Lucien Black, aka Michael Douglas Thervil; World’s Worst Firearms Instructor

| August 1, 2017

You’ve probably seen this guy, Michael Douglas Thervil who goes by Lucien Black on Facebook. He claims to be a military-trained firearms instructor, that he trained special forces soldiers in firearms handling and he claims that he was a security officer while he was in the military, among other things;

He has an executive protection company according to his LinkedIn profile.

Bob Owens, Barstool Sports and Maxim have all called him the “World’s Worst Firearms Instructor”.

He makes videos in which he unsafely handles firearms. ALL guns are ALWAYS loaded – you don’t point a weapon at anything you don’t intend to kill;

And you probably don’t want to shoot into the ceiling at the range;

And Assault with a Deadly Weapon is probably a disqualifier for weapons instructors;

Anyway, he did serve in the Army but his firearms instruction was minimal – he was a nutritional care specialist at the 28th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Bragg, NC (a hospital cook). He might have trained special forces soldier on how to eat healthy, but luckily, he didn’t teach them how to shoot;

He had 18 months on active duty and he left as a Private First Class (E-3), so you can’t blame his poor firearms training on the Army. I understand that the NRA pulled his instructor certs because of some of his videos. I guess he forgot all of the military firearms training as well as his military nutritional training.

Category: Phony soldiers

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  1. CB Senior says:

    I guess he forgot also what the Army really trained him for.

    Nice Muffin Top Dude.

    OMG I shot Momma

  2. Deplorable B Woodman says:


    And that, boys and girls, is how the oceans flooded the coastal cities. It wasn’t AGW or GloBull Warming.

  3. Claw says:

    Hospital Jello maker. Way more high speed than just being a regular old line cook.

    • 1610desig says:

      And to think, with that gut he was once an Army nutritionist…he could have made some money on those firearm instructional videos if he had sought out corporate sponsorship…like a XXXL tee shirt that says “Utz Potato Chips”

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    Shut the fuck up asshat! You look like a toasted jelly donut with your dumbass pistol draw shoulder shrug.

    Racism in 3… 2… 1…

  5. Ex-PH2 says:

    Ooooooooooooh, cuh-rapppp!

    Too early. Not enough caffeine.

    • blackflag79 says:

      Just the right amount of caffeine, not enough desk to bash my forehead into.

      • Instinct says:

        Might I recommend for this instance a nice 1″ thick Maple cutting board?

        The thickness and density of the wood is perfect to allow the required force without collapsing, plus it is a very attractive kitchen accessory as well.

  6. IDC SARC says:


  7. Doc Savage says:

    What…what the fuq? That thing with the knife and shooting the range ceiling..also, the belly, also, the flagging, also, the booger hook on the bang switch, also….

    Wait….where the fuck was I??

  8. Dapandico says:

    Fork instructor, point end goes in first.

  9. JR Bonner says:

    He has become VERY infamous in the Instagram community. A great group of individuals have been calling him out for a few months now. Great job Jonn as usual on adding critical information to the story. Another fun tidbit for TAH readers; head over to Urban Dictonary as this ding-dong has made it there as well 😄 (and give it a “thumbs up” if you agree).

  10. 1610desig says:

    Never heard of him until now….when I viewed that first photo with him in that suit and glasses, seemed apparent he was just playing dress up to appear intelligent…damn, Jacques Clouseau has nothing on him…he’s funny in a fratricidal/matricidal/transcidal sort of way

    • Combat3c0 says:

      The monkeys! The monkeys are on the phone in my room! No, they are playing dress up and pretending they are weapons instructors. This guy shouldn’t be allowed to teach anyone how to use a slingshot!

  11. blackflag79 says:

    Did this guy wash out of hunters safety?

  12. Silentium Est Aureum says:

    So when you get the diabeetus and lose your fingers, here’s how you load the gun…BLAM!

  13. Mark Lauer says:

    He has a Masters, a Bachelors, and a Graduate in Sociology.
    Not sure about that “Graduate” degree, never heard of that one.

