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PALADIN CATALOG CENTERFOLDS

One of the most popular features of the Paladin Press print catalog has been the centerfold article, which moved to page 3 as the company entered the 21st century. Here is a retrospective of centerfold and page 3 articles that spotlight some of Paladin’s leading authors, note significant trends in the action book and video business, and mark important moments in Paladin history.


THE PALADIN PRESS–REX APPLEGATE COLLABORATION
This article recounts the long and varied connection between Paladin Press, its publisher Peder Lund, and World War II combatives authority Col. Rex Applegate.
The Paladin-Press-Rex Applegate Collaboration (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

JOHN PLASTER AND THE HISTORY OF SNIPING AND SHARPSHOOTING
The author of The Ultimate Sniper talks about his exhaustively researched and lavishly illustrated History of Sniping and Sharpshooting. Major Plaster reveals why he wrote the book, the surprising discoveries he made during its research, and the role of sniping in Iraq today.
John Plaster and the History of Sniping and Sharpshooting (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

JIM CIRILLO’S TALES OF THE STAKEOUT SQUAD
Less than a year after Jim Cirillo’s untimely death in 2007, Paladin published one of the most anticipated books in its history: a full-length biography of Jim recounting his days with the New York City Police Department and its famous Stakeout Unit, as well as his later years as a highly sought shooting instructor. This revealing interview with author Paul Kirchner tells about the genesis and writing of Jim Cirillo’s Tales of the Stakeout Squad and touches upon some of the highlights of the book.
Jim Cirillo's Tales of the Stakeout Squad (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

COL. REX APPLEGATE ON KNIFE COMBAT
In this 1983 article, Col. Rex Applegate expresses some no-nonsense opinions about combat knives and the realities of knife fighting. This was one of several Paladin centerfold and page 3 catalog articles that featured the Colonel.
Col. Rex Applegate on Knife Combat, Page 1 (1983 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Col. Rex Applegate on Knife Combat, Page 2 (1983 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN PRESS ON THE FRINGE WITH SMUGGLING IN THE 1980s
Paladin Press will always be known in some circles as a pioneering publisher of unusual and controversial material. One of the many "fringe" topics that Paladin covered over the years was smuggling. Here, author M.C. Finn discusses the allure, the profits, and the risks of running contraband across international borders.
Paladin Press on the Fringe with Smuggling in the 1980s, Page 1 (1980s Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Paladin Press on the Fringe with Smuggling in the 1980s, Page 2 (1980s Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

RAGNAR BENSON ON SURVIVAL AND SELF-RELIANCE
For years, Paladin Press was the only publisher that regularly covered the world of preparedness, self-reliance, and survival. This wide-ranging 1983 interview with Paladin's best-known survivalist author, Ragnar Benson, touches upon themes that he continues to explore to this day.
Ragnar Benson on Survival and Self-Reliance, Page 1 (1983 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Ragnar Benson on Survival and Self-Reliance, Page 2 (1983 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

LEGENDARY KNIFEMAKER BOB TERZOULA ON CUSTOM KNIVES
Legendary knifemaker Bob Terzoula designed the limited-edition “Paladin Survivor” knife in 1984. This 1985 article reveals a number of interesting details about the man and his knives.
Knifemaker Bob Terzoula on Custom Knives, Page 1 (1985 Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)
Knifemaker Bob Terzoula on Custom Knives, Page 2 (1985 Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)

A WEEKEND SEMINAR WITH NINJUTSU GRANDMASTER MASAAKI HATSUMI
An inside account of the three-day ninjutsu training convention Bujinkan Tai Kai in 1986, led by grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi.
A Weekend Seminar with Ninjutsu Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, Page 1 (1986, Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)
A Weekend Seminar with Ninjutsu Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi, Page 2 (1986, Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)

WEAPONS EXPERT PETER SENICH ON GERMAN SMALL ARMS OF WORLD WARS I and II
Military firearms expert Peter Senich discusses the painstaking research behind his seminal books, The German Sniper: 1914-1945 and The German Assault Rifle: 1935-1945.
Weapons Expert Peter Senich on German Small Arms of World Wars I and II, Page 1 (1986, Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)
Weapons Expert Peter Senich on German Small Arms of World Wars I and II, Page 2 (1986, Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)

