OP opinion Cliff Notes: As an instructor, your personal level of shooting skill has nothing to do with making the students better. Check the ego and don't be a show off. Stay focused on making the students. Story Time: Last night I ran into another instructor and we started talking. Turns out he is a CHP instructor and has been to the FBI training school on training. Good credentials, IMO. We start comparing notes on stuff (like you do) and he mentions that he often requests his students to perform some very difficult shooting. I agree. That's what classes are for. redefining the limits of the shooters ability. He also mentions that many students balk at the task shooting he asking of them. Claiming that it is "not possible". I agree that a lot of seemingly impossible shots are more possible than many people think. He then tells me that he has gotten "so many free dinners over the years." I kinda have a confused look on my face. "Free dinners?" "Yep. I bet them dinner that I can make the shot. Usually I bet them that I can cut a playing card in half at 7 yards and just like that: free dinner!" At this point I have a course starting in just a few minutes, so I make a parting comment: "I have to get going, but I make it a point to not shoot during my classes. I will do dry fire demos, but in my mind, my personal shooting ability has nothing at all to do with making the students better shooters. If they want to see me shoot, they have to come to a match or be in the same class (where I am a student as well). Anyway good talking to you and have a great night." He shrugs. We shake hands and exchange names. I get going to my class. So what's your take? Do you see value in an instructor showing students how good they are? Am I missing something? Have you been in a class where a the instructor demonstrated his prowess with firearms and did it add to the value of the course?