The Chinese Expat Running an Underground Gun School

The Chinese Expat Running an Underground Gun School

Hi, I’m Lydia from the VICE office
in Brooklyn, New York. Despite being very illegal in China
the appeal of guns drives many youth to travel outside of the country
just to shoot. Our colleagues over at
VICE China did the same by traveling to the Philippines
to take a shooting class and study the growing
gun culture of China. This is Shooting Camp
from VICE China’s What We Buy series. We’re in Nasugbu, Philippines. Today, we’ve followed
a Chinese tourist group here for a special tourist experience. We’ve arrived at our destination, it’s a local military base
in the Philippines. We’re heading to the shooting range. We came here today
for the shooting class. To learn how to use a gun. Don’t put it like this after firing. Empty the weapon
and put it like this. I think that many Chinese people
such as myself rarely encountered guns
during our childhood. We never received training on
how to correctly use a gun or how to react when facing a gun. Try to press it. Not you. Before we begin
I need to tell you the rules. First, as he just said, consider that every weapon
is loaded. The first of four principles
of the shooting range is: assume every weapon is loaded. Second, don’t put your finger on the
trigger until you’re ready to shoot. Third, don’t point at anything
you don’t mean to shoot. Fourth, identify the target
carefully before shooting. The four rules are standard in
shooting ranges around the world. Grab the gun, get ready, fire. The three positions.
What are the three positions? The gun holster and then fire. Wait. Stop. Everybody, look carefully. As we rehearsed, we can’t put our finger on the trigger
until we’re ready to shoot. Take note while using it,
don’t put your finger in there. Please pay attention to this. We need to keep
practicing this today. Okay, once again. I’m from Beijing, born and raised. I went abroad and by chance met another Chinese person
who was active in the military. Then I had an idea. I decided to prepare for one year. I studied another language
and improved my stamina. I took gun training courses in China and then joined a corps in France. Weak hand strength.
Ladies, please pay attention. You’ve loaded it, right? Take this. Watch this. Hold the gun and push it.
Pull it with this hand. When I first started handling guns,
I was about 13 or 14 years old. My father took me
to a friend’s home. I remember there were several
pneumatic guns at his home, but I couldn’t tell the names.
I was very excited back then. I thought it was a lot of fun. I played with the
unloaded guns for a while. After I went to the corps
to receive training, I got bored with firing guns. Because I needed to wipe the gun
after using it every time. And I needed to wipe it carefully. I needed to treat the weapon seriously. I got a strong sense of awe from it. Now I’m retired
from military service, and I’m working on
teaching shooting classes. So I can make a living from it. Just now, we held unloaded guns and learned some fundamental
procedures about pistols. We learned how to
prepare ourselves before shooting and how to recover spent bullets. I feel rather nervous. I have never experienced this before
and now I have to remember so many things. It’s going to be hard to remember. After a lot of practice we’re going to
start using loaded guns. And it’s quite dangerous. I’m particularly worried
about my teammates. I going to stay away from them. Attention! Load real bullets. Pull the barrel. Ready? Fire! It’s a shooting experience
designed for Chinese people. It’s about the experience. And more importantly
guns are lethal weapons not toys. It’s more about what you do
when a gun is pointed at your head. So for me, it’s more like
a responsibility. I hope that everyone takes a
well-rounded gun course. When you’re very excited,
you may underestimate the risks of using a gun. Don’t move. Don’t move. Let go. In the first period of the class, I’ll teach them
how to correctly operate a gun. I’ll show them
how dangerous it would be if they fire the gun
inappropriately. I’ll show them some mistakes. If you put your hand like this, you can easily fire at your hand. These intuitive practices
will help them learn and show them how serious this is. Definitely. Look. Adjust the hand
to hold the gun well. Don’t take it the other way around. I’ve always been a military fan, so I’m crazy
about war films and guns. But after handling guns for a while,
I actually feel that the most important thing is safety. Not only do you need to
guarantee your own safety, but also the safety
