Newsletter 2023-6

Multiple reports of kabooms associated with this ammunition (ZSR 7.62 x 51 M80 / Part# 22J030-001 / Lot# 15) here:

I almost hate to inflict that video on you… just another YouTube pontificator who doesn’t take the time to organize his presentation before talking.  Here’s the deal:  It’s not the gun, it’s the ammunition.  Skip the talking and just go to the pictures.

ZSR ammunition is made in Turkey. I have some of it from an earlier lot.  I’ve experienced no problems so far, but I doubt I’ll fire any more of it.

Check your stuff.

And keep improving your position!





Newsletter 2023-5

Here’s a reminder that DC2 is scheduled for 25 & 26 MAR at Lake Darpo and we do have room.

The course description and admin stuff can be found here:

DC2 probably won’t be held again until OCT or NOV 2023.

I look forward to seeing you on the firing line.  In the meantime, keep improving your position!




Newsletter 2023-4

I. Change of Venue

DC1 on 25 – 26 FEB will NOT be held at Lake Darpo.  The class will be held at a private range located at 3288 Ramblewood, Timmonsville, SC.  All other details on the course page are correct.

Questions or concerns, let me know ASAP!



I’m sure you’re aware of our Urban Break Contact (UBC) class, but a little refresher will provide some perspective on a new class we’re introducing Fall ‘23.

From the website:

The purpose of UBC is to help the student develop the mindset, gun handling skills and tactics needed to successfully disengage from a numerically superior force in an urban environment.  Think something between World War Z and the Kyle Rittenhouse scenario.

So, your car is disabled, you’re in the process of being surrounded by Hostiles, and you need to get to safety, without shooting anyone if they’ll let you. You can read the curriculum on the same course page.


So, what’s the likelihood of this kind of event in the USA?  100%!  It did happen in 2020 in Kenosha, WI and it almost happened in 2012 in Riverside, CA where individuals later convicted of a 2015 Christmas party attack were also convicted of planning to block traffic on a local Freeway and shoot the trapped occupants as they sat in their cars.

And, it might be worth pointing out that Paladin ran the first UBC class in 2010, years before the details of the planned Freeway attack were made known.  So, UBC was not developed in response to an event, but in anticipation of an event.


We run the UBC scenario first as individuals and then as two-person teams.  As two-person teams, we run the scenario first as two trained individuals (fire-team) and then as one trained and one untrained individual (Protector / Protectee).

A Problem

In the past, we’ve had one of the two team-members play the part of the unarmed Protectee.  The problem with this is that, by the time we get to this variation of the scenario, everyone has been thru it several times.  Everyone knows the drill and there are usually no surprises.  In real life, surprises are the norm.  In training, surprises reveal potential problems.  That’s good.  Potential problems can be prepared for.

Our Solution

The obvious solution is to run the scenario with an actual untrained person as the Protectee.  By ‘untrained’ I mean someone who has never been thru a team tactics class.  They would benefit from being exposed to that situation and learning what to expect from their Protector and what might be expected of them.  We would benefit from being able to observe the untrained / inexperienced mindset in action and so mitigate future surprises.

The plan is to open the first class to spouses and children of people that have already completed a UBC.  Subsequent classes will be open to anyone who’s taken a class with us.

One of Paladin’s Assistant Instructors (AI) will be the Protector in every scenario..

Picture this:

The scenario starts in the car with the AI / Protector as driver, your family member / Protectee in the front passenger seat, you as a passive observer in the back-passenger seat.

The three of you work your way to the rear in steps, making use of cover and concealment as appropriate, dealing with problems as they come, the AI taking time to explain the fundamentals behind his actions, until we reach safety and ENDEX.

Scenarios would be run three times at Crawl / Walk / Run speeds.  Crawl at reduced speed to allow for on-the-spot discussion and teaching (25%):

“What do you think we should you do here?”

‘Here’s what I want you to do.”  And why.

“There’s where I want you to look.”  And why.

“Here’s what I’m going to do next,” And why.


Walk at slightly reduced speed (50%); and Run at 75%.

I haven’t decided yet on the entry age limit for the Protectee, but am leaning toward 12 YOA.

I don’t plan to charge for the class.  You and your family member get training and experience, we get training and experience… a wash.


This will be an effective but safe way to hammer home some lessons on Situational Awareness and the value of decisive action to your family members.  If you see yourself urgently telling a family member to do something time-sensitive and receiving ‘Why?’ as a response, consider letting us work with them.

