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I’ve gotten several inquiries lately asking whether or not Paladin Training offers the UTAH CWP class. The short answer is ‘no’.   Please read on…


Starting about two years ago, we began to print a synopsis of our curriculum on the back of the SC CWP certificate that is issued to students who successfully complete the class. I sign the form and provide my NRA Law Enforcement instructor number. This enables a student to use that certificate as proof he or she has met FL’s training standards and obtain a FL non-resident CWP.


From, and certain state websites (notably MS, NM, NV):


Right now (21 OCT 2012), 27 states recognize SC’s permit. They are:

Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.


34 states recognize UT’s permit.

35 states recognize FL’s permit.


Some states recognize the permits of ALL other states and some recognize only those permits from states that meet their standards. Also, some states honor non-resident permits and some states require that you be a resident of the state you have the permit from.


After checking the information on EVERY state provided by the two websites above, it looks like obtaining a UT non-resident CWP (NRCWP) will gain you two states that do not recognize FL’s non-resident CWP: Minnesota and Wisconsin. On the other hand, a FL NRCWP will get you New Mexico, whereas the UT NRCWP will not.


Bottom line: If you intend to travel to MN or WI, take the class and get a UT NRCWP. If you intend to travel to NM, get a FL NRCWP using the certificate you already have from Paladin Training. Other than that, the two NRCWP’s provide identical benefits.


I’ve created a spreadsheet w/ the details. Let me know if you’d like me to send it to you.


Before acting on the above, I urge you to do your own checking on those states you’re interested in. Check out the two pages referenced above. You’ll find a few discrepancies between the two so do your homework and be careful!


New Mexico’s page has links to the other states here:

New Mexico


If you’d like to get a FL NRCWP:



If you have additional or contrary information, I’d appreciate hearing from you.


Please forward this to anyone that might be interested.


Train hard, put God first!

Changes to Carbine Curriculum

I recently traveled to Nacogdoches, TX to attend a six day Tactical Rifle Instructor course offered by Paul Howe at CSAT.  Paul is a former special operations soldier and is best known for his work in Somalia during the Battle of Mogadishu.  See Blackhawk Down.


As a result of the training, we’ll be making some additions to our carbine curriculums.  One of the most notable changes involves the addition of carbine ‘standards’.   Still working on the details, but we’ll probably be using a slightly  modified version of the CSAT standards.  You can find the Tac Rifle Instructor standards here:  Standards


The standards are not intended to create a PASS / FAIL situation.  They’re intended to provide you with benchmarks to test yourself against and give you a quantifiable goal to work toward.


It was an honor to train under Paul and get certified as a TacRifle Instructor by him.


We’re introducing STANDARDS to the UBC curriculum.  A COF has been developed that will challenge a two person team to engage designated targets from standing, kneeling and prone, left side and right side around cover, at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards, hitting the target with the required number of rounds in order to advance.  If done perfectly, it will take no more than 10 pistol rounds and 29 carbine rounds to complete the course.  Obviously, the quicker you get the required number of hits, the faster your time will be.


We’re also considering running a UBC STANDARDS DAY periodically.  This will not be a training day.  Instead, we’ll set the range up and students who have already taken the UBC class will have an opportunity to come test themselves against the standard.  Working on cost, final details of COF, etc.


I am really looking forward to this.

Personal Stuff for Sale

1.  EoTech 552 holographic sight (takes two AA batts, NV compatible).  Used, in excellent shape, never any trouble.  $375


2. S&W Model 10 .38 Special (blue, 4″ heavy barrel, early pre-lock gun.  Excellent condition.  SCDL required.  $300


I recently got an e-mail from a couple that had attended one of our ‘Introduction to Defensive Handgun’ classes.  The IDH is one of our favorite classes and everyone that attends gives it great reviews, but we don’t get many takers for it.  It’s a shame, because a ton of information is put out and you’ll be able to make a more informed decision when you decide to purchase a defensive handgun.  The class can save you a lot of money, time and frustration.  I completely agree with the conclusion found in the last sentence below.


Here’s the e-mail:

T and I had the privilege of attending your Introduction to Defensive handgun class.  Overall this class surpassed our expectations.  As a fairly experienced shooter I did not expect to come away with much from the class and to my surprise, I found the class to be very informative and I walked away much more knowledgeable about handguns.   T, having minimal experience with firearms and specifically handguns, felt this course gave  her valuable information in an unintimidating way.  The pace of the course was such that allowed for questions and individual attention.  T and I both feel this would be a very valuable course for any person interested in handguns and really should be a prerequisite for a CWP course. 


We really appreciate it when a student takes the time to give us feedback on their experience with us, good or bad.  Thank you, K&T!


The IDH is usually scheduled the Tuesday evening before every CWP class.

Time:  6pm to 10 pm

Location:  Varies

Cost:  $50 (taking the IDH qualifies the student to take $25 off their CWP tuition)

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We have open slots in the CWP class 15 – 16 SEP.
Contact me soon if you wish to attend.  Be careful about putting the training off because the October CWP class is already FULL!
Also this month is our premier class, the three day UBC.  I’ll talk more about that in a special edition in a couple of days.


