I’ll admit to following his youtube channel for a while now. He is entertaining but swings wildly between Very Right and Very Wrong in such a way that I could neither unreservedly endorse or dismiss the guy entirely.
Anyway, I noticed right away that in common with other bottom-feeding training groups, public comments and ratings on his videos were disabled, and instead discussion was directed to his forum, where dissent could be handled by his uncritical nuthuggers. But for whatever reason (I suspect filthy yootoob lucre), comments and ratings were turned back on, and the internet being what it is, unkind comments about his response to his convoy ambush in Iraq were posted, and then this happened:
But wait, there’s more!
This is all of course incredibly absurd, but also incredibly entertaining and directly feeds my hunger for internet drama. But there’s a few things going on here that I wanted to point out.
First, this is all of course incredibly absurd, and stupidly makes the entire civilian friendly firearms training community look ridiculous, dangerous, and ripe for regulation and restriction. One would think that someone who has argued against open carry as a PR tool would understand the risk of this kind of negative imagery.
Like I mentioned above, I believe this was inevitable given the kind of criticism-free environment low-rent trainers steep themselves in. Having systematically purged all questioning voices from his orbit, Yeager has set himself up for this kind of public failure. Is there anyone in his circle that is willing to advise against publicly challenging people to a duel over youtube comments? Apparently not!
But most importantly, the value of all Tactical Response training has been reduced significantly. A big argument in favor of obtaining professional firearms training is that it helps the citizen win the hypothetical post-shooting legal battle by making him appear proficient, skilled and conscientious. A Tactical Response diploma is now a real liability, as any DA or ambulance chaser can paint the shooter as “taught to shoot by that crazy guy who threatens to duel people over comments on the internet”.
An instructor who understood these things and valued his reputation and the quality of his instruction over his ego and hurt feelings would immediately retract these comments and videos (better still, not make them at all), but given past events, this is not what will happen. Instead, I sadly predict that without any colleagues who respect him enough to criticize his increasingly erratic behavior, he will double down on stupid.
With so many excellent instructors around these days willing to train civilians to shoot, I wonder why people continue to pick this place. In my opinion, your money is well spent elsewhere.