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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Dry Fire Handgun Drill: Shooting Moving Targets

Dry Fire Shooting Exercises

Gun fights don’t happen at a stand-still.

Your uninvited meth-addict house guest is going to be moving – trying to shoot YOU while making sure your bullets aren’t hitting HIM.

So why then do most people train with a static target at the range that doesn’t even move?

In David Morris’s “Dry Fire Training Cards“, he goes over ways you can overcome this challenge (even in your own home).

Here’s one he gave me that I’ve tried in my living room and it works amazing…

He calls it “Lunge & Shoot” and it combines solid fundamentals, exercise, and cutting-edge concepts…all in one!

Here’s how to do it…

“Lunge & Shoot” Dry-Fire Handgun Drill

  1. First, make sure you’re using a safe training weapon like a plastic gun, SIRT, or dry-fire weapon with “snap-caps”.
  2. Set up a small 2-8″ target about 10-20 feet away (like on the wall in your home)
  3. From a standing position, draw your weapon from its holster and engage the target.
  4. Now, with your sights still on the target, do a series of “lunges” (basically stepping waaay forward with one leg and let your rear knee touch the ground) and engage your target at all stages of the lunge:Midway as you’re stepping into the lunge
    When your rear knee is on ground
    On the way back up to standing position
    And again when you’re standing up
  5. Holster your weapon and repeat the drill with your opposite leg – engaging at all stages again – and keep alternating while maintaining your sights on your target.

Note:  As you make progress, combine this “movement exercise” with some of the other 54 dry-fire training cards

Here’s Why This Dry-Fire Shooting Exercise Works So Well…

You see, in order to keep a good sight picture on a small target across a room while lunging, it almost requires you to shut off the left side of your brain (the “thinking” side).

When that happens, it’s like flipping a switch – you’re “in the zone” – and you literally program your brain to maintain a steadier sight picture, even while engaging a moving meth-addict paying you an unexpected visit.

Now be sure not to rush this drill, ok?

You’re developing neural pathways/muscle memory and it’s VITAL that you practice and lock in sound technique.

Give one of these dry-fire training exercises a try and I know you’ll see a drastic improvement in your shooting accuracy!

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NJ Home Invasion Caught On Nanny-Cam (WARNING – Graphic!)

I’m warning you… the video you’re about to see is very graphic (I’m even surprised they aired it on the news).

But I feel you really must watch it because it reveals the true difference between a “burglar” and a violent home invader.

Knowing this critical difference will prepare you mentally and tactically for how to survive a violent home invasion if you’re ever attacked like this woman.

If you have small children (or grandchildren) near you right now, ask them to leave the room and click “Play” on the video below.

Watching this video could literally save your life (and theirs!) one day…

Millburn, NJ Home Invasion Caught On Camera

I know…

… personally, I can’t get through this video without wanting to jump through my computer and teach this scumbag a lesson!

But besides, infuriating me… it’s scares the living sh*t out of me!


Because like the husband in this video, I realize that I can’t always be at home to protect my wife and my kids if some gangbanger (and his buddies!) come crashing through my front door.

Frankly, my wife doesn’t like guns and refuses to “own” one.

I know, I know! Trust me… I’ve tried talking ’till I’m blue in the face and she just doesn’t understand the threats you and I know are out there.

That’s why I want to tell you EXACTLY what I do to protect them – whether I’m there or not – so…

Here Are 3 Home Invasion Survival Tips You Can Use Right Now…

1. Know Your Enemy

We must first start with your best “home defense weapon”… your MIND…

What you must understand is that home invaders are NOT like any other type of criminal.

They’re not your typical type of “street criminal” who’s looking to score a few bucks.

This woman was home watching cartoons with her young daughter when this man broke in with no fear… no mercy… no remorse.

Her attacker didn’t care that her young daughter was sitting on the couch watching her mother get beaten in front of her very eyes.

He took his time walking through the house for valuables and stopped only to punch and kick the woman more to exert his power and control.

I know it’s hard to imagine your own family being assaulted so violently like this… but trust me, it could have been FAR worse – and THAT is what you have to be prepared for my friend!

2. Weapons, Weapons, WEAPONS!

I’m not going to insult your intelligence and tell you that this woman could fight back against this attacker twice her size.

Some could… but obviously, that wasn’t the case here.

But something is better than nothing and making sure there are some alternative weapons available within your home – things like easy-to-access knives in the kitchen, a baseball bat, or Tazer – could be a life-saver.

The problem is, I even think that if the mother in this video were armed with a carving knife from her kitchen, this guy would see the fear in her eyes and easily risk getting cut just to rip the knife from her trembling hands and stab her with it as “payback” for even daring to kill him!

Now, you and I both know that a firearm is the ultimate equalizer when it comes to defending yourself, right?

And obviously this woman didn’t have a gun on her person – or she would have used it.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t STILL be armed with some firepower – even if she doesn’t like guns.

Which brings me to…

3. Plan Out The Ultimate “Safe Room” To Retreat To

Forget trying to take the battle to the home invader if you can avoid it.

It’s almost always a far safer and more effective tactic to retreat to what’s known as a “safe room” within your house that allows you to barricade yourself from the danger and call 9-1-1 for help.

Now, I’m not talking about an expensive metal vault like in the Jodie Foster movie, “Panic Room”.

You don’t need to go that far.

But it IS critical for you to know which room will work best for this purpose… how to strengthen it as a barrier… and what supplies to store in there (right now) that will help you protect yourself and those you love while hunkered down.

That’s more information than I can go into here, but I did put together full instructions on how to plan the ultimate “safe room” (including a handy “cheat-sheet”) with the help of legendary firearms expert, Massad Ayoob – and you can download a free copy right here…

This free guide will walk  you through everything you need to know about setting up your own safe room cheaply, yet effectively – and dispels a lot of the rumors and tactical myths even many of the so-called “experts” fall for when it comes to fighting back in your home.

I can’t stress enough home very critical it is to plan out your safe room – the RIGHT WAY – to survive such a horrific, violent attack.

For the sake of those you love – whether you’re there to protect them or not – download the free guide now, and take action right away.

What Other Home Invasion Survival Tips Can You Offer Based On This Video?

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