Izaak Walton League
Linn County Chapter
Izaak Walton League
Linn County Chapter


Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement by Massad Ayoob

Fellow Ikes Member, what follows is a
If you have picked up a gun magazine or watched a firearms related TV show anytime in the last 20 years, you probably know who Massad Ayoob is. If not, let it be said he is a world renowned expert on the use of lethal force, a highly sought after expert witness, a shooting champion, a GUNS magazine editor and an author of dozens of books and countless articles on firearms training and the use of lethal force (https://massadayoobgroup.com/who/).
On September 28 & 29, Cedar Valley Outfitters (http://www.cedarvalleyoutfitters.org) is bringing Massad Ayoob and his famous MAG/20 Classroom Course, Armed Citizen’s Rules of Engagement to our humble Ikes Clubhouse. MAG/20 is a two-day, 20-hour immersion course in rules of engagement for armed law-abiding private citizens, emphasizing legal issues, tactical issues, and aftermath management. Topics will include interacting with suspects, witnesses and responding police officers. You will learn threat recognition/mind-set, the management of the social and psychological aftermath and how to prepare for legal repercussions and how to minimize exposure to them. In addition, situations in the home, place of business, and “on the street” will all be covered. (More details at: https://massadayoobgroup.com/mag-20-classroom/)
This is an extremely rare opportunity to obtain top level training with no loss of work, no travel, and minimal cost and has nothing to do with whether you carry on a daily basis or not. I took this course a couple of years ago and found it absolutely riveting. I still review the notes I took during class. Once again, you’ll see that when it comes to the use of lethal force, the outcome is affected not by the caliber of your weapon but rather by the caliber of your training. Look around Mas’ site, there are some very interesting audios and videos to listen to and course reviews. Class size is limited so enroll now. Mas is a very busy guy and might not be through here again for several more years so don’t squander this opportunity to learn from the best.
More info and to enroll:

Safety and Survival Classes

Regardless of your personal political ideology or wherein you think the fault for it lies, civility and open discourse is rapidly departing from our society. In fact, many people would submit that the Civility train has pretty much already left Tolerance Station. Into this equation dial the innate unpredictability of human behavior when under duress, the immense peer pressure on today’s young people, rampant drug use and and our constant and futile attempts to multitask while we are driving, hunting or while on a ladder. When all of these things are considered concomitantly, it is clear that the potential for serious injury whether it be intentional or accidental is ever-present.
You can’t predict when Evil will strike, when a marginalized individual will cross the threshold of sanity or when you or someone you love will be involved in a serious accident—BUT YOU CAN PREPARE FOR IT.
Our Ikes is offering a series of 3 courses created and taught by Mike McElmeel. They are designed to help you survive a variety of life threatening situations caused by the chimera of Chance, Intent and Inattention.  Classes are open to members and non–members alike. The minimum age to enroll is left to the parents’ discretion, but generally speaking a guideline would be approximately age 14 due to comprehension level and physical ability.
These classes are available individually or in a 3–Pack for a special reduced price.
Friday, August 16, Noon–5pm: Active Shooter Response ($75)
The purpose of this course is to better prepare you for an Active Shooter/Armed Intruder (AS/AI) event. This is both a lecture and a physical, hands on course open to all skill levels, ages 14 and up. The following topics will be covered:
• Active Shooter History
• Effective Communication Under Stress
• The Plan (Evade, Barricade, Respond)
• Survival Mindset/Mental Preparation
• Team Coordination
• Trauma Care
• The aftermath
• Scenarios for practice situations
Friday, August 16, 6–10pm: Casualty Care Part I ($75)
You could be confronted with a serious acute injury sometime at the range, in the woods, while driving or even on a sunny weekend afternoon while working in the yard. It could happen today, tomorrow or next month. Take this class and take the very first step in being prepared to intervene and save the life of a loved one or even your own. Immediate Casualty Care Part I is a hands on class that will show you how to safely approach a victim at an accident scene, control bleeding by applying pressure dressings, optimize victim positioning for breathing and start you on building your own trauma kit. This is not a “First Aid” course on how to apply Band–Aids. You will learn actual real world skills about injury assessment, scene management and treatment modalities.
Saturday, August 17, 8am–2pm: Casualty Care Part II ($75)
This class will build upon the skills learned in Casualty Care I and will develop additional assessment procedures for non life threatening injuries, additional treatment options for prolonged field care, triaging skills and techniques for moving and securing patients. You do not necessarily need Casualty Care Part I to proceed to Casualty Care Part II.
The class price includes food that will be brought in (pizza, sandwiches, etc.) between the two Friday classes and snacks that will be available during a break for Saturday’s class. The class is open to members and non–members alike.  If you have specific questions about the course content, contact Mike directly at: mikeeighteenzulu@gmail.com
To register:

All classes are taught by Mike McElmeel. Mike is a Paramedic, Emergency Medicine Educator, Law Enforcement Officer, and is retired from the US Army Special Forces. Additionally Mike is certified to teach several Self-Defense & Active Shooter Training programs. He is an experienced and skilled instructor and has taught at our Ikes before. Mike will engage each student individually, is an excellent communicator and is able to break down complicated problems into processable components.