Massad "Mas" Ayoob is a well respected and widely regarded SME in the firearm world. He has been a writer, editor, and law enforcement columnist for decades, and has published thousands of articles and dozens of books on firearms, self-defense, use of force, and related topics. Mas, a veteran police officer, was the first to earn the title of Five Gun Master in the International Defensive Pistol Association. He served nearly 20 years as chair of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and is also a longtime veteran of the Advisory Bard of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. A court-recognized expert witness in shooting cases since 1979, Ayoob founded the Lethal Force Institute in 1981 and served as its director until 2009. He continues to instruct through Massad Ayoob Group,

The Gun You Shoot Best

If there was any “one best gun,” we would all be carrying that one and all the rest would be in museums.

The Hammerless Revolver: Still A Viable Option

The last time I asked the folks at Smith & Wesson, I was told that their best-selling revolver was the “hammerless” J-frame snubby introduced in 1952 as the Centennial (since that was their hundredth year in business). The gun has a helluva history behind it…and its popularity today is due to solid performance features that went unrecognized for a very long time.

The Sig Sauer P226: 40 Years Of Excellence

2024 marks the fortieth year that the Sig P226 has been available to America’s armed citizens and police alike. The Sig Sauer engineers began working on it in 1980 and had it ready for the US military tests – for which it had really been designed – by 1983. On the home front, the P226 was an instant hit.

Lessons From The Lost: An Educated Opinion

Massad Ayoob shares his thoughts on some of the many lessons we've learned from those we've lost.

Shoot the Moon: Moon Clips and Revolvers

Full moon clips are simply the fastest way to load/reload a revolver with a swing-out cylinder. The full moon clip revolver isn’t for everyone, but for some applications, it is ideal. As with anything else, you take maximum advantage of its strengths and shore up its weaknesses.

The Under-Appreciated Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm

Do yourself a favor and check out the Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm. It has a lot going for it.

The Rise and Fall of the .40 S&W

The .40’s fall from popularity was precipitous. Today, there are gun shops where if you want a .40 you’ll have to order one because they don’t keep them in stock, and they won’t even take one in trade because no one seems to want to buy a used one.

The Rise and Fall of the .45 GAP

Will .45 GAP rise again? The future is unpredictable, but those of us who own them and like them will stock up on ammo at every opportunity because they did exactly what they were designed to do.

The Rise and Fall of the .357 Sig: A Historical Perspective

In the early 1990s, the sea change from service revolvers to auto pistols in American policing was approaching completion. At Sig Sauer, Sig executive Ted Rowe kept a close finger on the pulse of that market, and noticed a recurring complaint: “We love our Sig Sauer pistols, but we miss the incredible ‘stopping power’ we saw with the 125-grain .357 Magnum round we used in our old revolvers.” The Texas Department of Public Safety, in particular, told Rowe that those Magnum rounds had what they called a ‘lightning bolt effect.’” Rowe then proceeded, with Federal Cartridge, to fix that.

How Much Does Handgun Sight Radius Matter?

Longer sight radius is often associated with better accuracy. Is that always the case? After years behind a variety of semi-autos and revolvers, it's not as true as you might assume it to be.

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