About Us

In an effort to provide skilled training to the community in which he was raised, Jesse Saucier launched Carolinas First Defense in 2008. Carolinas First Defense is a business that is dedicated to properly training those in our community.

We are dedicated to the safety and proficiency of firearm use and believe that the right to protect yourself and your family is fundamental. We are a professional mobile training company and also a licensed FFL and Class III Dealer, conveniently located just outside of Charlotte, NC in Kings Mountain. The company’s goal is to develop and market the most proficient firearms training courses in the area.  

Throughout the years, Carolinas First Defense has offered a broad range of courses including, but not limited to: CCW Firearms Training, Basic Handgun, Advanced Tactical Handgun, Introduction to Carbine, Ladies on Range, Women’s Self-Defense, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home (Basic & Advanced), Youth Safety & Awareness, and NRA Classes  Although we currently offer a competitive range of courses and training, Carolinas First Defense is continually working to grow and add to our current training programs that we offer. CFD is focused on providing you with the most advanced firearms knowledge and techniques. After all, you never know when your life may depend on it.

CFD also maintains professional and general liability insurance coverage for everyone who participates in training.


Jesse Saucier is the Founder, Owner and Senior Instructor for CFD Training and Development. Having more than 11 years of experience and more than 1,400 hours of certifications and trainings under his belt, in addition to operating CFD, he is also a firearms instructor for one of North Carolina’s largest law enforcement agencies. While competing on the International Sniper Competition at Ft. Benning, GA in September 2013, Saucier and his partner, Patrick Yount finished 11th in the world and a few weeks later Saucier and Tom Bowes, finished 4th  in the nation, while taking home 1st place in the Obstacle Course. Competing on a national level as a sniper is nothing new to Saucier.  

In 2011, Saucier and his partner and colleague Patrick Yount finished 1st place in the United States while competing in the Gastonia Sniper Competition, which hosts some of the best trained and talented marksman from various branches of the military and law enforcement. Saucier, manage and operate Carolinas First Defense and is continually looking for opportunities to assist in training that can provide life-saving skills needed to potentially save someone’s life. Saucier has made it his mission to serve and protect his community, while properly training individuals and educating families and children. He continues to have a passion to make a difference.

Firearms Training and Experience:

  • NC Specialized Firearms Instructor
  • NC Specialized Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • NC Concealed Carry Instructor
  • NC Rapid Deployment Instructor
  • ATK "Force on Force" Instructor
  • Taser Instructor
  • NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor For Precision Rifle
  • NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Personal Defense Inside and Outside the Home Instructor
  • NRA Lifetime Member
  • SABRE Civilian Safety Awareness Instructor
  • Glock Certified Armorer
  • Sig Sauer Certified Armorer
  • Smith & Wesson Certified Armorer 

Give us a call TODAY! After all, your life may depend on it!

Jesse Saucier (704) 692-4176

Email us: [email protected]

140 Ball Park Rd Lawndale NC 28090

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