Ask Ben who taught him how to shoot and he'll say himself. Did he go take classes from someone? Ask Dave who taught him, Mink, Vogel, ect.
The point? There is a large market in shooting instruction and training. We have a good number of matches during the year in which to see people who are known and the unknowns perform. So why is it that what you see in other sports where someone rises to the top in a visible way because of who coached them, what school they went to, who their mentor was, where they worked out etc do we not see something in pistol shooting sports?
Can anyone say they became a National champion because of their time spent with Enos, Leatham, Barnhart, Jarrett, Wilson, Hackathorn and such? Will anyone who's spent a lot of time in classes with Ben, Vogel, Strader and so on in the past 5 years be a champion and then able to be recognized as coming from them?
The only thing I can think of is the AMU. You don't see rising stars and think of them as a guy from school X or a student of shooter Y the way you would in a lot of other sports. So why is it we have all these shooting schools and teachers with a good background in competition and yet none of them yield another champion? And why are so many of the people who are champions today, when they had predecessors before them, almost all claim to be self taught?
Are the people who think they'll be champions from taking classes delusional when that's not how the person who got be champion (and now teaching them) in the first place arrived there?