THE AYOOB FILES

TALES FROM RENOWNED AUTHOR, TRAINER AND EXPERT WITNESS MASSAD AYOOB
Controversial Death of a...

Situation: A police command is met with gunshots and the police return fire. Lessons: Manhunts can take surprising turns, and alternate histories of what...
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Historical marker commemorating the Battle of Adobe Walls
Lessons From the Battle of...

Situation: You are surrounded by a huge enemy force that wants to kill you…but you have cover, guns, ammo and shooters both skilled and highly...
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Knife, Pepper Spray,...

A known killer, armed with a lethal weapon, attempts to kill again. When lesser means fail, deadly force becomes the only remaining recourse.
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Lessons From a Gunfighting...

Situation: Early in your life, you find yourself set against the most dangerous and vicious criminals of your place and time. Lessons: You will be proud of...
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Eggshell Skull: the Case...

Situation: A 250-pound bouncer smashes the head of a brain surgery patient into a floor … and it’s deadly force time. Lessons: Expect to have to...
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DEATH OF A MONSTER

We now explore the death of one of the most wicked participants in the Second World War. Reinhard Heydrich was chief of Reich security at the time of his...
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Ayoob Files Davy...

Crockett was a justly famous frontiersman before he got to the Alamo. He had been elected to Congress… and then not re-elected. He had been a close friend...
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Situation: The suspect is reaching for what looked like a gun in their pocket. It looks like “shoot now or die.” Lessons: The rule is “You don’t...
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Situation: An old friend turns into a brutal maniac during a cordial gathering. Lessons: It’s hard to have to kill. It’s harder when the bad guy is...
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Situation: Snarling homicidal threats… A big man lunges for your gun and then appears to go for his own. You perform the indicated response… and end up...
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Situation: A ripple of gunfire triggers a series of trials in which many critical issues are raised. Lessons: The pursuit of criminals has a high...
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Situation: A famed American frontiersman is seen as the slayer of many and perhaps a racist. Actual history suggests otherwise. Lessons: Sometimes, there...
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Famous as a leader in combat, Chesty Puller was a skillful pistol fighter as well. Whenever Puller personally fought with a pistol in hand, it was the...
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SITUATION: One American President wielded deadly force as a judge, a combat general, and a head of state … and as an armed individual. LESSON: What was...
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Two particularly vicious murderers escape from prison, holding a whole region in a grip of fear.
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Armed...

The core dynamics of armed self-defense don’t change much … but the techniques and the hardware — and the laws governing the wherewithal — do.
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Pushed to the wall by an overwhelming force of angry protesters, under attack with rocks and blunt instruments, the peace officers open fire.
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home defense...

A mob motivated by racial hatred is surrounding and attacking your home. Do you open fire?
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Armed Citizen...

A man is beating a woman and child. He is armed with a bat. You are the only one effectively capable of stopping him.
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Statesman,...

The evilest mass murderer on the planet has targeted you. You’ve been furnished security, but you aren’t sure it’s enough.
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With a Gun To...

You are surrounded by hidden, loaded handguns. Unfortunately, one of your kidnappers is holding a .357 Magnum to the base of your skull.
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When Burglars...

It’s a pleasant May afternoon in East Helena, Montana. Henry Johnson, 37, is having an easy day so far. There was no one present when he broke into the...
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Lessons from a ...

A criminal opens fire in a church during a busy Sunday service. Fortunately, armed citizen security is in place.
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Home Invasion:...

On the night of August 14, 2014, Marquise Trevel Yates was planning a hit. A member of a Jacksonville, Florida gang calling themselves The Cutthroat...
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the trials of...

Born in Georgia and dying in Colorado, Dr. John Henry Holliday became something between famous and infamous in the 36 years in between.
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Armed Citizen...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, late afternoon. It’s Father’s Day. David George, 47, enters the WalMart in Tumwater, Washington with his wife, his adult...
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Run and Gun: The...

January 20, 2011, Miami, Florida. Sergeant Laurick Ingram meets Detectives Amanda Haworth, Roger Castillo, Diedre Beecher and Oscar Plasencia for a briefing...
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The Safe, Not...

It would be hard to find a more ferocious warrior for gun owners’ civil rights than Tanya Metaksa. The anti-gun magazine Mother Jones called her “one of...
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Shooting Starr:...

It’s a cold and nasty February morning in Harrison, AR, when an automobile pulls up in front of the bank under slate-gray skies dropping icy rain and...
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15 Shootouts:...

They called him the New York City Police Department’s most highly decorated detective. He made more than 2,000 arrests.
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Peachy And...

On May 26, 2017, WAND 17 News in Springfield, Illinois reported, “Over the course of two weeks there have been at least five different shootings and...
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The Lessons Of...

Of all the gunfighters of the Old West, John Wesley Hardin was the rare one who wrote his own autobiography, though it wouldn’t be published until after...
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The FBI Dadeland...

The most thoroughly studied gunfight of the 20th Century occurred on 4/11/86 in the Dadeland area of Miami.
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“You’re...

On January 18, 2016, officers of the Mesa, Arizona Police Department converged on the La Quinta Hotel in that city after receiving a complaint a man was...
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Shooter Beats...

January 2013, Madera, California. Bryan Lee and his mother Sophia have kept the family-owned drugstore open late to fill an emergency prescription for a...
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The Gunfights of...

My generation, the Boomers, grew up in neighborhoods where a great many of the grownup men around us had served in World War II. I noticed early most who...
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