September 2015

Interesting Thought… Do you carry at home? If you don’t, you should. I ran across an interesting photo on Facebook recently of a woman with a handgun saying this…‘I carry at home because 100% of home invasions occur at home.’ There is a lot of truth in that statement. Sure you carry when you are out and about, and you practice faithfully at the range, but what about at home? Have you thought about where a threat to you in your home would come from and how you would defend against it? Something to think about.

Upcoming Classes and Events… 

  • Gun show October 17 & 18 at the Tays Center in Alamogordo…stop by and visit (or sign up for a class)
  • November 7 & 8…Regular monthly Concealed Carry Class in Alamogordo
  • Renewal and Refresher classes…I am doing these on request. If you need your Renewal or Refresher let me know and we’ll schedule your class. I have been doing these classes individually or in small groups for some time now and people seem to like this way of doing the classes.
  • Other classes…If you are interested in a particular class that isn’t currently in our calendar, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

Want a Private Concealed Carry Class?… Contact me if you are interested in a private cioncealed carry class for you and your family or a few friends. Scheduling is very flexible and we can work out a time that is convenient for you.

Pecos Run and Gun… We have been training regularly for this interesting and exciting running (in my case walking) and shooting event held in Pecos, TX in late September. The course is just over 6 miles (although it will be at a new location this year so we don’t know for sure how long it will be) with six shooting stops. You have to carry your rifle, handgun, ammo and water the entire distance. I have done this several times in the past and it is a great event. I’ll let you know how we did next month.

Personalized Firearms Training… If you are interested in personalized firearms training tailored to your training needs or interests or those of you and a group of your friends, or for your business, contact me and I’d be happy to visit with you about meeting your training needs.

We’ll begin by consulting with you to determine what your training needs are or what you would like to accomplish. Together we’ll decide how to best meet those needs.

Any of the classes Riclin offers, from Individual Training Sessions, Concealed Carry, 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. Classes can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Scheduling is very flexible.

Regular Monthly Announcements (Reminders)…

  • 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 Renewalclass 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.
  • To Learn Which Restaurants Sell Beer and Wine Only… You may carry your concealed handgun in a restaurant in New Mexico that is licensed to sell beer and wine only. This is known as a Restaurant License. Go to and do a search. 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 restaurant license in that particular county. And remember… you cannot consume alcohol while you are carrying your concealed handgun.

Tip of the Month… I know I have said this before, but dry firing is very important. This week we were able to solve an accuracy issue with an AR15 by simply dry firing it. By doing that it became obvious that the shooter was jerking the trigger. Not much of a jerk, but we were shooting at 200 yards and a little bit of jerk at the muzzle can make a big difference at that distance. So the tip is this…if your accuracy isn’t what you think it should be, try dry firing several times. It works best if you have someone watch while you are doing it, but your goal is to pull the trigger, while the sights are properly lined up, without disturbing the sight picture. You’ll be surprised what you can learn!

In Closing a Thank You… Thank you to all the business and individuals who support Riclin Firearms Training, including but not limited to, Western Auto, Si Senor’s and Our Country Kitchen in Alamogordo and the Postal Annex and DCR Enterprises in Ruidoso. Please patronize these fine businesses!

Richard Barbaras

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