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


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

  • Any steeel core ammunition
  • Blackhawk SERPA holster
  • Single-point sling
    • Unless an agency or department requirement
  • Ego


You must be a US Citizen to take this class.  

Dates: 28 – 29 OCT 2023

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.
    • We have a limited number of GRANT seats available. Tuition is discounted from $300 to $100 and up to 250 rds of 5.56 is provided. First come, first served. We’ll do this until the ammunition and money run out.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG: $0 (Limited to 25% of class size
  • 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)


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

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 @ / 843-618-1381

Paladin Training, Inc.

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504


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