Edition 52

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Hope this finds you and your team well.


We’re looking for venues to conduct home and vehicle defense Force On Force training using Air-Soft.  If you have a vacant building, office suite or warehouse space you’d be willing to donate on a periodic basis, please let me know.


Contact me at 843-618-1381 or PALADIN.


Paladin Training is a tax exempt public charity under IRS section 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible.


We have openings in the Carbine Operator class next  weekend. This is a great class for introducing family members to the AR platform.  It’s also a prerequisite for our other carbine classes.

Finally, a heartfelt thank you to all those who served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces of this nation, and to their families as well, for their sacrifice.

Please forward this to anyone you know that might be interested.

Train hard; put God first!




Use a Holster!

Last issue we covered the story of the police chief who shot himself when he tugged on the hem of his jacket, not realizing he’d holstered a drawstring pull-tab along with the pistol.

This issue we can learn from Mr. George Gholson, age 63 of Memphis, TN, who was arrested when his two-shot deringer fell out of his pants pocket inside a movie theater and discharged.   Thankfully, no one was hurt.

Here’s one account:  Theater

  • Lesson 1:  Carry your handgun in a holster.  The holster should cover the trigger guard and stay put, whether on the waist or in a pocket.  The better pocket holsters not only protect the trigger and passively retain the gun, they also feature material that keeps the holster in place when the gun is removed so that you draw only gun from your pocket and not gun AND holster.
  • Lesson 2:  Carry a handgun that has a trigger guard.
  • Lesson 3:  Carry a handgun that has a passive firing pin safety.
  • Lesson 4:  Expect to be arrested and charged if you have an ND (negligent discharge) in a prohibited location.

New Course Designators

For some time I’ve been wrestling with the issue of designating classes as ‘basic’ or ‘advanced’.  I’ve been especially resistant to the notion of calling a class ‘advanced’.  I just don’t like it.  If we were making HALO jumps into Lake Darpo, yes.   Much of what passes for advanced training is really just faster and more precise application (and maybe new combinations) of basic techniques.
We try real hard to focus on the basics in our training.  It’s true that some of what we cover in an introductory curriculum is pretty intense, but it’s still basic.  Enough.  Mainly to simplify my life I’ve just decided to get away from the terms basic and advanced when it comes to a class name altogether.  Here are the new designators:
  • Basic Carbine Operator (BCO) is now Carbine Operator 1 (CO1).
  • Basic Defensive Carbine (BDC) is  now Defensive Carbine 1 (DC1)
  • Advanced Defensive Carbine (ADC) is now Defensive Carbine 2 (DC2)
  • Urban Break Contact (UBC) remains the same.
Shotgun and Handgun classes will follow the same scheme.

CO1 Next Weekend

Carbine Operator 1 (old BCO) class scheduled for 31 MAY & 1 JUNE at Lake Darpo.  CO1 is a prerequisite for DC1 and above.   We still have room and probably won’t offer this class again until the fall.

Contact me if you have questions.

Newsletter Suggestion

I get many newsletters on the subject of armed self-defense.  Among the most valuable is one by my friend JONATHAN LOW.  Contact him here if you’d like to subscribe:  JON

New One-Day Classes This Fall

One Handed Handgun (1HH)

Not new, but it’s been years since we ran one.  The purpose of 1HH is to equip you with the skills necessary to finish the fight when you’ve got only one good hand.  Each block of instruction will finish with ‘mirror drills’ — fired first strong hand only, then fired support hand only.

It’s guaranteed not to be pretty, but the most productive training occurs when we stretch our abilities and make mistakes.

  • Duration:  12 hours
  • Cost:  $150
  • Date & location:  TBA

Low Light Handgun (LLH)

The purpose of LLH is to devote a full training day to the skills necessary to fight effectively with a handgun in a low / no light environment.  As it is now, we finish Day 1 of each defensive firearm class with a night-fire segment.  That’s a Good Thing, and it will continue, but I recognize the time is not as productive as it could be due to fatigue.  By the time we get to this so very important (and rare!) block of instruction, the students and instructors alike are mentally and physically worn out from the day’s training.

Even so, students recognize the value of the training and ask for more.

This is a fall / winter only class so we can take advantage of standard time.  We’ll start in the classroom in the afternoon and begin shooting about an hour before darkness.

I’m still working out the logistical details, but I figure we’ll start at least two hours before dusk, get on the range in about an hour, and be off the range NLT 3 am.  That should give us at least six solid hours of low and no light training.
There will be blocks of instruction and drills on movement, use of cover, malfunction reduction, discrimination (shoot / no-shoot) and flashlight techniques.

If it goes well, expect a Low Light Carbine class to follow.

  • Duration:  approximately 8 hours
  • Cost:  $150
  • Date & location:  TBA
Contact me if you have questions or thoughts.

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