Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Vehicle Defense

Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars. You drive back and forth to work. You shuttle the kids around to school and various events. If Gretchen and I want to go to the big city of Hunstville it’s a one-hour drive just to get there, not counting time spent navigating around the city. And, regardless of where you travel there are dangers associated with the trip. It may be necessary to fight in and around your vehicle.

While most people acknowledge the possibility of being involved in a defensive situation involving your auto, few ever follow through and get the training, and practice, needed to successfully defend yourself or family in this type situation.

Like any aspect of fighting with firearms, there are specific techniques involved with vehicle defense, and it’s not something you’ll have time to figure out on the spot.

As with any situation, our best response to potential trouble is to drive out, escaping and avoiding being involved in a bad spot. This means paying attention to your environment, driving defensively, like leaving room between you and the car in front of yours so you can drive around them if necessary.

Having an escape route, like stopping by the entrance to X-Mart, is also a good idea. While sitting at a red light make sure to be scanning for potential trouble, and exit routes you could use if needed, whether by car or foot.

If you can’t drive out of the situation, then you want to get out of the vehicle. Sitting inside a car while someone is shooting it, especially with the lightweight metals and plastic used in cars, is not a good idea. You’re a static target, sitting in a fragment-creating can.

To exit a vehicle while under fire takes training, and then a lot of practice. Put your vehicle in park, clear the seatbelt, open the door, and get your weapon into the fight, without covering yourself or partners. It isn’t complicated, but it sure ain’t easy.

One word of caution about a vehicle defense class – after the class you may have more questions than you had going into it.

Once you’ve been exposed to the various techniques for fighting around vehicles it’s time to start playing the what-if game as to all the different scenarios you may be involved in. If you can’t drive out it’s time to start figuring out what you can do. Is there time for you to exit the car, fighting your way to a safe area?

Or the situation may develop so quickly you are forced to fight from inside the car. What are the effects to your bullet of firing through the front window, or the side windows? How do you exit the vehicle tactically with the wife and kids, co-workers or friends?

Defending yourself and others in and around vehicles is serious business. The shooting portion of the fight, if shooting is required, is only a small part of the big picture. Take measures to insure that when it’s time, you’re ready.

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February 22, 2011 - Posted by | General Training

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