James “Butch” Rials

Whether you’re interested in basic training to start recreational shooting, are interested in the defensive use of a handgun, or simply want to improve gun handling skills, Riclin instructors are here to help!

James “Butch” Rials, Instructor

Butch is an NRA Certified Instructor in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection In the Home, and Personal Protection Outside the Home.  Additionally, he is approved by the New Mexico State Police as a NM Concealed Handgun Carry Instructor.

Butch is a retired Air Force fighter pilot with experience in the F-4, AT-38, and F-16 aircraft and over 3000 hours of flying time.  He was an Instructor Pilot for over 15 years, primarily in the F-16.  Since retirement, he was a contract instructor for the F-117 “Stealth” for over 13 years.  He currently is a contract instructor for the MQ-9 “Reaper” Remotely Piloted Vehicle.

A long time member of the NRA, Butch has been a competitive shooter for over 13 years in a variety of shooting disciplines including IPSC, Cowboy Action Shooting, Action Shooting, and NRA Hi-Power.

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