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April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • April 6 & 7…Gun Show in Alamogordo
  • April 13 & 14…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.
Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the mid point of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s concealed handgun license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.
Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.
For the Ladies… David Locke of the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (1703 Sudderth) is now carrying a line of concealed carry purses. If you are looking for a concealed carry purse stop by and talk to David. I’m sure he’ll have something you’ll like.

Tip of the Month… When you receive your original or renewed concealed carry license, get out your electronic calendar, move ahead 2 years (2.5 years for veteran’s licenses) and put a reminder to do your Refresher. It’s also not a bad idea to go forward to the expiration year and make a note to do your Renewal Class as well. The NM DPS Concealed Carry Unit has been mailing out notices to remind people to do their Refresher classes.

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

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

January 2019

Happy New Year Everyone!

Interesting Thought for the New Year… You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else will pick that day and they will only tell you at the last minute. Tom Givens, of Rangemaster (a premier firearms training facility in Tennessee), made this interesting comment that was picked up on Facebook a month or so ago. Think about the truth of this statement. If I knew I was going to need my gun that day, I’d do everything I could to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, our life-threatening encounters tend to come when we least expect them. Think about that for a moment as you decide whether or not to carry your gun today because it may be a hassle or a little inconvenient. And then carry it! Remember, you probably won’t get to pick the moment.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • January 12 & 13, 2019…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • February 9 & 10…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • February 16 & 17…Gun Show 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.

Refresher Classes… Don’t forget your mandatory Refresher Class! It needs to be done during the period of 2 months before to 2 months after the midpoint of your concealed carry license. I’ve had a number of students who haven’t done them and it can cause complications when you try to renew your concealed carry license. And it’s required by the law. If you don’t know where you stand, take a look at your license NOW. If you haven’t done your Refresher and need to, let me know and we’ll schedule a class for you.

 

When you receive your original or renewed concealed carry license, get out your electronic calendar, move ahead 2 years and put a reminder to do your Refresher. It’s also not a bad idea to go forward to the expiration year and make a note to do your Renewal Class as well.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are continuing work on our Practical Defensive Shooting Class. It will be based on realistic life-threatening scenarios that you might find yourself in. We are studying real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras as we develop this class. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds generally with few shots being fired. We are still planning on offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Don’t Forget… Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

  • Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at themid pointof your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s concealed handgun license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… Practice with your bedroom gun! I know many of you have a handgun in your bedroom. When was the last time you practiced with it? Does it have a light (or is a flashlight handy)? Have you checked lately too see if they still work? When things go bump in the night is not the time to discover that you have a dead battery.

Do some realistic drills at the range with your bedroom gun. Lay down like you are sleeping, with your handgun close to where you keep it at night. A ground cloth or blanket will do as ‘bed’ for this and you’ll find it more comfortable than laying on the cold hard ground. Place a target where your door would be. Practice grabbing your handgun and shooting the target while laying there in your ‘bed.’ Do this with and without whatever light you have. You’ll find it’s a lot different than the standing up and shooting that you normally do. Something you should think about doing occasionally.

In Closing… A final thought… A statement from an article by Tim Schmidt, of the USCCA…A few years back, Carrie Lightfoot, owner of The Well Armed Woman, said something that stuck with me and that I always end up thinking about this time of year: “It is a significant gift to arm the people you love with the tools and the training to protect themselves.”  Come and see me with any training needs you might have, or would like to gift to someone. I’d be happy to work with you in 2019.

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

December 2018

Interesting Thought… Here’s a very interesting article by Jeff Gonzales posted on Shooting Illustrated regarding things you need to consider as you look at your personal safety and defense. These concepts are particularly appropriate in the holiday season where we are liable to spend more time in close proximity to people while out shopping or during holiday social events. Read Jeff’s article: Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • December 8 & 9…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • January 12 & 13, 2019…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.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are continuing work on our Practical Defensive Shooting Class. It will be based on life-threatening realistic scenarios that you might find yourself in. We are studying real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras as we develop this class. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds generally with few shots being fired. We are still planning on offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

Gift Certificates Available!… Christmas is coming and what better gift than the gift of training to help prepare a friend or loved one be safe? Gift certificates are available for any of our training classes. Just contact me by phone or email to arrange for your gift certificate.

