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We offer the best, professional training in a safe, friendly environment tailored to meet the needs of every skill level.





John Byrd is the Lead Instructor at Delta Defense, LLC. He is a former Special Forces Operative who served in The United States Army. In this arena he has trained military personnel from numerous countries in the use of all types of weapons, military tactics and intelligence. He brings over 40 years of firearms instruction and training to the team.


Along with his military background, John also provides training and consultation in executive protection for both the public and private sector as well as for non-profit organizations.




Kevin is an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer and is certified for NRA Basic Instruction in Pistol, Rifle, Personal Protection in the Home and Personal Protection Outside the Home and is a graduate of the Sig Sauer Academy. He is an instructor for all of Delta Defense's Advanced Firearms classes. Additionally, Kevin is a saber fencing coach.


Kevin started shooting at a young age with the benefit of having his dad, a Special Forces operative, teaching him. He actively trains in all of the advanced disciplines he teaches. When not teaching or training for classes, Kevin spends time going home to Montana, sky diving, rock climbing, backpacking, fly fishing and loving his family.

Kevin is also a certified Master Sig Sauer Armorer leading the charge on the in-house customization of guns. He is an avid collector and dealer of World War II Memorabilia and of course, guns.




Marty joined the U.S. Army in 1991 and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer in 2012. 


During his career he attended multiple schools and classes. Marty started his intelligence career by attending the Counterintelligence Special Agent Course. He later attended the highly selective Advanced Foreign Counterintelligence Training Course as a Chief Warrant Officer. 


Marty deployed to combat theaters five times including deployments in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. The last four deployments he was in direct support of Special Operators with the Joint Special Operations Command. 


Marty worked in small teams while deployed, usually two or less, and trained alongside the Special Operators he supported. Because he worked in small teams in civilian clothes with relaxed grooming standards, he was considered a "high-risk" for being directly targeted for kill or capture by the enemy. He was therefore expected to be able to survive in a non-permissive environment. Marty continuously trained in both military and civilian schools to enhance his overall survivability. Those schools included dozens of courses and classes in small arms, anti-terrorism driving, and advanced combatives. He also attended the Special Operations Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE) 215 Course along with an Escapology school. 


Marty is currently an advanced firearms trainer with Delta Defense, LLC. We teach gunfighting in our advanced classes. Period. We discuss in detail survival theory and the mental aspects of surviving and winning a potentially lethal encounter. We of course cover the basic shooting fundamentals and manipulations of the pistol, carbine, and shotgun; but our focus is the survival mindset. FIND A WAY OR MAKE ONE!


We at Delta Defense pride ourselves on preparing our students for most any scenario, and we do it well. 99% of our students return to attend multiple other classes we provide. 


All of our staff are highly qualified and very proficient in all materials we teach. We would love the opportunity to enhance your skillset wherever you have identified a potential deficiency. Once you attend your first Delta Defense class, history has shown it will not be your last. 


We look forward to seeing you on the range.




Staci Byrd is the lone lady instructor on our team. She was born and raised in the Upstate of South Carolina and has survived being married to Kevin.


Staci is a SC CWP Instructor, NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor. She is also a yellow belt in IKI Krav Maga. She enjoys working with ladies who have never handled firearms before and teaches all of our woman's only classes.

Staci is also Delta Defense's main point of contact. She is looking forward to helping you sign up for your class.



Kaleb has been involved with martial arts since the age of 4. He trained in Krav Maga  under  Israeli Krav International instructor, Moshe Katz in Israel and is a second dan IKI Krav Maga Black Belt. 




Donnie Nicholson is an instructor for our advanced handgun, carbine and precision shooting courses. He is a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division certified CWP instructor and holds certifications from the NRA in Pistol/Rifle instruction and Range Safety Officer.

When instructing a class, whether it be beginner or advanced, he always puts special emphasis on safety, fundamentals and as much one-on-one instruction that is needed to make sure everyone gains
the knowledge they are seeking. Donnie believes that the right to keep and bear arms is a God given, natural right that everyone should exercise.



