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March 1, 2022

We Made it to March!

In this update, we will be covering information about our upcoming classes and a few helpful tips to help you get the most out of taking a shooting class.
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Los Alamos Sportsmen's Club Rifle Range as seen from Deer Trap Mesa.

Status on scheduled classes:

In the last communication, I announced 3 live classes we've scheduled for this spring and summer. The response so far has been absolutely outstanding.
  • March 26 Intro to Precision Rifle: 4 spots left
  • April 30 Defensive Pistol Elements *Lite: 1 spot left
  • July 30 Black Rifle 101: 8 spots left
If you are interested in taking one of these classes, don't wait to sign up. Check out our Classes page for more information. For our Precision Rifle and Black Rifle 101 classes, we have rifles you can borrow if needed. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Concealed Carry 4-Hour Renewal Class

I've had a few requests for a New Mexico CCW renewal class. This class is required within 60-days (before or after) your license expiration to avoid having to re-take the 15-hour initial class. The NMDPS is currently accepting renewals up to 120 days after license expiration due to the state response to Covid-19. Keep in mind you can not carry on an expired license! just don't have to re-take the 15-hour initial class if you renew within this time period. The Renewal class involves 3-hours of classroom time (conducted online via ZOOM) and 1 hour of in-person range time with the standard New Mexico qualification shoot. Class price is $75 +tax.

If your license isn't yet expired, but you would like to get an endorsement to carry a larger caliber or different type of handgun, (and you don't mind a little drive in the mountains) let us know and we will schedule your endorsement shoot for Sunday the 13th. Endorsements are $25 each.
Specifically designed to meet and exceed state requirements to renew your New Mexico concealed handgun license ONLINE CLASS – Due to State responses to Covid in March 2020, we are able to offer the classroom portion of this class in an online format. The majority of class time is completed via web-conference, followed by in-person individual or small-group range sessions …

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New Mexico 4-Hour CCW Refresher

Intro to Precision Rifle

This class is only a few weeks away and still has some room. It is a really fun class that is loaded with information. When you attend this class, you will receive a copy of our own precision rifle handbook complete with data cards, diagnostics, targets, and other useful stuff.

If you are new to precision rifle shooting and don't yet have the correct gear, let us know, we can let you borrow everything you need to participate in this class.

Getting the Most out of your Training Class

I have been a training junkie for quite some time now and have attended dozens of professional-level classes in a wide variety of shooting disciplines. I've taken classes in close-quarters pistol shooting and high-angle long-range rifle shooting, I've baked in the hot sun in a ghillie suit and stumbled around in the dark working with night-vision devices. No matter what classes I've taken, I've found there are a few things you can do before, during, and after class that will help you get the most value for your time and money:

1. Prepare Yourself

  • Have a training goal - know why you are taking the class and what you hope to learn or achieve. That will give you measurable results. Realize that some of your fellow students may have different goals. Some folks may be taking the class just for the fun of it, and there's nothing wrong with that. Just be open to learning new things along the way and keep in mind other students may have different reasons for being there.
  • While you are packing up the rest of your gear, make an honest effort to unpack your ego. The single greatest obstacle to learning in a firearms class is the attitude that you are going to "show the instructor how much you know." That will cause you to miss out on valuable learning and more than likely cause you to experience unnecessary frustration. Approach the class with a mindset to learn and you will do fine.
  • Try it the instructor's way. You may have a particular method or style you use when you shoot and your instructor may show you something different that challenges your status quo. That is why you are there! If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got. Improvement means change. It may feel clumsy and uncomfortable at first, but stick with it. A quality instructor wants to see you succeed, so they are going to show you the best techniques and information they have to help you achieve your training goals. That's also why it's important to pick the right instructor - someone with training and experience relevant to your needs who keeps up with the industry. There is, unfortunately, no shortage of unqualified teachers passing along antiquated information.

