December 2010

An Interesting Thought…”What are you going to do if the fight starts RIGHT NOW?”…Bill Davidson of Tac Pro Shooting Center in Texas…the point he is making is that an attack can occur at any moment. Are you ready if it happens right now? What would you do? Ask yourself this question on a regular basis…you will be surprised what it will do for your general level of awareness.

Christmas Special…Give the Gift of Concealed Carry to a Friend or Loved One…Purchase

a gift certificate for a concealed carry class for someone important in your life and receive a 10% discount on the class fee.

Tip of the Month…(actually a story from a lady student but there is a lot to be learned from it)…My mom and I were recently in Las Cruces at the Mesilla Valley Mall just last week. Not long ago a friend of mine had her car broken into in broad daylight near the Sears entrance of the same mall. I have always been very alert of my surroundings there anyway and most certainly at the mall because of what happened to my friend.  I did have the feeling of a potential problem situation. It was dark, we were carrying several shopping bags, and two women alone may look vulnerable to a would-be troublemaker.  Like I said, I am of the attitude that I simply REFUSE to be a victim, not without a fight anyway.  So before I even left the mall I had my .380 accessible and just upon leaving the building, I discreetly pulled it out and had it in my hand, just in case.  That is when I noticed a group of thugs, looking up to no good.  Like I said, there never was problem, but had there been, I would have been a little more prepared for having thought ahead and making myself ready. I like to think that our confidence showed itself in our body language. We made it to our vehicle with no problem, and only then did we each realize that the other had her gun in her hand, ready for anything that might occur.  This had not been something that we had discussed…we just both naturally made the choice to do it.

Many women are not aware of their surroundings enough, myself included. I see myself and my mom as well as pretty confident women. We have practiced and are comfortable with our guns and would not hesitate to use them if the situation called for it. I think that women need to make themselves comfortable and confident, otherwise it will all be for naught.

For the Ladies…Please plan on attending an organizational meeting of an informal women’s concealed carry networking group. The purpose of the group is to offer support and encouragement to women who have a concealed carry license, or are interested in obtaining a license. The organizational meeting will be held Thursday, January 13 from 6:30 pm until approximately 8:00 pm at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ, 1300 Cuba Avenue. If you are a woman with a concealed carry license (whether you are actively carrying a concealed handgun or not) or are interested in obtaining a concealed carry license, you are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a student of Riclin Firearms Training, LLC to participate. Please tell your friends of this meeting. If you are planning on attending or would like more information, please contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or or Beth at 575.434.4824 or We hope this will be an opportunity for you to meet with other women who are carrying a concealed handgun, to share stories of how you have adjusted to carrying and to encourage others who are experiencing difficulties in carrying.

Annual Calendar…I have been working on an annual calendar which will be posted on my web site soon.

Going Out To Eat…To determine if a particular restaurant has Restaurant license (which according to the NM Alcohol and Gaming Division means they can only sell beer and wine) go to Remember, you may not consume alcohol while you are in possession of your concealed firearm. And if you see any restaurants with signs indicating that you are not welcome with your concealed handgun, please let me know.

Special Notice…I have received an email from the owner of Memories Restaurant, 1223 N New York Ave in Alamogordo, indicating that they allow concealed hand guns (with permit). I encourage you to patronize this fine restaurant that supports concealed carry.


Upcoming Classes…

  • December 18                                 Night Class (Las Cruces, NM)
  • January 8 & 9                                 January Concealed Carry Class
  • January 15 & 16                      Ruidoso Concealed Carry Class
  • February 12 & 13                      February Concealed Carry Class
  • February 19                                 Couples Defensive Handgun Class

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… If your particular training needs are not being met by our regular classes, or you desire some on-on-one instruction to improve your shooting skills, please let me know. I’m willing to travel to your locale if we can work out the logistics.

Refresher and Renewal Classes…Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your license to see if you need to take a Refresher (2 years after the issue date of your license) or a Renewal (2 months prior to the expiration date on your license). In addition to scheduling these classes periodically (see schedule above), I am also teaching them on request if we can work out the logistics.

Supporters…Thank you to all our supporters (and my apologies to any I have forgotten).

  • David Locke of the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049)
  • Clint at Ricochet Shooting Sports, (575.434.GUNS)
  • James at Basin Firearms (575.430.0541)
  • Wyatt at the Gun Rack (575.443.1528)
  • Larry at Fire Power Gun and Pawn of Ruidoso (575.257.3943)
  • Robert at the Wal Mart (575.434.5870) Sporting Good Department
  • Bill at The Gunsmith Works in Capitan (575.354.0491)
  • Cressie Mitchell at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

In closing…As 2010 winds down I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to training with you in 2011.

Richard Barbaras


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