I have a couple of personal guns for sale:

1.  S&W Model 10 .38 Special revolver.  4″ heavy barrel, blue finish in excellent condition:  $325

2.  S&W Model 64 .38 Special revolver.  4″ heavy barrel, stainless steel, also in excellent condition:  $350


Contact me if you’re interested in seeing them.   Either gun would make a fine house or car gun.  You must provide proof of SC residency to purchase.


Last personal note:  We’ll be at the Mike Kent gunshow on 22 & 23 SEP.  Also, I’ll be speaking at the Tea Party rally upstairs at the Civic Center on 22 SEP.  Hope to see you there!


Please forward this to anyone that might be interested.
Train hard, put God first!

Excellent job!

Situational awareness, efficient presentation, movement, use of cover… all here.  We’ll be using this video in future classes as an example of the right way to do it.

The police officer commenting on the Security Officer’s performance mentions his mindset.  Good!  Had he not had the correct mindset, he wouldn’t have been  maintaining his situational awareness.  Had he not had the correct mindset, he wouldn’t have taken the fight to the BG’s.  Had he not had the right mindset, he wouldn’t have trained up to his obvious skill level.  Mindset is the foundation our skills rest on.


We stress movement and incorporate it into a large percentage of our drills.  Even our entry level defensive handgun course (BDH) has students moving off the ‘X’ and engaging Threats to the rear by mid-afternoon of Day 1.  Unless a covert presentation is called for or you’re behind cover, explosive movement during the drawstroke should be the default.

Shooting v. Training v. Practice

I’ve been hearing recently from a lot of students who are spending more time ‘shooting’. A word of caution…


Be careful spending too much time shooting your defensive handgun when you should be practicing or training on it.  By that I mean, are you simply going through the mechanical motions, or are you consciously working on improving your skills?  We all have limited time on the range and we should make the most of it.  Also, you should be serious on the gun because you can actually degrade your skills through careless application of the fundamentals.


We practice to maintain a skill.  We train to achieve greater skill or add another skill.


Avoid ‘plinking’ or casual shooting. Every casual round sent downrange has, at best, a neutral effect on your skill. In other words, you’re not gaining any ground. In reality, casual shooting often has a negative effect. For best effect, every training and practice round should be fired thoughtfully and with a purpose.


Incorporate movement into your presentation. Realize that every presentation made standing still is a rehearsal to do it that way in real life. Don’t practice getting killed.


Accept the truth that marksmanship skills often play a minor part in deciding who wins, coming behind tactics and mindset.


Decide now: Did you buy that gun to play with or are you preparing for the future, as in ensuring you have one? So, is it a toy or a tool? We don’t call it ‘working’ on the fundamentals for nothing!


Read Hebrews 5:12 – 14. Sometimes I feel like the writer. When a student comes back to me I can quickly tell whether or not they’ve been working on their skills or just playing with the gun. Unfortunately, discouragingly, most are still drinking milk. A very few have become meat eaters. Which are you?

New Clinic:  Defensive Handgun Accuracy

Assuming a quality firearm and ammunition, most guns are capable of greater accuracy than their owners.  Seldom do we see a student who can shoot to his / her gun’s potential.  We demonstrate this in every class when an instructor takes a student’s handgun — which in almost all instances he’s never touched before, much less fired — and shoots better with it than the owner / student can.


Neither the CWP or BDH classes delve into the finer points of the marksmanship for a reason:  It’s not necessary and there are other important things we need to be spending our limited time on.  It doesn’t take a master class marksman to defeat the most common Threat.  Your most likely target is a hand sized area about five feet to contact distance away.  You don’t have to be Wild Bill Hickok or Annie Oakley to hit that.  Students who have attended our BDH know we spend far more  time on gun handling, tactics, and developing the proper mindset than we do on acccuracy skills.


But, for that tactical problem that falls outside the most likely scenario, or for that person that’s just not satisfied with being able to shoot ‘good enough’ in most situations, we’re now offering a class that’s totally devoted to shooting a defensive handgun as accurately as possible:  Defensive Handgun Accuracy (DHA).


Of course, our baseline is always combat shooting so we won’t be spending time on those subjects that apply only to target shooting.  An example:  ‘Natural point of aim’ is a very important concept to a target shooter and an understanding of it is essential to shooting the best score, but since it has no relevance to combat hand-gunning, we won’t waste a second on it.


What we will spend most of our time on in this clinic is developing the ability to properly control the trigger so as to properly send the shot where you want and also  get ready for the next shot efficiently.  Trigger control is by far the most important marksmanship fundamental, and the lack of it is the usual culprit behind a shot not going where intended.  We’ll cover all seven fundamentals, but expect to spend most of your time working on your trigger control skills.


We’ll also spend some time on developing good dry practice habits.


I’m still working on a few details of the curriculum and trying to find a place for it in the calendar, but expect DHA to be around four hours in length, about half class-room, half range, require no more than 100 rounds and cost around $100.

Got this e-mail a few weeks back


I would like to share a personal experience that you, whether you know it or not, were a big part of.  I became interested in handguns for personal defense about a year and a half ago.  I bought one or two and began teaching myself how to shoot.


As I began to research the techniques of shooting, I also became interested in the practical shooting sports, ie. IDPA and USPSA.  IDPA really caught my attention because of the self defense similarities and the relative ease to understand the equipment rules, etc.


