Edition 18

We have a couple of slots available in this weekend’s Basic Defensive Handgun class. Times, location and equipment requirements are covered to the left.
This is our entry level handgun fighting course and the logical next step for a CWP holder. But, you don’t need a CWP to take the class. You don’t even have to own a handgun, we’ll loan you one of ours at no extra cost. Depending on which way you’re leaning, we can set you up with either a S&W .38 Special revolver or a Springfield XD in 9mm, plus holster and mag / speedloader carrier. All you’ll need to do is provide the ammunition.
An important feature of this class (all our fall and winter classes) is the amount of low light training you’ll get. Being able to hit your target in low light is a critical skill and something we don’t get enough practice in. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as turning on a flashlight and lining up the sights. At last weekend’s Tactical Carbine class we trained in the dark from 5:30 pm to 8 pm and we should be able to do the same for the BDH class.

Note: It gets COLD when the sun goes down so dress appropriately. Layers are a good thing as it’s often warm during the day and uncomfortably cold and damp after sundown.

Personal Items For Sale

A.R.M.S. Swan Ex-38 picatinny rail and built in #40 rear sight for AR-15

This provides a platform to mount a scope or other gear on the upper receiver of an AR15 and includes a flip up rear sight.
Used in like new condition. Picture here:
SWAN #S38 Extended
Suggested retail: $175
Sale price: $125

LaRue Tactical LT-661 (Short) Quick Detach optic mount

This provides a quick detachable base for the Aimpoint T1/H1 micro red dot sights.
New in the bag. Picture here:
LaRue LT661
Suggested retail: $98
Sale price: $75

LaRue Tactical LT-660HK( Med) Quick Detach optic mount

Used, in excellent condition. Same link as #2 above
Suggested retail: $98
Sale price: $50
Contact Me for details. Items no longer for sale.

Preparedness – Recommended Reading

1. Patriots – James Wesley Rawles (novel)
The country after an economic collapse. Amazon reviews here: Patriots

2. How to Survive the End of the World as we Know It – James Wesely Rawles (how to)
Amazon reviews: TEOTWAWKI

3. One Second After – William Forstchen (novel)
The country after a nuclear generated EMP.
Amazon reviews: 1 Second

4. When All Hell Breaks Loose – Cody Lundin (how to)
Amazon reviews: WAHBL

That’s a start.

Patriots and One Second After are great for a group discussion. And you WILL need a group to survive if either of these worst case scenarios come to pass! Get a book, read it, sit down and discuss it chapter by chapter and decide what’s relevant and what’s not, what’s accurate and what’s not, etc. They’re written by humans so not infallible.

A suggestion for recruiting team members: Let the book speak for itself. Rather than going for the hard sell and committing yourself (“Read this book! The country is going to hell and I want to ride it out with you!”) I recommend you simply hand it to them with something like, “This is a thought provoking book and I’d like to get your take on it.”

If they come back to you with “Hey, the country is going to hell and I want to ride it out with you!”, then the book has done its job and now you’ve got a potential team member. All without committing yourself unnecessarily. Again, let the book do the heavy lifting for you.
Check out Hosea 4:6

$5 Chance to Win a Colt AR15!

There are still a few tickets no tickets left left in the FOP’s (Fraternal Order of Police) Pee Dee Chapter drawing being held 16 DEC. The gun is a new Colt 5.56 16″ barreled carbine with collapsible stock and flat-top upper.

Proceeds go to support FOP officers in the Pee Dee during times of need. It’s a worthy cause.

If you want to purchase tickets at $5 each, contact Pat Lee at or via FaceBook.

Someone is going to get a great return on a small investment!

Attention student of the AR15

If you’re interested in participating in an ‘AR15 Build Class’, please let me know. We’ve talked about this before, but are now seriously considering conducting a hands on class where students bring their parts kits and leave with a completed AR15.
Contact Me at and let me know if you’re interested and able to commit financially (somewhere between $800 & $1000) to the purchase of the parts kits.

