Edition 65

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I hope you and your team are well and continuing to prepare.


As reported in the last newsletter, Garrette Croxton won the prize of one seat in any one of our two-day defensive firearm classes, plus the ammunition required for the class in Raffle 2015.1.  Garrette generously gave his seat and ammunition to Joe Kinard, a deputy with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.  Thank you, Garrette, for helping us perform our primary mission of providing low / no-cost first tier firearms and tactical training to local law enforcement.  Joe put the gift to good use in last weekend’s DC-1.


We’ve now started Raffle 2015.2.  Same deal as before:  The winner gets a seat in any two-day defensive firearm class plus up to 500 rounds of ammunition for the class.  The rifle ammunition is restricted to either 5.56 or 7.62 x 39.  $20 per ticket, maximum of 50 tickets sold.  Not a bad bet on a gift that has a maximum value of almost $500.

Remember that Paladin Training, Inc. is a tax-exempt non-profit under IRS Section 501(c)(3).  All gifts are tax deductible.

Please continue to train and get ready; physically, mentally and spiritually!


Train hard!   Put God first!



Emergency Preparedness II

The next Emergency Preparedness meeting will be held Thursday, 8 OCT, from 7pm to 10pm.  As before, we will meet in the FBT Chapel.
Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can have the room setup properly.

Dr. Robert Moore will conduct his ‘Tactical Medical Care’ class.  This is a great class and covers a subject everyone should be familiar with, but few are.

We’ll also review some of the information covered in the first meeting.

We had about 50 people for the first Emergency Preparedness meeting.  Attendees were given the opportunity to complete a survey asking which of the following events they were most concerned about:
1. Crime / General Disorder
2. EMP Event
3. Financial Collapse
4. Natural Disaster
5. Terrorism

Most of those in attendance indicated they were most concerned about crime / disorder and natural disasters.  Future discussions will consider this when addressing the four essentials:

Urgent: Basic Precision Rifle Update

Scott tells me there are two cancellations for the BPR scheduled for 9 – 11 OCTOBER.  Contact Scott at 843-858-0360 if you’re interested.
Below is the write up for the previous class (when it was called Basic Designated Marksman) from Edition 64:

BDM – I is now history.  What a great class!  Scott and Ashton did an admirable job.  I believe every student came away  confident in his / her ability to get first round hits on targets out to 600 yards.  This is a Big Thing.  If you’re the typical AR-15 owner that has never fired at a target more than 100 yards away, think of it as a 600% increase in the usefulness of your carbine.


Rifles / calibers / number used:
AR-15 / 5.56 NATO / 6
Sako TRG-21 / .308 Winchester / 1
POF AR-10 / 7.62 NATO / 1
AIAW bolt gun / .300 WSM / 1
VEPR / 7.62 x 54R / 1
SVD / 7.62 x 54R / 1

Winner of the class shoot off was Ben Snipes shooting
an Accuracy International in .300 WSM.  Last February, Ben and his shooting partner Nate West were  added to Paladin’s list of adjunct instructors.

The Number 2 shooter, ‘JW’, shot an AR15.  Don’t know the make or caliber.

Number 3, Kevin McKie, did a great job with the POF semi-auto in 7.62 NATO.  Kevin used relatively inexpensive Privi Partizan .308 Match ammunition in the AR-10.

Two of the AR-15’s were by relatively local (Apex, NC) maker, Barnes Precision Manufacturing.  BPM makes a first-tier AR15 and these two students did a fine job with theirs.  Pat Lee, another of our instructors currently doing Executive Protection work in Afghanistan has seen BPM M4’s in use with US Special Forces over there.

Check them out at BARNES PRECISION and tell Andrew I sent you.

What I Learned

At this stage in my career as a student, when I go to a class I count it as time / money well spent if I pick up ONE useful thing to bring back and work on.  Keeping in mind I already have some experience shooting NRA High- Power Rifle at Known Distances from 200 to 1000 yards, here’s what I took away from BDM – I:
1.  A new prone position
2.  Proper use of the bipod
3.  Using the scope reticle for range estimation, hold-over (distance) and hold-off (wind)
In other words, for me the class was a much greater than usual value in time and money spent.  I have much to work on.  I’m sure those students that had never before shot at targets further than 100 or maybe 200 yards have a much longer list.

