GTFO : Vehicle Gunfighting Class Review #3

| July 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

I am traveling today so this post will be short.

Please read my first post and second post about the gunfighting class, this post assumes you’ve read them so I am not going to recap the training environment, stepped / progressive teaching methods to minimize risk, or techniques.

Also, please consider reading my post about exiting your vehicle that I wrote before class.

Here is my last video from the last drill of the class : the bailout. This drill covers everything we learned that day, including dealing with an immediate threat out the passenger window, exiting the vehicle, and engaging targets from the various shooting positions covered in the morning.

Some thoughts on my performance :

  • I shot pretty well, but I feel like I have room for improvement with my speed.
  • I used the front of the car well when engaging the threat on the left.
  • I could do a better job using the wheels as cover when shooting from prone. By the time I got to the right wheel my body was partially out of cover. This is the kind of stuff you don’t realize until you see the video.
  • I did a MUCH better job staying low when exiting the vehicle and reloading. One of my YouTube readers rightfully called me out on standing up to reload from behind cover in a previous video.
  • I reloaded before moving, and when I wanted to. Not when I had to.
  • More work is needed from when I go for the seat belt to when I toss the belt and exit the vehicle. I did it safely all day, now I just need more practice to do it better.

I’ve written this several times, but the more I train the more I realize we need more training. It’s tough to find places and instructors that teach this sort of thing. Many ranges around here won’t even let us draw and fire, let alone run around or jump out of cars.

But if we’re going to carry guns we need to be doing more work. My hope for this fall and winter is to figure out a way to keep training year round.

We owe it to ourselves and to our families.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.
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  1. SJMtnMan says:

    Glad to see you constantly use the engine block for cover. It is much superior to a wheel even. Also, shooting with your support hand at the outset around the front of the car is great. All too many shooters expose themselves to be able to shoot with their strong hand. Another common failure is to “peak” over the hood for a shot – your eyes are 4 inches lower than the top of your head – bad idea; glad to see you did not try that. Good exercise; very similar to our training in the S.O.

  2. B R Kurtz B R Kurtz says:

    This is where using body armor has advantages that pay off in huge rewards. I cant stress enough that even the bikini vests (US PALM), are better than a sucking chest wound. YES they can be hot but not so hot that cops dont wear them every day, the weight is minimal, and they really dont restrict movement. Think of vests for you and the family as cheap Life Insurance, you wear seat belts dont you?

    In a vehicle, you control the temperature, so the uncomfortable complaint isnt a concern; and since youre sitting theres no comfort issue. Then once your forced to bail out you bring some “cover” with you.

    Adding “some” armor to your vehicle is all that difficult. You wont be making a tank; but a few AR500 plates behind the back seats wont take up any space or effect the gas mileage nearly as much as a load of groceries. Its simple to do and gives a lot of protection for the passengers (kids). Yes its only protection from the rear but again its cheap coverage. Adding side protection is possible with soft armor inside the doors. Its a bit involved if youve never taken off a door panel, and it only gives cover up to the glass; still its added safety if you feel you might be in a vehicle gun fight.

    Best

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