MAG-20 Defensive Pistol

Pictured left to right: Massad Ayoob, Louis Arroyo, David Maglio

The Massad Ayoob Group MAG-20 Defensive Pistol class is a two day, 20 hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress. Draw from concealment, two-handed stances, shooting from cover, one-handed stances with either hand, speed reloading, and more are taught with an overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. The course will culminate with a police-style qualification course. Estimated ammo count: 500 rounds. Prerequisite: basic understanding of firearms safety. $400

Gear List:

  • A center-fire handgun
  • A spare handgun is also recommended
  • A quality strong-side holster
  • A quality belt
  • 4 magazines
  • Magazine pouches
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Baseball cap
  • Knee pads (optional) 
  • 500 rounds of center-fire ammunition (NO RELOADS ALLOWED)
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Notebook and pen

About Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force.

The winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner of the Year Award in 1998, Mas has won several state and regional handgun shooting championships. Ayoob is one of the very few Five Gun Masters among the 10,000-member International Defensive Pistol Association, and was the first to earn that title. He served 19 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and several years as a member of the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In addition to teaching for those groups, he has also taught for the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and the International Homicide Investigators seminars.

Mas has received judicial recognition as an expert witness for the courts in weapons and shooting cases since 1979, and has been a fully sworn and empowered, part time police officer for decades. Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009, and now trains through Massad Ayoob Group. He has appeared on CLE-TV delivering continuing legal education for attorneys, through the American Law Institute and American Bar Association, and has been retained to train attorneys to handle deadly force cases through the Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network. Ayoob served for two years as co-vice chair of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He also appears in each episode of Personal Defense TV (Sportsman’s Channel).

  • Nationally recognized as an authority on use of deadly force
  • Sought-after expert court witness
  • Fully-sworn police officer, involved in law enforcement since 1972
  • Holds numerous state and national titles for pistol competition
  • Chairman of firearms training for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Trainer for police and private citizens in variety of skills and topics including use of deadly force, armed and unarmed combat, threat management for police, and advanced officer survival
  • Appears selectively as court-appointed expert witness in areas of dynamics of violent encounters, weapons, self defense, police training, and survival and threat management tactics and principles
  • Author of many books, monographs and articles too numerous to list; author and key instructor in eight instructional videotapes