Taught in person by Massad Ayoob

An intensive study of defensive firearms that teaches extreme speed for hits, and includes shooting at greater distances, and management of such contingencies as weak hand draws, one-hand only reloads and malfunction clearing if wounded, etc. Students receive several hours of hands-on training in handgun disarming, and in countering attempts by an attacker to disarm them. Shooting while moving, and use of long guns for defense, are among the areas covered.

On the range, live fire instruction is based upon Ayoob's StressFire handgunning techniques. After interviewing hundreds of officers who had survived gunfights, Ayoob drew on their experiences, combined with his own extensive research to create a powerful combat handgun system, initially known as the StressFire shooting method. Ayoob's research showed that in life threatening situations, human beings experience profound physical and psychological pressures causing deterioration of fine motor skills, and altering perceptions of time and other sensory inputs. Combining proven shooting techniques with principles from various martial arts styles, StressFire is a system that not only works under the enormous stress of violent encounters but actually feeds off it.

Background check must be presented first morning of class.

Tuition: $1100.00

5 Days: Wed 7/27 to Sun 7/31, 2022

Prerequisites: MAG-20/Classroom plus MAG-20/Live Fire; MAG-40; LFI-I.

About the instructor:
For nearly two decades, the Firearms Academy of Seattle, Inc. has hosted Massad Ayoob in the Pacific Northwest, making his exceptional training courses accessible to area residents. Ayoob's qualifications to teach this material is unparalleled--

  • Nationally recognized as an authority on use of deadly force
  • Sought-after expert court witness
  • Fully-sworn police officer, involved in law enforcement since 1972
  • Holds numerous state and national titles for pistol competition
  • Chairman of firearms training for the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
  • Trainer for police and private citizens in variety of skills and topics including use of deadly force, armed and unarmed combat, threat management for police, and advanced officer survival
  • Appears selectively as court-appointed expert witness in areas of dynamics of violent encounters, weapons, self defense, police training, and survival and threat management tactics and principles
  • Author of many books, monographs and articles too numerous to list; author and key instructor in eight instructional videotapes

Equipment list: (Subject to change, a final list will be sent out before class)

  1. A good quality handgun (we suggest the gun you normally carry). A second handgun is not a bad idea, either. We have seen students' guns break down during these classes. At least three spare magazines or speedloaders (the more the better), with belt carriers.
  2. Shotgun or carbine in center fire caliber .223, .30 Carbine, or 7.62x39. 
  3. 500 rounds of FMJ handgun ammunition
  4. 100 rounds of carbine ammunition or 90 slugs and 10 buckshot if using shotgun
  5. Belt holster with covered trigger guard (no fanny packs, shoulder holsters, small-of-the-back holsters or soft, collapsible inside-the-pants holsters, please). The holster must be rigid, and you must be able to holster one-handed.
  6. Ear muffs and wrap-around eye protection plus baseball type cap with visor (all 3 mandatory).
  7. Clothing suitable for spending all day outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. The range is outside, but has covered shooting positions. If you have body armor/vest bring it.
  8. Notepad and pen for note taking; laptop computer allowed, recording devices not allowed.
  9. Food and beverages for lunch and snacks.


Event Date 07-24-2019 9:00 am
Event End Date 07-28-2019 7:00 pm
Capacity 30
Individual Price $1,100.00
Location Firearms Academy Range

Venue - Firearms Academy Range

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