David Blazek is a retired USAF U-2 pilot, and a helluva shot.  When other shooters nicknamed him “Blaze,” it wasn’t just a word-play on his name.  He has been national champion serviceman in IDPA, the International Defensive Pistol Association, a couple of times.

He’s also one of my highest achieving graduates, having gone through all four levels of my training, and has put his son Daniel through three of those.  David is a regular volunteer staff instructor at our classes.

He also sells gun accessories and writes a blog.  Dave was kind enough to share his experience there, after helping teach that third-level MAG-120 class.  The numbers come from the accumulated hours, in this case the culmination of three 40-hour classes.

I was kinda proud of it. It was my last class for 2021, and I’m happy to say we “tenned out,” that is, all two dozen plus students rated it 10 out of 10 on their evaluation.

Dave’s write-up is here.  It links to his overviews on the first two levels as well. Be sure to check out his other SpiceTac offerings!

Thanks, Dave!


  1. Loved the MAG-40. Well worth the time and expense. Will miss the MAG-80 this year due to a schedule conflict but it is on my to-do list for next year when I have more time. Handgun retention is essential as I’d rather not kill someone if I had other options, like disarming an attacker.

  2. Blaze was one of your instructors in at least a couple (if not all) of the three classes I took down in Live Oak. He’s amazing. I remember him as being a fun, friendly and patient guy. I hope that if I ever get a chance to make the trip down there a fourth time that he’ll be part of the staff again.

  3. MAG 40 was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Worth every penny. Just remember to bring the instructor Rolling Rock and you’ll be fine.

  4. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing. I think it is amazing that you got to practice in the dark. I can only do that with snap caps. The 1984 photo of Mas firing a .357 Magnum in the dark was a work of art. Looks like he’s shooting a flame thrower! Love it!!!

  5. I was there and it was everything Blaze says. It was GREAT! Mas is a great teacher and he has a wonderful staff. This was conducted in Live Oak, FL, where Herman Gunter and his wife are the hosts. It’s hard to imagine a more gracious set of hosts. We all learned a lot and had a blast doing it. If you haven’t taken a MAG course, you simply don’t know what you are missing.

  6. I couldn’t find Rolling Rock for the Instructor so I left him a six pack of Australian beer.

    He hasn’t spoken to me since.


  7. For those who have not been to Live Oak, to get to the range we have to drive through a field where cattle graze. Slider, the Donkey, is kept in the same field to protect the cattle, in particular the calves. So, he is one of us, a protector against predators.

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