June 2011

An Interesting Thought… I found this comment on a forum somewhere and thought it was a very good analogy…so here it is, with apologies for not remembering exactly where I found it…Regarding the feeling of it not being necessary to carry a concealed handgun I always use this analogy…although I’ve been driving for almost 40 years and have only needed to use a spare tire once in that time, I would never drive a mile without having a spare and I bet most of you agree. Most of us will never use our guns in a self defense situation but like a spare tire that you rarely if ever use your every day carry gun is a tool that more than likely you’ll never use but if you ever need it you’ll be glad that you had it. Carry your guns! For me it is a part of getting dressed…underwear, pants, belt, holster, gun, same thing every day and hopefully, like that spare tire in the car, I’ll never need to put the gun to use.

Tip of the Month… Practice with the pistol that you carry. And I don’t mean just stand there and shoot. I mean practice the way you spend your day. For example, most of us spend a lot of time sitting down every day. Therefore you should practice drawing while sitting down. This can be done at home as part of your dry fire routine (and remember the safety rules apply to dry firing as well). Practice while sitting at a table, in an easy chair, in an office chair…anywhere you are liable to sit. Then on your next trip to the range do some shooting while you are seated…you will be surprised how well you do and will see your confidence increase. And remember, like your spare tire, you never know when you may need it!

June Concealed Carry Class… June 11 & 12…this is our regular monthly concealed carry class. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the class, contact me or call 575.430.3040.

Ladies Concealed Carry Group… We have two upcoming events. First is the next meeting on June 9 at 6:00 at Si Senor’s. This will be a social event and you are welcome to bring your spouse. Please email me to let me know you will be attending. The second event will be a Ladies Only IPSC match on June 18 to introduce the ladies to the exciting world of competition shooting. This event will be sponsored by the Otero Practical Shooting Association and will be held at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz. All ladies are welcome. Come and join us and bring a friend. You will need your pistol, holster, extra magazines/speed loaders and about 100 rounds of ammunition. I can guarantee you will have a good time.

Las Cruces Ladies Concealed Carry Group… A group similar to our Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group has formed in Las Cruces. They meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 – 8 at the Command Bunker at 415 S. Valley. Their next meeting will be June 15.  All ladies are welcome.

Specialty Classes… We now offer a variety of specialty classes, including…

  • Night Classes (learn to shoot at night…this is when most defensive situations occur and shooting at night is much different than shooting in the daylight)
  • Defensive Shotgun (learn to use your shotgun in a close quarters self defense situation)
  • Defensive Carbine, (learn to use your AR, AK, 10/22 or lever action rifle in a close quarters self defense situation)
  • Advanced Defensive Handgun Class (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques)
  • Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class, (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques oriented towards women’s unique situations)

If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me or call 575.430.3040 and we can discuss putting a class together. My teaching schedule is very flexible and can certainly accommodate your training and scheduling needs.

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). Let me know if you need to take either of these classes and we’ll arrange a time to do them.

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

  • David at 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
  • Cressie at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

Please patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

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/.

In closing… The wind should be dying down and it will be a bit more pleasant at the range. I hope to see you there. And remember, if you are interested in any of our classes just let me know!

Richard Barbaras


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