July 2014

Interesting Thought… From an article written by Tom Givens in the September/October 2014 issue of the American Handgunner…Givens in a firearms trainer from Tennessee who has been teaching for over 35 years. He has had 64 students involved in self defense scenarios over the years. Some interesting data comes from those encounters…

  • 92% occurred between 3 and 7 yards
  • Only 2 occurred at contact distance
  • 3 occurred at what we would normally consider longer distances (15, 17 and 22 yards)
  • Of the 64 students, 62 were armed at the time of their encounter and they prevailed
  • 2 students were unarmed…and died
  • 10% occurred in or around the home
  • 90% occurred in places like convenience stores, parking lots and shopping malls
  • The majority of encounters were an attempt at armed robbery or carjacking, with a few violent break-ins

Some things to take away from this data (and remember these are civilian, not law enforcement, encounters)…

  • Most civilian encounters occur very close, usually within the length of a car
  • Your training needs to include lots of defensive shooting/tactics within that distance
  • Carry your gun!

Note… American Handgunner is an excellent magazine and I encourage you to consider subscribing if you do not already do so.

Upcoming Classes…

August 9 & 10 Monthly Concealed Carry Class

A Couple of Questions… Is there any interest in a Defensive Carbine Class or a Defensive Shotgun Class? How about an Advanced Defensive Handgun class that builds on what you learned in your concealed carry class? We’d be happy to teach any of these, either as a class or one-on-one, if there is enough interest. Let me know.

Pecos Run and Gun Update… The group is containing to train and improve, both in shooting skills and in fitness levels. Everyone participated in the Carbine/Handgun match put on by OPSA a couple of weeks ago. It was an interesting match that provided some elements similar to the Pecos event… and it was a lot of fun! We also went on our first group hike in Dry Canyon to test fitness levels and the gear we will take to Pecos. You can follow along with our training efforts through Facebook  (https://www.facebook.com/riclinfirearmsllc) or on my website at www.riclin.net. Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

Interested in Personal Firearms Training? If you are interested in personal, individualized 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. We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs. 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, businesses or small groups. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • You need to take a Refresher (re-qualification) course two years after you receive 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. 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… Practice shooting at distances between 3 and 7 yards. Include movement in various directions. Practice reloading and malfunction drills while moving. Shoot in awkward positions, and from cover.

In closing… Carry your gun! Go back and re-read the ‘Interesting Thought’ at the beginning of this newsletter. It amazes me how many students come back for their Refresher or Renewal classes and admit that they don’t carry very often…only when they ‘think’ they might need it. In reality, the probability of you being involved in a self defense situation is actually very low. But there is always the possibility. And if/when it is your turn, that probability becomes 100% and you want to be armed. Carry your gun!

Richard Barbaras

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