As my journey continued I knew I needed some professional instruction and that’s when I researched locally and found Paladin Training.  Having known you through my business, I felt comfortable stepping into a prefessional training atmosphere, although I must admit I was quite nervous.


After taking your class last October, I felt I was ready to jump into competition.  I picked IDPA and set goals for myself.  In IDPA you shoot in your skill range based on a classification that is attained either through a standard-ized classifier match or a placement in a nationally sanctioned match that “bumps” you up in classification. From low to high, classifications are Novice, Marksman, Sharpshooter, Expert, and Master.  My goal was to make Marksman as my initial classification.


My first IDPA match was a classifier in November of last year.  I made Sharpshooter.  Immediately, I set my next goal to make Expert in a year.  I began shooting local IDPA matches in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill.  With each match I improved until I was winning my divisions and placing in the top 5 in the whole match.


In June of this year I shot my first sanctioned match at the SC IDPA Championship. 160 plus shooters, 11 stages, a big deal for me.  I placed 7th out of 34 in Sharpshooter.


This past weekend I shot the NC IDPA State Champion-ship.  Another 160 plus shooters, 10 stages, etc. I placed 2nd in my division classification, beating more than 20 others in both my classification and the classification above me.  I got bumped to Expert thus reaching my goal in 9 months.


There’s not a training session I go through, whether it be live fire or dry fire, that I don’t use the things you taught me in that first Basic Defensive Handgun class.  Not only do I use them, but I think about the 2 days I took that class, how you were able to start with the basics of safety, trigger control, group shooting, reloads, movement and then tying them all together in self defense scenarios.  Thanks to you I have the confidence to handle a firearm safely, defend myself and family, and be competitive in the shooting sports. It all started with you and Paladin Training!

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We still have slots left in the Basic Defensive Carbine class next weekend.  If you wish to attend the UBC in September, this will be the last chance to take care of the prerequisite.


Andrew Jones in Darlington can fix you up if you need any gear in kydex or ballistic nylon.   He’s built a couple of pieces for me out of kydex and I’m very satisfied.  This is a real good thing if you’ve got a carry gun the major manufacturers aren’t making a quality holster for.  Prices are reasonable and turn around is short.
Find him on Facebook at Jones Murphy Tactical or e-mail
Be sure to visit Fludd’s and Schofield’s this weekend.  Fludd’s is now an authorized Glock dealer and they’re having a huge gun sale. Schofield’s is having their big annual open house this weekend and Monday.  Guns at wholesale.
Flyers for each are reproduced below.  Hope to see you out.


Last item:  If you’re interested in one of fifty chances to win a seat in one of our Basic Defensive Carbine classes AND the ammunition for the class (500 rounds of either 5.56 or 7.62 x 39, your choice), contact me for the details.
We’ll be announcing the winner before the BDC next weekend.
Please forward this to anyone that might be interested.
Train hard, put God first!

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If you are a graduate of any of our firearm training classes, feel free to join us at the range on Saturday, 7 July from 9 am to 6 pm.  This is NOT a training session, just an opportunity to come out and shoot and celebrate one of our freedoms with like-minded people.  We will provide a range officer to control the firing line so you can get in some quality, safe practice.

Bring your own paper targets or purchase what you need from us.  We’ll have plenty of targets on hand at 50 cents each.

The plan (subject to change) is to allow 30 minutes for pistol shooting (25 yards and in) followed by a short break and then 30 minutes for rifle shooting from the 100 yard line, repeating as necessary.

Please understand this is for those who have finished one of our firearm classes and we are not set up to deal with children on the firing line.

We’re glad to provide this service to the Paladin family and, while there’s no charge, donations to help offset our expenses (range officers, cabin rental, gas, etc.) will be greatly appreciated.  All donations are tax deductible.

Please call or e-mail me if you intend to come so I’ll have an idea about hiring help.

Hope to see you out there.  In the meantime, have a great Independence Day.  Be sure to give thanks to the One who made it possible!

Train hard, put God first!

Original MIC Holster 

A student recently e-mailed asking for my opinion of a snap-on kydex trigger cover called ‘the Original MIC (Minimal Inside Carry) Holster’ You can see it here:  GlockTech.  It’s a clever thing, but I have trouble calling it a holster.

From our CWP curriculum, the ideal holster has these attributes:

1.  It retains the gun

2. It covers the trigger

3. It stays in place

4. It allows a firing grip while the gun is completely inserted

5. It stays open when the gun is removed

If you watch the video at the link above, you’ll see at the 3:15 mark that a MIC holstered gun can be ‘shifted’ however much slack the string allows.  It seems the presenter considers it a plus.

This would seem to violate Item 3 above to some degree.  Now, we teach that an ideal holster has all five attributes, but also acknowledge that sometimes compromise is necessary.  So, how important might it be that the holster / gun stay in place?

Watch this video:  MallKill

We show this video in some classes because it contains so many teaching points.  For our discussion here, notice how many attempts the victim has to make before he finally acquires a grip on his pistol… three?  Also, notice what his attacker is doing while that’s going on:  Clearing a stoppage.

Okay, ‘clearing a stoppage’ is actually being generous… he’s really looking at the gun as if it’s the first time he’s ever seen it, but that’s another discussion. The point here is, had the victim carried his pistol in a way that kept his gun where he expected it to be, he had at least three seconds to shoot his attacker without any fire being returned.  Unfortunately, by the time he finally obtains a grip on the gun, his attacker wakes up and retakes the initiative.