of those around you. When you have the gun in your hand, it’s a responsibility not a right. Zheng, you actually trust me. I don’t even trust myself. Wait. The balloon’s moving. Dangerous situations
are always occurring. And I’ve witnessed some of them. For example,
I learned trigger control which teaches you how to resist
from shooting people around you. And under such pressure, we still needed to complete
the required operations and tasks. This impressed me a lot. Go down, go all the way down. Touch my hand. Quickly! Lift the tire, come on! Turn to the side. Watch out. Don’t fall down.
Use the ice bucket. Get up. Grab the gun. I’ve got the clips. Follow me. Look for the clip. Go. Go. Go. Hurry up. Find the clip. Go! Hurry up! Load the clip. Hurry up! The yellow one on the left. Forward! Forward! Shoot your fucking target Blue. Out. Gun! Great! You can focus
through an intense drill. It’s really great. Alright. Give your teammates a high five. Yeah! It’s true, when I used to
watch war films, I simply couldn’t imagine the kinds of situations soldiers
faced on the battlefield. Once an officer made us
go through a drill. Later I found out that
not all the targets on the opposite side were clear.
Think about it. My sweat poured down my face. It went into my eyes
and distorted my vision. You hid from it. My human instinct took over
in order to survive. It’s a matter of life or death. So it was actually very ruthless. What was it like when
it impacted the body? It may be a small wound
when it hits the body, but the wound behind it
could be large. Comrade. The environment varies
from place to place. I once wanted to film
about border defense in China, but it was a sensitive topic and they said it’s not allowed. For them, it might be a symbol of the supreme power. A gun like sunrays as sharp as knives. Actually, it’s related to our origin. It’s also an accomplishment
of the human species. This is beyond doubt. So what’s our expression like
and what kind of mood are we in when we have a gun? This is rather interesting. So we’ve been collecting
these photos. I liked using this type of gun
when I played Counter Strike. Everybody, come here. Listen to my commands. Okay, confront your enemy. Take off the safety. Are you okay? It just sprung up. Jixiao. Handle this. Go find Jixiao. War is very terrible. And gunshot wounds
are very dangerous. Those who have heard
the sounds of a gun or who have been shot by a gun
know how powerful and dangerous it is. For example, some Hollywood films
conform to the American culture, but don’t conform
to the Chinese culture. American culture has an impact
on the entire world’s culture, so they influence gun use
around the world. They have definitely influenced
gun policies worldwide. There was a small accident. This wasn’t an accident. It was a bloody lesson. There is… a shell fragment here. But in a war,
it could have been a bullet that could have killed somebody. We have to be careful.
Safety comes first. I’m in favor of strict prohibition
of gun use in our country. Because in a large country like China
misusing guns can be fatal. China is very different
from other countries after all. China’s customs and culture
are very unique. Move on. Stop. You guys are so bad. As for the definition of guns, there should be a strict one. It’s not that
we can regard an object as a gun as long as it can be used for firing. Nowadays, there’s a rather controversial
topic related to the fact that simulation gun are measured with
the standards of a real gun. We’ve contacted someone who collects
simulation guns online. He promised to bring us some of
his guns and show them to us. The standard for identifying
a gun fabricated in China, is a test where they take
a pine wood board which is 3.25 mm thick and shoot it
from a distance of one meter. If the bullet
goes through the board, the instrument
is identified as a gun. At first, the standard in Hong Kong was 1.75 J. Then the standard kept changing. Nowadays, the standard seems to
have reached 2 J in Hong Kong. But the standard can be 4 J
or 6 J in other countries. This standard depends
on the laws of each country. As far as I’m concerned, I hope that one day gun use is free
in our country because l like guns. If that happens, I’ll certainly be
the first person to buy many guns. But currently, there are
strict gun laws in China, and this isn’t necessarily
a bad thing. It makes us feel safe. In fact, learning how to use a gun
doesn’t mean using it to kill. They teach you the sound a gun
makes and how to identify its source. And how to take evasive actions immediately after you
hear a gun go off. If people learn
what type of actions to take when they’re confronted by a gun it might help save people’s lives.

