Massad Ayoob's 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Sometimes the best instructors are “Old School” and there are (in my opinion) no better old school instructors than Massad Ayoob. So, when he issues commandments (on the Daily Caller), I have a tendency to pay close attention. I mean, who could not fault “Commandment I”


If You Choose To Carry, Always Carry As Much As Possible

Hollywood actors get to see the script beforehand, and nothing is fired at them but blanks. You don’t have either luxury. Criminals attack people in times and places where they don’t think the victims will be prepared for them. It’s what they do. The only way to be prepared to ward off such predators is to always be prepared: i.e., to be routinely armed and constantly ready to respond to deadly threats against you and those who count on you for protection. It’s not about convenience; it’s about life and death.

And, if anything, the most important commandment of all:


Use Common Sense

Common sense—encompassing ethics and logic and law alike—must be your constant guide and companion when you decide to carry a gun. Not idealism, not rhetoric. When you carry a gun, you literally carry the power of life and death. It is a power that belongs only in the hands of responsible people who care about consequences, and who are respectful of life and limb and human safety—that of others as well as their own.

For the whole list, click the link here to be taken to The Daily Caller.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Lawdog Lawdog on Jul 21, 2015

    If you read much of Mas's stuff you will learn that the CCW is something you carry to fight back to where you have a bigger weapon or means of escape....I carry a small 9, Glock 43 in my pocket and a high capacity 9 in my car.......if I am camping in a rural area there will be a long gun in the truck or jeep as well....and if it is night or I am going to be in a dangerous area, both guns go with me...if I were driving to Alaska, I would also carry 2 spare tires, same concept......

  • Hyok Kim Hyok Kim on Jul 21, 2015

    I used to read Ayoob religiously, starting from 1980s to early 90s, and some of the books about people Ayoob had claimed as his mentor, most notably Bill Jordan, and started finding inconsistencies, and too many of them over the years.

    1. Ayoob has always advocated the use of the distal joint of the index finger especially when it came to da shooting, and also he claimed that's what the da wheelguns experts of the yore recommended, then I found out Bill Jordan, the supposed mentor of Mas recommended the pad instead!

    2. At another point, Ayoob disparaged the lighter da trigger as a crutch for poor technique, and with the use of distal joint, one could shoot just accurately as in sa trigger.

    Later on, Ayoob was testing Sig Sauer P226, one with da/sa, the other with da only, and found out when shot with sa, not surprisingly, P226 was more accurate than da only (even with his distal joint technique!)

    Plus then there was that dispute with Shawn Dodson, Strangely, to my knowledge, Ayoob never filed a defamation or libel suit against Dodson.

    I also noticed when there was a nasty exchange between Ayoob and Calguns about the event, again, Ayoob threatened a legal action against Calguns, but never did, Calguns to their part, called Ayoob's bluff.