How important was Item 3 in this situation?  In my opinion it was the difference between life and death.  I don’t know if the first hit the victim took was survivable, but I’m pretty sure getting shot 11 more times didn’t help his situation any.

So, this is my concern with the MIC ‘holster’:  It may keep the gun in place during normal activities, but I expect my actions during a fight to be anything but ‘normal’.  I expect I’ll be engaged in some sort of dynamic, aggressive behavior, probably fighting from some unconventional position*, perhaps after great exertion.  Now, where’s that gun??

Having said all that, using a MIC certainly beats the ‘Plaxco Burress’ method of gun carry (sticking the thing in the waistband of your pants) favored by the overwhelming majority of thugs.  If you have to carry in deep cover and it’s either use a MIC or leave the gun at home, then use it, but just remember this shortcoming.

Two Final Points…

First, I’m not suggesting the victim in the second video was using a MIC.  Odds are he wasn’t using a holster at all.  My point is that, in terms of keeping the gun in place, a MIC is little better than no holster at all.  At least it covers the trigger (very important!) and limits movement somewhat.

Last,  I hope you noticed that the guy in the MIC video has terrible gun handling skills.

(*There’s a saying about stance:  If you’ve got a good stance, then you’re probably not using cover or movement properly.)

Format Change!

Beginning in October, all two day defensive firearm classes (BDH, BDC, etc.) will be conducted on Friday and Saturday rather than Saturday and Sunday.

Independence Day

A gentle reminder that the name of the holiday is ‘Independence Day’ not ‘the fourth of July’. The first term refers to a holiday memorializing a momentous history making event, the second a date on the calendar.  One is about shed blood, sacrifice and righteous violence, the other about hot dogs and fireworks.  Please don’t trivialize the meaning of Independence Day by calling it ‘the 4th of July’.  There are forces loose in this country that want us to forget our heritage.  Let’s not help.


I think it’s also important to remember one event in particular that immediately preceded open, armed hostilities between the colonists and British and ultimately led to the declaration of  independence:  The Battles of Lexington and Concord.


Think about why the British marched, what they were after, and then watch this:

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At the end of this month we’re conducting a TAC class, an intermediate level carbine class that focuses on team tactics and other fighting carbine skills.  A more thorough description is below, but I want to talk a moment about the importance having a team.


If you’re not part of a team, I would strongly encourage you to work on that deficiency and I wouldn’t put it off.  Winston Churchill was asked what he would name WW-II and he replied, ‘The Avoidable War’.  All the signs of what he called ‘the gathering storm’ were there and no one took the decisive steps, the hard action necessary to prevent it.  But, at some point, history’s most avoidable war became unavoidable.


Now, what many people are calling history’s most avoidable economic collapse appears imminent.  Like in 1930’s Europe, all the signs are there and no one is taking the decisive, hard, unpopular actions necessary to prevent it.  Have we reached the stage where it’s unavoidable?   Many people believe so.  I’m one of them.  If I’m right, YOU DO NOT WANT TO TACKLE WHAT’S COMING BY YOURSELF.


For a team to be successful, the team members need to have a certain mindset.  This does NOT come naturally for Americans who are raised to value the individual over all else.  Those of you who have been part of the armed forces, primarily in a combat arms MOS, know what I’m talking about.


Listen, we’re not choosing sides for a street basketball game where failure means injured pride or loss of bragging rights.  No, we’re talking about learning the steps of an intricate dance where a miss-step can get our partner hurt or killed… maybe by our own hands!


Really, for most of us, we’re talking about developing the people we’re already tied to (or stuck with) into a unit.  Unit means ‘one’.  Your team should think and act like one body.  A ‘team’, in the correct sense of the word, takes shared experiences and training to develop.

This doesn’t happen overnight.  


Team-mates are a necessity.  They take time to find and develop.  Start now.


Train hard, put God first!




BDH this Saturday and Sunday – Seats available!

We have openings in the Basic Defensive Handgun class scheduled for this weekend.  The full details on what  you need to bring and what to expect can be found on our Course Schedule.


Click on the date and open the file ‘BDHJUN2012’.


FAQ:  Can I attend just the first day?

A:  Yes!


We cover all the critical, fundamental stuff on Day 1, including the so very important low-light training that evening.  Day 2 is primarily spent on drills that incorporate the techniques covered on D1.

A deal…

Day 1 is about 12 hours long in the summer and Day 2 only 8, but the fee for attending just the Saturday session is half the fee for attending both days.

If your training or personal practice sessions to date have never included movement or engaging threats to the sides and rear, you should seriously consider attending this class.

TAC:  What’s a TAC and why should I care?

‘TAC’ is the abbreviation for our Tactical Carbine class which we do about once a year.  While our Basic Defensive Carbine class introduces the student to the fundamentals of hitting the target and keeping the gun running, TAC builds on that by adding team tactics, use of cover, unconventional fighting positions, etc.  In other words, BDC is about keeping the gun running and hitting the target (technical stuff) and TAC is about fighting with the gun (tactical stuff).


A lot of time is spent helping partners develop the team skills and mindset.


