About Darden Defense and Protection
"If you're afraid, don't do it. If you're doing it, don't be afraid..." -Genghis Khan
Darden Defense and Protection (DDP), established in 2019, was created to educate and arm the community. Our dedication lies in offering well-executed courses from shooting lessons to wear and carry training as well as discipline-building and fundamentals of citizens’ protection rights. We ensure safety in procuring concealed carry licenses in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area for our clients. Darden Defense and Protection believes in safety and is committed to providing services that improve your overall shooting capabilities, knowledge and handgun confidence.
Meet Our Founder
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Sid Darden practices community-building through protective practices. He is an M.S. candidate with a concentration in Homeland Security. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Philosophy, Sid dedicated his skillset in weaponry use and value in defense to ensure that members of his community have the capability to safeguard themselves. Sid is a certified gun instructor through the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). Prior to the creation of DDP, he played football at Howard and was a member of the United States Air Force ROTC Program for future officers. When life gets tough, Sid’s motto is to always, “Go Harder”.