What is the secret of Paladin’s success? We diligently seek out and publish unique, hard-hitting information our readers demand—information that some people think should be available only to a privileged few.
A Special Forces Vietnam veteran, Peder Lund is a classic individualist, skeptical of government and bureaucracies of all sorts and a fierce defender of the First and Second Amendments. Like most of his readers, he prefers to be left alone to pursue his livelihood and his life without undue restrictions or interference.
Lund strives to provide readers with quality books on a variety of interesting and unusual topics. He seeks out authors who are knowledgeable in their fields and encourages them to write for his audience. Many authors are well-known experts in their fields: Kelly McCann on all aspects of close-quarters combat, John Plaster on military and police sniping, Ragnar Benson on survivalism and emergency preparedness. In recent years, Paladin has branched out from its traditional focus on martial arts, military science, weaponry, and personal freedom issues to publish books on medieval arms and combat, hunting and fishing (through its Sycamore Island Books imprint), and classic aircraft of World War I (through Flying Machines Press).
By the late 1980s, providing state-of-the-art information led naturally into videotapes. In 1987, two videos debuted in Paladin’s catalog. Today, the company has a state-of-the-art video production facility creating a full lineup of action-packed DVDs every year on the latest in self-defense, combat shooting, and other topics.
In 2007, Paladin established its own in-house printing press, enabling the company to take advantage of print-on-demand (POD) technology and expand its catalog while keeping more or our older titles in print. One of the most popular programs to emerge from the POD system has been Paladin’s Combat Classic library—reprints of previously hard-to-find books in the public domain by Fairbairn, Sykes, Nelson, Cosneck, and Fitzgerald on such topics as World War II hand-to-hand combat, firearms, combat shooting, counterinsurgency, martial arts, survival, boxing, wrestling, and self-defense.