SOLDIER OF FORTUNE PAUL BALOR ON MERCENARY WARFARE
Before there was Blackwater and today's legions of soldiers for hire, there was a small club of men who worked the world's hotspots as freelance mercenaries. Here is an exclusive interview with Paul Balor, author of Manual of the Mercenary Soldier and one of the last true soldiers of fortune of the 20th century
Soldier of Fortune Paul Balor on Mercenary Warfare, Page 1 (Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)
Soldier of Fortune Paul Balor on Mercenary Warfare, Page 2 (Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)

JEFF COOPER SHOOTING STRAIGHT AND SPEAKING THE TRUTH
A 1989 interview with the legendary combat shooting authority Jeff Cooper, in which the founder of the world-famous Gunsite shooting school and developer of the Modern technique of the Pistol touches upon the Second Amendment, weaponcraft, big-game hunting, and other topics.
Jeff Cooper Shooting Straight and Speaking the Truth, Page 1 (Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)
Jeff Cooper Shooting Straight and Speaking the Truth, Page 2 (Paladin Press catalog centerfold, pdf)

RAGNAR BENSON ON SWITCHBLADES, SURVIVALISM, AND WRITING
Paladin caught up with survival author Ragnar Benson in 1989 to discuss his latest release, Switchblades: The Ace of Blades, as well as his role as a leading survivalist author.
Ragnar Benson on Switchblades, Survivalism, and Writing, Page 1 (1989 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Ragnar Benson on Switchblades, Survivalism, and Writing, Page 2 (1989 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

THE UNCONVENTIONAL WORLD OF SCOTT FRENCH
A lively 1989 interview with author and video producer Scott French, the man behind such unconventional classics of "spycraft" (i.e. bugs, taps, and other electronic surveillance and countersurveillance gadgets) as The Big Brother Game and SpyGame.
The Unconventional World of Scott French, Page 1(1989 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
The Unconventional World of Scott French, Page 2 (1989 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

MARC "ANIMAL" MACYOUNG SPEAKS OUT
This 1991 interview with Marc "Animal" MacYoung covers his popular early books, his views on traditional martial arts, and his favorite fellow self-defense authors.
Marc "Animal" MacYoung Speaks Out, Page 1(1991 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Marc "Animal" MacYoung Speaks Out, Page 2 (1991 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PEYTON QUINN PIONEERS REALITY-BASED SELF-DEFENSE (RBSD)
Not long after the publication of A Bouncer's Guide to Barroom Brawling, Paladin was there in 1991 to report on author Peyton Quinn's first Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Camp, the predecessor to his groundbreaking "adrenal response conditioning" training program, RMCAT (Rocky Mountain Combat Applications Training).
Peyton Quinn Pioneers Reality-Based Self-Defense, Page 1 (1991 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Peyton Quinn Pioneers Reality-Based Self-Defense, Page 2 (1991 Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

AN INTERVIEW WITH DEFENSIVE DRIVING EXPERT TONY SCOTTI
Tony Scotti, the first name in defensive-driving instruction, has had a profound influence on today's generation of professional instructors. Here he talks about all aspects of handling terrorist vehicular ambushes as well as how defensive driving applies to the average guy.
An Interview with Defensive Driving Expert Tony Scotti, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
An Interview with Defensive Driving Expert Tony Scotti, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

REX APPLEGATE MEETS BO RANDALL
Author Bob Gaddis (Randall-Made Knives) and Col. Rex Applegate describe the historic meeting between Colonel Applegate and knifemaking legend Bo Randall in 1986, more than 40 years after they first began corresponding during World War II.
Rex Applegate Meets Bo Randall, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Rex Applegate Meets Bo Randall, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

BOB BURTON ON BOUNTY HUNTING
Paladin pioneered the publishing field of "action careers," and Bob Burton's books on bounty hunting remain among the leading titles in that category. In this informative 1993 interview, Burton talks about the realities of the rough business of hunting down fugitives and bringing them to justice.
Bob Burton on Bounty Hunting, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Bob Burton on Bounty Hunting, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

