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Our Mission

Palmetto State Armory and its Firearms Training Team are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional firearms instruction in various disciplines. Lessons that are taught come from our highly valued team of instructors. The knowledge that is shared from the PSA Firearms Training Team come from individuals who have gained their knowledge and experience (combat veterans) in various branches of the United States Military, Law Enforcement, Special Operations and Civilian competition experience. Many of these instructors carry accreditation from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Whether you are new to the world of firearms, a seasoned competitor, or someone in between, we provide programs in all of our indoor and outdoor facilities that can best be able to fit your needs. Although firearms training provides various avenues of fulfillment, our primary focus will always be the safety of our students. We sincerely hope that through the newly acquired skills and knowledge that our students’ receive and gain, their confidence will continue to grow.

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Chad Branham

Range Director

After finishing four years of baseball at Anderson University, Chad Branham began working for the Columbia Police Department in 2003. He began working the entertainment district shortly before joining the SWAT Team in 2005. Chad eventually spent eleven years on the SWAT Team as a team leader and nine years as a sniper. Chad’s SWAT element routinely served over fifty forced entry warrants every year. Chad then began to receive advanced training certifications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Basic SWAT, Advanced Hostage Rescue, and Executive and Dignitary Protection. Chad also has been certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Precision Rifle and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Chad joined Palmetto State Armory in 2016.


Greg Flerx Jr

Greenville, Columbia

Greg Flerx Jr. has been an avid shooter for 30+ years. He is a certified pistol instructor through the National Rifle Association (NRA), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Bureau of Criminal Identificaton (BCI) for the State of Utah. He is a certified (NRA) Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) safety officer (SO). Greg is a certified gunsmith and has been involved in competitive shooting sports for 10+ years. He is an Expert class shooter in (IDPA). He teaches basic firearms safety classes, fundamentals of shooting, and Concealed Weapons Permit classes.


Bobby McDuffie

Ridgeland, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant

Bobby McDuffie is a retired law enforcement officer, having served 27 years with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Sumter City Police Department. Bobby worked in Patrol, Narcotics, and Investigations throughout his career. While working in law enforcement Bobby earned teaching certifications through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Pistol, Select Fire Rifle, and Shotgun. After retiring from Law Enforcement Bobby’s continued education yielded teaching certifications from the NRA in Basic Pistol and Chief Range Safety Officer, as well as a certification from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Concealed Weapons . Bobby is also an accredited armorer for Glock pistols and Remington Shotguns. Bobby teaches CWP for Palmetto State Armory in Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, and our Ridgeland locations.


Jeff Piner

Lake Norman, North Carolina

Jeff has been a lifelong firearms enthusiast. He is a graduate of the Connecticut Police Academy where he ranked Revolver Master & Pistol Master. He is a US Army veteran having completed Military Police School (honor graduate) and later attending Special Reaction Team School and Tactical Response Team School (honor graduate). He later reclassed to the Medical Corps becoming a Flight Medic and Instructor in Basic & Advanced Life Support & Tactical Emergency Medicine. He finished his service as a Combat Medic in the Special Operations community deploying to the Middle East. In keeping with his passion for firearms he became a NRA RSO, NRA Rifle & Pistol Instructor, NC CCH Instructor, Simunitions Instructor, Glock certified Instructor, Sig Sauer certified Instructor, as well as attending armorer and gunsmithing courses. Jeff looks forward to every opportunity to meet and engage with people in the shooting sports.

Chad Branham

Range Director

After finishing four years of baseball at Anderson University, Chad Branham began working for the Columbia Police Department in 2003. He began working the entertainment district shortly before joining the SWAT Team in 2005. Chad eventually spent eleven years on the SWAT Team as a team leader and nine years as a sniper. Chad’s SWAT element routinely served over fifty forced entry warrants every year. Chad then began to receive advanced training certifications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Basic SWAT, Advanced Hostage Rescue, and Executive and Dignitary Protection. Chad also has been certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Precision Rifle and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Chad joined Palmetto State Armory in 2016.


Greg Flerx Jr

Greenville, Columbia

Greg Flerx Jr. has been an avid shooter for 30+ years. He is a certified pistol instructor through the National Rifle Association (NRA), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Bureau of Criminal Identificaton (BCI) for the State of Utah. He is a certified (NRA) Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) safety officer (SO). Greg is a certified gunsmith and has been involved in competitive shooting sports for 10+ years. He is an Expert class shooter in (IDPA). He teaches basic firearms safety classes, fundamentals of shooting, and Concealed Weapons Permit classes.


Bobby McDuffie

Ridgeland, Summerville, Mt. Pleasant

Bobby McDuffie is a retired law enforcement officer, having served 27 years with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Sumter City Police Department. Bobby worked in Patrol, Narcotics, and Investigations throughout his career. While working in law enforcement Bobby earned teaching certifications through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Pistol, Select Fire Rifle, and Shotgun. After retiring from Law Enforcement Bobby’s continued education yielded teaching certifications from the NRA in Basic Pistol and Chief Range Safety Officer, as well as a certification from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Concealed Weapons . Bobby is also an accredited armorer for Glock pistols and Remington Shotguns. Bobby teaches CWP for Palmetto State Armory in Summerville, Mt. Pleasant, and our Ridgeland locations.

Jeff Piner

Lake Norman, North Carolina

Greg Flerx Jr. has been an avid shooter for 30+ years. He is a certified pistol instructor through the National Rifle Association (NRA), South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Bureau of Criminal Identificaton (BCI) for the State of Utah. He is a certified (NRA) Chief Range Safety Officer (CRSO) and International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) safety officer (SO). Greg is a certified gunsmith and has been involved in competitive shooting sports for 10+ years. He is an Expert class shooter in (IDPA). He teaches basic firearms safety classes, fundamentals of shooting, and Concealed Weapons Permit classes.


Our Mission

The mission of Palmetto State Armory Firearms Training Team is to provide the highest level of professional instruction in firearms skills and tactics.

Palmetto State Armory and its Firearms Training Team are dedicated to providing the highest level of professional firearms instruction in various disciplines. Lessons that are taught come from our highly valued team of instructors. The knowledge that is shared from the PSA Firearms Training Team come from individuals who have gained their knowledge and experience (combat veterans) in various branches of the United States Military, Law Enforcement, Special Operations and Civilian competition experience. Many of these instructors carry accreditation from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Whether you are new to the world of firearms, a seasoned competitor, or someone in between, we provide programs in all of our indoor and outdoor facilities that can best be able to fit your needs. Although firearms training provides various avenues of fulfillment, our primary focus will always be the safety of our students. We sincerely hope that through the newly acquired skills and knowledge that our students’ receive and gain, their confidence will continue to grow.