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.