Yeager Versus Zero

by Miles

Thankfully, the shooting industry will never have as much drama and nonsense floating around as Hollywood does. Regardless, a recent drama that has ensued is one where James Yeager pretty much called out Instructor Zero for not being professional enough, Zero responded in kind on Youtube with his own video, and then Yeager responded with an apology. The two should be at SHOT this year, so that will be interesting to see if anything ensues out of it.

Not picking either side, but just looking at the facts. Yeager makes videos like this quite often, calling out everything from homophobic viewpoints to every 1911 ever made. The fact that he made one about Zero isn’t surprising at all. The two men come from completely different small arms backgrounds, Yeager from law enforcement and Zero from Italian special forces. However I will say this, although I don’t know too much about Zero, I know that the type of men that he trains are mostly government entities that come to him for training. Whereas the overwhelming majority of the people Yeager trains come to him in their off time. Law Enforcement, and Military included. My point is that almost anyone in the States that fits the requirements for Yeager’s classes can and do take them. Whether or not they use the skills they gained in the classes afterwards, is another matter. I’m completely sure that many of them do, in their jobs in Law Enforcement and etc… However, if what I hear about Zero is true, then 100 percent of the students in his classes, literally depend on the skills that they learn, in their jobs. It would be like comparing the Special Operations Medical school that churns out 18 Deltas, to a high risk, civilian ran trauma school in the United States. Although they might teach similar topics, look at where their students are actually taking their skills. Either way, TFB isn’t about to get dragged into any of this.

All this reminds me of the whole Cory and Erika fiasco, in addition to a small crowd of dis-creditors on Chris Costa for being a Coastie

Yeager’s first strike

Zero’s rebuttal

Yeager’s Apology


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at

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  • Matt Bennett Matt Bennett on Nov 04, 2015

    To rate the quality of the instruction based off the end user's profession is ridiculous. Just another subtle jab at civilians from the firearms industry/media.

  • Bill Bill on Nov 05, 2015

    Bill's Rules for Evaluating Instructors:
    Will they give you a verifiable resume or vita?
    Do they have at least a functional background in adult education, learning styles, course design and assessment?
    Can they articulate not only how to do something, but why that something needs to be done?
    Do they welcome questions and offer explanations, and listen to students who may offer counter-explanations?
    Can they correct someone without that person knowing they are being corrected?
    Can they facilitate people essentially teaching themselves or each other a technique or concept?
    Do they pay more attention, in a positive way, to students who are struggling than students who are progressing as or better than expected?
    Are all students treated equally, regardless of background, experience level or gender?
    Do they have a written syllabus or course outline they issue out?
    Do they have lesson plans, or are they just pulling exercises out of an orifice?
    Do they have a trauma kit and make sure that everyone knows where it is?
    Do they make sure that everyone stays hydrated, fed, warm/cool/dry? (miserable people don't learn well and can get sloppy, which equals unsafe).