Tactical Response Training – Try Not To Shoot The Photographer

According to the training school’s owner James Yeager, what you are about to see is perfectly safe.

The video is from 2009, but goes perfectly with my stupid training videos series:

His response video is equally as impressive *eye roll*. WTF?

Yeager pulled the 1st vid off youtube after much criticism, yet in the response video he’s quite clear that he thinks it was perfectly safe.  Whatevs bro… This is exactly why we need to save youtube vids, because otherwise lolz like this are lost forever.

“putting someone infront of the firing line makes people safer” – James Yeager

James Yeager’s school is called Tactical Response, you can check it out – HERE   Maybe if you take a class from him, you’ll get a chance to spend some time downrange while your classmates can shoot 2ft away from your head.  Maybe James will even spend some time down range while you’re shooting… why not? it’s safe right?

Maybe he’s not aware, but most camera’s come with remotes now that you can trigger the shutter with the press of a button. Life is cheap I guess.

Hat tip: Brent S.



Parrothead Jeff August 22, 2011 at 12:20 am

This makes me think of something from my new hobby – motorcycle riding. A problem many riders (even experienced ones) have more often than you’d think is hitting an obstacle in the roadway because of target fixation. They really don’t want to hit it, but they can’t help looking at it. The bike will go where you look, so you can figure out how this would be a bad thing. It takes conscious effort to look at the escape path(s) around the object and avoid it.
I can see something very similar happening all too easily here only the sights would come over to the photographer’s head. NOT good.


Legacy August 22, 2011 at 01:20 pm

As someone who also rides a motorcycle, I completely understand. It’s almost ironic isn’t it? You see an obstacle in the roadway, and if you keep looking at it chances are you’re going to hit it. And yes, one of those guys at some point is going to look at the camera man and unconsciously aim AT him. I do not see this guy lasting much longer lawsuit free.


JR May 22, 2012 at 06:32 pm

that is an excellent point. I ride also, and could see how target fixation could cause a tragedy in this situation.


tailypoe August 22, 2011 at 12:51 am

so much lol and also so much cringing.


Bat Masterson August 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

There are several ways I feel compelled to go with each video.

One the one hand, it’s one thing to have an experienced cameraman doing the above with an experienced shooter in a relatively controlled environment. To do it during a class exercise seems a bit of an undue risk.

His “response” video sure didn’t help him. He would have been much better to make his justification and leave it at that. As it is, he rambles on and on, attempting to degrade the ideas of “they” in general, and never making his own point in particular.

I can understand that he is fed up with the over-the-top regulations and safety requirements that create thoughtless training. But those regulations exist for a reason; at the very least to limit liability. It is fine to disagree with them – even to choose not to follow or implement them in his own training – but the onus is his to explain why and defend that position.


Jared C August 22, 2011 at 01:06 am

Cant believe people pay for this bullshit.


HNoob March 15, 2012 at 12:48 am

Would you rather pay to shoot close to someone you don’t really know well and know how you react under that type of stress. Or get “on the job experience” when you have a home invasion and your family member/kids unknowingly steps into field of fire (not to be mistaken with firing line)?

IF you do it in a class, you have the confidence to that you’ll probably react that same way. Probably, because anything could happen. In the real world, you or I could break down and not take that shot. Which could lead to an even worse outcome.


Rocky April 19, 2012 at 07:39 pm

Gee we know who got suckered into this guys class. Or is it the guy himself. Anyone that condones this behavior is on unstable ground. Your arguement is ridiculous. If you want real adrenaline induced stress training play scenario based paintball, airsoft or simunition games. Having someone stand in front of you with a live firearm is not “Cutting edge training” it is flat out stupid! The only people that have ever been killed or injured by a gun were IN FRONT OF THE MUZZLE OF THE GUN! Why on earth would you put yourself IN FRONT OF THE MUZZLE OF A GUN! And as a shooter why would you put yourself in the position to get your but sued. When (and I do mean When because it will happen) someone gets hurt or killed by this guys stupidity he will be to busy paying his lawyer to defend him and the shooter will be stuck with covering their part of the lawsuit because you know the camera guys family will sue everyone within a 25 mile radius WHEN he gets shot.


Frank August 22, 2011 at 01:21 am

Why is simunition not being used?! Why is that camera man not wearing body armor!? Why is Private Pyle out of his bunk after lights out?! This kind of training is completely questionable in regards to safety, especially given advances in technology (body armor, frangibles, simunition, etc). Ts