Interview with Massad Ayoob, Firearms and Self-defense Instructor

Interview with Massad Ayoob, top firearms and self-defense instructor.

Massad Ayoob with Remington 870
Massad Ayoob with Remington 870 What do you think about Remington 870 shotgun?

Massad Ayoob: Excellent gun, time-proven for some 60 years. The most popular shotgun in the American police armory. At the top of my recommended list for 12-gauge pumps. What advice would you give for shooting faster and more accurately?

Massad Ayoob: I recommend a very aggressive stance, shoulders well forward of hips, forward elbow pointed down (strengthens arm for holding gun on target and operating slide alike). Forward leg bent at the knee to better support body weight, and rear leg “digging” into ground, its knee slightly flexed, to drive the whole body against the recoil and bring the gun back on target more quickly. Lots of practice vigorously and reflexively racking the slide. What do you think about use of a shotgun for home defense?

Massad Ayoob: Excellent in the role of “artillery” once family has been gathered in one spot. If user has to move to gather up children, go to the front door, etc., I recommend handgun instead of shotgun. What accessories or modifications do you recommend?

Massad Ayoob: Ghost ring sights if slugs are to be used at intermediate to long distances. Certainly Sorbothane recoil pad. Extended magazine. Sidesaddle shell carrier. For vehicle carry, folding stocks make sense. When to use?

Massad Ayoob: As noted above, the shotgun comes into its own in an ensconced home defense situation. When one hand has to be operating lights, coordinating a telephone, etc., I would recommend the handgun instead. What drills would you recommend?

Massad Ayoob: Police type qualification shoots. Rapid fire drills, trying for five hits in two seconds from seven yards. Multiple target drills; bowling pin matches are fun and useful for this. Any other self-defense advices?

Massad Ayoob: Only staying familiar with self-defense law, getting training, and maintaining familiarity with the weapon.

Massad, thank you very much for this interesting interview!

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Vitaly Pedchenko

My name is Vitaly Pedchenko, I started this blog and forum to share information, tips, photos, and advice about the Remington 870 shotgun, accessories, and upgrades. Now I also own AR-15 rifle and MP5 pistol caliber carbine. I am firearms instructor, competitive shooter and IPSC Range Officer. I participate in practical shooting and 3-Gun competitions because they are the best way for me to test equipment and upgrades under stress. I am member of the PRACTICA shooting club. I also participate in REAGO, which provides Tactical Combat Casualty Care training. The main purpose of the blog and forum is to have a compilation of information about the Remington 870 shotgun in one organized, accessible place.

7 thoughts on “Interview with Massad Ayoob, Firearms and Self-defense Instructor

  • 04.11.2011 at 11:54

    love the interview, thanks for sharing. i have great respect and admiration for massad ayoob’s firearm expertise.

    it’s interesting that massed promotes the use of a recoil pad, but in the picture his folding stock appears to be metal on shoulder.

  • 08.11.2011 at 19:41

    dear vitaly,

    the popup window to signup for the newsletter is quite annoying. i’ve already signed up for the newsletter, and it keeps popping up. is there any way to disable it for people who have already signed up (cookie)?

    thank you, ted

  • 16.11.2011 at 15:05

    thank you vitaly!

    and i meant to write “massad”, not “massed” (thanks to autocorrect).


  • 16.11.2011 at 15:13

    thanks again! i appreciate your work in making this a great site.

  • 19.07.2014 at 14:29

    I have been a student of LFI (Massad Ayoob) in the past and it was the education of a life time. I use Remington 870s/Mossberg 500s both as we also do our Tactical builds on both. Although Mas did not recommend this during the interview, I have been using techniques learned while taking his Stressfire Courses especially the use of the Stressfire Turret Stance. Originally designed of course for handgun use, I have adapted it for combat shotgun and after a tremendous amount of dry fire position development and live fire, it has been that key
    that has unlocked so much.

    I use a 3T Tactical Two Round Magazine Extension along with a Mesa Tactical Six Round Saddlemount Rail System. On top is the new Redfield Counterstrike which has been unbelievable! Anyway, on my other 870, I followed Massad’s recommendations and use a Nighthawk Custom Ghost Ring Set up which is incredible. I mention both not for sale purposes but to say both setups work extremely well with the LFI Stressfire Turret System adapted for combat shotgun usage. We do much more internally to both our 500s/870s but that’s not what this post is about. Massad is a tremendous instructor and teacher. You learn so much from him. I never doubted the Stressfire Turret Stance would work with combat shotgun but when I tried it and got used to it, it will be incredible for competition and HD not to mention LE/Military applications! Study with Massad and you will reach a whole new level of understanding not just in the firearm but in yourself as well.


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