Vehicle Combatives: 3 Concealed Carry Lessons For Shooting In And Around Cars

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Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

We spend probably half of our lives in and around vehicles, yet we don’t really have the opportunity to work on any kind of combatives, defensive tactics, or firearms training around cars.

(The military has been doing this for a while, obviously.)

It’s required in times of war and has been seen in our military through what they have accomplished with vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, this type of training has just never been readily available to the average Joe.

People just don’t know how to apply their existing skill set in and around vehicles, which is what spawned creation of vehicle combatives programs such as that offered by expert close-quarters combat instructor Craig Douglas.

Recently, I talked to Craig about things that people often overlook when it comes to vehicle combatives.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

“Car Combat”: Concealed Carry Lessons For Shooting In And Around Vehicles

tactical firearms training / vehicle shooting / car combat
tactical firearms training / vehicle shooting / car combat
Craig Douglas

Most people can understand the need for it when they consider how much time we spend around cars.

Any time you start to apply any kind of skill set in or around cars, getting out of cars, getting into cars, firearms around vehicles, etc., there is a real disconnect in the training.

There are some things you need to consider before you find yourself fighting in a car, or around vehicles as obstacles.

The time to face these issues is now, not when you're being shot at.

#1: Most People Don't Know How To Apply Their Existing Skills In Vehicles

Think about the majority of force on force training that takes place.

How much of it is done in and around vehicles, or in and around obstacles that look like vehicles?

If you were taught, for example, to drop low into an Isosceles stance, draw your weapon so that it was indexed against your chest, and then bring your hands together to extend the weapon to the target… how will you do all that sitting in a vehicle?

Fighting in and around vehicles changes EVERYTHING and, if you haven't conducted that kind of training, chances are good you'll have no idea how to apply what you do know to that unique environment.

Most people have not even stopped to consider this fact, even though they spend so much time in cars or walking to and from them.

#2: The Usual “Draw Stroke” Does Not Apply

Let's talk about that draw stroke specifically.

In the pre-fight component of Craig's Extreme Close Quarters Combatives classes, there is a particular draw stroke that is taught.

Students must have that knowledge, and the instructor needs time to see them on a range before they get into shooting around cars.

There is an inherent risk of additional injury from ricochet in a live incident, but Craig's vehicle combatives students don’t take any incoming fire.

When trying to conform to the vehicle as a piece of cover and shooting around it, there are a lot of incidental impacts, which is why two junk cars are required.

Even in simunitions training, it’s possible to put rounds into the feet of people watching.

In the real world, that would be an instant lawsuit.

#3: Multiple Complications Make Vehicle Combat And Training For It Much More Difficult

When you have the oppositional component and are able to train with a marking cartridge, you really start to see how accountable you are for every single round that leaves the muzzle.

Accountability and proficiency are important.

If you are shooting in and around vehicles, whether that vehicle is moving or not, one of the fundamental Jeff Cooper rules of firearm safety is to know your backstop and what’s beyond it.

Especially if you’re moving, your backstop is always changing.

More than ever, where you’re shooting and what you’re shooting into becomes extremely dangerous for everyone involved.

In the beginning, you can shoot live fire on a stationary target only.

Using simunition on a moving target is the safe way to practice.

Training in this manner is still really hairy, because one of the things you have to practice is firing across passengers.

Should rounds be coming into the car causing a passenger to panic, moving forward or back, there’s a particular way to manipulate the weapon and know how to pin the passenger in so they’re not moving into gunfire.

You have to learn how to keep the person pinned into the seat and out of the way while you’re returning fire.

Taken together, all of this means that vehicle combatives are much more complicated than simply shooting from within, around, or into a car.

There is a LOT to consider… and most people haven't stopped to do that.

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MCS Podcast #72: Clinch-Range Gunfighting With “Southnarc” Craig Douglas


Be honest…

Is your firearms training realistic for how you'll really be attacked in the street?

Violently… with no warning… and in the tight space between cars in a parking lot?

If you're like most people, your training (if any) consists of a trip down to the local gun range to shoot at static paper targets at 7-10 yards away.

But extreme cqc gunfighting expert, Craig Douglas (aka. “Southnarc”), has a dose of reality for you… and some cutting edge tactics for how to train for – and survive – in extreme close-quarters with your firearm.

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  • The 3 biggest mistakes most gun-owners make that will get you KILLED in a close-quarters ambush! (Plus, the #1 “survival solution” you must learn today!)
  • What if your attacker goes for your gun? This simple “retention plan” will make sure you don't get shot with your own weapon!
  • How to gain back the “offensive advantage” even if you're being pounded on with a barrage of punches!
  • What to do when your armed response turns into a do-or-die ground fight!
  • Simple (and realistic!) gun-fighting drills… you can even do in your home!

Don't let your training die at the gun range door!

This is the “no b.s.” truth you must prepare for – and TRAIN for – if you're ever going to survive the real thing!

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MCS Podcast 25: Armed Vehicle Combatives With Craig Douglas

Vehicle Combatives For Concealed Carry Firearms

Vehicle Combatives For Concealed Carry Firearms

When it comes to being prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones with a firearm, you must be trained for any threat scenario you may encounter.

When you're facing the real-world dangers of an ATM robbery… parking lot hold-up… or carjacking, that means that you must master the tactics needed to survive vehicle combat.

This type of training is hard to come by which is why we were so excited to get tactical firearms expert, Craig Douglas, in this week's broadcast to give us some awesome tips!

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Here's what's in store for you in this week's broadcast…

  • The most critical threats you face on the street when it comes to vehicle combatives scenarios!
  • Key factors in preventing yourself from getting attacked when in your car (master these and you'll never have to trade bullets with an armed criminal)!
  • The #1 mistake most people make (even experienced “gun gurus”) when it comes to using your vehicle as protective cover in a gunfight!
  • How to protect your spouse and children in the middle of a shoot-out! (Life-saving information if you're ever out with your family… and attacked!)
  • Training tactics! Prepare now for “vehicle combat” with this simple training drill you can even do at home.

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