Edition 17

We have open slots in all remaining 2010 classes except the 12 & 13 November Tactical Carbine class. Do your best to take advantage of this last quarter schedule. We have no idea what’s on the horizon with regard to ammunition or range availability, plus we anticipate having to increase fees next year. Also, fall and winter classes always contain a low-light training block and this is essential to a well-rounded defensive firearm skill-set. Odds are, if you ever need a firearm, it’ll be at night or somewhere it’s dark.
Speaking of ammunition, ammo prices are at their lowest in years. I just know one day we’re going to look back at this season and say, ‘Why didn’t I buy more when I had the chance?’
Note that the December CWP class has been moved from the third weekend to 3 & 4 December.
We’re listing several guns for sale by Paladin alum in this newsletter. If you’re interested in something posted below please contact the seller directly. In most cases I have no direct knowledge about the particular firearm and can’t help you if you call me. On the other hand, if you have general questions about the type or model, etc., I’ll be glad to help.
In this edition we’re going to branch out a little bit and talk about another aspect of crime prevention – emergency preparedness. A large topic, we’re going to just touch on one aspect here. I hope you find it informative and thought provoking. Let me know if you want more.
Hope to see you soon. In the meantime, Stay sharp, and ‘ready for anything’!

Preparedness – Fuel!

First, storing fuel at home can be dangerous, but you have to have it if you expect to run an emergency generator or bug out vehicle. A good article on the subject can be found here:
Backwoodshome online magazine is a great site and I recommend you bookmark it and check it often.

Some first hand gained information to supplement the linked article:

  • Fuel cans – The best 5 gallon cans I’ve seen are at this site: Gerrycans. They’re not cheap, but they’re sturdy, well-designed, and don’t leak! I keep four of them filled year round and I can not smell the gasoline in them. Get some before the government realizes they’re a good thing and stops the importation of them. Seriously. And, don’t forget the nozzle and spare gaskets.
  • Treatment – the author mentions StaBil fuel stabilizer. This will enable you to store gasoline for up to a year (I’ve gone longer)without it breaking down. Otherwise, figure on it starting to go bad in 30 days. StaBil is available at Schofield’s Ace Hardware in Florence. See Paladin alum Don Worrell if you need guidance on which one to buy, or you can go here: StaBil. Note that Marine grade StaBil is recommended for gasoline treated with ethanol. I strongly recommend pure gasoline over ethanol treated gas for your long term storage. I recently read that gasoline providers can now go up to 15% ethanol. For a listing of providers, state by state, of non-tainted gasoline go to this site: Pure Gas

Locally, see Paladin alum Barry Townsend at Old Delmae Grocery on South Cashua in Florence. His premium grade is pure gasoline.

(Maybe worth mentioning from a commsec point of view that I always get permission from someone before tying them to Paladin in this newsletter. I will respect your desire for privacy!)

Edition 16

We have open slots in the 2 Day Basic Defensive Carbine class being held this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 OCT. Let me know ASAP if you’re interested in attending. Equipment requirements are to the left.
Don’t have an AR? We will have at least one, possibly two, 16″ Patrol Carbines for T&E. All you’re required to do is furnish the ammunition. No Wolf or other steel case ammo, only brass cartridges in these guns.

You can find out more about the Barnes Precision carbine(s) being T&E’d here:

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the AR platform while putting wear and tear on someone else’s gun. Let me know if you’d like to take advantage of this offer. First come, first served.

Remember that successful completion of this class, or its equivalent, is required to attend the 2 Day Tactical Carbine class being conducted in NOV.

We’re also conducting a Carbine Cleaning & Maintance class this Tuesday, 12 OCT at Fludd’s Gun and Pawn from 6pm to 9pm. Cost is $25 and you get some Free Stuff in addition to the training for your tuition fee.
Fludd’s is located at 2049 West Evans in Florence. They can be reached at 843-669-7363.
Hope to see you soon. In the meantime,
Stay sharp, and ‘ready for anything’!

Please read this!

