Have you thought much about how you’d defend yourself against a carjacking? We see enough of them at Active Self Protection to know what is effective and what isn’t. And this? This is effective.
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How do I defend myself against a carjacking?
- Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the glove box, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This carjacking would have been VERY different if the victim wasn’t ready with his firearm on his person!
- One of the principles we talk about regularly at ASP that is apparent in this carjacking is the “Boarding House Rules” which boiled down mean “everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds.” Against multiple attackers who are equal threats, putting a shot on target into each attacker is probably wisest to immediately get the threat to start changing. Once every attacker has been addressed, reassess the existing threat to see who needs more attention and engage. Of course, against unequal threats this isn’t the case, so training is key.
- In a gunfight like this carjacking, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well.
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking victim appears to hit two of his first three on two different targets, which under the stress of your life being in danger is pretty darn good!
- In the moment of a carjacking, you must look for your opportunity to protect yourself. It is strongly possible that the moment of the attack is not that moment. You want to wait for the time that the carjacker is not focusing on you to act with decisiveness to protect yourself. This victim used obscurity to draw his firearm and engage the carjackers, and his waiting for the opportunity was an important part of winning the fight!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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