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Ready Citizen Challenge – Level 1

Ready Citizen Challenge is a four-level series to test your pistol marksmanship skills.

It’s a great way to check your skills and boost your confidence as you learn how you stack up against gun-carrying professionals! Those tests are timed, and qualifying scores are set for you as they are for any officer, from 75-80 percent.

At Level 1, the four courses of fire include

  • an untimed qualification used by a well-known shooting school to select applicants for a special class given by celebrity shooters
  • the New Mexico armed security guard shooting test
  • the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act qualification
  • the New Mexico Department of Public Safety dim-light handgun qualification (done during the day, but using a handheld light)


A scenario based class for couples. The class explores at least six scenarios and each couple will participate in them as a team.

  • How would you deal with a home invasion while you are watching TV one evening
  • An intruder in your bedroom
  • An assault when you are in your vehicle?

This class is available to couples

  1. who both armed or
  2. even if only one is armed (you are still a team and need to work together in defensive situations).

This class is a joint venture between Riclin Firearms Training and SAFE in Las Cruces. Class size will be limited. Contact Richard at or Coralie at for more information or to sign up for the couples class.


‘I am a woman, who carries a gun — and I am alive and safe today because of it.’ ~ from a Riclin Firearms Training LLC  student who was forced to use her concealed handgun in self defense…

Riclin Firearms Training, LLC offers several classes specifically for women. Women tend to learn differently than men. We have also seen that once women are introduced to shooting, many become very good at it. In many cases, we have seen a woman out shoot her husband (and generally their husband is quite pleased). We have taught many women in each of the classes we offer.

Women’s Basic Pistol Class…based on the NRA Basic Pistol Class, this class teaches you the basic skills needed to safely handle and shoot a handgun. This is a good place to begin if you have never done any shooting or are concerned about your ability to safely handle a pistol. The class begins with safety, then moves on to the six basic handgun shooting fundamentals. We also discuss various types of ammunition, what to look for when you are purchasing a pistol, and do quite a bit of shooting as well.

“As a woman with absolutely no gun knowledge or experience, I found the personal training sessions to be much less intimidating.  To my surprise, I found that I very much enjoyed learning to handle a gun.  I had a great time and learned a valuable skill that may one day save my life or the life of someone else.”  ~ PD

Women’s Defensive Shooting Class…this class is for the woman who is interested in learning to defend herself with a handgun. As with all our classes, this one begins with safety, and then progress to a variety of defensive shooting techniques. This class is taught at two different levels. One is a beginner’s level where we begin with how to shoot a handgun and then evolve to the defensive techniques. The second level is for the woman who is familiar with handgun shooting, is interested in learning defensive shooting techniques but is not particularly interested in obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun. If you are not sure which level of this class you should consider, just ask. We will help you figure it out.

New Mexico Concealed Handgun Carry Class for Women…similar to our regular Concealed Carry class, this one is taught focusing on the specific needs of women who wish to carry a canceled handgun while also covering the requirements of the Concealed Handgun Act. Upon completion of this class, women are eligible to apply for the New Mexico Concealed Handgun License.

Individualized Classes for Women…as the name indicates, any class we teach can be taught on an individual basis, focusing on the needs of the particular student. We have a great deal of experience teaching women and many have opted to receive individualized instruction rather than take a class with others. Other women go on to individualized instruction after completing one of more of our regular classes. Some women have come with unique needs or requirements and we have been able to work with them in their unique circumstances.

Contact Us if you have questions, to arrange a personal firearms training, or to sign up for a class.

Night Shooting

Approximately 70% of self defense encounters occur in low light or night time situations. You need to be able to shoot effectively in these low light situations. And since most self defense situations happen unexpectedly, you may or may not have your flashlight with you when the time comes. This class will introduce you to techniques to help you prevail.

We begin in the late afternoon, taking advantage of the daylight to teach the basic techniques. We shoot in the waning light as it gets dark to give you experience shooting in a variety of light conditions. Then you will have the opportunity to shoot at night both with and without a flashlight. We will finish by shooting the New Mexico concealed carry qualification course. This is an interesting and challenging class.

Disabled Individuals

For individuals with physical disabilities…

Riclin Firearms Training, LLC has worked with several individuals who are physically challenged.

Whether you are interested in simply learning to shoot, or in taking the Concealed Carry class, we are willing to work with you. There are many ways to overcome physical challenges, and our training can be adapted to assist you in developing your strengths while teaching you the necessary skills.

We will work with you on a one-on-one basis or in a regular class.

Contact Richard at 575.430.3040 or Contact Us if you have questions, to arrange a personal firearms training session, or to sign up for a class.