I’m not talking about the sibling-induced bickering that takes place in the backseat on long car rides — my sister honed my skills for that scenario — I’m talking about a gunfight. Do you know what to do if you need to pull your gun in a car? Have you ever trained for a carjacking? How do you even start to process that kind of situation? Luckily, I’ll soon be finding out as I fly to Gunsite in Arizona tomorrow to attend a two day event . . .
Ever since Iain Harrison joined the Crimson Trace crew, his team has been putting on some amazing events that brilliantly combine an enjoyable time with some real-world uses for CT’s products. Seriously, after the Midnight 3-Gun (Day One/Day Two), the one thought I had was how it perfectly showcased the abilities of the gear being demonstrated. So when I got the following email from Iain a couple months back, I was as giddy as a schoolgirl being asked out to the prom:
I’m putting on an event @ Gunsite in early December, shooting the shit out of cars with Ruger & Safariland. You available 3-6th?
I mean, how exactly does one turn something like that down?
I’ve done some shooting out of vehicles before. I took my first deer while seated in Tyler’s Mule, did an exceedingly crappy job deploying from a vehicle for the bug out bag challenge, and even started a 3-gun stage seated in a car. But I get the feeling that this will be unlike anything I’ve done before.
Here’s a list of the titles of the evolutions that we’ll be going through over the next couple days:
- Construction, Materials, Deployment of Handgun, Use of Cover
- Drawing from seated Positions, Holster Considerations, live fire.
- Vehicles and carbines. deployment from vehicle, vehicle as cover, shooting positions
- vehicles, self defense handguns & low light environments
- Intermediate barriers (Ballistic Gelatin)
- Team Tactics
- Simunition – carjacking scenario
And naturally, as with everything that Iain organizes, we’ll be meeting the night before in a local pub. Somehow that always gets worked into the schedule, but I guess you can’t take the Brit out of Britain.
I’m renting a car with one of the editors from Guns & Ammo as well as a couple other attendees from PHX and driving out on Monday and I’ll report in as soon as I have something cool to share. Don’t worry — I’ll make sure to take TONS of video.