The intended victim of this armed robbery had just withdrawn a large sum of money to pay his payroll, but he was definitely ready for the gunfight too! How would you have fared in his place?
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robbery?
- 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. If this owner had known that he was being followed, he might have been able to escape the gunfight or have a more robust answer to the armed robbery ready when it started.
- I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When a gunfight might be imminent, a locked car door can be a tool to help you. 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.
- Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier if you are willing to use it in a carjacking or even an armed robbery like this. While a handgun might deliver 300-500 ft-lbs of energy, a car delivers on the order of 200,000 ft-lbs of energy at 40mph. (calculate your car’s KE here: https://get-asp.com/swon if you’re a nerd like me!) Being behind the wheel with a deadly threat in front of you also puts the engine block between you and the threat; engine blocks are effective cover. It makes sense to use your car if you are in it to defend yourself.
- 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 as the intended victim did in this armed robbery. 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.
- If you can use your car to escape, that’s normally your best bet. If you CAN’T use your car to escape for whatever reason (you’re blocked in, it’s dead, etc.) then it becomes a mobile coffin where you can’t really move, and you can’t freely maneuver to engage threats all around you. In that case, do what you can to get away from the coffin. Use the car as cover or concealment if you can, but don’t stay in the car if it’s not going to be moving. The gunfight moved outside of the car pretty quickly in this armed robbery, and I think that the intended victim did a good job of escaping the danger zone.
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