Of course we’ll spend some time revisiting the fundamentals on Day 1.  We never stray far from the basics.  Students can expect to come away from the two days with not only a better understanding of the ways with which to fight with the carbine, but the ability to shoot more accurately and faster as well.


The next TAC is scheduled for 23 & 24 June at Lake Darpo.  We still have room.  Because this is an instructor heavy class fees start at $300.  The usual discount scheme is in effect:  LEO get a 50% discount and active duty military and SCARNG pay nothing.


Contact me if you have any questions or would like to sign up.

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Embedded below is a letter I wrote recently to the editor of the (Florence) Morning News.  For some reason (no doubt part of the vast left wing conspiracy), they skipped that day when updating their letters section on the Morning News website.  Otherwise I’d just include a link.


Other stuff:  We’ve been extremely busy so far this year.  To date in 2012, Paladin has conducted more CWP classes, and trained more students, than we did in all of 2011.  Thank you!  I just wish it weren’t necessary.  This is truly a business I wish we could work ourselves out of of.


The limiting factor in training students is now range availability.  If you know of land available that would be suitable for a training facility, please let me know.


I returned to the doctor today for a follow-up visit about my right shoulder.  There is a lot of improvement in both range of motion and pain, so perhaps the rotator cuff isn’t completely torn.  I’m to continue the NSAIDs and let pain be my guide in how much I should use the shoulder.  What this means is that the UBC originally scheduled for earlier this month is still on hold until we give the shoulder time to heal. We’re possibly looking at JULY or AUGUST for the UBC now.  I’m sorry.  Anyone wanting their deposits back for that class, please let me know!


Train hard, put God first!




CWP this Saturday and Sunday – Seats available!

We have a couple of open seats in the CWP class being conducted 28 & 29 APR (this weekend!).  This is a 12 hour class.
We’ll meet at Lake Darpo, Society Hill all day Saturday and finish up Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 6pm.  Call me at 843-618-1381 if you’re interested.
The next CWP class we have openings is 9 & 10 JUNE.

For the ladies (and the men who love them):

Here are a couple of websites you might find interesting:
Be sure to check out Falia’s YouTube videos.  They’re linked to her website.
If you know of any other websites / blogs geared toward the female warriors among us, please let me know so I can spread the word.

Lost and Found

1.  Personal cooler, nylon w/ a hard plastic insert.  Red and black in color.
2.  Ammo & etc belt carrier, camouflage.
Call me at 843-618-1381 to claim.

To the Editor

Your take on S1255, the bill that would make allowance for CWP holders to be armed inside establishments that serve alcohol, deserves a comment.  Worth consideration:


First, CWP holders are, as a group, more law abiding than the public at large with a proven track record from 1996.  They’ve paid their money, given up their time, passed two tests and been vetted by SLED.   By definition, they play by the rules.  Not to say a CWP holder has never done anything stupid, but if the rule says ‘don’t carry a gun and drink’, the CWP holder is statistically more likely to obey it than one without a permit.


Second, the bill does not give CWP holders the absolute right to carry into establishments that serve alcohol.  It would allow CWP holders to carry into establishments that serve alcohol only with the owner’s permission.  If S1255 becomes law, fearful business owners that like their customers disarmed will still have the right to post a sign saying they don’t allow concealed carry inside, just as they do now.  A note to the wise:  There is growing evidence that criminals target ‘gun free’ zones.  Don’t go into one if you can help it.


The current provision affects more CWP holders than any other and the consequences for breaking it are unduly harsh.  Currently, a SC CWP holder convicted of carrying into an establishment that serves alcohol on premises can find himself prohibited by the federal government of ever owning a firearm again.  Constitutional arguments against federal intrusion into a South Carolina matter aside, does that sound just?


You called it the ‘Guns in Bars Bill’.  I call it the ‘Even People in Restaurants Have the Right to Defend Themselves Bill’.  I hope it is soon law.


Steve Cooper, Executive Director

Paladin Training, Inc.

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Very brief newsletter follows.  We’ve been incredibly busy the first quarter of 2012 and my administrative abilities (I don’t have any!) have been severely pressed.  If you’ve called or e-mailed me and haven’t heard back in a reasonable time, try again.  It’s very possible I lost you.  On the other hand, if the calendar says I’m at a class, don’t expect to hear from me for a couple of days.  After you leave the range my job is only half finished.


I need a teenager to come program my outgoing phone message to let you know when I’m out of pocket.


Despite unprecendented demand for our CWP training, we’re still keeping CWP classes to 14 people.  The limiting factor is the range size and the number of people we can fire at one time.  We tried classes in the past with two relays and the day was just too long for everyone, students and instructors alike.


The weekday CWP classes are more successful then we figured.  We’ll continue to periodically offer them as long as the demand remains.


If you’re already part of the family, continue to practice those fundamentals.  Keep those perishable skills fresh.  Remember, a CWP class is just the beginning.   Come to a defensive firearm class at the earliest opportunity and learn to fight.


Train hard!




BDC tomorrow – Slots available!

