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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Massad Ayoob


Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Franklin D. Roosevelt was right. December 7, 1941, is a date that still does live in infamy.

It’s a time to remember the innocent victims, and the courage of those who fought back.  It should also be a time to reflect upon the lessons.

If you’ve ever taken one of my classes, you remember me talking about the allegory. The base itself, and indeed the whole of the American armed forces, were totally unprepared for large scale battle.  The decision was made to ignore a blip on the radar screen, and in minutes one of the mightiest fleets on Earth was on its way to the bottom of the harbor.  Reactionary gap that might have allowed a more effective defense was lost.

Millions of words have Monday morning quarterbacked those decisions ever since. Mistakes have been repeated.  On the individual level, we are reminded to be adequately armed and ready, prepared to recognize and accept a threat’s presence, and respond skillfully, swiftly, and appropriately.

Thoughts are with you on this sobering day, and your comments as always are welcome.

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, November 12th, 2016

The same week the most anti-gun Presidential candidate in history lost her White House bid, we in the gun culture lost two more greats.

Mike Dillon has passed.  Mike was the man who made progressive ammunition reloading machines available cheaply to the general public. The availability of affordable centerfire ammo in volume has created great strides in improving shooting skills nationwide, and has made it possible for countless more good people to become active in the shooting sports.

Mike was a gentleman in every respect.  I will always appreciate how kind and friendly he was when he took my significant other on a tour of his plant in Arizona a few years ago.

Dillon Precision set a high-water mark for customer service, not just in the firearms industry but in American industry, period.

Phil Shave, former head of police firearms training in Washington state and now working with a major gun owners’ civil rights group there, informs me that John Lawson passed away early in November.  John and I followed parallel paths in some respects. He and I were both columnists for American Handgunner magazine in its formative years going back to the 1970s.  If memory serves, Lawson and I both got our gun-writing starts with the late, lamented GUNsport magazine edited by the great Ken Warner, me in 1971 and John earlier than that.

Lawson 1911

John Lawson did this first “Ayoob Special.” Colt Combat Commander .45 auto has an early Jim Hoag grip safety, 5″ Bar-Sto match barrel ported on exposed portion, S&W adjustable revolver sights, and an exquisite Lawson trigger job. RIP, Brother John.

John’s niche was gunsmithing.  A master at the trade himself, his specialty was showing readers how to safely and effectively work on their own firearms.  Perhaps his most famous series was on a rifle he built for his little niece.  I have the privilege of owning two John Lawson custom .45s. The first was a Colt Combat Commander he built for me in the ‘70s, its extended barrel ported on the exposed part to reduce muzzle jump, and one of the first beavertail grip safeties by Jim Hoag. I won a gold medal with it at an IPSC match overseas in ’79.  When I was shooting for Team HK under Team Captain John Bressem in the early ‘80s, John built a pin gun out of a Heckler & Koch P9S Target model with a heavy barrel weight, Mag-na-Ported.  That sweet pistol won multiple guns for me at the Second Chance bowling pin shoots in Michigan. I am glad I have those two Lawson Custom .45s to remember him by, and will cherish them all the more now.

Vaya con Dios, brothers. Each of you were sterling examples of the character of the people in the real Gun Culture.

Massad Ayoob


Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Schedules are funny things.  Months ago, I knew that September of this year was going to be consumed by a wrongful death trial in Federal court on one coast and a murder trial on the other, with some days allotted for the Texas Bar Association’s annual Firearms Law Seminar, and the Gun Rights Policy Conference.  That left only a couple of days at the end of the month for a regular training class, which is what I’m doing as I write this.

When not one but both trials postponed (not an uncommon occurrence), I figured the Evil Princess and I might have a few rare days of free time.

No such luck.  Nature abhors a vacuum.  An opportunity came up to take a Ruger new product seminar, at the awesome FTW Ranch in Texas.  It coincided well with the Bar Association seminar.  An annual periodical I used to write was resurrected when a publisher bought the rights to the title from the original publisher, which had closed its doors earlier in the year…and the deadlines were coming up close.

There was also an invitation to lecture in the town where I live on how Stand Your Ground laws actually work, and to be guest speaker at a local Republican Committee meeting where I advised them not to take gun owners for granted because a whole lot of them were inclined to cast protest votes for a third party.

Each of those opportunities turned out to be useful and enjoyable, so I really can’t complain.

Christmas. Yeah, that’s it.  I’ll relax around…Christmas.

Massad Ayoob


Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Gun Rights Policy Conference has broadened the diversity of both speakers and attendees since the first one I attended decades ago.  But the entire gun owners’ civil rights movement still has some distance to go on that.

I was happy to see Tiffany Johnson at the GRPC for the first time. Tiffany is an attorney, a person of color, and one of the best of the “younger generation” in the movement. Check out her insights here:

Massad Ayoob


Saturday, September 17th, 2016

FTW Ranch is awesome,   

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