Securing Houses of Worship (SHW)

Paladin has been offering church safety training since its inception in 2000, long before there was widespread acceptance of the need for it.  We offer a mature, well thought out program developed and refined, not in reaction to current events, but in anticipation of them.

We offer three stand alone training events.  They can be tailored to your church’s particular needs.

1. Situational Awareness Training (SAT) classroom, 4 hours

Situational awareness is your first and most important survival tool.  Church attacks are often carried out only after the property has been scouted.  Counter-surveillance may be critical to deterring or defeating an attack on your church.

SAT is conducted in a classroom and designed for staff, armed & unarmed Safety Team members and ushers / greeters.  Most churches open the lecture to all interested parties and we encourage this.

Subjects include scriptural justification for the use of force in self-defense. This is extremely important because there are many misconceptions among Believers about using force, especially deadly force, in a New Testament context.  Also covered are the fundamentals of situational awareness, recognizing behavioral anomalies and spotting armed people.

Cost: $250

 2. Scenario Based Training (SBT) classroom and premises, 8 hours

Safety Team members are presented with a mix of typical scenarios, some requiring a violent response and some not.  Responses are then critiqued, failure points addressed and team members given the opportunity to succeed in follow-up scenarios.

SBT is extremely beneficial both for testing your church’s critical response plan and also for team stress inoculation.  Role players and armed Safety Team members are equipped with AirSoft™ handguns and appropriate safety gear.

Scenarios include greeting an unknown person, individual and team movement to an Active Killer, etc.  Classroom subjects include cover v. concealment, stopping mechanisms, tactical gunshot wound treatment and movement to contact.

Cost: $100 per student (minimum four students) and a cap of $1000 if more than 10 students.  The charge will be prorated to account for those attending a partial session.

3. Armed Safety Team (AST) range, 8 hours

AST is a condensed version of Paladin Training’s 1 day Defensive Handgun .5 minus the low-light block.  It is designed for Armed Safety Team members and prospects.  Each student must have a valid SC CWP.

Subjects / drills include concealed presentation, reloads, clearing malfunctions, consolidation, and merging with responding LEO’s.

Equipment list and round count provided on request.

Cost: $125 per student, minimum of 6 students (plus travel, lodging and range fees, where applicable)

Call Steve @ 843-618-1381 or email steve@paladintraining.com to set up a meeting to discuss your church safety needs and how we can help you meet them.

Introduction to Defensive Handguns (IDH)

 

So, you’re new to handguns or considering purchasing one… what’s the next step?

INTRODUCTION TO DEFENSIVE HANDGUNS (IDH)

You’ll learn…

  1. How to safely handle and store your handgun
  2. What the parts are called and what they do
  3. How to operate the controls
  4. How to load and unload it

IDH is a non-firing class.  No ammunition is necessary (or allowed in the classroom).  Bring your own handgun or use ours.

Class outline (4 hours)

  1. Safety – handling and storage
  2. Ammunition – how it works; what all those words and numbers mean
  3. Revolvers – a. thru d. above
  4. Semi-automatic pistols – a. thru d. above

IDH is great for kids, too!

Dates: TBD

Times: Any four hour block convenient for your group.

Location: TBD

Cost:  $50 – Attend this class and receive a $50 credit toward our Defensive Handgun 1 (DH1) class.

This is a safe, non-threatening and economical way to get a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills you will need to become a competent gun handler.

Start developing the correct habits now!

 

FOR MORE INFO, TO RESERVE A SPOT OR HOST A CLASS: CALL STEVE COOPER @ 843-618-1381

 

Defensive Handgun .5 (DH.5)

Purpose

DH.5 is an abbreviated, one day version of DH1 that focuses on weapon handling and combat marksmanship.  It has a relatively high round count and very little classroom time.

The class is geared toward the beginner wanting to establish a proper foundation in the use of a defensive handgun, but it is also suitable for the experienced shooter needing to tune up or augment his / her technique, or correct errors that have crept in over time.  Every Paladin defensive firearm class has a low-light segment, so we’ll spend some ‘day time’ on the different flashlight techniques and discussing low light issues before shooting a series of decision making drills during low-light to end the class.

