Defender CWP, LLC was created to have a vehicle through which Elias Lykes could provide a business that would not only meet some particular needs in the shooting community but also introduce novice shooters to the world of shooting and self-defense.

We strive to educate and train individuals in concealed weapons procedures, personal protection, home defense, business defense, and how to protect yourself in an active shooter situation.

Today, we are among the highest-rated full-service firearms training in Google in Columbia, South Carolina, Lexington Area. We have already served thousands of students, and we were able to help them gain knowledge and skills on firearms and self-protection.

Eli is a retired U.S. Army Warrant Officer with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. He brings over 20 years of firearm training experience to the classroom and the range. He especially enjoys teaching women (and men) “first-time” shooters with limited or no experience with handguns and guiding them through learning basic pistol shooting and obtaining a CWP. 

All our instructors are NRA (National Rifle Association) certified pistol instructors and SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) certified CWP (Concealed Weapon Permit) instructors.

Defender Firearms & Training is located at 1070 South Lake Drive Suite G, Lexington, South Carolina 29073. Our office and classroom have been designed to offer our customers and students a “one-stop-shop” regarding firearms, training, and accessories.


We genuinely care about our community and want to train and equip every law-abiding citizen. Defender Firearms & Training is driven and takes great pride when we empower you and your family in personal protection.

Welcome to Defender Firearms & Training, and we invite you to join the #DefenderCommunity.