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MAG-40 After Action Report

Let me first start off by saying that it was a tremendous honor to have been asked to help out as one of the Staff at this year’s SLC MAG-40 Class.

Last year I took the course as a Student.  This year, I was one of the Instructors, along with Joe, my partner with Crusader Weaponry and the Gun Dudes. The experience was very different.  In one hand, it was easy, as we didn’t try to take notes on everything said and worry about the final exams. On the other hand, there was some performance anxiety as all week we coached the students on the firing line, trying to help them improve their shooting.  On the last day, we all shot the Qualifier to show the students how its done and that we can do just what we say.  No Stress, right?

I came to the range with a knee that was larger in diameter than my thigh. It was rather painful.  By Saturday, it was mostly under control, so I decided to shoot the course of fire to include the kneeling portion.  To add to the pressure, Massad Ayoob was next to me on my left.   I shot great, right up to the point where we kneel.
You’ve heard the term “blinded by pain”? It felt like I was tazered in my knees, with the current going up my spine and out my eyes.  To say the least, I found this to by somewhat distracting.  This opened my group and let a couple rounds escape.  At the 15 yard line my group tightened back up, but the damage was done and I finished down two points.  298. Same as my score last year:

If it wasn’t for my knees, I know I’d have done a 300.
Joe gained some points from his score last year, as did all the Gun Dudes.  Tom tied me, shooting a 298 as well.  Not to be competitive or anything, Tom… but congratulations on shooting your best while I was at my worst.  😉  Just kidding, man.  And well done at the GSSF Match on Sunday.  I heard you did very well there!  Good job!  It needs to be said that all of the Gun Dudes are good Shooters and they did very well indeed.

The students then took the line and shot very well… Shooting 295’s to 298’s.  I’m quite proud of them.

The best thing though this week was just spending time with our friends, the Gun Dudes, and the other Pod Casters.  The dinner at Rodizio Grill.  One of them, who I’ll be linking up shortly was Trevor Furlotte who came down from Canada for the course.  He was the only guy to shoot a solid 300 btw.

Anyways, he and Jason from Tactical Solutions had never been to a Rodizio before, and Rodizio did not disappoint.  Waiting for a table, Trevor was looking at the menu.  “This sounds good”.  He said a couple times, as he was trying to decide what he was going to have.  “No, they’ll bring it to you… all of it.”  We tried to explain.  “You mean, like Appetizers?”  He asked.  “No… just wait.  And buckle up.”
At the Table the Server started going over things and our brave Canadian said “Just shut up and bring on the Meat!”
And they did.  It was a hurricane of meat… A Meaticane.  Trevor’s eyes were the size of X-Rings.   Jason, having never been there either was staggered as well.    We feasted…. Gorged ourselves on grilled meats of all varieties.   The Bacon Wrapped Turkey was a favorite as well as the Tenderloin.  As the gluttony started to slow down, Chaz was set up as a Birthday Boy and the Gouchos with the swords of meat all came over and sang Rodizios version of Happy Birthday to the beats of a Bongo Drum.  Chaz, had to get up and start dancing to the music… it was so funny that Gun Dude’s Carl started laughing so hard he had meat coming out his nose like a Meat Grinder.
It was a great evening.  The next morning Joe said “What a great bunch of guys to get the Meat Sweats with.”  A statement that was almost as funny as Chaz’s dance.

Some observations:

1.  Massad Ayoob is still a scary good shot, a Gentleman and a Scholar… albeit a salty one.
2.  There were some problems with some of the guns on the range.  An XD was giving one shooter fits, but I think it was ammo related as he did have a Squib Load that required disassembly and a punch to get the projectile out of the bore.  All three 1911’s had the full spectrum of problems.  One was simple occasional failures to fully chamber, another was Gun Dude’s Carl, who’s filthy Springfield XD required complete take down and cleaning to get back into a working form.  Now, I’m not a 1911 Hater, I’m just objective.  The problem I believe is the trend to make a 1911 too goram tight.  A little loser in the tolerances and they seem to be less finicky.  For example, my old Springer GI.  Runs great.  Any number of Kimbers I’ve seen, much tighter, and they jam like jazz bands.  Take that for what you will.  Either way, I shoot my 1911’s for fun, my Glocks for more serious use.

