November 2020

Interesting Thought… Times are getting interesting…and a bit chaotic in some places. Are you ready for what you might encounter? Here’s an interesting article by Terry Nelson, a firearms instructor in Carlsbad, who has some thoughts on the subject. Think about what he says…it is well worth considering. Are you Ready?

Thanks to Terry for letting me pass this on to you.

Training Update… Due to the current shutdown of the state, all Concealed Carry initial classes, Refreshers, and Renewals have been canceled until at least December 2. The Concealed Carry Unit will not be processing any applications for classes taught between November 16 and November 30. If you are in need of a Refresher or Renewal class after December 1, contact me and we’ll schedule your class (subject to the situation at that time). The Concealed Carry Unit has extended the grace period for Renewal classes from 60 days to 120 days… however, once your license expires you may not carry a concealed handgun until you receive your renewed license.

In addition, the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz will be closed until December 2 (unless the shutdown is continued). The Butterfield Trail Shooting Range in Las Cruces is probably closed as well. If you are heading over there to shoot you might check to see if it is open.

Interested in Personal Firearms Training? If you are interested in personal, individualized firearms training contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training 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. Scheduling is very flexible and we can schedule your training for when the virus situation improves.

Monthly Reminder… I know you get tired of me repeating this, but you would be surprised how many people contact me when they realized that they are late doing their Refresher or simply forgot until they saw it in the newsletter…so here it is…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.

Tip of the Month… Cold weather is arriving. This means extra clothes and for some, gloves. The good news is that it’s easier to conceal your handgun. The bad news is that it can be more difficult to get to if you need it. Practice accessing, drawing, and shooting your handgun in your winter clothes and gloves. You will find it is much different than drawing and firing in your warm-weather clothing. Just remember the basic safety rules while you are doing this…dry firing first will help to help work out any issues you might have safely. It can be awkward until you figure out how to make it work for you.

In closing… I’m sure you all are as frustrated as I am in dealing with the virus situation. But we’ll get through this. Dry firing can be helpful in maintaining your shooting skills while the range is closed. Be careful and stay safe out there!

Richard Barbaras

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