Question of the Day: What’s With Shooting Through Windows?

Name a situation where an “average” gun owner would be well advised to shoot through a window. What’s the best way to shoot out of a window? Is it a good idea to take multiple shots though the same window? Somehow I don’t think standing in the middle of a portal is a good idea for anyone facing the possibility of return fire. What’s your take?


  1. “What’s With Shooting Through Windows?”

    This is a USPSA shoot. The purpose of the “windows” is to force the shooter to engage a target at a particular distance and possibly an unusual stance. Note the little window at the bottom, not used in the vid.

    “Name a situation where an “average” gun owner would be well advised to shoot through a window. ”

    Why don’t you tell me when I can’t engage through a window? The legal situation remains the same. If a person places me in jeopardy of life or serious bodily injury, I have the legal right to use deadly force on him. The fact that he’s on the other side of a window makes very little difference. Here’s two situations for you.

    #1. Here in North Carolina, I can use deadly force to prevent a forcible entry into my home. Once the person is inside, I can only use deadly force if they present an imminent threat. So I can shoot him through the door or window as he tries to bash his way in, but once he is in, I can’t shoot him until he directly threatens me or my wife.

    #2 Three guys in Canada firebombed a guy’s house, including the kennel area where the dog was penned.

    Am I supposed to stay inside and burn to death? Do I have to stride out into the yard and have a “high noon” style gunfight? Or would you be ok with me just ventilating the cretins through my bedroom window? I know which one I would choose.

    1. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

      Sorry to break the bad news to you, but if you live in canada you must die. Why would you even consider defending yourself or your family, wouldn’t you prefer to be a good lil sheep and just let the badguy murder you and your family. Now as for shooting out a window, if you’re not careful you’ll be a sitting duck(i.e. corpse).

  2. avatar Vigilantis says:

    A lot of shopping mall storefronts have windows in them, so I’d say Trolley Square.

  3. avatar TTACer says:

    Keep in mind that in most houses the walls are concealment, not cover.

  4. avatar Foghorn says:

    Some of my favorite stages in USPSA competitions have involved shooting through or around funky objects. My personal favorite was shooting from a helicopter mock-up that was on a pair of springs, meaning it swayed back and forth with the wind. When will I ever shoot from a helicopter again? Only at that range, probably. But it made for a GREAT stage and an interesting challenge.

    1. avatar Wes says:

      Hopefully the USPSA will add the shooting while dribbling a basketball stage one of these days.

      1. Naw, that’s IDPA.
        Scenario, you’re playing basketball when you get attacked by three people wearing body armor. Engage targets in tactical priority.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    The firing-through-window technique was perfected by top marksman and noted gun safety expert John Dillinger at the Little Bohemia Lodge. The protocols are simple. Do not open the window. Break the window with the gun barrel while keeping finger on trigger. Since it’s important to establish criteria, scream “you’ll never take me alive you dirty f*ck*ng coppers!” Complete mastery of the technique requires firing two hundred rounds from a fifty round magazine. Couldn’t be simpler.

  6. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    I just read the story about the poor canadian trying to defend his home. I can’t believe how stupid these so called “cops” are in canada. If these criminals had attacked my home I would have shot them all dead from my window, then I would have gone outside and shot them all again for good measure.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Uh-oh, Joe. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. I think what you meant to say is that, being in reasonable fear of your life, you would defend yourself against attackers until they ceased attacking, whereupon you would render first aid. And provide tea and cookies, too.

      1. And it wouldn’t be your fault that they drowned in hot tea and choked to death on the cookies.

  7. avatar Patriot Henry says:

    “Somehow I don’t think standing in the middle of a portal is a good idea for anyone facing the possibility of return fire. What’s your take?”

    Standing further away from the opening will greatly reduce your visibility.

    Adding a layer of sandbags to the wall will greatly reduce your chance of being shot.

    1. Dude, it’s a gun sport, not training for self defense. If I lived anywhere that made me feel like I needed to sandbag my house walls, I’d move.

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