JOHN PLASTER'S HISTORIC INTERVIEW WITH LEGENDARY USMC SNIPER CARLOS HATHCOCK
During the filming of The Ultimate Sniper: The Video, author John Plaster conducted this exclusive interview with legendary U.S. Marine Corps sniper Carlos Hathcock. Gunny Hathcock answers straight-to-the-point questions from Major Plaster on a number of essential sniping skills.
John Plaster's Historic Interview with Legendary USMC Sniper Carlos Hathcock, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
John Plaster's Historic Interview with Legendary USMC Sniper Carlos Hathcock, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

JIM MORRIS AND WAR STORY: THE PALADIN CONNECTION
War Story by Jim Morris is considered to be one of the best nonfiction accounts ever written on U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War. It also helped pave the way for an entire genre in the world of book publishing: the Vietnam combat memoir. Not many people know that War Story was first published in hardcover by Paladin Press in 1979 before it was picked up by Dell Publishing and the Military Book Club.
Jim Morris and War Story: The Paladin Connection, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Jim Morris and War Story: The Paladin Connection, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN THROUGH THE YEARS
On the eve of three decades in business, Paladin utlized its catalog centerfold space to look back at various trends that shaped the company's development as "Publishers of the action library."
Paladin Through the Years, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
Paladin Through the Years, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

THE CLOSE COMBAT FILES OF COL. REX APPLEGATE
This 1998 interview with USMC chief historian Chuck Melson, co-author of the long-awaited book, The Close Combat Files of Col. Rex Applegate, was conducted soon after the book's release and the Colonel's death on July 14 of that year. Melson talks of the roots of his research into the wartime training techniques of William Fairbairn, Eric Sykes, and Colonel Applegate and how it led to the collaboration that produced the Colonel's final book.
The Close Combat Files of Col. Rex Applegate, Page 1 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)
The Close Combat Files of Col. Rex Applegate, Page 2 (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN PUBLISHES EARLY BOOKS ON WESTERN MARTIAL ARTS (WMA)
In the late 1990s and into the turn of the century, Paladin debuted a new category of books and videos on historical arms and combat from the Middle Ages and renaissance. Early works by John Clements (Medieval Swordsmanship), Brian Price (Techniques of Medieval Armour Reproduction), Hank Reinhardt (Myth of the Sword), and others paved the way for a number of other titles in this dynamic, growing field of study, now popularly known as Western Martial Arts (WMA) or Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
Paladin Publishes Early Books on Western Martial Arts (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN DEBUTS DVDS
Paladin enters the DVD market with a series of videos by grappling and conditioning master Mark Hatmaker.
Paladin Debuts DVDs (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN PRESS BREAKS THE SILENCE ON SILENCER BOOKS
The interesting evolution of Paladin's 30+ years experience with publishing books on firearm silencers. Books by such authors as J. David Truby (Silencers, Snipers, and Assassins and The Quiet Killers), Donald G. Thomas (U.S. Silencer Patents), Alan C. Paulson (Silencer History and Performance), and N.R. Parker (Firearm Suppressor Patents) have had an enormous influence on the development and design of cutting-edge suppressor technology.
Paladin Press Breaks the Silence on Silencer Books (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN BOOKS IN SPANISH; PALADIN COMBAT CLASSICS
In 2005, Paladin debuted Spanish translations of two of its best-selling books: The Ultimate Sniper by John Plaster and The Tactical Pistol by Gabe Suarez. Also contains a brief piece on the expansion of the popular Combat Classics Library.
Paladin Books in Spanish; Paladin Combat Classics (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)

PALADIN COMBAT CLASSICS: KELLY MCCANN ON W.E. FAIRBAIRN, CARL CESTARI ON CHARLIE NELSON
The story behind two of the biggest coups in the history of Paladin's Combat Classics program: the release of the Paladin editions of Defendu by W.E. Fairbairn and Charlie Nelson's "Little Red Manual." Equally interesting is the account of how leading self-defense authorities Kelly McCann and Carl Cestari were brought on board to write forewords for the books.
Paladin Combat Classics: Kelly McCann on W.E. Fairbairn, Carl Cestari on Charlie Nelson (Paladin catalog centerfold, pdf)