100 thoughts on “The Chinese Expat Running an Underground Gun School

  1. Lao Zheng is a firearms fanatic—but since guns are outlawed in China, he set up a "shooting camp" in the Philippines to train Chinese tourists to handle a weapon in any situation.

    Watch Next: MOTHERBOARD’s Webby Award Winning Documentary Who Killed the Smart Gun? –

  2. Was he messing with him pulling the trigger cause he was expecting it to go off, cause in America that would end your day pretty fast

  3. The dude saying a gun is a responsibility and not a right irked me. Well of course you should be responsible but in the US thank god its a right.

  4. nah chinese don't need gun training. they love to be controlled by the government and believe all their bullshit. they need more government if anything.

  5. Had the chance to shot a Strayer-Voigt Infinity 9mm once.

    Yes, even a 9mm gun sounds intimidating, although your ear is plugged.

    It's a fun experience though.

  6. Anyone else notice the instructor point the gun at himself while unloading it? 1:41 first thing he does in the video lol

  7. Yo VICE, this is a great video but have Philippine National Police (PNP) investigators approached you yet about the existence of this school run illegally by foreigners, especially ex-military foreigners? The tour group members don't even bother to cover up their faces. Aren't they afraid they may be arrested for going to an unlicensed gun school? Why? If there is corruption and my country's president finds out (he hates corruption) that these all these Chinese guys are being coddled by corrupt Philippine authorities, then there will be much trouble. Any updates if there was any action taken by PH government authorities or even PH media after you released this video in April 27, 2017??? Many thanks and keep up the good work!!!

  8. Then my sons airgun would not be legal there since it shoots thrue 4 cm of lumber with a little steel shot incased in the back by plastic. Lead only goes thrue 2,1 cm wood planks. 395ms 4,5mm

  9. 中国还是需要这样负责任的课程,也许不是如何使用真枪,但也要教育人们如何正确地保护自己。

  10. Ah, ha! ha! "…shoot the fucking target!" Everything seemed all right until they decided to take unnecessary risk with the holding of a balloon to be shot from the hand. Didn't need to go there. Disrupting concentration with pulling, I dont know. Seems unnecessary. Class is to get these green weenies familiar with several weapons and learn to shoot proficient.

  11. Are guns illegal in China? I've been to firing ranges in Shanghai and fired actual firearms, rather than BB or pellet guns.

  12. 你好,
    First of all let me address:
    6:28 Bad translation, he was saying it "Gun is a liability(for other's safety) not a symbol of authority"
    The word "authority" in Chinese is the same word as "liberty"
    But he was clearly not talking about liberty in anyway.
    我是一個在加州教育使用槍枝的教練, 我建議您請不要嘗試去學習或是去參予這影片裡面的活動, 這都是一群外行人在拿性命開玩笑罷了, 如果你對槍枝操作有興趣我建議您去美國有名的槍枝學院像是Gunsite Academy或是Insight Academy比較可靠.

  13. – I studied another language and improved my stamina
    – I took gun training courses in China
    – and then joined a corps in France

    Oh I think we all know where he joined

  14. I'm a Chinese and my first time shooting was university freshman military training… Hundreds of us were literally transported by trucks to a trench-like shooting range given semi auto rifles and asked to shoot targets so far away behind smokes you couldn't even see them. The gun shots rang in my ears for an entire day. Felt like a hopeless infantry in WWI…

  15. They know English ,how annoying they speak this mandarin gibberish. They could be telling American jokes for all we know

  16. perhaps dear vice the fact that the chinese government killed 60/100 million of it's own people and STILL commits mass murder on a regular basis encourages ordinary poeple to be armed but hey there all gun nuts right?

  17. Why are instructeur covering there face? And they keep on claiming the serve the French foreign legion. Is there any proof of that. Also what they do id not even illegal in Chinese law. So why cover there face? I call it bullshit claiming serving place they never been. Can some one speak French to them.