If you’re still reading at this point, I’ll ask a favor:  Name the class. What’s a three-letter acronym that descibes this new class?

Let me know if you’re interested and what questions / concerns you have.

Stay focused and continue to work on your Team!


15 DEC 2022 Copy

Heres the training schedule for 1QTR2023:


21 JAN: DH.5




All above are planned for Lake Darpo, Society Hill, SC

See the full course descriptions, including admin stuff, at


Hope to see you on the firing line!



13 JAN 2023

A reminder that we’re doing a one day Defensive Handgun class on Saturday, 21 JAN.  This will likely be the only DH class we conduct untl Fall 2023.  Also, DH.5 is a ‘grant class’ so we’re reducing the cost of the class AND providing half the necessary ammunition.  This will continue until we exhaust the grant.  Go to for all the details.


Heres the training schedule for 1QTR2023:


21 JAN: DH.5




All above are planned for Lake Darpo, Society Hill, SC

See the full course descriptions, including admin stuff, at


Hope to see you on the firing line!



24 NOV 2022: Give thanks!

I trust you are having a peaceful and bounteous Thanksgiving with family and friends.  When you can, it might be good to take a few moments and think on these words by our first POTUS when he declared this a National Holiday.

Hope to see you on the firing line soon!  In the meantime, continue to develop your Team!




Thanksgiving Proclamation

[New York, 3 October 1789]

By the President of the United States of America. a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be—That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks—for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation—for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his Providence which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war—for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed—for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted—for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

and also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions—to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually—to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed—to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord—To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and us—and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New-York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

7 NOV 2022


You may know that each of our defensive firearm classes ends the day with a block of instruction on low light issues.  In it,  we cover several flashlight techniques such as FBI, Harries and Cheek Index, all of which use what’s called an ‘ice pick’ grip on the light and NONE of which allow a decent two-handed firing grip on the gun while retaining the flashlight. I recently learned of a flashlight modification that fixes that problem. We’ll call the mod the shock-cord mod and the technique the ‘bungee’.

NOTE: I can’t remember who first showed it to me.  If you know who’s responsible, please let me know so I can give attribution where deserved.

  1. The flashlight with some 1/8″ bungee attached.

    2. The flashlight in the Search position. Note the flashlight is captured by the shock-cord on the TOP of your fingers and not on the inside facing the palm. From this starting point, you can still use the Harries, FBI, or Cheek Index techniques as desired.                                                                          (NOTE) I have to capture the tail-cap with the index finger of my support hand to better control the lens end, but it’s probably faster to deploy if you can capture all (or more) fingers with the shock-cord.



3. The flashlight rolled over the hand and out of the way in anticipation of deploying the pistol.


4. Full, two-handed firing grip while retaining the flashlight.

I bought the bungee at smile.Amazon, of course.  The vendor was SGTKNOT.  25 feet of 1/8″ shock-cord cost about $12. Don’t forget to seal the ends with heat after you cut it to length.

I’m under the impression not just any knot works on shock-cord.  Four years in the US Navy and most days it still takes me two attempts to tie a square knot, so I went to YouTube and found this guy:

After viewing it about a million times, I was able to tie two proper loop knots in the shock-cord.

To use, search using the appropriate flashlight technique, light fastened to the support hand with shock-cord, pistol either in the holster or tucked in to a Strong Hand Only compressed ready, muzzle down.  If the pistol is called for, simultaneously draw the pistol and rotate the light out of the way.  Acquire your normal two-handed firing grip and do what’s necessary.

Obviously you don’t want to use this technique if your flashlight has a lock-on tail-cap switch.  You’ll wind up lighting yourself up.

That’s it.

Give it a try.  I think you’ll like it.

Questions or comments, use the comments section.


The bio’s for Paladin’s AI’s are up here:   This is the first time I’ve had this information in one place.  Check this out:

88 years LE

92 years MIL (16 of those in SPECOPS

34 years Contract Security

123 years as an AI w/ Paladin Training

They’re a good group of men… talented, experienced, and bringing different perspectives to the problem of the moment.  I’m humbled and somewhat surprised they let me be the Lead.  Anyone else in SC bring this level of experience to the classroom or range?  Not that I’m aware of.


19 – 20 NOV 2022

For particulars, see the previous newsletter.

This class probably won’t be offered again until Spring of 2023.


and keep on working on that team.





