There are few firearms that just give me such gratification as a lever action rifle. The elegant lines that fuse form and function with a mechanical simplicity that makes the Lever Action one of the most beautiful of all firearms. Doesn’t matter which lever you have… they are truly lovely. I find myself simply taking out my Rossi made Winchester 92 clone, just to look at it, just to feel it, just to hold it in my hands. I’ve got a lot of other guns that I like… but they don’t stick in my mind like that little 92. I’ve got my guns I use for certain purposes… and to be honest, this 92 doesn’t fall in to any of those purposes. But that’s all besides the point. I could probably very easily adopt the 92 for more serious purposes. Maybe I will. But I do prefer the right tool for the right job, shotguns, magazine fed semi-auto rifles, long range precision bolt actions. And they are all fine and good within their spheres. But if I had to have just one gun… well… that would still be an 870, but the 92 is encroaching on that in a big way.
This class was hosted by THE GUN DUDES, with special guest THE GUNFIGHTER CAST. Meeting these guys in person was fantastic. And of course learning from Massad Ayoob was absolutely amazing. Their links are now on the right side over there under the A List Links. The class was held at a confidential law enforcement training range. A beautiful range, that was a great venue for the training course.
There are a lot of great shooting schools out there. I’ve been to a bunch of them, and all can help you be a better shooter. But the way of the gun demands more than just being a good shooter. Because if you are ignorant, you might win a gunfight, and then spend the rest of your life in prison. Let me be clear about this, the MAG-40 class was the most important class I’ve ever taken. Half of it was shooting. Half of it was legal lectures and videos. In the course, you will take a lot of notes. Technology is great, and Gundoc and I used our HTC Sensation smart phones for note taking. At the end of the course, there is a test. I’d suggest bringing a notepad and pen, and then after the class, each nite, transfer what you wrote to your computer so you are going over everything twice at least. The note taking is heavy and justifiably so… the info flow was heavy. Heavy in volume and significance. I can’t stress this enough, this was the most important class I’ve ever taken. Also, as a bonus, when you graduate, should you be involved in a defensive shooting, Mas will serve as an expert witness should you be prosecuted. That could be worth it’s weight in gold one day. Everyone who takes the art of the gun seriously, or carries one daily by choice or career… you need to take this class.
The shooting is straight forward Old School stuff, with some modern stuff thrown in to keep it up to date. Mas is big on the Classics and makes sure you try it out. Weaver, Chapman, Isosceles. You fire 6 rounds in each course of fire… each stage. So you are only loading 6 per mag. You can very easily bring a Revolver to the MAG-40 class and do very well with it. In fact, if I take another one, and I’d love to, I’ll bring a revolver. Accuracy over speed is stressed. Over all the shooting portion was great, and I enjoyed it. The Qualifier had me shooting a 298 out of 300. I posted a number of class photos on my Facebook page, so if you want to see them, then by all means, check them out there.