New Massad Ayoob Book Just In Time for Christmas

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a gun lover – or yourself – take a look at the latest book from Massad Ayoob: “Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense.” It’s about time he came out with another book; I know I’ve been waiting. Mas has three decades of experience as a law enforcement officer and is rightly considered one of the foremost authorities on this topic. He’s served as an expert witness for countless cases, both high-profile and not, and he has an impressive knowledge base borne of hands-on experience and years of study. And, of course, you may be familiar with his column in “American Handgunner.”

“Deadly Force discusses:

  • Understand the legal and ethical issues surrounding use of lethal force by private citizens
  • Learn about the social and psychological issues surrounding use of lethal force in defense of self or others
  • Preparation and mitigation–steps the responsible armed citizen can/should take” (from Amazon)


Mas has other books as well, my favorite being “The Ayoob Files: The Book.” And if you really want to immerse yourself in his training methods, take his weekend course, MAG-40, which can also be broken down into two separate classes. By taking the full-length course you get time in both the classroom and on the range, and if you think you can’t possibly benefit by attending, believe me when I say you can. Take a look at the available courses at:

Think of “Deadly Force” as an updated version of yet another of his books I like, “In the Gravest Extreme.” Best-case scenario would be attending one or more of his courses, but getting your hands on his books is a close second. And if you’ve met him or attended one of his classes, you’re going to want his books. “Deadly Force” has a cover price of $21.99 but can be found for less on Amazon and can also be purchased through Barnes and Noble – or you can Google it and see what comes up.


Somehow it always surprises me when I run into a gun enthusiast who hasn’t heard of Mas. His logic is solid and so are his methods; when it comes to the many supposed experts in the gun world, Mas is one of the few I am truly impressed with. If you’ve never read his work, well, ordering a book is just an internet-click away, and if you are able to attend his classes, I’m here to tell you that you absolutely will not be disappointed. We can all use some honing of our marksmanship skills, and it’s our responsibility as gun owners to know the laws and be prepared in advance should the worst-case scenario occur. If you carry a gun for self-defense you should take the time to make sure you know what you’re doing with it – and what the legal implications are – and Mas is an excellent choice of teacher.

Get your hands on his newest book: Deadly Force

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  • Eugene

    Thanks for the heads up, just got my copy via Kindle 🙂

    • Katie A

      I can’t seem to bring myself to get a Kindle…someday. Glad you got one, though, Mas’ books are great.

      • Eugene

        My hard copy of In The Gravest Extreme and The Ayoob Files are on loan to my brother 🙂 One thing I like about kindle/e-books is that some out of print books are available as an e-book, like All In Fighting by W.E. Fairbairn. Another reason is that i read a lot of novels, and it’s a convenient way to have my to read collection of books on me, plus most of my library.

      • percynjpn

        I understand!

  • Gregory Markle

    Two dead tree copies just landed here yesterday…a copy for me and one for a Christmas present. Looking forward to digging into it.

  • Paul O.

    Reading through it now. Essential for the armed citizen.

  • Jim_Macklin

    Maybe some MSM / TV talking heads will read it. They might not fully grasp the content, but they really need to now about the use of force, whether private person or sworn police officer.
    For those who do not already have Massad Ayoob’s other books, THE TRUTH ABOUT SELF-PROTECTION and IN THE GRAVEST EXTREME are essential for any citizen or gun owner [a legal resident alien may legally possess firearms.]
    I expect I’ll get this new book for my birthday in a few months.

    • Katie A

      Even if they read it, it seems unlikely they’d grasp it. Trying to sway someone from the far left to the gun rights side tends to be not unlike attempting to sweet-talk a brick wall. But I agree, I think his books are a fantastic read and a must for gun owners (or people considering carrying). You have more patience than I do, though, I don’t think I could wait a few months.

  • Nicks87

    I always thought Mas seemed like kind of a douche, when I saw him on TV or read anything written by him, but I met him in person and he really is a decent guy and easy to talk to.

    • Katie A

      He is, I’ve been a fan of his for longer than I care to admit now and he’s one of those people you can actually talk to and discuss tactics and laws with comfortably. Very happy he’s finally come out with another book.

  • Chase Buchanan

    Are you kidding me? I brought home a copy of “In The Gravest Extreme” TODAY! The bookshop had to order it for me, and I just picked it up today! Well played, Ayoob, well played.

    But seriously, this is great, because I was flipping through that selfsame copy of “In The Gravest Extreme” and thinking to myself that Massad Ayoob’s advice has changed a lot in thirty-four years. Back in 1980, he was recommending that women carry nothing stronger than a .38 revolver, for crying out loud. To think this was only five years after the CZ-75 was created, and sixteen years before IDPA. We’ve all learned a lot since then, thanks in no small part to Massad Ayoob, and he’s learned even more to teach us.

    • Katie A

      Some of his books can be hard to get. For awhile there my favorite book of his, The Ayoob Files, wasn’t being printed and getting a used or “rare” copy was enormously spendy (I’d wanted extras for gifts and, well, I wanted an extra copy). I highly recommend all of his books, even the older content has plenty of usable, smart information in it. As a woman who dislikes anything smaller than a .40 (yes, feel free to start a caliber fight) I’m usually the first to jump on stereotypes about what women “should” carry, but even with Mas’ older work there’s enough I like to ignore some of the rest. That and guns really have changed over the years, as have techniques and stereotypes….a great deal of change even since I myself got involved in guns. Long way of saying yes, I truly enjoy Mas’ work. If you can get in on one of his classes, do!

  • Katie A

    He is pretty awesome