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Defending Yourself From Your Vehicle

Today you and your family are taking that well-deserved vacation- a trip across the USA in the family vehicle.  You packed the luggage, the kids are in the car, ready to go.  Your handgun is loaded and ready before you leave, and you slip the spare magazines into the glovebox.  Now you and your family are ready to take the trip of a lifetime.  You start down the road and head out onto the interstate.  

After driving for a couple of hours, you get to your first destination.  You pull off the interstate and head down the off ramp to the light.  You look at your GPS, and it is telling you to make a right turn.  You turn right and proceed down the road to the stop sign.  You come to a stop and wait your turn to go, however, the car in front of you does not move.  You look up and see a car coming up behind you fast, rear-ending your vehicle, driving it into the car in front of you.  You are in shock;  the people in the two cars get out and run up to your vehicle when you notice that both have a blunt weapon in their hands.

What are you going to do?  How are you going to defend yourself and your family?

Drawing a handgun inside a vehicle is not only hard, but it requires extra precautions.  Try to draw your handgun from a seated position and you'll see it can be a difficult task.  

First, you need to think about the way you carry your handgun. Some ways of carrying a handgun are better in a vehicle than others.  For instance, I like to carry strong side hip carry, this makes drawing a handgun from a seated position very difficult. But, I have practiced drawing my handgun from a seated position, and now I have the movements down to make it an easier task.  

So what are some ways to carry your handgun to make it easier to draw in a seated position?  The best way I can think of is the shoulder holster carry or the cross draw holster carry.  Both of these methods of carry have the grip pointing towards the front of the body.  This makes it easy to grip and draw the handgun from the seated position.  

Another method is the ankle holster carry.  This type of carry works well because the handgun is on the ankle and all you need to do is raise your leg and pull your pants leg up to draw the handgun.

There are a lot of things inside your vehicle that the gun can get caught up on, like the steering wheel or seat belts.  If you are like me, and carry strong side hip, the first thing I do is remove the cover garment off the gun.  This will help keep the garment from getting tangled in the grip when you try to draw your handgun.  Next, you lean forward a little so you can reach the handgun.  Then draw the handgun straight out.  Finally, you should move the handgun by sliding it over the top of the steering wheel.  

Here a great video from the National Shooting Sports Foundation or NSSF. 

Next time you are in your vehicle, you need to practice these skills with an unloaded handgun.  You should also see how you would handle your firearm from different shooting angles.  

Stay safe out there even when you are behind the wheel and on the road.

Curt Andrews

A Second Amendment Advocate

Written by Curt Andrews

1 Responses

Having a seat belt on complicates the issue and needs to be in the thought process. I carry a second weapon when on trips that is easily accessed just in case. My car and truck have a door pocket that holds a Ruger SP 101 in a Fobus holster quite nicely.

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