MASSAD AYOOB GROUP
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
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
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 1987. 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 MAG and the 3 Day ASAA handgun courses here in the same season. Dates for
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.
- 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 my 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, some
classroom material is included at the end of the range days.
MAG-20/Live Fire -
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. Instruction by MAG Staff Tuition
$400 Aug 20 & 21
A two-day, 20-hour immersion
course in 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.
Instruction by Massad Ayoob and
Staff Tuition $400 Aug 22 & 23
MAG-40 Instruction by Massad Ayoob and Staff
Course Tuition $800
Aug 20 thru 23, 2015
For a newspaper report on a recent class
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 in 2014 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 Aug 17th. This class will be limited to,
and custom tailored (reduced classroom time and more time on the range) for those who have or are attending MAG/40. (We will also
allow enrollment of those who cannot attend our normal weekend classes because
of religious or work restrictions) 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 $1125. LFI1 graduates from previous years can attend the ASAA part of the training
for only $395. This class will only run
if we have a minimum of 5 students enrolled.
© 2014 Defense Associates, All rights reserved.