February 2013

Interesting Thought… from a poster on the web…“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.” Think about this statement and its validity. Then consider the restrictive gun legislation being proposed at the national level and in many states and how the impact of that legislation might relate to this Interesting Thought. And then contact your elected representative, both at the state and national levels, and encourage them to do the right thing and oppose this legislation.

Legislative Report… House Bill 77, a very restrictive bill which would, among other things, required background checks for private sales of firearms, is still alive in the legislature. House Bill 402 which would maker ownership of so called assault rifles very difficult if not impossible has been introduced but has not been scheduled for a hearing. Please continue to correspond with your elected representatives to encourage them to vote against these bills. I will continue to pass on NRA Alerts as I receive them.

March Concealed Carry Class…The next concealed carry class will be March 16 & 17. 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.

Free Ladies Shooting Clinic… We will be sponsoring a free ladies shooting clinic on Sunday February 17 from 2 pm – 4 pm at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. You will need 100 rounds of ammunition for your handgun, extra magazines/speed loaders, holster and eye and ear protection. Note…this clinic is not for beginners…it will be an opportunity to practice your practical shooting skills. To help us in our planning for this clinic please let me know at riclin@tularosa.net if you are planning to attend. If you are a beginner interested in learning to shoot a handgun please contact me as well.

And Something Else for the Ladies… Here is a web site you might find interesting… http://www.thewellarmedwoman.com.

Joint Classes offered with SAFE of Las Cruces… We will be offering a Night Class on March 29, an Advanced Defensive Handgun Class March 30, a Night Class April 26, and a Defensive Shotgun and Handgun Class April 27. These classes will be offered at the Butterfield Park Shooting Range in Las Cruces. The Defensive Shotgun and Handgun Class is a new class which teaches the defensive use of both types of firearms and how to use them together. For more information, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or Coralie Carrier of SAFE at safeinlc@aol.com.

Personal Firearms Training… Are you interested in a personal firearms trainer? Want to improve your shooting skills or focus on a particular skill or get ready for a hunting trip? Any of the classes Riclin offers, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Advanced Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal training basis for individuals or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible. For more information about personal firearms training contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs.

A Friendly Reminder… 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). If you have an electronic calendar on your computer or cell phone mark the dates on your calendar. I have been doing these classes on request, so when you need your Refresher or Renewal please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we’ll set up a time for your class.

If you are going out to eat… To determine if the restaurant you want to go to has a restaurant license, go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y
and search for a Restaurant License in the appropriate county. You can enter the name of the restaurant and see what kind of license they have, or you can get a list of all the restaurants with a beer and wine license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Check out the newly revised Riclin Firearms Training, LLC web site at www.riclin.net. Kerry Carron (http://ultimatesolution.biz) has done an outstanding job of updating the web site.

Facebook… Riclin Firearms Training, LLC is now on Facebook! Be sure to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/riclinfirearmsllc and ‘like’ us. And you are welcome to post comments as well. And if you have any thought on how to make it better or more effective please let me know.

Tip of the Month… Dry fire! I know I have said this before, but with the current shortages on ammunition, many folks aren’t shooting as much as they used to. Dry firing is a very good way to practice your shooting skills without using live ammunition. Make sure your gun is unloaded before you do any dry firing. You would be surprised what 5 – 10 minutes a day of dry firing will do for your shooting skills.

In closing… Keep communicating with your legislators, both locally and nationally, and encourage them to oppose any restrictive gun legislation. Working together we can make an impact on this!

Richard Barbaras

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