Fear – noun – an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Quotes from Massad Ayoob with the Massad Ayoob Group from the MAG40 with Massad Ayoob recently here at Boondocks FTA. “Fear is to your mind, what pain is to your body.”…

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MASSad Ayoob Group (MAG40)- On March 5th – 8th the Massad Ayoob Group was Center Stage here at Boondocks FTA™. The MAG40 Class includes the MAG20 / Classroom (Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement) and MAG 20 / Live Fire and the class is a “must take” for all Permit Holders. The MAG20 classroom portion is…

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In 2018, Smith & Wesson launched it’s widely popular 380 Shield EZ pistol. The premise of the mid-sized .380 Shield EZ was that it was easy to load, easy to rack and easy to shoot and that combination has made it a popular option for new lady shooters. The new pistol has proven to be…

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Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

Our Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Level 1 (DSF-L1) is a blended learning curriculum that includes the DSF-L1 online eLearning module, the DSF-L1 book, and a full day of live-fire exercises on the range. The student can then complete the eLearning at home at their own pace prior to the live-fire exercises. During the range time, students…

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Range Gear

One of the biggest hurdles for those signing up for a Defensive Pistol classis understanding the gear necessary to complete the course. In preparation for the upcoming MAG40 here at Boondocks FTA™ with Massad Ayoob, I went and checked his website for a recommended gear list. Here is what I found. The Massad Ayoob MAG…

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Get off the X

Recently we wrapped up a Defensive Shooting Fundamentals class here Boondocks FTA™. The day was spent teaching students to use lateral movement when presenting the pistol from the holster, while reloading or while clearing malfunctions. Moving offline from the attack (especially when accompanied by the use of cover or concealment) can provide you with a…

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Situational Awareness

Mindset is defined as “the established set of attitudes”. Whenever I leave my house, I establish a mindset that includes telling myself that: I am in charge of taking care of myself and my loved ones. I am in “condition yellow” – I am alert and situationally aware of what is going on around me.…

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Assault Weapons

On February 17, the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee failed to pass HB 961 also known as the “Assault Weapons” ban. Instead, the Committee “sent the proposal to a state commission for further study.” Virginia gun owners cheered what appears to be a win after the huge Lobby Day rally in January, however, there are still…

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Boondocks Blog

Since we starting producing our Newsletter about 2 years ago, we have gotten a lot of positive feedback. Last year we posted the newsletter archive to our home page so that our readers could go back and read past newsletters. However, what we found is that it is hard to search and re-read the archives…

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