Edition 49

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I hope you had a great Christmas, with only as much food and family as were healthy for you.

We just finished our last scheduled class of 2014 and it was a great cap to a great year.  UBC IV is now history.  Five two-person teams spent three days developing the day and night fighting skills necessary to aggressively disengage from a vehicle ambush.

We were blessed by the attendance of five former and active duty Marines, all with combat experience.  Information flow went both ways;  they learned AND contributed much.

A great class.


2013 Recap

The year started slowly due to understandable concerns about ammunition resupply.  Those who didn’t have it couldn’t get it.  Those who had it wanted to hold on to it.  Perfectly understandable.  Hopefully this teaching point got home:  You can never have too much ammunition.  Buy it while you can.

I’m sure our enemies will be going after it again in 2014 as a way to achieve their goal of a disarmed and helpless citizenry.  It’s simply Lexington and Concord via subtle means.  Never for a moment believe the lie that the issue is public safety.  It’s about power and control.

We introduced three new classes in 2013. Basic Carbine Operator is designed to more thoroughly develop the fundamentals of marksmanship than is possible in our Basic Defensive Carbine class.  We’ve seen such an improvement in both hit ability and general gun handling skills of students that we’ve made BCO a prerequisite for BDC.  It’s also a low-stress fun class.

The Handgun Accuracy Clinic has a similar goal as BCO.  After HAC the student is in a much better position to benefit from the Basic Defensive Handgun class.

Finally, we’re now certified by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification to teach the Utah CWP course.  As you probably already know, the benefit of taking that class is that a UT non-resident CWP gives you the right to carry concealed in GA and AL.

We plan to do a UTCWP in January 2014.

I trust you will find the newsletter useful.  Please forward it to anyone that might be interested.

And, I hope you and your family have a happy and safe New Year.

Train hard; put God first!



Thought for the Day

“Being a retainer is nothing other than being a supporter of your lord, trusting him as to what is good and what is evil, and renouncing self-interest.

Men of high position, low position, deep wisdom and artfulness all feel that they are the ones who are working righteously, but when it comes to the point of throwing away one’s life for his lord, all get weak in the knees.  This is rather disgraceful.  The fact that a useless person often becomes a matchless warrior at such times is because he has already given up his life and has become one with his lord.

Loyalty is said to be important in the pledge between lord and retainer.  Though it may seem unobtainable, it is right before your eyes.  If you once set yourself to it, you will become a superb retainer at that very moment.”

~From the Hagakure, Book 1

Comment:  While the words above were originally directed at young Samurai in feudal Japan, you can substitute ‘Christian’ for ‘retainer’, capitalize ‘Lord’ and the point would be equally correct.

Mike Kent Gunshow

I hope to see you at the Florence gun show 11 – 12 JAN.

Fund Raising Appeal: Update

Thanks to those who helped us out with a donation toward the Mike Gibson ‘ATTACK Target’.  We’ll be ordering the target next week and hope to use it in the 24 – 25 JAN Basic Defensive Handgun Class.  I’ve left in the link below from the last newsletter in case you missed it.


We can still use help toward our goal of getting our own LED projector.  That will greatly aid the flow of information in the classroom.


Paladin Training recently received a new i-Pad Air as a donation.  Now, with the Coach’s Eye app, we can video a student performing a technique for playback, play multiple videos side by side for a student to compare before and after, highlight angles and movements, etc.   It’s going to be a great analytical tool and I’m looking forward to putting it to use.  Thank you!


Here’s a short video of the ATTACK TARGET being set up and used:

Paladin Training has been designated a public charity under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  All donations are tax-exempt and the benefit is local.  Please consider us when making your end of year donations.  There’s still time.


You can make a donation via personal check to:

Paladin Training

POB 12752

Florence, SC 29504


You can also use the PayPal DONATE button here: DONATE


If you have any questions, contact me.

Gear: New Holster

A student at the last UBC was wearing a holster by a manufacturer I was not familiar with, Old Faithful.  It’s a hybrid IWB and very similar to Cross Breed.

Old Faithful IWB

Looks comfortable.

Be aware that those of us with a little too much mass around the middle might have trouble with a leather sweat tab.  Unless you have a flat waistline, a flexible sweat tab can get pushed over and make holstering just a little more complicated.  If ‘flat waistline’ doesn’t describe you, you might be better served with a rigid backed holster.

Take a look here:  Old Faithful

Personal Items for Sale

Leupold VX-6 rifle scope, matte black finish w/ lighted ‘FireDot’ reticle.

  • 1 – 6 x 24mm / 30mm tube
  • PN 112319
  • Very slightly used, appears and functions ANIB:  $750

Burris MTAC rifle scope, matte black finish w/ lighted ballistic CQ 5.56 / 7.62 reticle.

  • 1 – 4 x 24mm / 30mm tube
  • PN 200437
  • NIB:  $300

If you’re interested, contact me.

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