Massad F. Ayoob is an internationally known firearms and self-defense instructor. He was the director of the Lethal Force Institute in Concord, New Hampshire from 1981 to 2009, has taught police techniques and civilian self-defense to both law enforcement officers and private citizens in numerous venues since 1974, and has appeared as an expert witness in several trials. Ayoob has also authored several books and more than 1,000 articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues, and has served in an editorial capacity for "Guns Magazine", "American Handgunner", "Gun Week", and "Combat Handguns". Since 1995, he has written self-defense- and firearms-related articles for "Backwoods Home Magazine". He also has a featured segment on the television show "Personal Defense TV", which airs on the Sportsman Channel in the United States. Ayoob remains an internationally prominent law enforcement officer training instructor and serves as chairman of the Firearms Committee of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Massad lives in Live Oak, Florida.