Defensive Handgun 1 (DH1)

“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.” Seneca


DH1 is a two day class geared toward the beginner wanting to establish a proper foundation in the use of a defensive handgun.  It is also suitable for the experienced shooter wanting 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 different flashlight techniques and discuss low light issues before shooting a series of decision making drills during low-light to end Day 1.

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)
  • Flashlight issues

Range subjects include:

  • The 4-count presentation
  • Combat marksmanship fundamentals
  • Stoppages
    • reloads
    • clearing malfunctions
  • Movement
  • 360 degree space management
  • Use of cover
  • Other positions — various kneeling, various prone, etc.
  • Fighting from a vehicle
  • How to handle responding LE

Equipment Requirements

  • Defensive handgun w / appropriate concealment holster
    • 500 rds jacketed factory ammunition
    • Three magazines / speed-loaders (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


Dates: 18 – 19 NOV 2023

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

Prerequisite training:  None

Physical requirements:  Light

Cost:  $300

  • $100 deposit per person is required. 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 either 9mm or .40S&W is provided. Call.
    • Full-time LEO, active duty mil & SCNG $0
      • Free seats 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:


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.