June 2015

Interesting Thought… Summer is here. That means you will probably be spending more time outdoors doing a variety of activities with your family and your friends. A lot of other people will be doing the same thing. It is a time when you need to increase your awareness of what is in your environment. It is so easy to become distracted by our activities that we can forget about being aware of the people around us. You should always know who is close to you and what they are doing. How close is close? Think about how long it would take you to respond to a threat and then figure out how far someone can move during that time. You will be surprised how far a person can move in just the second or two it would take you to be able to react to a threat. If you only become aware of them when they begin their attack you may have trouble responding in time. If they start first, they can be on you before you can react if you are not aware of their presence. Always know who is in your environment and have a plan to respond if necessary.

Upcoming Classes and Events…

  • June 6 & 7… Gun Show in Alamogordo (Tays Center at NMSU-A)
  • June 13 & 14… Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • June 20… Active Shooter/Terrorist Response Class in Las Cruces (this is going to be a very interesting class)
  • I am doing Renewal and Refresher classes on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.
  • Other classes… If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and a group of your friends, or for your business, contact me 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, 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 longer ranges. How far away can you hit an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper? Start at 5 yards. When you can keep 5 rounds on the piece of paper move out to 10 yards. Then 15. Then 20. Then 25. And so on. The greater the distance the more important sight alignment and trigger control become. Also as the distance increases, you will see that your handgun may not shoot to the same point of aim as it does at 3 or 5 yards. This is something you need to be aware of if you expect to be able to get hits at longer distances. With practice, you should be able to keep most of your shots on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper at distances greater than 25 yards…depending on which handgun you are using. Smaller handguns with a short sight radius are more difficult to shoot accurately at longer ranges.

In closing… A bit of advice from Tom Givens of Rangemaster…”Carrying a concealed handgun is simply not as difficult as people like to make it out to be. Find a handgun/holster combination that fits your body type, cover it up, and get on with life.”