Interested in a Private (or Discrete) Concealed Carry Class?… I have been doing quite a few of this type classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

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.

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 this link and Search for a License. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Tip of the Month… Be extra alert as you go about your holiday activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your social activities and shopping that brings you into close contact with lots of people, including strangers, that you tend to become complacent. Be extra aware of those around you. Most of them mean you no harm, but there are always those who are looking to harm you or take advantage of you.

In Closing… As you prepare for the holidays I have two thoughts for you. First, take time to consider the reason for the season. It’s the birth of Christ…not a Black Friday or Cyber Monday event or Santa Claus. And second, as you celebrate, Be Safe!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you! I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

 

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

November 2018

Interesting Thought… One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.

Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought… http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-azana-day-spa-shooting

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • December 1 & 2…Gun Show in Alamogordo…I’ll have a table…stop by for a visit, or to sign up for a class
  • December 8 & 9…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • January 12 & 13, 2019…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.

A Practical Defensive Shooting Class… We are developing a Practical Defensive Shooting Class which is based on realistic life-threatening scenarios that you might find yourself in. We’ll start with some basic defensive skills development and then move into scenarios based on real life-threatening encounters that have been recorded on surveillance cameras. The vast majority of those situations were over in brief seconds with few, not many, shots being fired. The development of this class has been interesting and we have learned a lot during the process. We anticipate offering this class in early 2019. Let me know if you would be interested in taking this class.

A Purely Commercial Comment… Christmas is coming and what better gift than the gift of training to help prepare a friend or loved one be safe? Gift certificates are available for any of our training classes. Just contact me by email or I’ll be at the Alamogordo Evening Lions Gun Show at the Fairgrounds on December 1 & 2. Stop by and visit and consider picking up a gift certificate.

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 classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

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… The holiday season is upon us. Now is the time to be extra aware of your surroundings. You are probably going to be in places with lots of people at times. And you may be carrying money or other valuables. Be cautious, especially if approached by strangers. Always have a  means to defend yourself and the loved ones with you. Remember, your safety is your responsibility.

In Closing… Thanksgiving is upon us. As you celebrate, take a moment and reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for. And be safe while you celebrate!

Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

October 2018

Interesting Thought… 10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights… An interesting article from Gun Tests regarding things gun owners get wrong about their self-defense rights by Michele Byington, an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. It’s worth taking the time to read. It’s a bit long, so here is the link… https://www.gun-tests.com/issues/29_11/features/Gun-Owners-and-Self-Defense-Rights-26793-1.html?s=FB_121917A#.W45yAOhKiM

Another Interesting Thought… From a post from #ThinkItThrough on Facebook came this interesting thought… Firearms are for the preservation of life and liberty. For putting food on the table. And for sports. NOT for winning arguments, feeding our egos, or taunting petty drunks. Next time you feel frustrated at someone, or angry, think about this.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • November 10 & 11…Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo

    UPDATE: Change of Date for the November Concealed Class
    The dates of the November Concealed Carry Class have been changed to November 3 & 4, 2018.

  • December 1 & 2…Gun Show in Alamogordo…I’ll have a table…stop by for a visit or to sign up for a class
  • December 8 & 9…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.

Brief AAR of September Night Class in Las Cruces… Class went very well. 9 students participated, including 2 couples. We did a variety of drills with and without a flashlight as the light dimmed, and then we started doing scenarios. These included an alley ambush (both as an individual and with a partner), a bedroom scene, a late night run to a convenience store (included a rifle on that one since most folks never have the opportunity to shoot their rifle at night) and more. Stay tuned…we’ll be doing it again in the near future.

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 classes lately.  Contact me if you are interested in a private concealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends or your business. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.
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… A Bit of History (and something to practice)…the Failure Drill…
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/5/18/the-mozambique-drill-a-history-and-how-toIn Closing… A big Thank You to Josh at Western Ace Hardware (formerly Western Auto), David at Postal Annex, Wendy at Si Senors, Matt at Casa de Suenos and Alex & Tammy at Our Country Kitchen for your support and encouragement. I couldn’t do it without you all!Richard Barbaras
Owner/Instructor

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