September 2012

Interesting Thought… The fourth basic firearms safety rule, as taught by Gunsite, is to Be Sure of Your Target and What Is Beyond It. The importance of this was graphically demonstrated in the New York City incident this week during which the nine innocent bystanders who were shot were apparently injured by rounds fired by the responding officers. The lesson to be learned here is that in a deadly force confrontation, you are going to be focused on the threat and may not be aware of anyone or anything else around you. You must be able to hit your target, especially under stress, in order to minimize the risk to innocent bystanders in the event that you are faced with a deadly force incident in a public place. This takes lots of practice under stress. Simply shooting paper targets occasionally is not adequate. Good defensive training under stress (and continual practice) is essential if you are going to carry a gun for self defense.

Concealed Carry Class… Next regular class is September 8 & 9. 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. The next regular concealed carry class will be 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. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for either class, contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

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 or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we’ll set up a time for your class.

Gals & Guns… This group of ladies interested in shooting will be meeting on September 11 beginning at 6:30 at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ. All interested ladies are welcome.

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 or by phone at 575.430.3040 and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs.

Basic Firearms Training Classes… If you are interested in learning the basics of the handgun, rifle or shotgun, these introductory classes will get you started and will open your eyes to the exciting world of recreational, competitive or defensive shooting. These classes are taught on request, so if you are interested please contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

Specialty Classes… We now offer a variety of specialty classes, including…

  • Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class…advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques oriented towards women’s unique situations
  • Night Classes…learn to shoot at night…this is when most defensive situations occur and shooting at night is much different than shooting in the daylight
  • Defensive Shotgun…learn to use your shotgun in a close quarters self defense situation
  • Defensive Carbine…learn to use your AR, AK, 10/22 or lever action rifle in a close quarters self defense situation
  • Advanced Defensive Handgun Class…advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques
  • Shooting from the Ground…learn to shoot effectively from the ground in the event that you end up on the ground in a defensive situation
  • Concealed Carry Drills Class…a review of the various drills from the Riclin Concealed Carry Class.

If you are interested in taking one of these classes please contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040 and we can discuss putting a class together. My teaching schedule is very flexible and can certainly accommodate the training and scheduling needs of you or your group.

Going Out To Eat… When you are heading out to eat, go to the following web site to determine if the restaurant you are going to has a Restaurant license which allows them to sell only beer and wine And remember…you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

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

  • David at the Postal Annex in Ruidoso (575.973.1049)
  • Kerry at Western Auto (575.437.0660)
  • 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
  • Cressie at Mountain Magic in Cloudcroft (575.682.2348)

Tip of the Month… Get a good belt! For the last several years I have been using a leather belt from Wal Mart and it has worked just fine. However, it finally needed to be replaced so I purchased a Frequent Flyer belt from Wilderness Products. I was amazed at the difference. The belt is fairly stiff and supports the handgun much better. I thought it was OK before, but the new Wilderness belt is excellent and makes a big difference. So…get a good belt if you haven’t done so already. You will be pleasantly surprised.

In closing… Summer is almost over and it is finally beginning to cool off. It is a good time to spend more time at the range, either shooting or training. Let me know if I can help.

Richard Barbaras

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