Fred Lyon was born and raised in upstate South Carolina and has had a love for firearms as long as he can remember. Fred is a veteran of the United States Navy who proudly served during the Gulf War and Operation Desert Storm. Fred was assigned to the ASF Police Force and worked directly with DOD police during the LA riots in 1992.

Fred is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor as well as a South Carolina SLED Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor. Fred enjoys Spending his time on the range instructing almost as much as he does shooting.



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Handgun I - Handgun Skill Building

May 22, 2021 LADIES ONLY!!!


Class size is limited to 15 participants in order to ensure personalized instruction.


March 27, 2021

May 1, 2021


September 18, 2021

*Prerequisite- Handgun II and Handgun III


April 3, 2021

May 1, 2021

October 2, 2021

November 13, 2021

Class size is limited to 15 participants in order to ensure personalized instruction. Participants MUST possess valid SC CWP or have completed Basic Pistol Course.


June 5, 2021

Decmber 4, 2021


Class size is limited to 15 participants in order to ensure personalized instruction. Completion of Handgun II required.


Handgun IV - Low Light / No Light

November 6, 2021

Class size is limited to 15 participants!


Handgun V - Team Dynamics

June 26, 2021

Class size is limited to 15 participants!


April 1, 2021 6-8pm

May 6, 2021 6-8pm

June 3, 2021 6-8pm

July 1, 2021 6-8pm

August 5, 2021 6-8pm

September 2, 2021 6-8pm

October 7, 2021 6-8pm

November 4, 2021 6-8pm

December 2, 2021 6-8pm






August 14, 2021


Class size is limited in order to ensure personalized instruction.


April 24, 2021

June 12, 2021


Class size is strictly limited to 12 participants in order to ensure personalized instruction & safety


October 16, 2021



Class size is strictly limited to 12 participants in order to ensure personalized instruction & safety


August 28, 2021

Class size is limited to 15 students to allow for hands-on activity time.


April 17, 2021

November 20, 2021

Class size is limited to 12 students to ensure personalized instruction.


June 19, 2021



We offer classes for all skill levels. If you don't see a class listed, please send us an email and we'll do our best to accommodate your request. We also offer group rates for 5 or more as well as individual training sessions.

Click on the JOIN A CLASS link above to sign up for one of our upcoming training sessions.

Other Services We Offer

Church Security Team & Active Assailant Response Consulting


Since 1999, there have been approximately 800 deadly force incidents in churches across America resulting in the deaths of nearly 500 individuals. Churches have become targets for violent attacks for a wide-range of reasons.


Delta Defense's experience with executive protection and facility security makes us a valuable resource to any church leadership team. Let our consultants come in and conduct an assessment of your needs and provide you with training and tools you need to protect your congregation.


Fees vary by location and requirements. If you would like more information about our consulting services, please send us an email by clicking here.

Sig Sauer Certified Armorer Services  


Are you the proud owner of a Sig Sauer firearm? If you are looking for professional, certified enhancements to your prized pistol, you've come to the right place.


Our Sig Sauer Factory Certified Armorer can provide you with a full range of upgrades and enhancements to your classic line pistol. Some of the available services include: Short Reset Trigger package, Action Enhancement, Feed Ramp Polish, Sight Installation, Reduced Reach or Standard Trigger Installation and much more!


We also offer Cerakoting in a variety of colors.

Click here to see a listing of services we offer.

Concealed Carry Law Updates


The South Carolina Legislature recently passed S. 308. With it's passage, South Carolina CWP holders are now permitted to legally carry a firearm into restaurants that serve alcohol providing the permit holder does NOT consume alcohol.


In addition, with the passage of S. 308, CWP holders are now permitted to store their firearm in the glove compartment, center console, map pocket on the side of the door or under the seat provided the firearm is secured from unexpected movement or unauthorized access.


For a complete update of SC CWP Law, click here.

Private Lessons & Custom Sessions


Delta Defense is uniquely qualified to provide customized training to meet your specific skill level. Our experienced instructors will develop specialized sessions of one-on-one training. Each session is $75 per hour with a 2-hour minimum.

Click the button below to sign up and we will contact you to coordinate the date/time of your training and discuss your specific training request.



Delta Defense LLC

PO Box 493 Piedmont, SC 29673

Tel: 864-663-3582 or 864-915-7773