Edition 31

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For more information on each class,visit the Course Schedule and click on the date.   Full details and any relevant attachments can be found there.   Well… will be found there.  I’m still in the process of updating all the entries.


If you’ve taken a CWP class from us and have never completed our online survey, please take a few moments and let us know your thoughts on the CWP training you received from us.  The link to the survey is found below.  Thank you!


This issue also contains the second installment of an AAR on the NOV UBC class.


Christmas is almost here!  Still not too late to purchase a gift certificate to one of our classes for someone you care about.  PayPal buttons are below.


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Speaking of the end of the year, don’t forget that Paladin Training is now a tax exempt public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3).   All donations are tax-deductible.


Help us fulfill our mission of providing low / no-cost training to individual law enforcement officers and small departments in SC by making a tax deductible gift to Paladin Training, Inc.


May you and those you love have a safe and blessed Christmas!
Remember to stay sharp… Evil takes no Holidays!




One-day, weekday CWP this month

We have two slots available in the one day CWP class being held 28 DEC.  We conduct only a couple of week-day classes each year.  If your work schedule rules out one of our regular format two-day weekend classes, be sure to attend this class!


For safety and quality of training we cut off enrollment at twelve students.  Contact me ASAP if you wish to reserve a spot in this class.

Rule 4 – The sky is not a safe backstop

You may have read in the last couple of days of the young Amish girl killed by a projectile launched from a rifle more than a mile away.  How tragic!  And totally  avoidable!  This was not an accidental shooting; this was negligence.
Rule 4:  Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it.
Please remember this whenever you’re handling a firearm.  If you’re outside, think about what is in front of the muzzle as you move the gun.  If you’re inside, think about what consitutes a ‘safe’ direction for the muzzle.
Will that bedroom window stop a bullet?  Not ordinary  window glass, no.  For that matter, depending on what your house is sided with, most exterior walls won’t stop a bullet launched from a serious pistol.  If God is looking out for you, the bullet will hit a 2 x 4 stud and be stopped.  There’s one of those every 16 inches.  And, they’re not 2 inches wide.
When I do the math, I learn that there’s roughly a 10% chance that a bullet fired by accident or negligence inside my house will be stopped by a piece of lumber in the wall before it leaves my house to potentially kill one of my neighbors.


This concern is one reason we recommend a carbine in .223 for a home defense firearm – a projectile launched from a .223 is much more likely to stay in the house if it misses the Bad Guy than is one fired from a 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 pistol.


Rule 4, like each of the Four General Firearm Safety Rules, is always in effect.


To see the article, click here:  Rule 4 violation

First UBC class; Part 2

In the last issue I covered the review of fundamentals and drills we conducted prior to the start of the UBC curriculum.

The UBC scenario:

You and a partner are driving in an urban environment.  The two of you are armed with carbines and sidearms.  Each of you is equipped with a bug-out bag (BOB) that contains the bulk of your ammunition supply and other essentials.


Your vehicle is ambushed by multiple Threats at your front and to either side.  You have to deal with the ambush and, since the vehicle has been immobilized, leave it and bound (leap-frog) to the rear, engaging Threats as they appear and covering each other’s retreat.


The typical urban area has streets laid out in parallel and intersecting lines.  In normal times, the system is designed to facilitate rapid and efficient movement of people and vehicles.  Don’t forget this.  It also usually has multi-story structures above you and a sewer or storm drain system below you.


If you’re standing in the center of an intersection the possible ‘avenues of approach’ your enemy can take to get at you are all around you, above and below you.  Due to the political or tactical situation, they may not all be probable avenues of approach, but the point remains that fighting in a city presents a unique set of problems.


Now, before you begin to question the relevancy of this training to the average private citizen, this class was not about preparing for combat or work as a private contractor in Afghanistan.  This class was about learning how to integrate basic carbine fighting skills in a realistic and meaningful way.


Here’s a partial list of the sub-tasks (skill sets) we worked on during the class:

1. Marksmanship

2. Use of cover

3. Unconventional shooting positions

4. Firing from the support side

5. Communicating with a partner

6. Speed, emergency and tactical reloads

7. Engaging multiple Threats

8. Engaging Threats to either side

9. Movement

10. Shooting on the move

11. Clearing malfunctions

12. Consolidating gear

etc., etc.


No high speed / low drag / special ops stuff, just using a real life event as the vehicle to work on basic (as in ‘everybody needs to know these’) fighting techniques and integrate them into a seamless, cohesive scenario.


Back to the range, targets were arranged to represent Threats coming from the front and down side streets.  Due to range limitations we could not train for Threats to the rear, so, for safety reasons, we considered the ‘street’ (range) directly to your rear to be safe.  How-ever, each scenario involved Threats approaching down intersecting streets behind you.  This meant that you had to watch for Threats on either side as you made your way to the rear.

Again, for safety reasons, we had no T’s above the berm.


Crawl, walk, run

During dry runs prior to the start of the class, the instructors had demonstrated for themselves how easily adrenaline could turn an iteration intended to be done at ‘crawl’ speed into a full speed, live fire rehearsal.  We couldn’t allow that, not for the first few iterations, anyway.  We were going to be shooting from a car, past a car, over and around team-mates, etc.  These things are perfectly safe when done correctly.  Getting to the point we can do them correctly and safely and not having hurt anyone in the process was the problem.  


Now, most of the students had never fired a round while another human was downrange, much less covering, with live fire, sectors on either side of a person.  But, that is NOT an improbable situation to find ourselves in.  Even if we never work with a partner, we could easily find ourselves in a situation where people that absolutely must NOT be shot are in close proximity to people we abolutely must shoot.  We must know how to handle this probability.


Next issue:  Control measures


The JAN 2012 UBC class is FULL.  I will take (fully refundable) deposits for standby slots.
Another UBC is tentatively scheduled for APR 2012.  The exact dates are yet to be determined.
Beginning in  APR 2012 there will be a price increase for the UBC class.  It’s an instructor heavy curriculum.  But, if you want realistic training, here it is!
Reminder: Successful completion of our BDC or equivalent is a pre-requisite to attend UBC.   Our next BDC is scheduled for 11 – 12 FEB 2012.

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