  18. The owner was a member of the French Foreign Legion, all that legion training paid off! Vive la légion étrangère!

  19. Pour mes camarades chinois qui veut les armes vraiment:
    For my Chinese comrades who wants real guns:

  20. Man. I'd be out of there in about two seconds. People sweeping each other all over the place. Even him sweeping people. People in front of other people with guns. Someone shooting a balloon held by someone else, throwing stuff in the face of someone holding a gun… They said someone involved in this was ex-military. Is that really the case? I find it hard to believe that the Chinese military would have allowed such carelessness…

  21. "Simulation guns"… they're airsoft ffs, i.e. toy guns, did you really have to film it in a poorly lit car to make it look like it's a Narcos arm deal?

  22. These people pay a lot of money to do something that is a right for every US citizen. Man, I can't stand some of our citizens.

  23. if safety is most important,why in the hell do they think its a good idea to have someone hold a balloon have somebody shoot it. i would never take class that instructors do stupid and dangerous stuff like that.

  24. Because of your super totalitarian autocratic government, and that's it. You saying: "This isn't necessarily a bad thing"… You know it's bad we know it's bad but you're afraid of being identified so you can have evidence to defend yourself proving that you're not against government's decisions. We Iranians are oppressed by an autocratic government and there's no gun ownership here too. Hearing that Us government is trying to ban guns made me upset for Americans because I know well that where this decision comes from and where it will take the Nation. It is a sign. Gun ban. It is the start of over growing of a government. It is can also be the sign of government's weakness and its unpopularity.

  25. He pointed the gun to the camera man with his finger on the trigger! This chinese is not ready for a gun. Give him a bow and arrow.

  26. This is proof that all humans crave a weapon because we have an internal drive to preserve our life and those of our loved ones. China needs the 2nd Amendment more than most countries.

  27. That's why! Chinese kidnappers, Chinese Drug lords and Chinese syndicates running around in the Philippines. Philippines need to ban the tourist to hold any firearms and that is why if they ram an innocent Filipino they get away because of bribery.

  28. "Safety first" my ass. Maybe they should use a range with a proper backstop, you know, one without any rocks and crap that can cause fatal ricochets.

  29. 11.27 looks like these "tourists" learned absolutely nothing about why the right of self defense is so important. Or even the fact that it is a right…. Tiananmen square is one good example of what happens when only the criminals are armed.

  30. What a bunch of amateurs. These guys are a danger to themselves. The so called "pro" even allows some noob to shoot a ballon out of hes hand. Dangerous from the get go, but one thing you should notice is that he even does so with hes right hand. Meaning if hes hand was shot, he wouldnt have lost the "other hand", but the trigger hand.

  31. That didn't look safe at all. Why was that leg holster dangling around like that? Hahahahaha. How does the instructor not fix this guy's stupid holster? This guy is full of shit. He is not ex french foreign legion. He watched a bunch of YouTube videos and mashed his shit together. His holster draw technique was garbage. He explained it like crap. Holster training usually take an entire day with a lot of boring safety drills again and again. Anyone that is proficient with firearms knows how dangerous some of these advance drills are when it gets thrown at beginners. This instructor is not safe at all. You see him flag his own groin at 1:41. Dude is obviously a fraud. I would guess that he has some range experiences and made up the rest of his resume. Also another thing I noticed. He taught all these cool tactical shit… But no press check… From him drawing from holster you can already tell he is not that great. Maybe that's why not too much footage is shown on the instructor doing demonstrations because train eyes can tell he is a fraud. What's going on with Vice lately? A lot of bull shit materials.

  32. Vice: "You know what would be a really cool thumbnail
    Guy: "what?"
    Vice: "point the gun straight at the camera."
    Guy: "like this?"
    Vice: "perfect but put your finger on the trigger like your about to shoot."

  33. at 13:03, thas a select fire weapon, an actual assault rifle, not one of the neutered semi-auto only ar 15s that US citizens are restricted to unless you extravagantly wealth and can afford a transferrable pre 1986 m16, like that is

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