September / October 2014

Interesting Thought… Some initial thoughts on ISIS… I have been asked for suggestions on what an individual can do to prepare for the potential threat of a random ISIS attack here.  Bearing in mind that I am not an expert in this area, here are some initial thoughts of what you might do to be better prepared:

Increase your awareness level… pay close attention to what is in your environment and look for things that don’t belong or are out of place. You should also constantly be playing ‘what if…’ especially when out in public. I was at lunch with a friend the other day and we got to talking about this. What could we realistically do if, for example, some one walked in and started shooting? What could we use for cover? Where is the closest exit to escape? If we choose to engage the threat, could we reliably hit him/her at the distances in the restaurant, especially since there will likely be a lot of chaos?

Always be armed… always have some means of self defense on your body. There isn’t much you can do except try to escape if you aren’t armed. And how would you feel if you chose to go unarmed that day and people were injured or killed because you didn’t have a way to respond to a threat? And while it hasn’t been determined if the beheading in Oklahoma this week was an ISIS oriented attack, it does reinforce the need to always be armed…you never know when you may need to use your weapon to defend yourself or someone else.

Carry enough gun… and extra ammo. This probably isn’t going to be a typical assault in which the threat is trying to rob or kill you up close. It will likely be more like an active shooter situation where the threat is trying to do as much damage to as many people as he/she can.  And there may be more than one threat. Pocket pistols are great, light and easy to carry. But… can you hit the vital area of a man sized target across a large room with your pocket pistol? Does it have enough power to stop or discourage a threat with less-than-perfect shot placement? If there is more than one threat do you have enough ammunition to engage all the threats, especially since your marksmanship skills tend to deteriorate rapidly under stress and you may well miss a time or two?

Practice longer range (25yards+) shooting… As you go out in public, look and see how far you might have to shoot. We estimated that the furthest shot at the restaurant mentioned earlier would be approximately 25 yards. Can you hit a man sized target at that range? Do you practice with your concealed carry handgun at that range?

Upcoming Classes and Events

Next monthly Concealed Carry class will be October 4 & 5.

Riclin Firearms Training, LLC and SAFE, LLC will be offering will be a Night Class in Las Cruces on Friday October 3 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Our night classes are not for beginners and participants must have a concealed carry license or an equivalent level of training/skill. For more information contact me at (575) 430-3040 or   or Coralie at (575) 644-1692 or When was the last time you shot at night?

I am doing Renewal and Refresher classes 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.

If you are interested in a particular class, or have a group of friends you would like to take a class with, let me know and we’ll make it happen.

The July Las Cruces Night Class went well… They fired approximately 250 rounds doing a variety of moving and stationary drills. We did a lot of shooting with no flashlight, relying only on ambient light. That will be the reality for most of us if we ever do have a defensive encounter at night. While some people do carry a flashlight all the time, most of us do not. At the end of the evening they fired both the NMDPS Night and the NM CCW qualification courses. We have planned another night class in October. See the Upcoming Events and Classes section for more details.

Pecos Run and Gun Update… Well, things did not go as planned. Due to heavy rains the event was canceled at, literally, the last minute. We were all lined up at 6:30 am at the truck stop in Pecos ready to leave for the ranch where the event was going to be held and were notified that it had been canceled due to high running water in the arroyos. After seeing some of the photos of the water I think they made the right decision. Having people try to wade through 3 – 4 feet of running water carrying a rifle and 25 pounds of gear would have been a bit risky. Oh, well, there is always next year…

Interested in Personal, Individualized Firearms Training?

If you are interested in personal, individualized firearms training for yourself, 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, Advanced 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 Renewal class 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… Practice shooting your concealed handgun at longer ranges. Start close… say 5 yards or so. Fire 2 -3 five shot groups, paying close attention to sight alignment and trigger squeeze (or press or pull…whatever term you wish to use). Then move back to 10 yards and repeat the process. Then to 15, the 20 then 25, etc. Always strive to shoot the smallest group you can. At this point you are looking for accuracy. Once you can reliably hit an 8″ circle at 25 yards, start increasing the speed you are shooting. Shoot from cover. Hitting at longer ranges is simply a focused application of the basic shooting fundamentals…particularly sight alignment and trigger squeeze. Get out there and practice!

In closing… Situations, like the one that occurred in Oklahoma, drive home the point that the world is going crazier and getting less safe. You should be working towards being better prepared. Get training if you need it… I be glad to help!

Richard Barbaras

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