We have a couple of slots available in the Basic Defensive Carbine class this weekend.  This is a two day class and includes low light training at the end of Day 1.  Like all our two day basic classes, you can attend just Day 1 at a reduced fee.  We cover the basics on Day 1 and just refine them on Day 2.  Call me at 843-618-1381 if you’re interested.
For a hard reminder about the value of realistic training, even (especially!) for those who have served in the military, read one young Marine’s story here:
Remember:  Full time LEO pay only half price.  Active duty military pay NOTHING.  It’s our thank you gift to you.
Come train with us. Don’t put it off!

Host a class and get a discount

We’ve formalized the discount schedule for those who host a private CWP class.  Here are the details:
We require six people (confirmed with deposits) to schedule a private CWP class.  If you host the class, for every person over that number, you receive a $10 discount off your $80 tuition.  For example, if seven attend, you pay $70; if eight, you pay $60.  Max the class out at 14 and your class is free.
If the class is held at your facility and Paladin is not responsible for range or classroom fees, we can talk further discounts.
We’re also figuring out a similar pricing scheme for the defensive firearm classes.
Remember we can do classes during the week!
Give me a call at 843-618-1381 if you’re interested.

New one-day / weekday CWP added!

We just scheduled a one day CWP class for Tuesday, 21 FEB.  Class size is restricted to 14 and it’s already half full.  The best way to help ensure you have a seat in this class is to use the PayPal button below to send us a $25 deposit.
Call me at 843-618-1381 to see if there’s room before sending me money.
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New class:  Legals / Legal updates

In our regular two-day weekend CWP class, we conduct roughly four hours of teaching on the lawful use of deadly force from 6 pm to 10 pm Friday evening.  We usually have space in the classroom for ten to twelve people beyond the 14 that are attending the CWP class.
While there is presently no legal requirement in SC that a CWP holder ever attend a legal update or refresher training, there have been significant changes to the law regarding carry and use of force since SC became a ‘shall issue’ state in 1996.  For instance, there are un-doubtedly SC CWP holders who have never heard of the Protection of Persons and Property Act and its effect on the duty to retreat when in public.
We’ve decided to open up any extra available seatingduring (not in) one of our two-day CWP classes for those who wish to get brought up to date or refreshed on the law.
Here are the options:
1.  If you attended any one of our CWP or defensive firearm classes in the past, you may attend at no cost.  This includes the handout.
2.  If you attended someone else’s CWP, the fee is $50 which includes the handout.
3.  If you have absolutely no intention of ever obtaining a CWP but can see yourself using deadly force to defend your life, or that of another, should it ever be necessary, then please consider attending one of these sessions.  This legal stuff is critical.  Some common misconceptions about the lawful use of deadly force can lead you to act prematurely or excessively and end up with you going to jail.  Others can cause you to hesitate and  result in you being harmed or worse.  Your fee is $50 which includes the handout.  Should you then decide to attend one of our CWP classes within the next twelve months, we’ll apply the $50 to your CWP tuition.
4.  If you’re scheduled for a later CWP class with us but can attend an earlier Friday evening legal session, we’ll be glad to include you.  Your cost will be any balance owed us for your CWP class.
All of the above options are on a space-available basis.  Be sure to contact me before showing up so I can be sure we have room for you.
Contact me. Something to consider.

Edition 31

For more information on each class,visit the Course Schedule and click on the date.   Full details and any relevant attachments can be found there.   Well… will be found there.  I’m still in the process of updating all the entries.


If you’ve taken a CWP class from us and have never completed our online survey, please take a few moments and let us know your thoughts on the CWP training you received from us.  The link to the survey is found below.  Thank you!


This issue also contains the second installment of an AAR on the NOV UBC class.


Christmas is almost here!  Still not too late to purchase a gift certificate to one of our classes for someone you care about.  PayPal buttons are below.


Gift certificates are good for one year.


Speaking of the end of the year, don’t forget that Paladin Training is now a tax exempt public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).   All donations are tax-deductible.


Help us fulfill our mission of providing low / no-cost training to individual law enforcement officers and small departments in SC by making a tax deductible gift to Paladin Training, Inc.


May you and those you love have a safe and blessed Christmas!
Remember to stay sharp… Evil takes no Holidays!




One-day, weekday CWP this month

We have two slots available in the one day CWP class being held 28 DEC.  We conduct only a couple of week-day classes each year.  If your work schedule rules out one of our regular format two-day weekend classes, be sure to attend this class!


For safety and quality of training we cut off enrollment at twelve students.  Contact me ASAP if you wish to reserve a spot in this class.

Rule 4 – The sky is not a safe backstop

You may have read in the last couple of days of the young Amish girl killed by a projectile launched from a rifle more than a mile away.  How tragic!  And totally  avoidable!  This was not an accidental shooting; this was negligence.
Rule 4:  Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
Please remember this whenever you’re handling a firearm.  If you’re outside, think about what is in front of the muzzle as you move the gun.  If you’re inside, think about what consitutes a ‘safe’ direction for the muzzle.
Will that bedroom window stop a bullet?  Not ordinary  window glass, no.  For that matter, depending on what your house is sided with, most exterior walls won’t stop a bullet launched from a serious pistol.  If God is looking out for you, the bullet will hit a 2 x 4 stud and be stopped.  There’s one of those every 16 inches.  And, they’re not 2 inches wide.
When I do the math, I learn that there’s roughly a 10% chance that a bullet fired by accident or negligence inside my house will be stopped by a piece of lumber in the wall before it leaves my house to potentially kill one of my neighbors.


