June 2010

An Interesting Thought… The question came up in the recent Ladies Concealed Carry Class about the difference between being constantly aware and being paranoid. This raises an interesting point. I’ve been giving this question some thought, and it seems to me that the best answer is that being paranoid means that you really do believe that everyone is out to do you harm and you are fearful of that. And the reality is that while most people are probably not out to do you harm, there are some who will do so if they think they can get away with it.


On the other hand, being aware means you are constantly looking for anyone who might want to do you harm, but you are not as fearful because you know you have the skills to respond appropriately. By being constantly aware, or as aware as possible, you are making it difficult for someone out to do you harm to do so and providing yourself a chance to avoid the situation or to respond in the event that they decide to attack.


Next Concealed Carry Class… The next regular Concealed Carry Class will be held on July 17 & 18. If you are interested, or know of anyone else who might be interested in taking the class, please have them contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or at riclin@tularosa.net.


Ladies Concealed Carry Class… The Ladies Concealed Carry Class on June 5 & 6 went very well. It was a small class which I feel was a benefit. In an effort to make the class more meaningful for the ladies, I invited two other ladies who had already taken the class and who carry a concealed handgun regularly to speak to the class. With their woman’s perspective they were able to add an additional dimension to the class. If any women out there are interested in a Ladies Concealed Carry Class with an emphasis on women’s issues please contact me at 575.430.3040 or at riclin@tularosa.net. I’d be happy to schedule another class.


Firearms and Defensive Tactics Class… Scott Williams of Black Dragon Personal Protection located in Houston will be at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range on Saturday July 3 to teach his Firearms and Defensive Tactics Class. This will be approximately 70% handgun and 30% personal defense. It ought to be a real interesting class. Enrollment will be limited. If you are interested, contact David Locke at 575-973-1049 to reserve your slot in the class.


Defensive Shotgun Class… I will be teaching a Defensive Shotgun Class on Saturday July 24. This class will be a series of defensive drills combined with a couple of scenarios to enable you to become familiar with the defensive use of the shotgun. You will also have the opportunity to pattern your shotgun at various distances with birdshot, buckshot and slugs to see how your particular shotgun does with each. This class is not for beginners. You should be comfortable shooting your shotgun before considering taking this class. If you are interested in taking this class, contact Richard at them contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or at riclin@tularosa.net.


Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… More and more people are either taking individual classes or setting up private classes for their groups or businesses. If you have specific needs not met by our regular classes or scheduling, or are interested in a different kind of training, please get in touch with me. These classes can be one of our regular classes taught on an individual basis or a class can be set up to work with your particular needs or interests and around your schedule.


Concealed Carry in Restaurant with Beer and Wine Licenses (Restaurant License)…As a reminder, beginning July 1 you will be able to carry a concealed handgun into restaurants that have a Beer and Wine (also known as a Restaurant) license (assuming that you have a concealed carry license). To determine the type of liquor license at any given restaurant, go to

https://riclin.net/ and search for the restaurant you are interested in. Remember, you may not consume alcohol while you are in possession of your concealed firearm.


Renewal/Refresher Class… More and more people are coming due for their Renewal class. Check your license and give me a call (see reminder below) and I will schedule a class. If you are interested, or know of anyone else who might be interested in taking the class, please have them contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or at riclin@tularosa.net.


Supporters… Thank you to all our supporters. Both James at Basin Firearms (575.430.0541) and Wyatt at the Gun Rack (575.443.1528) will make you a good deal and can order whatever you want. Larry at Fire Power Gun and Pawn of Ruidoso (575.257.3943) supports Riclin students by giving discounts and passing out information about our classes. Robert at the Wal Mart (575.434.5870) Sporting Good Department also supports Riclin Firearms Training, LLC. Bill at The Gunsmith Works in Capitan (575.354.0491) is also a supporter. And welcome to our new supporter, Ricochet Shooting Sports, located at Hwy 54 and the La Luz turn off. Stop by and see Clint or give him a call (575.434.GUNS). David Locke of the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049) has been setting up classes in Ruidoso. We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.


Reminder about your Refresher or Renewal… 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). Many people with 4 year concealed carry licenses are coming up for renewal so take a look at your license and see where you are in terms of needing either the Refresher or the Renewal and give me a call (575.430.3040). Contact me if you need either class or if you have any questions.


Tip of the Month… I have said this earlier in the newsletter, but I think it is worth repeating…if you are going to patronize a restaurant that has a beer and wine license, be sure to remember that you may NOT consume alcohol if you are carrying a concealed handgun. And while you may carry a concealed handgun into those restaurants (assuming that you have a concealed carry permit, of course) your handgun MUST be concealed.


In closing… I’m beginning to work on my class calendar for the rest of the year. Due to my retirement my schedule will be much more flexible. Let me know what you are interested in seeing us offer in addition to the concealed carry classes. And if you are interested in a week day class please let me know and I will try to accommodate you. I am looking at doing another night class if there is any interest so please let me know about that as well. I will keep you posted. And thank you all for your support.

Richard Barbaras


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