If you had a reasonable threat to your life in your car, how would you handle it…
if the person was in the passenger seat
if the person was in the back passenger side
if the person was in the back driver’s side
I think that if the threat had a gun, I could not take my gun out at that time. Just obey until the point to where I might be forced out of my vehicle. Ideally, I just do what they say and they eventually exit on their own.
If they had a knife though, it seems reasonable I could draw my gun if they were in the back passenger side, especially if I made a quick, startling stop to throw them off. I could probably do the same if they were directly behind me, but would need to really, really, really learn to turn myself around in my seat. I would also need to practice these maneuvers and if I’m in my automatic, set my car up in such a way when I made the hard stop, to where it would idle into a safe stop (pole, another car, etc.) and if in my stick shift, that wouldn’t be as much of an issue as there’s not much of an idling/moving, but still wise to think of where my car would roll. Then again, maybe I just intentionally run into something, and that itself being the startling stop I spoke of?
I want to say that having a person pose a threat to my life in the passenger seat would prove to be more difficult, but maybe not. I’m just thinking about being right handed and how close my gun would be to their hands, but that’s probably the case no matter where they are in the vehicle. But them being in the passenger seat would cause issues with them seeing me draw my weapon. Which leads me to…
How I draw my weapon. My thoughts are to carry my weapon in my thin purse, between the car door and my seat. I’ve been somewhat practicing how easy it would be for me to grab it covertly while making a right hand turn. I also could possibly use my left hand to transfer it to my lap if the threat was seated directly behind me. If the person was in front, I could not do anything without them noticing. Also, if the threat was outside my window and was forcing me out of the car, I could reach over like I was using my right hand to open the door, but actually reach down 8 inches and grab the gun instead. I could keep my left up in a “hands up” position, maybe making the threat believe I’m being completely compliant to their commands.
I don’t know… I’m just in the preliminary stages of all this and am really interested in what you all have to say. I’ve searched a bit on YouTube about this, but only have found instances where the threat is outside the vehicle, and not inside.