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Massad Ayoob
Born Massad F. Ayoob
July 20, 1948(1948-07-20) (age 74)
Occupation Law enforcement officer, firearms instructor, self-defense instructor, writer

Massad F. Ayoob (born 20 July 1948) is an internationally-known firearms and self-defense instructor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues since 1974. He was the director of the Lethal Force Institute (LFI) in Concord, New Hampshire from 1981 to 2009, and now directs the Massad Ayoob Group (MAG).[1] Ayoob has appeared as an expert witness in several trials. He has served as a part-time police officer in New Hampshire since 1972 and holds the rank of Captain in the Grantham, New Hampshire police department.[2]


Ayoob has authored several books and more than 1,000 articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues, and has served in an editorial capacity for Guns Magazine, American Handgunner, Gun Week, Guns & Ammo and Combat Handguns. Since 1995, he has written self-defense and firearms related articles for Backwoods Home Magazine. He also has a featured segment on the television show Personal Defense TV, which airs on the Sportsman Channel in the US.

While Ayoob has been in the courtroom as a testifying police officer, expert witness, and police prosecutor, he is not an attorney; he is, however, a former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and is believed to be the only non-attorney ever to hold this position.[3][4] His published work was cited by the Violence Policy Center in their amicus curiae brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the District of Columbia v. Heller case, and he himself filed a declaration in another amicus brief in this case.[5] His course for attorneys, titled "The Management of the Lethal Force/Deadly Weapons Case", was, according to Jeffrey Weiner (former president of NACDL), "the best course for everything you need to know but are never taught in law school."[4]

Ayoob remains an internationally prominent law enforcement officer training instructor. Since 1987, he has served as chairman of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET).[dated info] He also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Law Enforcement Educators’ and Trainers’ Association, and is an instructor at the National Law Enforcement Training Center.[5]


Ayoob is of Arab descent.[6] His grandparents immmigrated to America in the latter part of the 19th century.[7]



Title ISBN Year of first publication
Armed and Alive   1979
In The Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection ISBN 978-0-936279-00-8 1980
The Experts Speak Out: The Police View of Gun Control   1981
The Truth About Self-Protection ISBN 978-0-936279-13-8 1983
Stressfire. Volume I of Gunfighting for Police: Advanced Tactics and Techniques with Ray Chapman ISBN 978-0-936279-03-9 1986
Gunproof Your Children / Massad Ayoob's Handgun Primer ISBN 978-0-936279-05-3 1986
Hit The White Part ISBN 978-0-936279-01-5 1986
The Semi-Automatic Pistol in Police Service and Self Defense ISBN 978-0-936279-07-7 1987
Police Survival Shooting (How Close is too Close)   1990
Stressfire II: Advanced Combat Shotgun. Volume II of Gunfighting for Police: Advanced Tactics and Techniques ISBN 978-0-936279-11-4 1992
Effective Defense: The Woman, the Plan, the Gun with Gila May-Hayes ISBN 978-1-885036-01-8 1994
Ayoob on Firearms CD collection of 40 articles from Backwoods Home Magazine 1994-2001
Ayoob Files: The Book ISBN 978-0-936279-16-9 1995
Fundamentals of Modern Police Impact Weapons ISBN 978-0-398-03748-2 1996
The Complete Book of Handguns   1998–2001
The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery (with Chuck Taylor) ISBN 978-0-89689-525-6 2002
Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer: A Complete Look at SIG Sauer Pistols ISBN 978-0-87349-755-8 2004
The Gun Digest Book Of Beretta Pistols ISBN 978-0-87349-998-9 2005
The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry ISBN 978-0-89689-611-6 2008
Greatest Handguns of The World ISBN 978-1-4402-0825-6 2010


Title Year of first publication
Stressfire Volume III: Rifle year unknown
LFI Handgun Safety year unknown
Physio-Psychological Aspects of Violent Encounters year unknown
Post Shooting Trauma year unknown
Judicious Use of Deadly Force 1990
Make Ready with Massad Ayoob Home Defense 2011


Massad Ayoob has been co-hosting the ProArms Podcast.[8] Their podcast is one of many associated with the Gun Rights Radio Network (a network that supports gun rights and provides other pro-gun podcasts and forums to allow interaction between hosts and members).[9]

See also

  • Jeff Cooper (the father of what is commonly known as "the Modern Technique" of handgun shooting)


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