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James Yeager: Maybe Not A Coward, But Definitely Crazy

I wish to reemphasize my disendorsement of James Yeager’s Tactical Response as a legitimate source of firearms training.

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!

ENDO has been chronicling the details but in the days since, we’ve had a duel contract (?!), at least one death threat, and what appears to be a legit taker.

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.

{ 6 } Comments

  1. Rob G | December 10, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Like most people, I doubt he’s a coward but he is most certainly a bitch with this latest rant.

    I used to enjoy his $.02 and actually picked up a decent tip every now and then, but after this, his usefulness has fully expired.

  2. Marko Kloos | December 10, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Wonder if he has ever threatened to punchi-size someone’s face for not giving him a liter of cola with his Dimpus Burger meal.

  3. somepunchguy | December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    See, this is why I named my fists “Empathy” and “Reason.” There are very few problems in this world that can’t be solved by Empathy and Reason.

  4. Tam | December 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    I have avoided taking any kind of public side in any Yeager drama because I remember him from the old days at GlockTalk ten years ago when he was a pretty cool dude, but this incident has evaporated my reserve of goodwill in one fell swoop.

    Thank Vishnu I never took a class from the guy; I’d be terrified that, were I ever involved in a DGU, the prosecutor would be subpoenaing him as a witness.

  5. Steve Ramsey | December 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    I tried to get his friend Mary to get him to restrain himself. This is how it went:

  6. Amsdorf | December 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Here is a video response I made to Yaeger’s rants.

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