February 2010

An Interesting Thought…A firearm is a useless piece of metal unless it is connected to a belief system that is programmed to make use of it in the defense of life. David Smith

Bill to Allow Concealed Carry in New Mexico Restaurants with a Beer and Wine License is making progress. It has passed the Senate and is making its way through the House. However, there are only 3 days left in the session. Here is a link to the actual bill (Senate Bill 40): http://legis.state.nm.us/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=40&year=10

I will pass along any additional information I receive about the progress of this bill.

Web Site…One of the questions on the recent survey was concerning the web site. One of the respondents commented that he did not even know there was a web site and that I should put it in the newsletter. So, please visit us on our web site at www.riclin.net for more information about the classes we offer and an updated calendar.

March Concealed Carry Class…The March Concealed Carry Class will be held on March 13 & 14. If you are interested, or know of anyone else who might be interested in taking the class, please have them contact me.

Couples Class…February 20…A new class designed for couples who are interested in learning to work together as a team in a self defense situation. The intent of the class is to get couples to communicate about what role each will play in a defensive encounter. We will look at both in home and outside the home scenarios. 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. This class is more about communicating than shooting, but there will be plenty of opportunity to shoot as well. Contact me if you are interested in this class. Space will be limited.

Night Class…A Night Class has been scheduled for Saturday March 6. Learn to use your handgun defensively at night both with and without a flashlight. Class includes instruction and a variety of realistic scenarios. This will be the last night class until next fall. Contact me if you are interested in signing up. To see a write up of the January Night Class, visit http://www.concealcarrychat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=850.

Defensive Revolver Class…We will be teaching a Defensive Revolver Class on Saturday, March 20. This will be an opportunity to learn how to use your revolver defensively. We will begin by doing several drills and then evolve into some interesting scenarios. Call me if you are interested in signing up.

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 a class can be set up to work with your particular needs or interests and around your schedule.

Concealed Carry in National Parks…from the DefensiveCarry.com forum, a link to an FAQ on carry in National Parks which begins on February 22… http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/concealed-carry-issues-discussions/96591-national-park-carry-faq.html .

Current Concealed Handgun Carry License Statistics…According to DPS, on January 28 there were 17,428 valid concealed carry licenses in New Mexico. Bernalillo County had 4827, Dona Ana County had 1118, Otero County had 714 and Lincoln County had 333.

Reminder about your Refresher or Renewal…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). Many people with 4 year concealed carry licenses are coming up for renewal so take a look at your license and see where you are in terms of needing either the Refresher or the Renewal and give me a call. It might be wise to mark the appropriate dates on your calendar (I did) so you don’t forget. Contact me if you need either class or if you have any questions.

Tip of the Month…Practice with your handgun! The one you carry. We are seeing more and more people in the Refresher class who have done little or no shooting since they qualified two years ago. You have a legal, moral and ethical obligation to become, and remain, proficient with your handgun if you are going to carry it. Get out and practice!

Supporters…Thank you to all our supporters. Both James at Basin Firearms (575.430.0541) and Wyatt at the Gun Rack (575.443.1528) will make you a good deal and can order whatever you want. Larry at Fire Power Gun and Pawn of Ruidoso (575.257.3943) supports Riclin students by giving discounts and passing out information about our classes. Robert at the Wal Mart (575.434.5870) Sporting Good Department also supports Riclin Firearms Training, LLC. Bill at The Gunsmith Works in Capitan (575.354.0491) is also a supporter. And welcome to our new supporter, Ricochet Shooting Sports. Stop by and see Clint or give him a call (575.434.GUNS). We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to shooters.

In closing…I would like to thank those who responded to my survey. I really appreciate the time you took to fill it out and your thoughts and input. I will utilize your ideas as I plan the future of Riclin Firearms Training, LLC.

Richard Barbaras

Owner/Instructor

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