February 2012

An Interesting Thought… Here are a couple of interesting comments from the GetofftheX forum. As you watch the news and see what is happening in our world today, give these thoughts some consideration…

“Resist! We each have a duty to ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, our community, our city, our state and our country to resist criminals. Reasoning with a thug who believes that his failures are because of people just like you is not likely to be helpful…Resist!

How will you respond if you are confronted by evil as some of us have been in the past and some of us will be in the future? If you have not decided ahead of time what you will do, you will likely do nothing. Those who fight back often win and survive. Those who surrender never win and often die a horrible death. Have you made your decision? Remember, no decision is a decision to do nothing.”

Private or Individualized Training… More people have been scheduling individual or small group classes to meet their specific training needs. 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.

February Concealed Carry Class… February 11 & 12…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 riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Defensive Carbine Class… Held on January 19 was a big success. After sighting in their carbines, participants did a variety of close quarters defensive drills including moving while shooting, shooting from their strong and weak sides, utilizing cover, shooting around above and under barricades, ‘slicing the pie,’ and finally some longer range shooting to see how accurate their carbines were out to 350 yards.

Defensive Shotgun Class… Will be on Thursday March 8. This class will teach the basics of using your shotgun in defensive situations. For more information, or to sign up for the class, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040. Note…this is not a beginner’s class. If you are not comfortable shooting your shotgun, contact me about a basic shotgun class.

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 riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie Carrier at 575.644.1692 or safeinlc@aol.com.

Refresher Class… 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).

Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group… The next meeting of the Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group will be February 16, 2012, at Casa de Suenos restaurant in Tularosa. We will be meeting at 6:00 for dinner and a brief program. 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 February 15, 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 next meeting of the Cloudcroft Ladies Concealed Carry Group will be on February 13 at 6:00 in the Village Council Chambers. Police Chief Matt Flotte will be the speaker. If you know someone interested in concealed carry but hasn’t made a final decision, invite them to the join us as well.

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 riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

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
  • Shooting from the Ground…learn to shoot effectively from the ground in the event that you end up on the ground in a defensive situation
  • Concealed Carry Drills Class…a review of the various drills from the Riclin Concealed Carry Class.

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net 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.

Interesting Comment on Whether or Not You Should Carry While at Home… “If I’m dressed, I’m completely dressed.” Stated by Kathy on the United States Concealed Carry Association Forum in response to the question “Do you carry while at home?”

Going Out To Eat… When you are heading out to eat, go to the following web site to determine if the restaurant you are going to has a Restaurant license which allows them to sell only beer and wine https://riclin.net/.

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
  • Concealcarrychat.com… http://www.concealcarrychat.com
  • Cressie at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

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

Tip of the Month… You need to practice shooting in all sorts of awkward positions. It is very unlikely you will have the opportunity to assume a perfect Weaver or Isosceles stance to engage the bad guy. The position you use will be the one you happen to be in when the bad guy attacks. You need to be able to shoot from any position…sitting, standing, walking, lying down…you never know.

In closing… As you consider the thoughts at the beginning of this newsletter, think also about your defensive skill level. Do you feel adequately trained to deal with a violent confrontation? If not, consider some additional training. I’d be happy to help if I can!

Richard Barbaras

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