Shooting from, around, and through vehicles

 Defense & Offense - Prevention & Mitigation.

I learned a lot about gunfighting in and around vehicles, as well as how to carry and transport guns when driving at the Everyday Vehicle class taught by 3R Operations Inc.

Taking this class was like drinking from a firehose. There is no way I could concisely share every lesson learned. In fact, I will be taking the class again as soon as possible to better integrate everything. Here are just a few takeaways from the class:

 

-WHEELMAN IT-

If you're sitting behind the steering wheel of a working vehicle when things go south, leave! If you can’t leave, your primary is already drawn, floor it! If your vehicle is down, get out as soon as possible. This is when using your gun may come in to play. That's right, using your gun is plan C when driving.

-SNAP-

Tensing up before impact may end up in a broken wrist or two. If you’re past the point of no return, try to let go of the steering wheel.

-PROTECT THE GOODS-

If you’re an appendix guy like me, push your hips up before drawing your gun. Don’t point the thing at your thing. There’s no excuse for breaking a cardinal safety rule.

-WATCH OUT-

There will be more glass flying back at you than you might expect. Sunglasses, especially if they make you look irresistibly hot, are a tactical tool. Get in the car, put them on, drive.

-ARE WE THERE YET?-

When you think a tourniquet is tight enough, go ahead and tighten it some more. Done? Ok, now more. Got it? Ok, then one more turn. Don’t worry, you won’t die...as long as you put that damn thing on tight enough!

-ONE WAY-

Practice applying tourniquets, but do not practice removing them! Don't willingly program yourself to take off the thing keeping you alive just because it hurts. Have a friend or your spouse take it off for you.

-DON’T GET HOOKED-

This last one is seemingly simple, but it's a foundationally important lesson. Practice getting your seatbelt off properly. That means using both hands as detailed in our video. Otherwise, your outside hand is likely to get tangled up in the seatbelt as you exit the car.

Wearing your seatbelt could save your life (duh). Still, so many say they don’t wear one because it might get stuck in a wreck, or that it might block access to their gun 🤦‍♂️ In short, that's nonsense. If you get into a serious collision without one, you will die, it's as simple as that.

Just wear the damn thing. It’s better for you than broccoli. Actually, a recent study I just made up says it's 10 times as effective at reducing mortality rates as going vegan and becoming a yoga instructor combined. That said, practice removing it the right way. This is something you can do every time you unbuckle, and you could start practicing the next time you get behind the wheel.

If you want to be a Force for Good, carry a gun. If you carry a gun, get training. If you get training, make sure it’s “Relevant, Realistic, and Recent”.

Stay Safe,
David

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