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The Next MAG 20 Live Fire/Range Classes will be 11-12 November 2021

The Next MAG 20 Live Fire and MAG 20 Citizen's Rules of Engagement and MAG 40 Classes will be 17-20 March 2022


MAG 20 Range/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 and proof of a clean criminal record.


The MAG-20 Live Fire incorporates martial arts principles into the art of pistol marksmanship and reflects Massad Ayoob’s 35+ years of training law enforcement officers and legally-armed private citizens. It employs the concepts of the fighting stance, applying force, and seeking balance and departs greatly from target shooting principles in gripping the pistol, body position, and head position. Using these concepts you will find recoil recovery improved with the pistol snapping back to sights on target with every shot. MAG-20 teaches the student to position their body in a manner that mimics the human body's reflexive crouch. So rather than fighting the body’s protective instincts the shooter works with them.


In MAG-20 Live Fire students learn the classic Weaver, Chapman's modified Weaver, and a modified Isosceles. Students are often very skeptical of the modified Isosceles only to discover their target telling them that it is working. Students learn one-handed shooting, both strong side and weak side. Massad’s approach uses the principal of the body’s sympathetic muscle movement to obtain the maximum grip from the shooting hand. Students also learn shooting from low cover positions including the cover crouch, the high kneeling and the low kneeling.


We finish the MAG-20 Live Fire with a police-style qualification that incorporates all of the techniques we learn throughout the course.


MAG 20 Classroom: The Armed Citizens Rules of Engagement


The Armed Citizens Rules of Engagement is 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. Massad's instruction covers situations in the home, at the place of business, or on the street.

The MAG 20 Live Fire and the MAG 20 Armed Citizen are the two component sub courses of MAG 40—each covering ½ of the MAG 40 course material.

MAG 40 = Mag 20 Live Fire and MAG 20 Classroom


MAG 40 is an intense, four-day, 40-hour immersion course in the “rules of engagement” for armed law-abiding private citizens. We will complete the Range/Live Fire on days 1 & 2 and attend classroom on Days 3 & 4. Eric Lamberson will instruct the Range/Live Fire portion and Massad Ayoob will instruct the classroom portion.