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Massad Ayoob – Director

While many who own firearms for self-defense have become skilled shooters, there remains a high degree of confusion as to when the use of deadly force is legally justified. This is not surprising considering the myths surrounding the subject and the complexity of the laws concerning the use of force. In addition, the study of a complex and violent subject is often such an unpleasant and sobering experience that many would prefer to avoid. Yet in today's political climate it is all to common for both police officers and normally law-abiding citizens to find themselves being prosecuted for actions they believed were both reasonable and justified. One way to avoid being in this situation is to give up any attempt at self-defense. We feel a better, and safer, way is to become fully versed in how the system works. Fortunately the information needed is readily available in an easy to learn format.

Massad Ayoob is the acknowledged expert on the use of deadly force in self-defense by civilians. Massad had long been an advocate for the armed citizen but his experience as a police officer illustrated to him how poorly the average citizen understood the laws concerning deadly force. In an attempt to correct the dangerous misconceptions on the subject, he wrote In the Gravest Extreme. The success of the book and flood of requests for additional training it generated led to the creation of the Judicious Use Of Deadly Force (LFI1) course and the establishment in 1981 of the Lethal Force Institute as a full time training academy. Massad continued as LFI's Director and lead instructor until forming the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG) at the end of 2009.

Over the years Massad has continually refined and updated his courses and they remain the preeminent ones on this subject. Thousands of his students have used the knowledge they have gained to prevent being injured, arrested or sued by simple changes in their lifestyle and their response to the actions of others. In a time when self-defense is not always politically correct and a criminal defense lawyer's retainer can start at $50,000, the cost of attending an MAG class is a small financial investment to protect your freedom and/or assets if you ever must use, or even threaten to use, deadly force in self defense.

We have been conducting training classes with Massad in Connecticut since 1988. The instruction and facilities here equals or exceeds those anywhere else the courses are offered. Massad personally conducts the live classroom instruction with staff instructors handling most or all of the range work. In addition, we offer special rates to those taking both MAG40 and the ASAA 3 Day Defensive Handgun Course here within a year. Dates for MAG courses held in other parts of the country can be found by going to their web site from our link page.

If you keep a firearm for self-defense and could only attend one training course, this is without a doubt the one it should be. It not only includes practical shooting techniques and exceeds what law school covers on the subject as stated below, but introduces "after action" concepts that have amazed experienced criminal defense attorneys with their simplicity and effectiveness.

MAG-40 - An intensive 40-hour course that combines both the MAG-20 Classroom and MAG-20 Live Fire courses. Instruction is broken down into (the first) two days on the range and two days of classroom. While students with very limited budgets or time may choose to take only one or the other of the MAG-20 classes you should remember it is the classroom portion of the training that makes these classes unique and that, due to the amount of material we wish to cover in a short period of time, classroom "days" can  be quite long.

MAG-20/Live Fire - A two day course in the fundamentals of using 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 both accurate shot placement and correct (safe) weapon handling. The course will culminate with a police-style qualification course. Estimated ammo count: 500 rounds. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of firearms safety. Instruction by MAG Staff   Tuition $400   August 2 & 3

MAG-20/Classroom - A two-day, 20-hour immersion course in the rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Topics will include interacting with suspects, witnesses, responding police officers…threat recognition and mind-set…management of social and psychological aftermath after having had to use lethal force in defense of self or others…and preparing beforehand for legal repercussions and minimizing exposure to them. Situations in the home, at the place of business, or “on the street” will all be covered. Prerequisite: none.
Instruction by Massad Ayoob and Staff   Tuition $400   Aug 4 & 5

MAG-40 Instruction by Massad Ayoob and Staff     Course Tuition $800     Aug 2 - 5

Special MAG/ASAA offers - We believe attending both the MAG/40 and the ASAA 3 Day Handgun Course are required to develop the minimal skills needed for effective armed self-defense. As this is not an inexpensive undertaking we offer several options to reduce your cost:

1. Take MAG40 and any regular ASAA 3 Day course within a 12 month period and receive a $100 discount on the tuition for a total of $1195.

2. Because many of our MAG students live outside of commuting distance, we are offering a special version of our 3 Day ASAA Handgun class beginning Monday July 30th. This class will is custom tailored for those who have or are attending MAG/40 but is also available to those who cannot attend our normal weekend classes because of religious or work obligations. This allows those attending MAG/40 to complete both classes in only a week and saves them both on travel cost and tuition. The cost for the full 7 days is only $1100. This class will only run if we have a minimum of 5 students enrolled.

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