Armed Defender Ruins Carjacker’s Day

When the prey is armed, the predator goes hungry! This carjacker thought he had an easy mark on a nice truck, but instead he got some instant justice from this armed defender whose Active Self Protection was on point.



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News story on the carjacker and armed defender:


Additional news from a local source with more info (Google Translate required):


News story on the carjacker showing his injuries and the fact that he had a grenade in his backpack:


What does this video teach us about defending ourselves as from carjackers?


  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. The armed defender here had time because he was smart, but being aware of your surroundings gives you more opportunities.


  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! Your order of operations should be get in the car, lock the doors, start the car, seatbelt on, drive off. The armed defender locked his doors and it gave him time to be first to put shots on target.
  2. If you’re the intended victim of a carjacking, you need to know what effect that the car glass will have on your marksmanship if you have to shoot through it. Generally, the closer your shot is to perpendicular the less the glass will deflect it. If your shot is NOT perpendicular to the glass, it will tend to deviate toward perpendicular to the glass as it passes through. This means if you are shooting out of your car through the windshield, the bullet will deflect high and might deflect to the side as well if you’re not shooting straight in front of you. It’s not an exact science; recognize in a carjacking that you’re likely going to have to put a number of rounds downrange to fight off the carjacker.


  1. Our goal as self-defenders is to stop the threat. We are not vigilantes and we are not out to kill, we seek to stop the threat against us. Shooting to wound will not stop the threat reliably, and neither will shooting an attacker in an extremity. The only reliably means to stop an aggressor who means us death or grievous bodily harm is to put shots in the center of their available mass to cause nervous system collapse or bleeding out. (exsanguination is the technical term)


  1. In most instances that we see on surveillance video, the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. That’s not 100% because injured people can stay in the fight a long time, but it is a good “rule of thumb” because once someone gets shot they usually stop thinking about whatever it is they were doing and start thinking about the pain they’re in and how not to get shot again (we call that the FIBS Factor: “F&^%, I’ve Been Shot!”). The lesson in that is clear: be the first to put shots on target. (this is the corollary to Joe Frick’s Rules for a Gunfight #3, “Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.”)


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