Dear Firearms Training "Community"...


We don't need any more posts, videos, articles, memes, epistles, or other complaints about the state of the industry. They were interesting at first, but we have had quite enough of them now, thank you. The shark has been thoroughly jumped. Any additional kicking of the dead horse just makes you sound like a bitter, grumpy, tactical snob... and buddy (and I swear this isn't targeted at any one person), it doesn't look good on you.

The English-speaking world already knows that you think there are just too many "firearms instructors";

too many unqualified posers;

too many wannabe operators;

too many altered DD214's;

too many "mall ninjas" and "cop-erators";

too many chairborne rangers;

too many competition shooters teaching tacticool classes;

too many plumbers, and accountants, and engineers teaching "concealed carry" classes;

too many fancy terms for simple techniques;

too many people who have more gun than they need, and more belt length than is altogether good for them;

too many You Tube personalities;

too many people thinking You Tube is "training";

too much expensive ammo in cheap guns, in even cheaper holsters;

too many blue and white collar folks taking carbine classes;

...and way too many chest rigs, plate carriers, and other tactical lingerie.

You think there is too much 5-11 and Vertx;

too many guys with beards and wraparound sunglasses;

too many riggers belts;

too many dudes dressed in "contractor casual."

You have paid more than adequate literary homage to this perceived threat. Thank you, we have been made aware of your opinion on it, may we now return to the regularly scheduled program?

Here's the thing: the folks you are complaining about really couldn't care less about what you have to say. They won't change their minds, and will continue spending their time and money doing as they please, dressing as they please, and training as they please with whomever they please despite the ulcers it is giving you. Ranting and raving about it doesn't make them take you any more seriously.

So, carry on, do as you will, continue to spit venom and vitriol about everyone who can never measure up to your standard of cool, the rest of us have moved on, and are too busy training to give it any more consideration.

A person, however learned and qualified in his life's work, in whom gratitude is absent,

is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.

- Hazrat Inayat Khan