September 2010

An Interesting Thought…The following thought is attributed to Annie Oakley“I would like to see every woman know how to handle firearms as naturally as they know how to handle babies.” Not a bad idea.

Ladies…If you haven’t already done so, you might want to check out the Women and Guns forum at It is a forum about women and self defense and concealed carry.

Possible Couples Class…Are any couples (married or otherwise) interested in a Couples Class? The class will be designed for couples who may find themselves in a defensive situation. While there will be shooting, the primary purpose of the class would be to encourage couples to communicate with each other on how they would deal with a deadly threat in the various scenarios. The class would be open to couples who both have their concealed carry permit as well as couples in which only one has a concealed carry permit. Let me know if you are interested. If there is enough interest I’ll schedule a class for sometime this fall.

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 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.

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

  • October 2                         Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class (Las Cruces, NM)…note this is a new class
  • October 9 & 10                        October Concealed Carry Class
  • October  16 & 17                        Ruidoso Concealed Carry Class
  • October 29                                    Night Class (Las Cruces, NM)
  • November 13 & 14                        November Concealed Carry Class

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes…More and more people are taking advantage of individual or private classes.  If you have particular training needs not being met by our regular classes, or want 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… One of our lady students demonstrated an excellent mind set recently. We were doing some pretty advanced drills and she slipped and fell. Rather than complain about getting hurt/dirty/being embarrassed about falling, she came up shooting. Afterwards, she told me that she knew she had to shoot the target and never thought about anything else. The lesson is this…whenever you are shooting/training, and things don’t go as planned, use the situation as an opportunity to enhance your skills and keep on going. The more you do things ‘out of the box’ the more prepared you will be in the event that you are faced with a dangerous situation.

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). If you need either one just let me know and  I’ll be glad to schedule a class.

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)

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

In closing…I’ll be at the gun show in Alamogordo this week end (September 25 & 26). Stop by and visit for a few minutes! And welcome to those new subscribers from the gun show!

Richard Barbaras


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