Armed Defense

MAG20 class, Massad Ayoob

Lawful Use of Lethal Force: Surviving Massad Ayoob’s MAG20 Class

Do you know when you can lawfully use lethal force? Can you explain your self defense choices? If you have any doubt, Massad Ayoob's class can clear it up. I recently spent two very long and intense days in his MAG-20 Armed Citizens’ Rules of Engagement course. Mr. Ayoob lived up to his reputation,...

First group ever with a pistol. Corey’s instruction using Massad’s principles seems to work well. A half hour of basic instruction in the fundamentals can get you up and running with good technique. Don’t spend years developing bad habits or think you can learn to shoot a handgun by watching others (and certainly not from what you see on television or in movies!).

Shooting a Pistol: Instruction is Key to Success

A half hour of basic instruction in the fundamentals of shooting a pistol can get you up and running with good technique. Don’t spend years developing bad habits or think you can learn to shoot a handgun by watching others (and certainly not from what you see on television or in movies!).

Handgun training from Gun Digest

Choosing a Handgun: Hand Size & Strength Matters

Whether you’re interested in hunting, competition, concealed carry or self defense, you can find a handgun that fits. When deciding between a revolver and an autoloader, the size and strength of your hands is an important consideration.

The Sentinal series was always a good value, and has become extraordinarily so in recent years. Massad bought this one for $75 in 2003.

Gun Review: The Sentinel .22 Revolver

Introduced as an inexpensive plinker, the High Standard Sentinal .22 revolver was ahead of its time with landmark revolver design features. Unfairly tarnished with a “junk gun” image, it may be the best buy in a used handgun available today.

Handgun Training for Personal Protection

Seven Tips to Choose a Handgun for Self Defense

Selecting a handgun is personal—too personal to allow me or anyone else to do it for you. That said, it needs to fit your hand, have a recoil impulse you can control, and be small enough and light enough you might actually carry it and have it with you when you need it. Yes,...

The SnagMag yields a spare Glock magazine from a trouser pocket. At rest, it looks like a pocketknife.

Concealed Carry: Is Spare Ammo Necessary?

With the opportunity to expand on his previous work in Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, Massad Ayoob took the opportunity in "Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry 2nd Edition" to talk about the issue of concealed carry and spare ammo.

The Savage 110 Tactical .308 Carbine is a five-shot bolt gun that would do for long-range defense, though it is limited in capacity and speed.  Factory equipped with an Army Digital Camo stock, the Carbine is shown with a Vortex scope and bipod. The tactical carbine is lighter than many sniper rifles currently available.

Is There a “Best Survival Gun” For Home Defense?

When preparing for emergencies and survival situations, many of us will rely on firearms purchased for other purposes, such as hunting, target or informal recreational shooting, or defense of home or self during “normal” times. If you're thinking about the security resources you'd like to have on hand in not-so-unlikely survival situations, keep in...