October 2012

Interesting Thought… by C R Williams as posted on the United States Concealed Carry Association forum (used with permission)…

Something so obvious we don’t think about it. But maybe we should more often…Understand this fundamental concept:

The weapon(s) you carry—gun(s), knives, clubs, whatever—may, at any time and at any place not of your choosing, be the only thing between you and someone that is trying to kill you (or others).

The only thing. That weapon and what’s in it and on it and whatever skill and training you have with it may without warning be placed between you and a threat to your life.

Focus on this concept for a moment. Because the choices you make about the kind of gun, what kind of ammunition, what kind of knife, whether or not you will get training, what kind of training you will get, who you will choose to train you…all of that, all of those choices, will affect and determine the final effectiveness of that weapon that you interpose between you and your potential killer.

Therefore, consider your choices carefully, and choose wisely, as if your very life was behind those choices.

Because it is.

Something to think about…

Concealed Carry Class… Next regular class is November 10 & 11 and since Veteran’s Day is November 11, I’ll give a big discount to any veteran who takes the class that week end. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. Please note that there will not be a regular concealed carry class in October. However, if you are interested in a class in October (other than the second week end) let me know and we can schedule one for you and your group. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for either class, contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Night Class… Riclin Firearms Training, LLC is teaming up with SAFE, LLC in Las Cruces to offer a night class on October 19 at the Butterfield Park Shooting Range from 5 pm – 9 pm. Cost of the class is $50. For more information contact Coralie Carrier at safeinlc@aol.com.

Concealed Carry in New Mexico State Parks… There will be a hearing in Santa Fe on October 17 on a regulation change that would allow concealed carry in state parks. I encourage you to attend if you can or to send written comments in support of allowing concealed carry in state parks. For more information go to http://www.nraila.org/legislation/state-legislation/2012/9/attention-new-mexico-concealed-handgun-licensees-weigh-in-on-important-rule-change-allowing-concealed-carry-in-state-parks.aspx?s=&st=&ps=.

Toys for Tots Charity Match… The Otero Practical Shooting Association (OPSA) will be hosting a Toys for Tots charity match on October 27 & 28 at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in La Luz, NM. It will be .22 rimfire only and based on the Ruger .22 match rules. There will be 8 handgun stages and 8 rifle stages. For more information contact Dave Moore at 575.491.9274 or go to the OPSA web site at www.opshooter.org.

Gals & Guns… will be hosting a Beauty Basics event at the Sidney Paul Gordon Shooting Range in Las Luz on October 20 at 3 pm for any ladies who would like to go out and shoot. Go to www.gal-and-guns.com/blog/ for more information.

High Caliber Ladies of Las Cruces… will be changing their meeting place and day to the 4th Tuesday. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday October 23, 2012 at the NM Game and Fish Department, 2715 Northrise Drive in Las Cruces. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Donna at 575.644.8134 or Audrey at 575.649.5408.

Personal Firearms Training… Are you interested in a personal firearms trainer? Want to improve your shooting skills or focus on a particular skill or get ready for a hunting trip? 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 or small groups. Scheduling is very flexible. For more information about personal 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.

Defensive Carbine Class… We did a Defensive Carbine class on September 30 at an ideal training site on a ranch just outside of Carrizozo. After with a brief academic session at breakfast at a local restaurant, we went to the training site and students did everything from close range to longer range shooting, shooting from under, around and over barricades, weak side shooting, shooting on the move, target discrimination, ‘slicing the pie,’ going around corners, and a bunch of other stuff. The final exercise was a mini obstacle course that entailed all the skills that we drilled in the class (plus a lot of huffing and puffing). If you are interested in taking a Defensive Carbine (or Defensive Shotgun) class contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy work with you on scheduling a class.

Refresher and Renewal… 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). I have been doing these classes on request, so when you need your Refresher or Renewal please contact me at riclin@tularosa.net or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we’ll set up a time for your class.

New search site for going out to eat… To determine if the restaurant you want to go to has a restaurant license, go to http://rldverification.rld.state.nm.us/Verification/Search.aspx?facility=Y and search for a Restaurant License in the appropriate county. 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 beer and wine license in that particular county. And remember…you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Tip of the Month… If you want to improve your accuracy and your speed, try shooting at small circles or dots. Use a sheet of paper with several circles or dots on it. Start at close range and slowly fire a shot at each circle, taking care to observe all the basic shooting fundamentals. When you can hit each one, move back a few feet and repeat the process. Keep moving back a few feet when you can hit all the circles. To increase your speed, start back at close range. When you can hit each circle by firing slowly, increase your speed a little bit. Keep at it until you can hit all the circles again. Repeat that process until you are satisfied with your shooting speed. Don’t try to progress too fast…make sure you are accurate at each distance before you increase either the distance or your speed. With a little effort you can increase both your accuracy and your speed.

In closing… There will be a gun show at the Tays Center at NMSU-A on October 6 & 7. Stop by the Riclin Firearms Training, LLC table and say hello. I’d be happy to visit with you.

Richard Barbaras

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