This concern is one reason we recommend a carbine in .223 for a home defense firearm – a projectile launched from a .223 is much more likely to stay in the house if it misses the Bad Guy than is one fired from a 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 pistol.


Rule 4, like each of the Four General Firearm Safety Rules, is always in effect.


To see the article, click here:  Rule 4 violation

First UBC class; Part 2

In the last issue I covered the review of fundamentals and drills we conducted prior to the start of the UBC curriculum.

The UBC scenario:

You and a partner are driving in an urban environment.  The two of you are armed with carbines and sidearms.  Each of you is equipped with a bug-out bag (BOB) that contains the bulk of your ammunition supply and other essentials.


Your vehicle is ambushed by multiple Threats at your front and to either side.  You have to deal with the ambush and, since the vehicle has been immobilized, leave it and bound (leap-frog) to the rear, engaging Threats as they appear and covering each other’s retreat.


The typical urban area has streets laid out in parallel and intersecting lines.  In normal times, the system is designed to facilitate rapid and efficient movement of people and vehicles.  Don’t forget this.  It also usually has multi-story structures above you and a sewer or storm drain system below you.


If you’re standing in the center of an intersection the possible ‘avenues of approach’ your enemy can take to get at you are all around you, above and below you.  Due to the political or tactical situation, they may not all be probable avenues of approach, but the point remains that fighting in a city presents a unique set of problems.


Now, before you begin to question the relevancy of this training to the average private citizen, this class was not about preparing for combat or work as a private contractor in Afghanistan.  This class was about learning how to integrate basic carbine fighting skills in a realistic and meaningful way.


Here’s a partial list of the sub-tasks (skill sets) we worked on during the class:

1. Marksmanship

2. Use of cover

3. Unconventional shooting positions

4. Firing from the support side

5. Communicating with a partner

6. Speed, emergency and tactical reloads

7. Engaging multiple Threats

8. Engaging Threats to either side

9. Movement

10. Shooting on the move

11. Clearing malfunctions

12. Consolidating gear

etc., etc.


No high speed / low drag / special ops stuff, just using a real life event as the vehicle to work on basic (as in ‘everybody needs to know these’) fighting techniques and integrate them into a seamless, cohesive scenario.


Back to the range, targets were arranged to represent Threats coming from the front and down side streets.  Due to range limitations we could not train for Threats to the rear, so, for safety reasons, we considered the ‘street’ (range) directly to your rear to be safe.  How-ever, each scenario involved Threats approaching down intersecting streets behind you.  This meant that you had to watch for Threats on either side as you made your way to the rear.

Again, for safety reasons, we had no T’s above the berm.


Crawl, walk, run

During dry runs prior to the start of the class, the instructors had demonstrated for themselves how easily adrenaline could turn an iteration intended to be done at ‘crawl’ speed into a full speed, live fire rehearsal.  We couldn’t allow that, not for the first few iterations, anyway.  We were going to be shooting from a car, past a car, over and around team-mates, etc.  These things are perfectly safe when done correctly.  Getting to the point we can do them correctly and safely and not having hurt anyone in the process was the problem.  


Now, most of the students had never fired a round while another human was downrange, much less covering, with live fire, sectors on either side of a person.  But, that is NOT an improbable situation to find ourselves in.  Even if we never work with a partner, we could easily find ourselves in a situation where people that absolutely must NOT be shot are in close proximity to people we abolutely must shoot.  We must know how to handle this probability.


Next issue:  Control measures


The JAN 2012 UBC class is FULL.  I will take (fully refundable) deposits for standby slots.
Another UBC is tentatively scheduled for APR 2012.  The exact dates are yet to be determined.
Beginning in  APR 2012 there will be a price increase for the UBC class.  It’s an instructor heavy curriculum.  But, if you want realistic training, here it is!
Reminder: Successful completion of our BDC or equivalent is a pre-requisite to attend UBC.   Our next BDC is scheduled for 11 – 12 FEB 2012.

Edition 30

This issue contains the first installment of an AAR on the UBC class conducted 18 – 20 NOV.


Training opportunities this month include a Basic Defensive Handgun class this coming weekend and a CWP class the week after Christmas.


If you’re interested in attending an Introduction to Handguns class in JAN 2012, please let me know.  Also, I’ve been getting requests to run a Defensive Shotgun class.  If that interests you, I’d like to know that as well.  BDS is one of those classes we run only as demand is indicated.  Let me know.


Christmas will be here before you know it!  Consider giving some Good person in your life the opportunity to learn skills necessary to defeat a Bad person.  A gift certificate to one of our CWP or defensive firearm classes can truly be the gift of Life for someone you love.


Gift certificates are good for one year.


Speaking of the end of the year, don’t forget that Paladin Training is now a tax exempt public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).   All donations are tax-deductible.


Help us fulfill our mission of providing low / no-cost training to individual law enforcement officers and small departments in SC by making a tax deductible gift to Paladin Training, Inc.


We have more requests for training assistance than we can afford to fill at this time.



Stay sharp!




Openings in December

We have room in the Basic Defensive Handgun class this weekend!


We’re also going to put out there a weekday CWP class the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day for those who haven’t been able to get off for one of our regular week-end classes.  Plenty of openings in that class.


Contact me ASAP if you wish to reserve a spot in any of these classes.


