Kung Fu, Weaponcraft and Teaching

Inspired by a well put POST over at pistol-training.com

They key to being a firearms instructor is to get students to learn. In a super macho sport like gunning, the really hard part is to get the steroid infused students to stop trying to show off for the instructor and actually learn the skills you are teaching.

Good instructors give credit where credit is due, don’t brag about and show video of the bad guys they have waxed, and they don’t tell you their way is the path to the gun god himself. They don’t even have to look like some covert, shaved head, tattooed operative.

Good instructors teach and make you want to learn. Its up to you to learn and then decide if their lessons will help you.

Gunsite Instructor Il Ling New

The best firearms instructor I have had the pleasure of learning under is Il Ling New. Not because she is a woman, not because she is witty (though that helps) and not because she hangs around my buddy Sheriff Jim Wilson. Nope, its simple; she knows how to teach humans to do things with guns.




About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Kung Fu, Weaponcraft and Teaching

  1. Jim Dodd says:

    Il Ling has been my favorite instructor since I took a Gunsite class with her and we became friends. She is as you say, an outstanding instructor…

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