Massad Ayoob

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Massad Ayoob
Ayoob in 2018
Born (1948-07-20) July 20, 1948 (age 75)
Occupation(s)Police officer, firearms and self-defense instructor, writer

Massad F. Ayoob (born July 20, 1948) is an American firearms, self-defense instructor and Security advisor. He has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens since 1974. He was the director of the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, New Hampshire, from 1981 to 2009, and now operates his own company.[1] Ayoob has appeared as an expert witness in several trials. He served as a part-time police officer in New Hampshire since 1972 and retired in 2017 with the rank of captain from the Grantham police department in New Hampshire.[2] On September 30, 2020, Ayoob was named president[3] of the Second Amendment Foundation.


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 is broadcast on the Sportsman Channel in the US.

Ayoob has appeared in the courtroom as a testifying police officer, expert witness, and police prosecutor. Ayoob is believed to be the only non-attorney to serve as Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a position he formerly held.[4][5] His course for attorneys, titled "The Management of the Lethal Force/Deadly Weapons Case", was, according to Jeffrey Weiner: "the best course for everything you need to know but are never taught in law school."[5]

Ayoob has also designed two tactical knives;[6] in 1998 a sheath knife for Master of Defense (currently BLACKHAWK!),[7][8] and in 2001 a folding knife for Spyderco.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Ayoob is of Syrian descent.[11] His grandparents emigrated to North America in the latter part of the 19th century.[12]



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 5th Edition ISBN 978-0-87349-485-4 2002
The 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: Function, Accuracy, Performance ISBN 978-0-87349-998-9 2005
The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery 6th Edition ISBN 978-0-89689-525-6 2007
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
Combat Shooting with Massad Ayoob ISBN 978-1-4402-1857-6 2011
Greatest Handguns of The World Volume 2 ISBN 978-1-4402-2869-8 2012
Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-4402-3267-1 2012
Gun Safety in the Home ISBN 978-1-4402-3987-8 2014
Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer 2nd Edition ISBN 978-1-4402-3914-4 2014
Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense ISBN 978-1-4402-4061-4 2014


Title Year of first publication
LFI Handgun Safety year unknown
Stressfire Series Part One: Handgun 1986
Stressfire Series Part Two: Shotgun year unknown
Stressfire Series Part Three: Rifle year unknown
Judicious Use of Deadly Force 1990
Physio-Psychological Aspects of Violent Encounters 1990
Post Shooting Trauma 1990
Shoot to Live: Gunfight Survival 1994
Cute Lawyer Tricks 1995
Masters of Defense: An Inside Look at the Designs, the Designers, and Their Tactics 1999
Make Ready with Massad Ayoob Home Defense 2011
Make Ready with Massad Ayoob On Concealed Carry" 2013
Make Ready with Massad Ayoob Lethal Force FAQ" 2013


Ayoob hosts the ProArms Podcast.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " page discussing LFI and MAG". Archived from the original on December 15, 2010.
  2. ^ "Grantham NH Police Department website". Archived from the original on May 25, 2007.
  3. ^ "Second Amendment Foundation". September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  4. ^ Casey, Patrick. "About Massad Ayoob, Popular Firearms Author". Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Massad Ayoob joins the ENVISAGE Advisory Board". ENVISAGE. May 9, 2006. Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2008.
  6. ^ "About custom knives". Backwoods Home Magazine. Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Razorback TROCAR Knife". Officer. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "Seven Supreme Sequels - MOD Knives". Tactical Life Magazine. January 30, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Kertzman, Joe (2001). Sporting Knives 2002. Krause Publications. p. 51. ISBN 9780873492669. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Spyderco Massad Ayoob - Spyderco, Inc". Retrieved October 3, 2017.
  11. ^ An interview with a lethal man by Peter and Helen Evans, web posted February 14, 2005
  12. ^ Reflections on the Immediate Past Presidency Archived September 23, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. February 20, 2009. "Being the grandson of Arab-Americans who emigrated to this country more than 110 years ago..."
  13. ^ "The ProArms Podcast". The ProArms Podcast.
  14. ^ " is coming soon".

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