1st Defense Training, LLC

My name is Kelly Hamrick Bivins, and I started 1st Defense Training in January 2018. I was a victim in 2009. It was then I realized I didn’t know how to protect myself. That’s when I made the decision that I didn’t want to be a victim anymore. I sought out training. And now I train others. My passion is to train others to feel confident, educated, & prepared to protect themselves, their loved ones, and others. 

The 1DT Family  is dedicated to providing

outstanding training in the following:  

Personal Safety 

Firearms Safety

Fundamentals of Shooting

Permit to carry

Advanced Defensive carry instruction

Other Defensive Courses Available (Refuse to be a Victim & Active Shooter) 

Youth Safety Courses 

Women only Courses

Corporate Training Available  

Our courses are customized to reflect and support

the unique laws of the states in which we operate.  

Along with safety and legal training,

1st Defense Training teaches practical

application of course materials.

Kelly H Bivins – Owner & Training Counselor

  •  NRA Training Counselor & Certified Instructor in Pistol, Rifle, & Shotgun, C.C.W., Personal Protection Inside/ Outside the Home, Refuse to be a Victim, Home Safety, Eddie Eagle, Chief Range Safety Officer 
  • U.S.C.C.A. Training Counselor & Instructor Concealed Carry & Home Defense, Encounter of a Mass Shooter, Emergency First Aid 
  • SLED Certified Instructor for South Carolina C.W.P.
  • North Carolina C.C.H. Certified Instructor 
  • New Jersey C.C.W. Certified Instructor for Law Enforcement
  • Force on Force Certified Instructor 
  • SLED Armed Nuclear Security Officer 
  • SLED Level 2 Armed Security Officer
  • SLED Armed & UN-Armed Security Instructor
  • Glock Armorer Certified
  • Competitive Shooter for I.D.P.A., U.S.P.S.A., and T.P.C. 3-Gun T.W.A.W. Leader: York County, Columbia, & Greenville, SC & Concord, NC  

For more information or to schedule an appointment please see the 1DT website.

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