Training Outline

Classroom subjects include:

  • Firearm safety & range emergency procedures
  • Legal and moral constraints on the use of Deadly Force
  • Stopping mechanisms
  • Tactical gunshot wound treatment (hemorrhage only)

Range subjects include:

  • The 4-count presentation
  • Combat marksmanship fundamentals
  • Stoppages
    • reloads
    • clearing malfunctions
  • Movement
  • 360 degree Threat management
  • Low light issues
  • Use of cover
  • How to handle responding LE

Equipment Requirements

  • Defensive handgun w / appropriate concealment holster
    • 300 rds jacketed factory ammunition
    • Three magazines (min) and the ability to carry at least one reload on your body
      • Magazines should have some form of ID on them so they can find their way back to you
    • Cleaning kit, lube, spare batts, etc.
    • Concealment garment
  • Handheld flashlight
  • Safety gear
    • Ball cap, ear pro and ANSI or mil-spec rated wraparound eye pro.
      • Don’t forget a pair of CLEAR lenses for low-light!
  • Lunch, snacks, meds, whine stoppers, etc.
  • Hydration
    • Electrolyte replacement (BodyArmor, Propel, LiquidIV, etc.) strongly recommended to supplement your water intake

Optional stuff

  • Weapon Mounted Light (WML).
    • Not necessary but helpful.  If you don’t have one, there are too many options to discuss here. Better to try out some of those brought by others if you’re not certain.  Feel free to call with your questions.  My first question will be, ‘what’s your budget’?
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, other seasonal needs
  • Rain gear
    • Training will continue in the event of rain.
  • Note-taking gear
    • Please! Take notes! The information flow is like drinking from a fire-hose.  Write it down for later.
  • Folding chair
  • IFAK / ITK (Individual first-aid kit / Individual trauma kit)

What NOT to bring

  • Blackhawk SERPA holster
  • Ego

Admin

Date: 8 OCT 2022

Location:  Lake Darpo, 4900 North Governor Williams Hwy., Society Hill, SC

Prerequisite training:  None

Physical requirements:  Light

Cost:  $200

  • $100 deposit per person is required. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.  Also, we have a limited number of GRANT seats available with discounted pricing. See the 5 SEP newsletter for details.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG $0 (limited to space available)
  • PayPal OK [button below] or send personal check or money order to the address below)

Duration:  10 hrs

Start / Stop Times:  8:30 am – 9 pm

Misc

Out of town students:  Marriott Comfort Inn, 527 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC gives a substantial ‘Paladin Training’ discount.  Here’s the link:

https://www.choicehotels.com/south-carolina/florence/comfort-inn-hotels/sc554/rates?ratePlanCode=LPDT

Call if you have questions about your sidearm, gear, etc.  PLEASE DON’T GO BUY SOMETHING EXPENSIVE FOR THE CLASS WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH US!

Steve Cooper @ steve@paladintraining.com / 843-618-1381

Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504

Paladin Training is a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  Our mission is to provide world-class tactical training to law-enforcement, military, and – America’s original first responders – the armed private citizen.

 

Defensive Carbine 2 (DC2)

“What ought one to say, then, as each hardship comes? ‘I trained for this! I practiced for this!'”  Epictetus, 55 – 135 AD

Purpose

DC2 is a two-day, 2-person team tactics class.  Its purpose is to provide the student with the skills needed to take maximum advantage of a team-mate and also deal with the complications inherent to being part of a team.  Drills include scenarios where both members are active (fire-team) and where one member is passive (protector & principal).  There is also a block of instruction on ‘buddy aid’.

We consider it an intermediate level carbine class.  DC1 (or outside equivalent) is a pre-requisite. The DC2 student should already be familiar with:

  • Weapon nomenclature, function and controls
  • Lubrication and maintenance procedures
  • Fundamentals of combat marksmanship
  • Stoppage reduction (reloading & clearing malfunctions)
  • Standard shooting positions (standing, kneeling & prone)

DC2 builds on the DC1 curriculum and adds the following:

  • Use of cover
  • Individual movement techniques
  • Team communication
  • Team maneuver techniques

Solo students are welcome!  We’ll pair you up with another solo student or one of the adjunct instructors.  This is not necessarily a bad thing as the ability to sync up with another law abiding citizen or LEO and form an ad hoc team might one day be a life-saver.

If you’re not currently part of a team, we would urge you to start that process!

DC2 is a prerequisite for Urban Break Contact (UBC).

