We spend a good bit of time inside our cars and trucks. It only makes sense to be prepared to fight from and around our vehicles. The simple fact is that we may have to defense our selves and our loved ones from robbers, carjackers, or road ragers.
I did a little fighting from vehicles in the Marines. Got to fire M16s and the SAW from moving vehicles, got to fire while standing on moving SUV running boards, etc. Also I once even got in a fist fight with a drunk Marine while I was driving down the interstate. But those are not exactly practical experiences.
So I got really excited when I got the opportunity to take ConcealedCarry.com Vehicle Firearm Tactics online class. Now I take a bunch of online classes related to my day job and most all of them are long, boring, and painful to sit through. This class was nothing like that.
First, a disclaimer. When ever possible do training in person. This way you can ask questions, and have mistakes you make be corrected by an experienced instructor. There are downsides to training in person. Costs, travel time, a compressed training curriculum in a tight scheduled, etc. It can be easy for an instructor to miss covering some content, or for a student to miss content should they space out or need to use the bathroom, etc. Fortunately you can always ask the teacher a question.
Video or Online classes have a couple of big strong points. You can go through them on your own schedule, and pause, rewind, and rewatch sections. This class went above and beyond by having excellent closed caption available for their videos, and breaking the videos up into 3-12 minute sections focused on various points. I don’t know about you, but often my mind wanders, having the class broken up in shorter sections I was easily able to focus on a section, or rewatch it if something come up. One other small advantage of an online course is that every student can receive the exact same training. There are no limited or abridged classes due to weather or missed content from an instructor forgetting to cover something.
This class had excellent instruction. Jacob Paulsen and Riley Bowman spoke clearly, concisely, and effectively explained the various topics. They also had some cool demonstrations of of things like ricochets off the hood and how in some cases a door might stop a bullet and in other cases it won’t.
This class covered a wide variety of subjects including:
Your priorities in vehicle combat
How window glass and its curvature affects trajectory
How tinting affects glass
Fighting around and being considerate of passengers
Drawing your weapon and manipulating it in the vehicle
Shooting under the vehicle
Among many other things.
If I were to look hard for something to criticize, I could only come up with three things. First is that the final test was sorta hokey. Seemed overly simple to me. That doesn’t diminish the content of the class.
A very minor complaint would be that the course completion certificate shows your website account name and not your actual name.(Update, I hadn’t filled out my name in the form, putting my name in fixed the issue) The last would be a matter of tactics. Discharging a firearm in an enclosed area like a vehicle can rather unpleasant. If the situation allows, if you can place the muzzle outside the confined space you are in you will experience far less blast and noise. But don’t forget this will make the flash and blast more visible to anyone outside, and won’t want to do this is the hostile is with in grasping range as they will be able to more easily attempt to disarm you.
Prior to this class I was prepared to say how online classes are often worthless, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed this class and I learned a great deal. If you can’t get out there and do this type of training in person, I’d highly recommend taking this class as an alternative.
The class is available here: https://www.concealedcarry.com/shop/
They also have a couple of free classes at their site. I haven’t taken them yet, but I plan to look into them.