Bullets & Cars!
I read a forum post where an instructor (not one of ours) questioned the logic of civilians (concealed weapons permit carriers) taking a “vehicle tactics class”. His perspective being that “it’s just a car people, get out of the car and fight with your pistol the same as anywhere else”.
Ignoring the fact that we civilians spend a LOT of time in and around vehicles and that statistically your gunfight is likely to happen going to or coming from a vehicle…Just putting that one aside…lets focus on the presumption that fighting with a pistol is JUST “fighting with a pistol”
It’s an interesting perspective and yes, once you are out of the car, gun fighting is gun fighting BUT… gunfights never go the way you plan them, because you don’t get to make all the decisions. A gunfight normally involves two or more people (otherwise it’s a murder or a suicide)…The bad guys get to decide the where, when and how many.
Question: What if you have loved ones with you going to, or coming from the vehicle? What if you have a small child in a car seat? What if you have your whole family with you? What if there are two bad guys, one on either side of the car? What if you and your wife / husband or significant other BOTH carry guns? How are you’re going to address each of the above scenarios and more…to increase the chances of winning and not endangering each other?
What if the bad guys are already on you and have you in their sights BEFORE you get your gun out? What if…what if…what if! How should we negotiate the car seat belt? Sounds simple right (we have seen more than one “operator” fail miserably and therefore lose the fight by getting hung up on the seat belt.
What do bullets actually do when they hit windshields, door panels, car seats etc? What tactics can we use to get out of our seatbelt, engage through the car, get out of the car, what to use for cover or concealment. What is it like to shoot a handgun from the inside of a closed vehicle, to the left, right, forward or rearward?
So yes its gun fighting, but there are skills to learn that are specific to vehicles. In short there are MANY reasons a civilian should take good vehicle tactics class. But ultimately the choice is yours, on whether you recognize the value in adding these skills to your fighting toolbox or not.
Here is a video of what I mean: