October 2010

An Interesting Thought… Modern experience has revealed that simply carrying a gun and being a good shot is not enough to prevail in today’s urban battlefields. The shooter, if he is to be victorious and survive, must have a certain level of condition and fitness. The fight may happen unexpectedly, and the shooter may need to move quickly to cover, off the line of fire, or even in some cases, physically fight against an antagonist…from One Source Tactical promoting their new DVD, Combat Fit. I agree with this concept and have purchased this DVD and have started on their program. The exercises look deceptively simple but I was sore from the first day. I will keep you posted on my progress…but in the meantime give this some serious thought…

Last Minute Refresher Class October 21… I will be doing a Refresher class on Friday October 21. If you need to do a Renewal class we can do that as well. I realize that this is a last minute notice, but let me know if you need to do either class. If October 21 doesn’t fit into your schedule, contact me about scheduling a class time that works for you.

Night Class in Las Cruces…Coralie Carrier of SAFE in Las Cruces and I will be teaching a Night Class in Las Cruces on Friday evening October 29. This will be a good opportunity to practice some defensive shooting after dark (remember, the vast majority of defensive encounters occur in low light conditions). For more information and to see a flyer about the class, go to http://www.safeinlc.com and click on Night Shoot button on the left side of the site.

Possible Couples Class…Several couples indicated an interest in a Couples Class. I will be scheduling one in the not too distant future.

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/. Remember, you may not consume alcohol while you are in possession of your concealed firearm. And if you see any restaurants with signs indicating that you are not welcome with your concealed handgun, please let me know.

For the Ladies…If you are interested in a concealed carry purse, Cressie Mitchell at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (504 Burro Ave, 575.682.2348) is now stocking several purses by Gun Toten’ Mamas. They appear to be well made and Cressie will give Riclin students a 10% discount. Give her a call or stop by and see her.

Upcoming Classes…Here is a list of upcoming classes. Please contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or by email at riclin@tularosa.net if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a class.

  • October 21                                    Renewal/Refresher Class
  • October 29                                    Night Class (Las Cruces, NM)
  • November 13 & 14                        November Concealed Carry Class
  • December 11& 12                        December Concealed Carry Class

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… If your particular training needs 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.

Tip of the Month…Practice shooting in awkward conditions…sitting in a chair or lying on the floor or lying on your side are a few examples. While going to the range and standing there and shooting at stationary targets is fun, it really doesn’t prepare you for what you will probably encounter on a defensive situation. You will probably be surprised (the bad guy isn’t liable to attack if he knows you are ready for him) and off balance. And winter is coming…get out here and shoot in the cold, wearing your warm heavy clothing. You’ll be surprised how awkward it is trying to draw your handgun while wearing gloves and while you are covered with several layers of clothing. And while you are at it, practice shooting with cold hands as well. Get out and practice in the ‘less than ideal conditions.’

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). Our next Renewal/Refresher class will be Friday October 21. If a week end class would fit into your schedule better just let me know.

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

  • David Locke of 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
  • Bill at The Gunsmith Works in Capitan (575.354.0491)
  • Concealcarrychat.com…http://www.concealcarrychat.com/

We encourage you to patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

In closing…Winter is coming. Use the change of seasons as an opportunity to expand your training and skills. And as always, be aware and stay safe.

Richard Barbaras

Owner/Instructor

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