You can also send a deposit via PayPal using the button to the left.


First UBC class

We had nine students for our first Urban Break-contact, Carbine (UBC) class held last month; seven private citizens and two LEO’s from DCSO.


Instructors were Jason Dore (FCSO), Chris Watkins (USAF), Scott Tubbs (USA-ret) and myself.


I’ll skim lightly over Friday morning’s instruction:  We start every class with student and instructor introductions, followed by a chance for the students to share with us their expectations for the class… why they’re there, what they hope to get from it, etc. Also, prior to hitting the range we had the usual safety briefing, a discussion of the most common problems we see in AR15’s (almost all operator induced) and a quick review of the fundamentals of marksmanship and carbine administrative skills. Since this was an advanced class with training prerequisites, the assumption was that students already had a basic understanding of how to operate the controls, apply the fundamentals, and had zeroed weapons.


Still, it’s not wise to stray too far from the fundamentals, so much of Friday was devoted to reviewing and reinforcing them. The administrative load, tactical, emergency, and combat speed reloads were reviewed.   Magazines were purposefully downloaded to force students to make frequent reloads.


We started our live fire session Friday afternoon shooting some ‘dot’ drills using 3″ dots at 10 yards. A few iterations of these static ‘technical’ drills helped us diagnose problems and spot some areas that needed immediate work, primarily in the area of trigger control. Trigger control is a perishable skill and most of us just don’t get enough trigger time to maintain it as we should. We are very particular about technique here and teach a five step process to each shot.


Something to remember: Every shot is fired as if a follow-up shot will be necessary. Don’t forget follow-thru!


After a few trigger control drills to knock the rust off, and a little remediation work, we put up zeroing targets and either confirmed or obtained zero from the prone at 25 yards. Students are encouraged to use either a 50 yard or 100 yard zero on a 5.56 carbine used in a LE or civilian mission. Both are discussed and students are allowed use whichever best suits their situation.


Next we reviewed the basics of engaging Threats to the rear and either side. Unlike many schools where a simple face to the rear is taught, Paladin stresses the importance of getting off your opponent’s line of power. If the terrain permits, turns are made with dynamic lateral or diagonal movement off the starting point, the ‘X’.


The Zig-zag Drill and an ‘X-Box’ Drill were also fired to practice engaging Threats while moving, first on the oblique, then to either side and finally while aggressing and backing. This is where problems with slings and sling technique started showing up.  Sling issues also were a factor in engaging Threats from the secondary side, or ‘off’ shoulder. I’ll discuss this a little more when I post some of the lessons learned.


We then reviewed the fundamentals of the use of cover and worked on alternative fighting positions.


Muzzle awareness and trigger finger discipline, the two primary safety skills, were closely monitored. Due to the nature of the drills coming up, it was imperative the students had this down to a subconscious level. There was no room for failure.


From last issue:

Video and a brief review is available here:


Another video of gun-camera footage is here:

UBC Test Run


Lastly, still pics are on my Facebook page.


The JAN 2012 UBC class is FULL.  I will take (fully refundable) deposits for standby slots.   Another UBC is tentatively scheduled for MAR 2012.  The exact dates are yet to be determined.Beginning in  MAR 2012 there will be a price increase for the UBC class.  It’s an instructor heavy curriculum.  But, if you want realistic training, here it is!Reminder: Successful completion of our BDC or equivalent is a pre-requisite to attend UBC.

Next issue: The scenario and conduct of the drill.

Edition 29

Christmas will be here before you know it!  Consider giving some Good person in your life the opportunity to learn skills necessary to defeat a Bad person.  A gift certificate to one of our CWP or defensive firearm classes can truly be the gift of Life for someone you love.


Gift certificates are good for one year.


Speaking of the end of the year, don’t forget that Paladin Training is now a tax exempt public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible.


Help us fulfill our mission of providing low / no-cost training to individual law enforcement officers and small departments in SC by making a tax deductible gift to Paladin Training, Inc.


We have more requests for training assistance than we can afford to fill at this time.


Libby and I wish you all a safe and blessed Thanksgiving!


Just remember…

Stay sharp!




Openings in December

We have room in both the Concealable Weapon Permit class being conducted the weekend of 2 – 3 DEC 2011 and the Basic Defensive Handgun class the following weekend.


We’re also going to put out there a weekday CWP class the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day for those who haven’t been able to get off for one of our regular week-end classes.  Plenty of openings in that class.


Contact me ASAP if you wish to reserve a spot in any of these classes.


You can also send a deposit via PayPal using the button to the left.

First UBC class

Last weekend we conducted the first Urban Break-contact, Carbine class for 9 students.  I’ll give a more detailed review of the class in a special edition next week.  For now, video and a brief review is available here:


Another video of gun-camera footage is here: UBC Test Run


Lastly, still pics are on my Facebook page.


The JAN 2012 UBC class is FULL.  I will take (fully refundable) deposits for standby slots.
Another UBC is tentatively scheduled for MAR 2012.  The exact dates are yet to be determined.
Beginning in  MAR 2012 there will be a price increase for the UBC class.  It’s an instructor heavy curriculum.  But, if you want realistic training, here it is!
Reminder: Successful completion of our BDC or equivalent is a pre-requisite to attend UBC.