February 2020

Interesting Thought… Guest Editorial… From Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces… I was cleaning out files the other day and came across this quote from Senegalese Conservationist Baba Dioum: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand, We will understand only what we are taught.”

I used it a lot when I was teaching Hunter Education. Then it occurred to me that it applies to just about everything – including firearms. I hope everyone reading this has experienced introducing a person with little training in firearms and watched them blossom into avid shooters. It’s really what it is all about! And it is the key to the preservation of all our firearms freedoms.

Sure, we need to write those letters to the politicians, send them emails and call them when onerous bills are introduced to the state and federal legislative bodies. But they are really only intellectual reasons and arguments.  And often fall on deaf ears!  We have all seen that happen!

What it all boils down to are hands-on, one-on-one experiences that change minds and hearts.

So my next question is obviously, “When was the last time you took a newbie to the range, let them shoot your guns and ammo, and watched the smiles and grins as they discovered for themselves the passion you and I share.”

That question is even more obviously followed by, “When are you going to do it again?”

Take a kid out and he or she will probably always be on our side when the anti-gunners start running on and on about how terrible guns are.

Take a woman out and you might just create an incredible advocate for our sport and passion.

This fight for the Second Amendment will not be won in our lifetimes but might just be LOST if folks like you and me drop the ball!  Please take some time to do this!  Share your passion (and guns and ammo) …and drop an email or write a letter to your Representative and Senator urging them to stay strong and loyal to the Constitution.

And, of course, keep your powder dry!

Specific Individual or Small Group Firearms Training… A big benefit of an individual or small group training is that it can be tailored to your training needs or interests. Think about this after reading the article above. Contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs for yourself, a group of your friends, or for your business, Any of the classes we offer, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, Defensive Handgun, Defensive Carbine and Shotgun classes, as well as Basic Firearms Training, can be done on a personal basis for individuals, businesses or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible.

Something New… I am experimenting with teaching concealed carry classes to couples, in other words, two people living together. The biggest benefit of this is that we can schedule the class to meet their needs. So far, doing the academic part of the class during 2 or 3 evenings during the week, in their living room, seems to be the preferred way for this part of the class. As a recent couple mentioned, taking a break in the middle of the academic session gave them a chance to better assimilate the information in the first half of the class. And we are able to discuss their particular needs privately as opposed to in front of a larger class.

The shooting session retains the same strong drills we have been doing but drills specific to their needs can also be included.

I’m excited about this experiment and the couples I’ve worked with seem to be as well. If you would be interested in this sort of concealed carry class please let me know. I’d be happy to discuss with you ways we can accommodate you and your specific needs.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Defensive Revolver Class…March 14
  • April Concealed Carry Class…April 18 & 19
  • Although I’m taking a short break from the initial regular concealed carry classes (the next regular class will be in April), I am doing the initial class on request for small groups of people (3 – 5). Scheduling is very flexible. Let me know if you are interested.
  • I am still doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. Take a moment and check the dates on your license…NOW! It’s amazing how many people are late for their Refresher or Renewal classes. I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.

Don’t Forget…Regular Monthly Reminders… (I know you get tired of reading this but you do need to be reminded occasionally)…

Don’t forget your Refresher Class! You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course at the midpoint of your New Mexico concealed handgun license and you need to take a Renewal class and apply to NMDPS for your concealed carry license to be renewed after four years (5 years for those with a veteran’s license). Take a look at your license periodically and make sure you take those classes. If you are in need of either the Refresher or Renewal classes, contact me and we can schedule your class.

To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Tip of the Month… Get to the range more often! A lot of folks, when we do their 2-year Refresher class, tell me they haven’t shot since they saw me 2 years ago. And it’s pretty obvious watching them shoot. If you are going to carry a concealed weapon (or one openly) you have an obligation to practice and become proficient with it.

In Closing… Consider taking the upcoming Revolver class. Most of us have Revolver on our concealed carry license, but how many of us actually spend much time shooting a revolver? If it’s on your concealed carry license you should be proficient with it. Think about it!

Richard Barbaras

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