None of the Glocks had any problems.  Say what you will about the Glock’s look or Grip Angle, but the gun simply works.
3.  We tested out some ammo from a new outfit called Freedom Munitions.  We had some Ball and HP to try out.  It all  shot very well.  The Hollowpoint .40 I tried… Shot a water bottle with it and then dug out the bullet.  It expanded very well.  Accuracy with this ammo, well, the best groups I got all week were with this ammo.  It felt very consistent. I will be buying more.  They have some very good pricing as well, so look into these guys.


We talk about packing guns for many reasons… one of them is protection.  But have you really thought about it, taking in the ramifications?  You use a weapon to save your life… there was a man with a large knife, coming at you.  You moved behind the hood of a car and use your handgun to drop that threat.  You are alive and the goblin is on the ground dead and twitching.  You did it… it happened.  Now you hear the sirens coming.  Here comes the police.  What happens next?

Depending on what you say and do and where you are at… you could have saved your life only to end up living in a prison cell for the rest of your life.

You need more protection than just a good handgun loaded with good ammo.  You need a Legal Weapon and Legal Ammunition.    Brothers and Sisters, that Legal Weapon is the USCCA’s Shield program.   You get this simply by joining the USCCA.  Along with that, you get Concealed Carry Magazine… one of the best “Gun Rags” out there.  One you can read start to finish, cover to cover… filled with good information and not just a collection of advertisements like some Rags.  There are no ads in it anymore.  It’s worth reading, every month.  But most importantly is that Shield program.  Read through that link… Legal Defense that’s worth joining the USCCA for alone.  I have it, and it really gives me peace of mind.

Also, The Gun Dudes is hosting another MAG-40 course.  Mas is one of the Nations best instructors.  He is the source that a lot of instructors get their information from.  But no one teaches the “What Happens Next” like Mas.  He’s the best there is, because he has literally written the book on it… several books actually. Okay, a whole library.  Here’s why you want to takes this.  Once you graduate Massad Ayoob’s MAG-40 class, Mas will come to your defense and testify as an expert witness for you, on your behalf – at no cost to you.  This is like an additional insurance policy… this is the ammo in your Legal Weapon.  This will keep your ass out of The Cooler.   And the stuff Mas teaches you can also help you save your life as he does teach an impressive shooting course.

Do this.  Go to the Gun Dudes and take that class with Mas.  Join the USCCA and get that SHIELD.  This will give you a very high degree of Protection…. Legal Reactive Armor for your Life and Lifestyle.

MAG-40 Photos

Part of the class. Couldn't get them all in one photo.
Massad Ayoob doing his thing.
My qualification target, 298 out of 300.


Mas's lectures were always captivating.
A pair of Gun Dudes
Shaw of Japan, aka Gunfighter Cast. Fantastic shooting.
Gundoc's target. Great shooting for Crusader's Gunsmith.


Mas teaches the legal matters better than anyone else in the business.
Bring sack lunches... you eat during the lectures.
Upon request, I actually signed a Kindle. Yes, I'm still geeking out about that.
A Graduation I actually attended!

Learning from a master.

In the training class with Massad Ayoob, I am impressed with just what a Pioneer he has been.  He will use a phrase that he coined back in the 80’s…. And I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it since by other trainers. To help his lectures, he will show old videos… No one before him was talking about this stuff… And everyone since has taken from it.  
It was Mas that did the pioneering work on what happens when one is in a stress situation…. He actually put science behind it.  I studied his book when I was a much younger and faster person, and I have heard all this since from others… But its all stuff that Mas pioneered first.   A very remarkable man. 
I’d dare say that Massad Ayoob is right up there with Jeff Cooper in Trainer Icons.