    LOVE the little video of him pushing the paper targets out of the way, and firing while his hand is in front of the muzzle! Great way to lose your graduate certificated fingers.

    And what the holy FUCK is he doing in that last picture?

    • That Guy says:

      He has a master’s from a school that’s half a step from a diploma mill. In sociology.

    • geetwillickers says:

      ML – you just don’t understand. He wasn’t “pushing” those targets out of the way… if you look closely, he is holding a Deadly Pocket Knife and is stabbing the shit out of those targets while trying to shoot his hand off. Apparently, shooting someone point blank in the chest is not killy enough – one must enlarge the bullet holes with one’s Deadly Pocket Knife in order to ensure that you have killed him clear to death before you can engage the other bad guys who are out of range of your Deadly Pocket Knife.

      You are welcome for the correction. 😉

  14. Graybeard says:

    I’m just wondering how he’s managed to not self-select out of the gene pool, so far.

    Lying idiot.
    Michael Douglas Thervil aka Lucien Black is not a trustworthy firearms instructor.
    Michael Douglas Thervil aka Lucien Black is to be avoided at all costs when in the presence of firearms.
    Michael Douglas Thervil aka Lucien Black was never a military firearms instructor.
    Michael Douglas Thervil aka Lucien Black may be the worst person in the world to trust with any form of safety.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    What a turd. And a fat one a at that.

    18 months = Substandard Discharge = Shitbag.

    It does appear that we have found “Turd” Bolling’s (Ambassador Worldwide Protection Agency – both national and international)long lost fat ass brother.

  16. Jeff LPH 3, 63-66 says:

    Well I’ll be Hogswhistled- when I lived up on Long Island NY, I shot at the Nassau County range, The Freeport Police range where non LEO’s could belong to and shoot at their range, Delray Beach shooting center, world of guns range in Pompano Beach. What I noticed in all of the ranges were holes in the ceilings, holes in the sides of the booths and holes in the walls. I always thought that the ranges were built like that for maybe air circulation. So for 47 years,that’s what I thought of until today when I read the above post. LOL,LOL,LOL.

    • Docduracoat says:

      I also shoot at Delray Shooting Center and Gun World of South Florida in Pompano
      I prefer Gun World as they allow me shoot at paper plates while Delray insists I buy their targets.
      Both have holes in the ceiling as they rent full auto submachine guns
      The public cannot grasp the idea of 3 round bursts, so the gun climbs.
      Concealed carriers need to practice drawing from concealment and the only range I know that allows that is Revere Range in Pompano
      And they have plenty of bullet holes in the floor and door to show for it

  17. Ex-PH2 says:

    Can’t help asking this:

    If being charged with Asaault w/a Deadly Weapon is supposed to prevent someone from owning one, what is he doing with one/any?

    • Graybeard says:

      Difference between being charged and being convicted.

      One may be charged with all sorts of crimes. But until proven guilty in a court of law, we must still consider the accused to be innocent.

      We don’t have anything presented to us (yet) about the outcome of that charge. Was there a plea bargain, was he found innocent, were charges dropped, or has he not yet had a court appearance on the charges?

      Until found guilty in a court of law of an offense that would remove that right, he has every right to keep and use a firearm.

      That does not mitigate against him being an unsafe idiot with firearms. He has the right to be an idiot until his idiocy gets someone hurt or killed.

  18. The Other Whitey says:

    Was this idiot the armorer for the “Lethal Weapon” series? Or was that just where he learned his technique from?

  19. IDC SARC says:

    Dunno what he thinks he studied at ECU…but they have no undergrad or grad programs in Logistics

  20. Dave Hardin says:

    Damn, I was going to attend a personal protection firearms class because Lawton is supposed to come kill me today.

    I guess this guy can’t help me, unless Lawton tries to come through the ceiling to kill me. What am I to do now? I thought this guy might have some handy tips on how he dealt with insurgents coming through the ceiling in a crowded chow hall.

