January 2011

An Interesting Thought…“Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.” Attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. Add always be aware and you will have some good words to live by, especially in today’s uncertain world.

Tip of the Month…Have you done any dry firing lately? You would be surprised how just a few minutes a day will greatly improve your shooting. First, make sure you handgun is unloaded. Second, make sure your handgun is unloaded. Find a point on a wall (make sure it is a solid wall that could stop a bullet if for some reason you forgot the first two steps) and line the sights up and slowly pull the trigger. Pull the trigger slowly enough so sights don’t move when the hammer falls or the striker goes forward. Once you can do it repeatedly without your handgun moving, pull the trigger a little faster. You will be surprised how much your shooting will improve with just a little bit of regular dry firing. Next month we’ll discuss Part 2 of dry firing.

Ladies Concealed Carry Group…the organizational meeting of an informal women’s concealed carry networking group to offer support and encouragement to women who have a concealed carry license, or are interested in obtaining a license, was held January 13 and was a big success. A total of 31 women attended, ranging from very experienced with concealed carry to some who had their license but were not yet confident enough to carry a concealed handgun to several who were interested in receiving the training and obtaining their license. The participants unanimously decided to continue meeting on a monthly basis.

The next meeting will be Thursday February 10 from 6:30 pm until approximately 8:00 pm at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ, 1300 Cuba Avenue. If you are a woman with a concealed carry license (whether you are actively carrying a concealed handgun or not) or are interested in obtaining a concealed carry license, you are welcome to attend. You do not have to be a student of Riclin Firearms Training, LLC to participate. Please tell your friends of this meeting. If you are planning on attending or would like more information, please contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or riclin@tularosa.net or Beth at 575.434.4824 or bblankenship@tularosa.net. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with other women who are carrying a concealed handgun, to share stories of how you have adjusted to carrying and to encourage others who are experiencing difficulties in carrying.

Going Out To Eat…To determine if a particular restaurant has Restaurant license (which according to the NM Alcohol and Gaming Division means they can only sell beer and wine) go to https://riclin.net/. Remember, you may not consume alcohol while you are in possession of your concealed firearm. And if you see any restaurants with signs indicating that you are not welcome with your concealed handgun, please let me know.

Upcoming Classes…Come and train with us! If you want some specific training that is not on our schedule, let me know and we’ll make every effort to accommodate your training needs.

  • February 12 & 13                      February Concealed Carry Class
  • February 19                                 Couples Defensive Handgun Class
  • March 12 & 13                      March Concealed Carry Class
  • March 19                                 Advanced Defensive Handgun Class
  • March 26                                 Night Shooting Class (Las Cruces)

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… 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.

Refresher and Renewal Classes…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). In addition to scheduling these classes periodically (see schedule above), I am also teaching them on request if we can work out the logistics.

Supporters…Thank you to all our supporters (and my apologies to any I have forgotten).

  • David Locke of the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049)
  • Clint at Ricochet Shooting Sports, (575.434.GUNS)
  • 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 Mitchell at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

In closing…This year has started out with a ‘bang’ (if you will pardon the pun…). The annual calendar is almost complete and will be posted on the web site in the near future. There will be some new classes offered. I look forward to training with you this year.

Richard Barbaras


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