Paladin Group Training, LLC develops armed citizens into better shooters and defenders who wish to protect themselves and their loved ones in a world that is at times insecure. We train regular people from all walks of life who take responsible gun ownership to heart and who value safety and personal security. Our training philosophy is simple: teach what is most relevant and practical to the civilian defender and provide constructive feedback in a small-class setting. Ron Witten and Brian Bertoldo have been teaching together since 2016.

Ronald Witten–Instructor
Ron has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and has trained with top federal and international law enforcement as well as members of the special operations community. He was the Officer in Charge of Training for his department and is a retired Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) Level 3 Firearms Instructor in handgun, rifle, and shotgun. Ron is also a retired use of force and defensive tactics instructor and less lethal instructor in pepper spray, taser, baton, and munitions; and he is retired SWAT Certified and was the Executive Officer for his department’s SWAT Team. He also holds certifications as NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor, NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, and is certified by the Mass. State Police as a Basic Firearms Safety Instructor and LEOSA Instructor qualified. Ron is also a Sig Sauer Academy Certified Range Master.

Brian Bertoldo–Instructor
Brian is certified by the Sig Sauer Academy as a Master Firearms Instructor (previously attaining Instructor and Advanced Instructor certifications in both Rifle and Pistol) and Pistol Mounted Optics Instructor. He also holds NRA certifications for Pistol Instructor, Home Firearms Safety Instructor, and Chief Range Safety Officer. And he’s also certified as a Basic Firearms Safety Instructor by the Mass. State Police and LEOSA Course Instructor certified. Brian continues to attend advanced training to add the latest methods and techniques to his skill set. He has a passion for taking what he’s learned and sharing it with people of all abilities so they may become better shooters and defenders.


Our Partner Facility: Danvers Fish & Game Club

Classes are open to both members and non-members.

Class at the outdoor pistol range
Aerial view of outdoor rifle and pistol ranges
Outdoor pistol range
Class at the outdoor pistol range
Indoor pistol range
Meeting hall/classroom

Danvers Fish & Game Club
20 Birch Road
Middleton, MA
https://www.dfgc.club/