If you’re reading these words, you’re probably one of the few who are Paying Attention. That’s just one of the personal traits that distinquish us from others. We notice things most don’t. While the herd is self absorbed and in Condition White, we’re using all our senses to detect things out of the ordinary. With that in mind, here’s something different for our newsletter – an article on drowning. The short version: Real drowning doesn’t look like TV drowning. Why am I surprised at this?! Check it out here:

Words of Wisdom:

“One way of looking at this (gliding a jet airliner into the Hudson River) might be that, for 42 years, I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience: education and training. And on January 15, 2009 the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”

-Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger


Edition 15


We have a couple of open slots in the 1 DAY Basic Defensive Handgun Class being held Sunday, 19 SEP. Details to the left. Let me know ASAP if you’re interested in attending.
The one day class is simply Day 1 of our normal 2 Day BDH class. In addition to being easier to fit into your schedule (and perhaps your budget), it’s a good way for a beginner to ease into training. 400 rounds in two days is not for everyone. It also makes a great tune up class for experienced shooters who want to knock the rust off their foundation.

We’ll be conducting a 2 Day BDH later in the fall. If you’d like to attend the 1 Day class now and come back for Day 2 of the 2 Day class, we’ll let you do that for an additional $50. This only applies to the class in 2010.

Two New Classes Being Offered!

1. Tactical Carbine (TacCar)

This is an intense, advanced class and successful completion of Paladin’s Basic Defensive Carbine (or equivalent) is required to register. Physical requirements are moderate to high.
Day 1 is spent reviewing the fundamentals and getting tuned up. Day 2 is full of scenario training, individual and 2 person team tactics and stress inoculation drills.

2. Handgun Combatives (HanCom)

Similar in layout to TacCar, Day 2 is spent on scenario training, weapon retention, alternative fighting positions and stress inoculation drills. Physical requirements are moderate to high.
For a more thorough course description or to enroll in a class, contact Steve.

Edition 14


We have open slots in the CWP class being conducted 10 – 11 SEP.
A word or two of advice (and some shameless self-promotion!):
There are several CWP instructors in this area who are known to give ‘short’ classes, i.e., classes less than the minimum mandatory 8 hours. At the last CWP instructor training session, SLED CPT Jim McClary said they are investigating and considering charges against those trainers and possibly nullifying any permits issued through their classes.
To help make sure you get the best training available, here are some questions you should ask your potential CWP instructor:

Q1: What is your background in the professional use of firearms and firearm training?

Law enforcement or military experience can be a plus, but by themselves, they count for nothing. Most LEO/MIL are not ‘gun’ people. Studies in NYC and Los Angeles, CA show officers miss their target 60 to 70% of the time. The quality of firearms training received by the average enlistee in the armed forces can best be described as ‘abysmal’.

Every contract trainer that works for Paladin has law enforcement or military experience (or both), but they weren’t picked for that. They were chosen for their skill with firearms, their desire and ability to teach AND learn, and for their professionalism. The experience is just a plus.

Q2: ‘How long is your class?’

If it doesn’t meet at least 8 hours, I strongly urge you to look elsewhere.

Q3: ‘How large are your classes?’

Is his or her typical class too large for you to receive the personal attention you may need? There’s no magic cut-off number here.

Most of our CWP classes have between 10 to 12 people. We’d rather do more small classes than a few mega-classes. One reason for this that’s not always apparent: We’re not just certifying people, we’re developing relationships. Hard to do that with a mega-class. Several times I’ve asked people who they took their training with and received the answer, ‘I can’t remember his name.’ I hope none of our people ever have to say that!

Q4: ‘How many Assistant Instructors (AI) will you have on the firing line?’

Not ‘Safety Officers’, but certified Assistant Instructors. At Paladin Training we have a self-imposed student to instructor ratio of 4:1. All our AI’s are certified law enforcement or military firearm instructors. They’re not out there just for your safety, but to ensure you get the personal attention you may need on the firing line for quality training.
We send a link to an online survey to all graduates of our CWP training and encourage them to give us feedback on the class. If you’d like to see how they responded, follow this link:

All the responses we’ve received, postive and negative, are there for you to see.

Lastly, we strongly encourage everyone who has, or considers obtaining, a defensive firearm to attend the CWP class. The class is about 12 hours long, but only about an hour of that is devoted to those issues that pertain solely to public, concealed carry of a handgun. The rest is relevant to anyone who keeps a gun for self-defense.