Training Outline

  • Firearm safety & range emergency procedures
  • Review: Nomenclature, function and controls
  • Review: Lubrication and maintenance procedures
  • Review: Fundamentals of combat marksmanship and the 36 yard zero
  • Review: Standard shooting positions (standing, kneeling & prone)
  • Review: Stoppage reduction (reloading & clearing malfunctions)
  • Zeroing (100 YL)
  • Review: Scanning, use of cover and other tactical considerations
  • Review: Threats left, right and to the rear
  • Individual movement techniques
  • Team communications
  • Team maneuver
  • Low-light techniques and tactics
  • Low-light exercises
    • Discrimination (Threat ID / shoot v. no-shoot): Individual and team
    • Clearing malfunctions
    • Team Maneuver

End of Day 1

Day 2

  • AAR
  • Review
  • Unconventional shooting positions
  • Drills: Two person team scenarios
  • CSAT Patrol Rifle Standard

End of Day 2

Equipment Requirements

  • Carbine w/ sustainment equipment & supplies
    • Cleaning kit, lube, spare batts, etc.
    • Quality two point sling
    • Six magazines (min) and the ability to carry at least one of them on the body
      • Magazines should have some form of ID on them so they can find their way back to you
    • 500 rds carbine ammunition
  • Usual defensive handgun setup
    • 50 rds handgun ammunition
  • Handheld flashlight
  • Safety gear
    • Ball cap, ear pro and ANSI or mil-spec rated wraparound eye pro.
      • Don’t forget a pair of CLEAR lenses for low-light!
  • Lunch, snacks, meds, whine stoppers, etc.
  • Hydration (electrolyte replacement strongly recommended to supplement your water)

Optional stuff

  • Weapon Mounted Light (WML).
    • Not necessary but preferred.  If you don’t have one, there are too many options to discuss here. Better to try out some of those brought by others if you’re not certain.  Feel free to call with your questions.  My first question will be, ‘what’s your budget’?
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, other seasonal needs
  • Rain gear
    • Training will continue in the event of rain.
  • Note-taking gear
    • Please! Take notes! The information flow is like drinking from a fire-hose.  Write it down for later.
  • Folding chair
  • IFAK / ITK (Individual first-aid kit / Individual trauma kit)

What NOT to bring

  • Blackhawk SERPA holster
  • Single-point sling
    • Unless an agency or department requirement
  • Ego

Admin

You must be a US Citizen to take this class. 

Dates: 19 & 20 NOV 2022

Location:  Lake Darpo, 4900 North Governor Williams Hwy., Society Hill, SC

Prerequisite training:  DC1 (or equivalent:  call)

Physical requirements:  Moderate

Cost:  $300 individual or $550 per couple / 2 person team

  • $100 deposit per person is required. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.  Also, we have a limited number of GRANT seats available with discounted pricing. See the 5 SEP newsletter for details.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG $0 (limited to space available)
  • PayPal OK [button below] or send personal check or money order to the address below)

Duration:  20 hrs

Start / Stop Times:  Day 1 is 8:30 am – 9 pm / Day 2 is 9 am – 5 pm (Registration begins 8:00 am Day 1)

Misc

Out of town students:  Marriott Comfort Inn, 527 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC gives a substantial ‘Paladin Training’ discount.  Here’s the link:

https://www.choicehotels.com/south-carolina/florence/comfort-inn-hotels/sc554/rates?ratePlanCode=LPDT

While the curriculum is geared toward the AR platform, AK’s, Mini-14’s, basically any magazine fed semi-auto based on a military platform will work and provide a good training opportunity.

Call if you have questions about your rifle, gear, etc.  PLEASE DON’T GO BUY SOMETHING EXPENSIVE FOR THE CLASS WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH US!

Steve Cooper @ steve@paladintraining.com / 843-618-1381

Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504

Paladin Training is a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  Our mission is to provide world-class tactical training to law-enforcement, military, and – America’s original first responders – the armed private citizen.

Urban Break Contact (UBC)

“How can you know you will perform correctly?  You must train until these things become part of your personality, and you have no choice but to do them… like breathing in and breathing out.”  Jeff Cooper, 1920 – 2006

Purpose

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.

It builds on the foundations we developed in DH1, DC1 and DC2, and those three classes (or their outside equivalents) are firm pre-requisites for attending UBC.

