June 2014

Interesting Thought… From a gentleman named ‘Turbo’ with knowledge of these things. An important lesson learned from the recent shooting in Las Vegas, NV. It is a little long but worth reading and giving some serious thought to…

Watch your 6 (watch your back)

In safety lectures given to sailors prior to any liberty port, we’re always told to go ashore in groups.  There’s safety in numbers.

Here’s some simple street arithmetic:  In street safety, 1+1 = safety

The same is true for police on street patrol.  The same is true for “Joe Citizen.”  Having someone to “cover your 6” is mighty important.

Sadly, Joe Wilcox was a victim of not having someone to cover his 6.

“He was carrying a concealed weapon and he immediately and heroically moved toward the position of Jerad Miller,” [Assistant Sheriff Kevin] McMahill said.

But Wilcox didn’t notice Amanda Miller pushing a shopping cart nearby. She pulled out her own handgun and shot Wilcox once in the ribs, killing him, he said. “He immediately collapsed,” McMahill said. *

Of course, Wilcox wasn’t wearing body armor.  (I don’t know of any concealed carry civilians who do.)  So he wasn’t equipped for a fight.  (I don’t know many concealed carry civilians who are.)  But what really did him in was no one to watch his back.  To intercede for him, or at least to warn him.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Joe Wilcox laid down his life for Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.  Learn from his loss.

Bad guys also know to “go ashore in groups.”

Watch your 6.

Better yet, have a partner to watch your 6.

* http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/09/wilcox-vegas-shooting-hate/10261163/

Upcoming Classes…

July 12 & 13 Concealed Carry Class

Other Upcoming Events…

The Otero Practical Shooting Association (OPSA) is planning to hold a special short-range carbine/pistol match on the 5th Sunday, June 29, 2014. The four stages Butch and his friend have tentatively drawn up have the round count at 105 rounds rifle, 40 pistol. This is subject to change, but it should be a close proximity. We are looking for input from those interested to see if we should keep planning for this match. If there is insufficient interest, we will not put it together. So, if you would like to shoot a match like this and plan to attend, e-mail sixshooter@opshooter.org. We’ll keep you updated via the web site, so please check back for further details.

If you would like to sign up for any of these classes or events or would like more information, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040

Pecos Run and Gun Update… Seven of us have signed up to do the Pecos Run and Gun in September (http://pecosrunandgun.com/) and we are all starting to train for the event. Beginning in July we will start doing some serious hiking with all our gear in Dry Canyon. Dry Canyon offers two major benefits (in addition to working out any gear problems we might be having)…it is higher in altitude than Pecos and the terrain is rougher then Pecos. By the time we got to Pecos last year, the 6.5 mile distance, even carrying all the gear, was pretty easy. Some of the shooting stops offered interesting challenges, and we are beginning to work on those as well.

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 the things, the techniques, the distances that you are not good at. We all like to shoot and do well, but you don’t learn anything by continuing to do the things you do well. Get out there and practice the things that you don’t do well. You will be better off for doing it.

In closing… Thank you all for your continued support. I enjoy working with each of you, whether individually or in groups. And I appreciate the fact that you all teach me something every time we shoot together.

Richard Barbaras

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