Dealing with the intense stress of a potential lethal-force encounter is difficult under the best of circumstances. When you combine the complexity of actions needed to deal with this type of encounter with the additional stress and multi-tasking required to simultaneously operate or deploy from a vehicle, you have a recipe for disaster without proper training, tactics and mindset. Over my law enforcement career, I have been involved in numerous lethal force situations from such diverse platforms as cars and bicycles to helicopters and armored vehicles.
In this piece I will concentrate on working from passenger vehicles. I have spent many an hour on the job in a vehicle, and have worked in both public law enforcement as well as in VIP protection. It makes sense that when we spend an inordinate amount of time in cars, we should learn to defend ourselves from them. I am a big advocate of the Combat Triad that was popularized by Col. Jeff Cooper, so we will look at this from the aspect of Gun Handling/Tactics, Mindset and Marksmanship, and how they apply from your motor vehicle.
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Safe gun handling in a vehicle, just like anywhere else, is absolutely critical. Safety is paramount and all of our basic safety rules will apply in spades. Encounters involving vehicles tend to end in car crashes. Combine this with the seated position that you will be operating from and being strapped into that seat, and the simple but inviolable rules of “not covering anything you aren’t willing to destroy,” and “keeping your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot” become very complex.