Depending on what gunblogosphere orbits you circulate in, you may or may not have heard about the sudden drama surrounding Range Time Tactical Shooting, one of the higher profile “guy and a berm” firearms training companies that have sprung up in the last decade. The duo of Corey Jackson and Erika Maxwell rode the waves of both the rise of the weekend MOLLE cosplay fantasy camp training school, and YouTube exposure, to financial success and popularity, for obvious reasons.
This all fell apart when the Stolen Valor folks looked a bit into Corey’s claimed Army service and combat experience, and discovered it was a crock of shit. You can read the thread on pistol-forum.com for the sordid details, but tl;dr: the guy’s a fraud.
Try as I might, I just can’t get any joy from the digital curbstomping of this guy’s reputation. I’ve never served in any capacity, so I don’t have a dog in the whole fraudulent service fight. Lying about your past and experience for no other reason than to seek a shortcut to legitimacy immediately destroys a man’s integrity and trustworthiness, forever. In his desire to give his voice as an instructor an authority he felt it lacked, Corey lied about his past, was found out, and now will never be able to live it down. It’s a total waste of a life, especially since he seems to be a personable fellow otherwise.
Why did Corey feel such a need to concoct this cockamamie tale, especially in this age of digital records, google, and free-lance investigators? Because the rewards were great enough to ignore the risks. The market for firearms training has become overwhelmed with demand not for challenging classes designed to hone skills in a quantifiable manner, but for weekend mancamps with occasional shooting where supplicants can bask in the glow of a guru or a badass retelling tall tales.
Yes, Corey is a liar and a fraud, but the customer base that pays money for .mil qualifications and cool war stories over instructional ability provided the motivation. People were happily, uncritically buying what he was selling and you can’t blame the whore for the demand.
So go ahead and kick the guy while he’s down, but just as you would contemplate a post turtle, consider how he got there.