December 2011

An Interesting Thought… It’s funny, but how many of us take solace in having our carry permit, having our weapon, having ammo (and a stock of ammo), having and “Idea” about what you’d do if you had to, BUT never have time to practice! The responsibility of carrying a firearm dictates that you stay proficient…a gun is a tool like any other. If you do not practice a skill set, i.e. shot placement, presentation, cover and or concealment, etc, your body and mind will not know what to do when the time comes. Granted, it’s our right to carry…but it’s our obligation to be, and stay, proficient! A very interesting thought from a reader…think about what he has to say.

Wisconsin Added… Effective 11/8/2011 Wisconsin now accepts the New Mexico concealed carry license. This brings to 28 the number of states that accept the New Mexico license.

Tip of the Month… The holiday season is upon us and many of you will be traveling. If you are going to be traveling with your handgun be sure to go to for current information on the various states’ concealed carry laws. As of 11/23/2011, according to that web site, the following states will accept your New Mexico concealed carry license…AK, AR, AZ, CO, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, NV, OK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY. Please note that this list has been recently updated by the NM Department of Public Safety. And remember, while traveling, you must comply with the concealed carry laws of the state that you happen to be in.

Give the Gift of Training this Holiday Season… Consider giving a gift certificate for training as a Christmas gift to your friends and loved ones. Gift certificates are available for any of our training classes as well as for individual instruction. To purchase a gift certificate, contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

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

December Concealed Carry Class… December 10 & 11…this is our regular monthly concealed carry class. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the class, contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Ladies Concealed Carry Retreat… The First Annual Ladies Concealed Carry Retreat will be held on March 24 & 25, 2012 at the beautiful Sacramento Assembly, south of Cloudcroft. Sponsored jointly by Riclin Firearms Training, LLC and SAFE, LLC, this will be a 2 day retreat with 4 shooting sessions and some other fun and interesting activities designed to improve your defensive shooting skills as well as to assist you in applying those skills in defensive situations. Meals and lodging are included. There are 12 slots available for this first retreat. This retreat is not intended for beginners. Participants must have a New Mexico concealed carry license or equivalent training.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. For further information contact me at 575.430.3040 or or Coralie Carrier at 575.644.1692 or

Refresher Class… There will be a Refresher class on December 8 at 9:00 am. Contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040 if you would like to sign up for this class or would like to schedule a Renewal or Refresher class on another date. And 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).

Defensive Carbine Class… There will be a Defensive Carbine Class on Thursday December 15 starting at 8:00 am. This class will teach the basics of using your carbine (AR 15, AK 47, lever action rifle, Ruger 10/.22, etc) in defensive situations. For more information, or to sign up for the class, contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group… The next meeting of the Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group will be Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ. All ladies are welcome. If you know someone interested in concealed carry but hasn’t made a final decision, invite them to the join us.

Las Cruces Ladies Concealed Carry Group… This ladies group will be meeting on January 18, 2012 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Command Bunker at 415 S. Valley in Las Cruces. All ladies are welcome. Whether you are in Las Cruces that day, or make a trip over just for the meeting, you will find this a very interesting group of ladies.

Cloudcroft Ladies Concealed Carry Group… The initial meeting of the Cloudcroft Ladies Concealed Carry Group went very well, with several ladies expressing interest in the group continuing to meet. The next meeting will be on January 9, with the time and place to be announced.

Basic Firearms Training Classes… If you are interested in learning the basics of the handgun, rifle or shotgun, then these introductory classes will get you started and will open you to the exciting world of recreational or defensive shooting. These classes are taught on request, so if you are interested please contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

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.

Specialty Classes… We now offer a variety of specialty classes, including…
•    Night Classes (learn to shoot at night…this is when most defensive situations occur and shooting at night is much different than shooting in the daylight)
•    Defensive Shotgun (learn to use your shotgun in a close quarters self defense situation)
•    Defensive Carbine, (learn to use your AR, AK, 10/22 or lever action rifle in a close quarters self defense situation)
•    Advanced Defensive Handgun Class (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques)
•    Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class, (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques oriented towards women’s unique situations)

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we can discuss putting a class together. My teaching schedule is very flexible and can certainly accommodate the training and scheduling needs of you or your group.

Supporters… Thank you to all our supporters (and my apologies to any I have forgotten).
•    Mac at Mesquite Firearms (575.437.4867)
•    David at the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049)
•    Kerry at Western Auto (575.437.0660)
•    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
•    Cressie at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

Please patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

In closing… As we move into the holiday season, be extra cautious and aware as you are out and about and even while in your home. Don’t let the excitement of the season’s activities distract you from being safe. I would like to wish each and everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I look forward to training with you in 2011.

Richard Barbaras

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