2. Prepare your gear

  • Come to class ready to go. Bring plenty of magazines. Guns should be unloaded, but your mags should all be loaded and ready. Class time is precious, taking extra time to stuff magazines detracts from time shooting and learning.
  • Make sure your guns are clean and well-lubricated.
  • Check your ammo, does it fit in your magazine and chamber? does it feed and function reliably in your firearm?
  • Don't bring unnecessary gear, it's just more stuff to carry and keep track of. Resist the urge to turn class into "show-and-tell."
  • Zero your rifles and carbines. If the class/instructor recommends a particular zero (e.g. 100 yd zero for precision rifles or 50 yd zero for carbines), I would set them up that way - there's usually a very good reason.
  • Make sure actions are tight in their stocks and make sure optics and mounts are tight! I have seen several scopes fall off people's rifles in the middle of a class. If your action is loose in your stock, you will waste time and ammo trying to zero a rifle that can't be zeroed.
Which brings us to: have a backup plan.
If your firearm quits before the class is over, you want to have a back-up gun or at least the right spare parts to get your gun back in action. Our Carbine Field Repair Kits are designed to have what you need to keep your AR15 running.
  • Make sure you know what peripheral gear you will need to be successful - shooting mats, spotting scopes, holsters, slings, flashlights... usually there is a gear list for the class that you can follow. If you can't find a gear list or have questions about gear suitability, reach out to the instructor as soon as you can so you have time to buy, beg, borrow, or steal whatever else you need.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. If you are too hot or too cold or soaking wet, you will be thinking about how uncomfortable you are instead of focusing on learning. Check the weather report and govern yourself accordingly. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Avoid loose or low-cut tops that provide a path for hot brass to go down your shirt. A scarf, gaiter, or shemagh is recommended, especially for high-volume pistol and carbine classes to keep brass out. A brimmed hat to keep brass from getting behind your safety glasses is a good idea. For classes with magnified rifle or carbine optics, a shorter brimmed hat like a "boonie" hat won't get in the way of your scope as much.

3. During Class:

  • Safety! The 4 firearms safety rules are crucial. Classes that stray from these rules eventually end in disaster. Taking classes with "hot-range" rules (a.k.a. "big boy rules") doesn't mean we get to violate the 4 fundamental rules, it means we are so good at following those 4 basic rules that we can be trusted to safely perform more advanced tasks without endangering ourselves or anyone else.
  • Respect: Don't compare yourself with other students. Most likely, everyone in class is starting at a different skill level. The goal isn't to achieve uniformity for all students, it's to take everyone, no matter where they are starting from, and make them better. (In my experience, that is also the main difference between military or law enforcement-style training and professional private sector training.)
  • Ask questions, but, there isn't usually time built into a class for deep philosophical exploration of technical rabbit holes. If you have these kinds of questions, make a note, and take it offline. Ask the instructor during a break, or get in touch with them after class.
  • Take notes when it is appropriate. Take time immediately after class to record your thoughts on what you learned that day. As soon as you leave the range, you will start forgetting what you learned. By keeping some notes of important points you will hold on to more of what you have gained.

4. After Class:

  • Take time to safely and correctly stow your gear for transportation before you leave the range. If you are swapping out practice ammo with defensive ammo in handguns, inform the instructor and they should point out a safe place on the range for you to do this (as opposed to doing this in your vehicle, for example). Treat your gear right if you want it to treat you right.
  • Write an After Action Report or AAR. AAR's are useful tools for everyone involved. For you, they help capture your mindset immediately after class and serve as a good reminder later. Share your AAR's on forums or social media you participate in, that will help prospective students figure out if they want to take that class or train with that instructor. Often, instructors and training companies will want to share your more complimentary AAR's to attract business. If you aren't quite sure how to write a good AAR, we have some guidance HERE: "Writing a Worthwhile AAR."
  • Practice what you have learned. If you take a class and never practice what you learned in that class, the benefits you obtained will fade quickly. Training teaches you HOW to practice and WHAT to practice - but you still must practice.
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I was informed today that our AR15 receivers are on their way to the anodizer, so these should be ready, hopefully, by the end of the month.
I hope you are enjoying these updates, based on the feedback I am receiving, a lot of you are clicking and reading these messages - which I appreciate. If there is anything in particular you would like to see more of, please let me know.

~Michael Lake
Adaptive Defense Armory LLC
Adaptive Defense Concepts LLC
“The project of disciplining all the militia of the United States is as futile as it would be injurious, if it were capable of being carried into execution… To attempt a thing which would abridge the mass of labor and industry to so considerable an extent, would be unwise: and the experiment, if made, could not succeed, because it would not long be endured. Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped
~ Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No.2
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