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


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


You must be a US Citizen to take this class. 

Dates: JAN 2024

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

Prerequisite training:  DH1, DC1, DC2 (or outside 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
    • Free seats limited to 25% of class size.
  • PayPal OK [button below] or send personal check or money order to the address below)

Duration:  24 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.


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


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