4 NOV 2022

A gentle reminder that DC2 happens in a couple of weeks; 19 and 20 NOV.  Link to the course description below.  DC2 is a pre-requisite for UBC.

Unfortunately, grant money can’t be used for this class as that is reserved for ‘basic’ handgun and carbine classes.

The next time we start cycling thru the course catalog is expected to be early 2023

Still got room.  Reserve your seat soon.

Also, I’ve been putting in some much needed work on the website.

  1. Got all the instructors listed along with their training bios.  A whole lot of knowledge, experience and talent on that page.
  2. I’ve got most of the classes listed along with their descriptions.
  3. Beginning to get the FAQs and LINKS updated.

These are the first improvements to the website in years.

Check it out.  And please let me know if you have problems.

And work on that Team!



Defensive Carbine 2 (DC2)


1. DH.5, 8 OCT

We still have room in the one day defensive handgun class scheduled for 8 OCT.


Lake Darpo, SC

8 OCT from 830 am to NLT 830 pm

Full details here:

This is a ‘grant’ class, so we’re paying $100 of the normal $200 tuition.  We pay half, you pay half.

We’re also providing 100 rds of 9mm or .40 S&W toward the class ammo requirement.

This is a finite amount so eventually we’re going to run out.  The earlier you can sign up, the more likely we are to have 100 rds of ammo with your name on it.  If we do run out, I’ll do my best to notify those effected, but you should come with the full ammo requirement.  Hopefully you’ll be able to take most of that home at the end of class.

2. DC1, 22 – 23 OCT

Full details here:


3.  Having some issues with the website that are preventing me from changing SOME content.  Our Voodoo Witch Doctor is working on it as we speak trying to remove spells.  Or something.

Here’s one thing I have been able to do:  .


Hope to see you in a class soon.  Time’s short, I think.  People I trust are warning of severe food shortages in a few months.  None of us here know the kind of desperation that situation causes in a man or woman watching their kids starve.  I figure we have two missions in that scenario:

1. Protect your family from desperate people

2. Don’t become one of the desperate people

Also, we’re looking at potential unrest associated with the upcoming mid-terms.

We live in interesting times.

Stay sharp and BECOME PART OF A TEAM!  Make it happen!

Utrinque Paratus




4 Qtr 2022 Class Schedule

Been a long time since you’ve heard from me.  No excuse.  I apologize and will do better in the future.

I sincerely hope you’re doing all you can to improve your skills and develop a team.  If you need medical or dental work, get it done now.  If you need to get in shape, it’s never too late to start improving.  Being able to shoot, move and communicate is weapon independent.  Remember the Combat Triad.  Mindset at the top, Skills next, followed by Equipment down at the bottom.  If you’ve got the mindset and skills, you can get a better weapon.  Stop buying guns and train on what you’ve got.

Here you go…


4 QTR 2022

DEFENSIVE HANDGUN .5 (DH.5)        8 OCT             Lake Darpo              $200*


DEFENSIVE CARBINE 1 (DC1)             22 – 23 OCT  Lake Darpo              $300**


DEFENSIVE CARBINE 2 (DC2)             19 – 20 NOV Lake Darpo              $300


URBAN BREAK CONTACT (UBC)         9 – 11 DEC     Lake Darpo              $500


*  Thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Paladin will discount the DH.5 tuition by $100 and provide 100 rds of ammunition (9mm or .40 S&W only) for the class.  The student is responsible for the remaining $100 and 200 rds.


** Thanks to a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Paladin will discount the DC1 tuition by $200 and provide 200 rds of ammunition (5.56 only) for the class.  The student will be responsible for the remaining $100 and up to 200 rds.



That’s ‘DH point 5’ as in 50%, a one day class instead of the usual two day format.  Both DH.5 and DC.5 will include low light training.  Also, both DH.5 and DC.5 meet the pre-requisite requirements to take DC2 and you need to complete DC2 in order to take UBC.

$100 deposit is required to save your seat in any class.  Deposits can either be mailed to the POB below or using PayPal to send a DONATION to  If you use PayPal, click on ‘DONATE’ and search charities for Paladin Training.  If check, payable to Paladin Training.

Grant classes will be offered until we run out of ammunition, so reserve your seat soon.  Hint:  One of our classes makes a great Christmas present!


II.  Technique gotten sloppy or just feel the need for a tune-up, but don’t have the time for a full two-day class?  Consider arranging a private clinic for carbine, shotgun or rifle.  Call if you’d like to discuss particulars:  843-618-1381.





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