Have you practiced your draw and fire from inside the car? This carjacking went badly for the carjacker because his intended victim had his Active Self Protection covered!
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Original video of the carjacking with information (Google translate from Portuguese required for the info): https://get-asp.com/dw8n
What does this carjacking teach self-defenders?
- Situational awareness is your best friend, and it was the first part of this carjacking ending safely for the intended victim. 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. Be doubly careful when entering or exiting your vehicle so that you can see an attempted carjacking coming.
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Cars are transitional spaces when they are stopped at lights or occupants are entering or exiting, and therefore carjacking by definition always happens in transitional spaces. You must be aware and ready when you approach that space!
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight, and this carjacking is a prime example of that. 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 to end the threat. Practice that first shot being on time and on target.
- In a real gunfight, the chance of needing to shoot from an unconventional position is fairly high. This carjacking was thwarted because the victim shot the carjacker from a seated position while twisting around to face his threat. Many gunfights happen at “bad breath” distances and from compromised shooting posture, whether a poor body position, or having the firearm in a grip or position that is less than ideal. Learning how to put shots on target from awkward and unconventional shooting positions is a very useful skill for the real world, indeed.
- In a gunfight, movement is your friend. Notice that the victim had to get out of the car in this carjacking and move in several directions! 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.
- 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.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)