December 2008

An Interesting Thought…The response from a Finnish soldier who fought the Russians during the Winter War of 1939 – 1940 when asked ‘What would you say was the most important thing to carry you through it?’…“Complete and utter commitment – you can never give up. Always do your best. In my experience, few people die that always fight on, no matter what. Those who don’t do their best, or give themselves respite, seldom make it.” This is true mindset, and proper mindset is the most important thing you can have to help you survive and prevail in any confrontation..

Concealed Carry in National Parks…The Department of the Interior has issued a change in regulations that will allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit to carry in National Parks providing that they may legally carry elsewhere in that particular state. This is good news. The final rule can be found here: . It will become effective when published in the Federal Register, probably sometime in January. I will keep you posted on this.

From a Student Who Recently Flew With His Handgun…”It wasn’t bad.  I had to show them that the firearm was empty and that there was no loose ammunition.  I also had to fill out a card with my information on it and wait for about 10 minutes while the security people behind the scenes inspected our luggage.  When we arrived at our final destination and opened our luggage we discovered that they went through it all very well.  I was a little nervous at first but after going through, it was worth it.”

January Concealed Carry Class…The January Concealed Carry Class will be held on January 10 & 11. If you are interested, or know of anyone else who might be interested in taking the class, please have them contact Richard at or (575) 430-3040.

Individual or Specialized Classes…If you have specific needs not met by our regular classes, or are interested in a different kind of training, please get in touch with me. I’d be glad to work with you or your group. These classes can be one of our regular classes taught on an individual basis or can be set up to work with your particular needs or interests and around your schedule.

Free Shooting Clinic…The next shooting clinic will be January 18. You will need a handgun, holster, extra magazines or speed loaders and at least 100 rounds of ammunition. These clinics are not for beginners. Space is limited and you must pre-register. Please contact Richard at or (575) 430-3040 to sign up or for further information.

Refresher Class…Remember, you must do the Refresher at the mid point of you license. You have two months before the mid point to two months after the mid point to do the Refresher. Contact Richard at or (575) 430-3040 if you would like to take this class.

Tip of the Month…When you practice, include some vocal commands in your practice. “Stop!” “Don’t come any closer!” are simple commands which, if said in a loud authoritative voice, may be all that is needed to deter and a potential attacker. And it lets anyone in the immediate vicinity know that there is a problem, you could be a victim, and you tried to stop the threat. For such a command to be effective, you need to practice saying it in a loud commanding voice. Next time you are out practicing, include repeating (loudly) some commands as part of your drills.

A Couple of Interesting Web Sites for the Ladies…I think you will enjoy both of these. The first, Tactical Pink (, specializes in teaching women to shoot in Virginia. It is an interesting web site and I like the sentiment the title presents. The Cornered Cat ( is another interesting web site. It is based on the premise that you should be like a cat…avoid being corned and avoid conflict if at all possible, but if you have to fight, fight with everything you have.

OPSA…The Otero Practical Shooting Association hosts regular monthly matches. They are very supportive of first-time shooters and will provide as much advice and assistance as you need to enjoy the match. For more information, go to their website at And while you are at it, please consider joining OPSA and supporting their efforts to provide a variety of matches in the local area.

Supporters…Thank you to all our supporters. Mac at the Tularosa Trading Post (437-0709) located between Alamogordo and Tularosa and Larry at Fire Power Gun and Pawn of Ruidoso (257-3943) support Riclin students by giving discounts and passing out information about our classes. Wyatt at the Gun Rack (443-1528), which sells already deeply discounted firearms, James at Basin Firearms (430-0541) and Robert at Wal Mart (434-5870) also support Riclin Firearms Training. We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to shooters.

In closing…I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for your support in 2008 and I look forward to training with you in 2009.
Richard Barbaras

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