Participants are encouraged to begin each scenario in their normal everyday ‘uniform’.  You will quickly learn how well your kit lends itself to being retrieved and put on quickly (and correctly) while under duress.

Day 1 is spent reviewing the basics covered in DH1, DC1 and DC2. Days 2 and 3 are spent working the various combinations available to break contact, gradually building in difficulty and intensity.

It is NOT necessary that you attend with a team-mate.  We’ll pair you up with another solo attendee or one of the Assistant Instructors.  We also break up existing teams for some drills to force creation of ad hoc teams.

The operating envelope for UBC is Contact Distance to 100 yards.

UBC includes a low-light segment at the end of Day 1 and Day 2.

DH1 review topics

  • Standard firing positions
  • Movement – Lateral, turns left, right and to the rear
  • Working cover
  • Stoppages
  • Low light considerations

DC1 review topics

  • The same as DH1
  • Add transition to the sidearm

DC2 review topics

  • Movement – Add aggressing the Threat
  • Maneuver – Travelling, bounding overwatch
  • Intra-team communications – Problems posed by stress, problems posed by limited visibility
  • Fighting from the defilade – Supporting fire

UBC topics include

  • Vehicular ambush
  • Fighting from, around, and to get away from, a vehicle

Practical exercises include (All both day and low-light)

  • Dealing with multiple Threats at various distances; making use of cover, mobility, and standard and unconventional positions
  • Movement (Individual and team)
  • Stoppage reduction
  • Discrimination drills (shoot / no-shoot)
  • Inducing and mitigating physiological responses to stress
    • Noise and artificially induced tunnel vision
  • Cross sector engagements

Equipment Requirements

  • Carbine w/ sustainment equipment & supplies
    • Cleaning kit, lube, spare batts, etc.
    • Quality two point sling
    • Six magazines (min) and the ability to carry at least one of them on the body
      • Magazines should have some form of ID on them so they can find their way back to you
    • 1000 rds carbine ammunition
  • Usual defensive handgun setup
    • 500 rds handgun ammunition
  • Handheld flashlight
  • Safety gear
    • Ball cap, ear pro and ANSI or mil-spec rated wraparound eye pro.
      • Don’t forget a pair of CLEAR lenses for low-light!
  • Lunch, snacks, meds, whine stoppers, etc.
  • Hydration (electrolyte replacement strongly recommended to supplement your water)

Optional stuff

  • Weapon Mounted Light (WML).
    • Not necessary but strongly encouraged.  If you don’t have one, there are too many options to discuss here. Better to try out some of those brought by others if you’re not certain.  Feel free to call with your questions.  My first question will be, ‘what’s your budget’?
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, other seasonal needs
  • Rain gear
    • Training will continue in the event of rain.
  • Note-taking gear
    • Please! Take notes! The information flow is like drinking from a fire-hose.  Write it down for later.
  • Folding chair
  • IFAK / ITK (Individual first-aid kit / Individual trauma kit)

What NOT to bring

  • Blackhawk SERPA holster
  • M-855 ‘Green Tip’ ammunition
    • Call if all you have is M-855 to discuss swapping it out for M-193
  • Single-point sling
    • Unless an agency or department requirement
  • Ego

Admin

You must be a US Citizen to take this class. 

Dates: 9 thru 11 DEC 2022

Location:  Lake Darpo, 4900 North Governor Williams Hwy., Society Hill, SC

Prerequisite training:  DH1, DC1, DC2 (or equivalent:  call)

Physical requirements:  Moderate

Cost:  $500 per individual or $800 per couple / 2 person team

  • $250 deposit per person is required. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG $0 (limited to space available)
  • PayPal OK [button below] or send personal check or money order to the address below)

Duration:  30 hrs

Start / Stop Times:  Day 1 and Day 2 is 8:30 am to 9 pm.  Day 3 is 9 am to 5 pm. Registration begins 8:00 am Day 1.

Misc

Out of town students:  Marriott Comfort Inn, 527 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC gives a substantial ‘Paladin Training’ discount.  Here’s the link:

https://www.choicehotels.com/south-carolina/florence/comfort-inn-hotels/sc554/rates?ratePlanCode=LPDT

Call if you have questions about your rifle, gear, etc.  PLEASE DON’T GO BUY SOMETHING EXPENSIVE FOR THE CLASS WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH US!