    Now I don’t feel safe going to Waffle House. This fat phuk appeared to be experienced with defending his food.

    • Graybeard says:

      Just curious – what is the defensive round de jour? Something from a donut shop? A gift certificate for 1/2 off at the daily DRG session at the dumpster?

      Also – are there any concerns that PETA or SPCAA might get involved if you do have to get physical with Lawton? What about those at MHMR?

    • Jay says:

      Dave? You still alive?

      • Dave Hardin says:

        Sadly, my kids have been going around the house putting their names on the things they want.

        I think they put a Yard Sale advertisement in this weekends paper to get rid of the rest of it.

        The Soviet picked up my Dress Blues from the cleaners yesterday…I think she is still hopeful.

        Sitting here felling like Walt.

  21. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    He does look like a VERY highly trained and experienced Jelly Doughnut Assassin.

  22. SMAG says:

    Didn’t have my glasses on, and mistook the first photo for Daymond John from Shark Tank.
    Thought for a second that some ABC producer had shit the bed and booked APL to pitch their service…
    “We currently steal valor in forty-two states and six foreign countries. Each of our hand pricked…er…picked agents is equipped with an HD tricycle (knockoff) and trained to disorient potential threats with the shoulder-to-shoulder bling on their “poser”…um…I mean “pride” vest. We also retain the services of world-renowned weapons experts like Lucien Black to instruct members to subdue subjects by deploying our patented Phildo™ non-lethal stimulation…uh… suppression device.
    We’re seeking $750 dollars in bail money and a box of day-old-donuts in exchange for a fifty percent stake in our company

    • Silentium Est Aureum says:

      I wonder what Psulie-Boi would ask for his “woman-owned company” and Elaine Ricci’s current location?

      Somewhere in the neighborhood of the $9000 he’s getting sued over and a mailbox door, I’d guess.

      • SMAG says:

        I can see Mr. Wonderful offering the nine grand as a line of credit* and collecting a dollar royalty for every mailbox door recovered.

        *Whereabouts of Elaine Ricci not included.

  23. Charles Bloodworth says:

    I agree he is an incompetent firearms instructor, but this is the Stolen Valor section. And the worst possible statement I see quoted was that he said “I’m also military.” Well, he went through basic, and presumably qualified with his service weapon.
    He may be well over his head in trying to teach weapons handling to anyone, but I just don’t see this as a “Stolen Valor” posting.

    • IDC SARC says:

      “He claims to be a military-trained firearms instructor, that he trained special forces soldiers in firearms handling and he claims that he was a security officer while he was in the military, among other things;”

      First paragraph refers to his embellishment. This story wasn’t categorized under stolen valor.

    • Bryan says:

      When he qualled in BCT it would’ve been with an M16. Rifle shooting and pistol shooting are completely different games. I can poke a hole through a man from 350m away with an M16/M4, but can’t hit the broad side of a barn with a pistol (or so I assume, I’ve only shot a pistol once.)

  24. Sparks says:

    Wait…What? Can someone translate what he said in the video because I only caught a word here or there. That has to be some of THE dumbest firearm handling shit I have ever seen. I mean, if he’s helping the ‘boys in da hood’, that’s one thing, otherwise it was a short course in how to kill friends, neighbors, bystanders and yourself. Please God, don’t let anyone innocent be downrange from the fat ass hat if he pulls his weapon in a Walmart.

  25. Green Thumb says:

    I keep thinking “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”.

  26. Green Thumb says:

    I also wonder what would happen if someone placed a bowl of jelly beans in the corner?

  27. Claw says:

    I’m betting this fat cat was a weight control program enrollee from day one.

    And of course there’s nothing better than being in a MOS where you get to eat your own mistakes every day.

    I believe he’s the living embodiment of that old saying that you should never eat the chow prepared by a skinny cook.

  28. IDC SARC says:

    He’s got a new video up on FB.

    Everybody else is apparently….jealous. 🙂

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Jealous? Of what?

      His size? His appetites? His ignorance in gun handling?

      What a strange person.