Instructors with no muzzle discipline!

5 04 2012

Safety First

One of my pet peeves is seeing firearms instructors that put themselves out there via the internet (Youtube, Facebook, Websites, etc.) and show the world that they, themselves, do not abide by the safety rules that each and every instructor is supposed to do. It does not matter if you are a basic firearms instructor, military firearms instructor, tactical instructor, law enforcement instructor, SWAT instructor, or king 6-gun-ninja instructor, safety means safety and if you can’t show your students that you can be safety, why should they listen to you?

I have seen videos of instructors that claim to be the “best of the best” and they may absolutely be one of the best but then they ruin it by continuing on with their video and pointing their firearm at the audience. Even if the firearm in question is a “blue gun” or “shape” or “rubber gun”, whatever you want to call it, it is a firearm. I have had a couple of personal attempts towards me via personal attacks because I had mentioned this to the instructor. I am a “train how you fight and fight how you train” instructor and believe that safety should always be number one on the list of things to teach to my students. Regardless who that students are.

I had a law enforcement instructor tell me that he teaches his cadets about firearms and he uses a blue gun with them and “sweeps” (moves the barrel towards them and passed them) them because they know that “it is fake”? So now there are many newly appointed officers that do not have a clear concept regarding being truly safe with a firearm. But they won’t really know that now will they? Not so much.

I truly do not care how professional someone is or how much they boast that they are the best of the best, if I hear someone boast about how professional and expert they are and they sweep a barrel in my direction, I am leaving that area because that instructor, the “professional”, is going to end up “accidentally” shooting someone who they are trying to teach. Fact!

If you want a great example, try going to Youtube and type “DEA AGENT shoots self in the foot”. Find the best quality video that has the audio as well. I am sure this instructor lost his job because of this, but this is another example of what could go wrong, when you think it will never happen to you.

As always: be safe, take a class and shoot straight.

 

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