Steve Cooper @ steve@paladintraining.com / 843-618-1381

Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504

Defensive Carbine 1 (DC1)

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffner, 1906 – 1945

Purpose

DC1 is geared toward the beginner wanting to establish a proper foundation in carbine fighting skills.  It is also suitable for the experienced rifleman wanting to tune up or augment his / her technique.

DC1 is a prerequisite for DC2 and UBC.

Training Outline

  • Firearm safety & range emergency procedures
  • Nomenclature, function and controls
  • Lubrication and maintenance procedures
  • Fundamentals of combat marksmanship and the various zeroes
  • Stoppage reduction (reloading & clearing malfunctions)
  • Standard shooting positions (standing, kneeling & prone)
  • Static warm up drills
  • Zeroing
  • Trigger control drills
  • Movement drills
  • Threats left, right and to the rear
  • Situational awareness and consolidation
  • Low-light tactics and techniques
  • Low-light exercises
    • Discrimination drills (Threat ID / shoot v. no-shoot)
    • Clearing malfunctions

End of Day 1

Day 2

  • AAR
  • Review
  • Transition
  • Unconventional shooting positions
  • Use of cover
  • Multiple Targets
  • Moving Targets
  • Abbreviated CSAT Patrol Rifle Standard

End of Day 2

Equipment Requirements

  • Carbine w/ sustainment equipment & supplies
    • Cleaning kit, lube, spare batts, etc.
    • Quality two point sling
    • Six magazines (min) and the ability to carry at least one of them on the body
      • Magazines should have some form of ID on them so they can find their way back to you.
    • 500 rds carbine ammunition
  • Usual defensive handgun setup
    • 50 rds handgun ammunition
  • Handheld flashlight
  • Safety gear
    • Ball cap, ear pro and ANSI or mil-spec rated wraparound eye pro.
      • Don’t forget a pair of CLEAR lenses for low-light!
  • Lunch, snacks, meds, whine stoppers, etc.
  • Hydration
    • Electrolyte replacement strongly recommended to supplement your water.

Optional stuff

  • Weapon Mounted Light (WML).
    • Not necessary but preferred.  If you don’t have one, there are too many options to discuss here. Better to try out some of those brought by others if you’re not certain.  Feel free to call to discuss.  My first question will be, ‘what’s your budget’?
  • Bug spray, sunscreen, other seasonal needs
  • Rain gear
    • Training will continue in the event of rain
  • Note-taking gear
    • Take notes, PLEASE! The information flow is like drinking from a fire-hose.  Write it down for later.
  • Folding chair
  • IFAK / ITK (Individual first-aid kit / Individual trauma kit)

What NOT to bring

  • Blackhawk SERPA holster
  • Single-point sling
    • Unless an agency or department requirement
  • Ego

Admin

You must be a US Citizen to take this class.  

Dates: Early 2023 / TBD

Location:  Lake Darpo, 4900 North Governor Williams Hwy., Society Hill, SC

Prerequisite training:  None

Physical requirements:  Light

Cost:  $300

  • $100 deposit is required to hold a seat. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.  Also, we have a limited number of GRANT seats available with discounted pricing.  See the 5 SEP newsletter for details.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG: $0 (Limited to space available).
  • PayPal OK or send personal check or money order to the address below.

Duration:  20 hrs

Start / Stop Times:  Day 1 is 8:30 am – 9 pm / Day 2 is 9 am – 5 pm (Registration begins 8:00 am Day 1)

Misc

Out of town students:  Marriott Comfort Inn, 527 Woody Jones Blvd, Florence, SC gives a substantial ‘Paladin Training’ discount.  Here’s the link:

https://www.choicehotels.com/south-carolina/florence/comfort-inn-hotels/sc554/rates?ratePlanCode=LPDT

While the curriculum is geared toward the AR platform, AK’s, Mini-14’s, basically any magazine fed semi-auto based on a military platform will work and provide a good training opportunity.

Call if you have questions about your rifle, gear, etc.  PLEASE DON’T GO BUY SOMETHING EXPENSIVE FOR THE CLASS WITHOUT DISCUSSING IT WITH US!

Steve Cooper @ steve@paladintraining.com / 843-618-1381

Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504

 

Paladin Training is a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Our mission is to provide world-class crime prevention training to law-enforcement, military, and — America’s original first responders — the armed private citizen.