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October 2011

An Interesting Thought… Well, I haven’t been able to find anything for this section of the newsletter this month. So, I have a request…if you have any ‘Interesting Thoughts’ (thought provoking, short and to the point) you would like to see included in this newsletter, please send them to me. I’ll try to include them in future newsletters.

Tip of the Month… Practice your concealed handgun presentation (from concealment)…During a recent demonstration on drawing and moving and shooting I managed to mess up the draw (or presentation if you prefer) not once but twice! Both times I failed to sweep my cover garment far enough out of the way and ended up with a handful of shirt in addition to my handgun. Not a good thing in an actual confrontation. This is something you need to practice regularly. Consider doing a few practice draws everyday (make sure your handgun is unloaded) when you put it on. This is obviously something I need to work on!

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

October Concealed Carry Class… October 8 & 9…this is our regular monthly concealed carry class. Completion of this class meets the training requirement for a New Mexico Concealed Handgun License and enables you to apply for that license. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up for the class, contact me at or by phone at 575.430.3040.

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). Let me know if you need to take either of these classes and we’ll arrange a time to do them.

Ladies Concealed Carry Group… The First Annual Style Show of the Alamogordo Ladies Concealed Carry Group will be on Tuesday October 18 (note that this is not our regular meeting day) at 6:30 pm at the Cuba Avenue Church of Christ at 1300 Cuba Avenue. This will be a great opportunity to see how other ladies carry their concealed handguns. There will also be food, refreshments, prizes and ‘goodie bags.’ Ladies, come join us and bring a friend. This should be an interesting evening.

Las Cruces Ladies Concealed Carry Group… This ladies group will be meeting on October 19 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Command Bunker at 415 S. Valley in Las Cruces. All ladies are welcome. Whether you are in Las Cruces that day, or make a trip over just for the meeting, you will find this a very interesting group of ladies.

Supporters… Thank you to all our supporters (and my apologies to any I have forgotten). I’d especially like to welcome back Mac McMorris of Mesquite Firearms, Inc located at 7207A Hwy 54/70. Mac will give Riclin students a discount with a card that I will give you. Stop by and see him!

  • Mac at Mesquite Firearms (575.437.4867)
  • 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)

Please patronize these fine businesses that cater to and support shooters.

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

  • 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)
  • Women’s Advanced Defensive Handgun Class, (advanced defensive handgun shooting techniques oriented towards women’s unique situations)

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.

Basic Firearms Training Classes… If you are interested in learning the basics of the handgun, rifle or shotgun, then these introductory classes will get you started and will open you to the exciting world of recreational 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.

Private, Individual or Specialized Classes… If your particular training needs are not being met by our regular classes, or you desire 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.

In closing… A Bit of Humor… It’s not the bullet with my name on it that worries me. It’s the one that says ‘To Who It May Concern.’ An anonymous Belfast, Ireland, resident as quoted in the London Guardian, 1991.

Richard Barbaras


Newsletter Update March 2011

Hello Everyone!

You probably noticed that you did not receive a February or March newsletter from Riclin Firearms Training, LLC. In February my computer crashed, leaving me without access to my mailing list. At the same time my web site was being redesigned. It has taken longer than I had hoped, but the email list will be up and running shortly and I will send out a newsletter as soon as I can. The web site has been completely redone. Stop by and take a look at I’d appreciate your comments. We aren’t quite finished yet, but we have made a lot of progress.

I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding as Riclin Firearms Training, LLC goes through this rebuilding process. I will be publishing a revised annual calendar soon.