and then bringing the handgun up to your firing position and firing. Strive to be smooth…speed will come from smoothness.

In Closing… The holidays are fast approaching. More people will be out and about shopping and socializing. Be cautious that you don’t become distracted. Focus on living defensively while you are out and about and be safe and enjoy your holidays.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040

September 2015

Interesting Thought… Do you carry at home? If you don’t, you should. I ran across an interesting photo on Facebook recently of a woman with a handgun saying this…‘I carry at home because 100% of home invasions occur at home.’ There is a lot of truth in that statement. Sure you carry when you are out and about, and you practice faithfully at the range, but what about at home? Have you thought about where a threat to you in your home would come from and how you would defend against it? Something to think about.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Gun show October 17 & 18 at the Tays Center in Alamogordo…stop by and visit (or sign up for a class)
  • November 7 & 8…Regular monthly Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher 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.
  • Other classes…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private cioncealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Pecos Run and Gun… We have been training regularly for this interesting and exciting running (in my case walking) and shooting event held in Pecos, TX in late September. The course is just over 6 miles (although it will be at a new location this year so we don’t know for sure how long it will be) with six shooting stops. You have to carry your rifle, handgun, ammo and water the entire distance. I have done this several times in the past and it is a great event. I’ll let you know how we did next month.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and 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.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, 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 training basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • 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 tohttp://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… I know I have said this before, but dry firing is very important. This week we were able to solve an accuracy issue with an AR15 by simply dry firing it. By doing that it became obvious that the shooter was jerking the trigger. Not much of a jerk, but we were shooting at 200 yards and a little bit of jerk at the muzzle can make a big difference at that distance. So the tip is this…if your accuracy isn’t what you think it should be, try dry firing several times. It works best if you have someone watch while you are doing it, but your goal is to pull the trigger, while the sights are properly lined up, without disturbing the sight picture. You’ll be surprised what you can learn!

In Closing a Thank You… Thank you to all the business and individuals who support Riclin Firearms Training, including but not limited to, Western Auto, Si Senor’s and Our Country Kitchen in Alamogordo and the Postal Annex and DCR Enterprises in Ruidoso. Please patronize these fine businesses!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor
riclin@tularosa.net
575.430.3040