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Next MAG 20 Live Fire will be in the Fall 2020 and MAG 20 & 40 Classes will be in the Spring (March or April) 2021

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.

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.

MAG 30

The Massad Ayoob Group is pleased to announce the newest live-fire handgun course. MAG-30 Range is a three-day course is specifically designed to bring the MAG-20 Range or MAG-40 Graduate to the next level of their shooting skills using Massad Ayoob’s Defensive Handgun Shooting System.

MAG-30 Range is a physically and mentally demanding course. The 3,000 round count Course of Fire is extremely structured for maximum efficiency. Students train with each core technique, performs all skill builder drills, and must achieve a minimum score for each of the seven (7) qualifications.

All techniques during all qualifications must be performed properly, within the time limits, with passing scores, to receive a MAG-30 Range certificate. If the student meets the MAG 20 requirements, the student will receive an updated MAG-20 Range certificate.