What’s Next?

Future BPR’s will be 20 hours long instead of 12.  Tentative dates and times for BPR – II:  9 thru 11 OCT
Lake Darpo:  Friday evening from 6 pm to 10 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm
Aynor, SC:  Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.
Rounds:  150
Cost:  $325

BDM – I filled quickly and had a standby list.  If you’d like to take the next one, contact Scott ASAP at  843-858-0360.

After Action: Defensive Carbine-1

We had a great DC1 class last weekend.  Half of the class was either LE or SWAT-EMT and, as always, they contributed much to the class being exceptional.

I think some of the LE guys were surprised at the dedication (and skill level) of the private citizens who were there.  These classes, where we have a mix of PC and LEO, always leave me encouraged because of the almost always positive interaction between the two groups.  People, we’re in what’s coming together.  I say to both of you:  Please don’t see the other as the enemy until they’ve earned that title.

We started with static trigger control drills and quickly got into exercises that combined movement; first zigs & zags to both sides, then turns to both sides, ending with turns to the rear.  All of that on the ‘small dots’ to slow students down and force them to concentrate on technique.  Then we did it all again on the ‘large dots’ to introduce students to the concept of ‘good enough’.
Somewhere in there scans were added, we went from emergency reloads to tactical reloads, we added movement to cover, consolidating gear (bumping mags forward), natural point of aim was constantly harped upon, etc., etc.

Students eventually learned to ‘play the song of my people’ (also known as The Seven Steps to Success):

1. Shoot the Threat to the ground
2. Make certain the Threat is gone
3. Search for other people that need to be shot
4. Move to cover
5. Perform a Tactical Reload
6. Do a self assessment
7. Get your head and your equipment ready to go shoot more people

As always, the MGM Attack Target added a lot, especially to the night exercise.  Students were expected to turn 180 degrees to the rear, from the ready use a weapon mounted light to identify a charging target approximately 20 feet away as either Shoot / No-shoot, hit him if necessary at least once, and get off his line of power… all within a 1.5 second standard.  Easier than it sounds.

During the night exercise students also engaged the ‘Diamond Formation’ to reinforce movement and Rule 4 issues.

Day 2 began with a review of Day 1.  Transition to sidearm drills were added.  I’m sure I’ve forgotten some things and I don’t have the LP in front of me.  We ended shooting an abbreviated CSAT Standards (25 yards and in) and the Viking Tactics Half and Half drill.

We shot each drill and each of the standards this way against the timer:
First, I shot the drill;
Next, the assistant instructors shot the drill;
Finally, the students shot the drill.

It’s always gratifying to see the students go from ‘No way I can do that’ to ‘I just did that!’  Most everyone successfully performed the most difficult drill:  10 shots into the A zone from 5 yards in 2.5 seconds.

You can see some comments on the class on our FaceBook page:  Paladin Training, Inc.  While you’re there, I’d appreciate a ‘Like’ if you’re so inclined.

For more details: Defensive Carbine 1

Price Increases in Effect 3rd QTR 2015

Street price first, followed by the discount for Paladin alumni:
  • Intro to Defensive Handguns (IDH) – $50 (no change)
  • Utah CWP – $75 / $50 (no change)
  • SC CWP – $80 (no change)
Note:  We’re considering teaching a combined SC / UT class at some point.

Defensive Handgun 1 (DH1)       $300 / $250
Defensive Handgun 2 (DH2)      $300 / $250
Low Light Handgun (LLH)          $200 / $175
Defensive Shotgun 1 (DS1)         $300 / $250
Basic Carbine Operator (BCO)  $250 / $175
Defensive Carbine 1 (DC1)          $300 / $250
Defensive Carbine 2 (DC2)         $300 / $250
Urban Break Contact (UBC)      $600 / $500

Full time LEO will still receive a 50% discount on defensive firearm classes.

Active duty military (including SCARNG / SCANG) will continue to get a 100% discount on all defensive firearm classes.

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