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


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
  • Individual Shoot-off

End of Day 1

Day 2

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

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

  • Any steel core ammunition (M855, most steel cased 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: 9 – 10 DEC 2023

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

  • $150 deposit per person is required. Classes are kept small and there is a cut-off.
  • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG $0
    • The number of free seats is limited to 25% of class size
  • 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)


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

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.