Ah, well. "We Were Soldiers Once, and Young.":hand5:
I carry a gang with me led by glock and his 14 brothers. But a car is a far deadlier weapon.
Toss a Flash Bang then run.
With the other vehicles around you your mobility is limited, but you do have cover at least. My response would depend on what their reactions are to my verbal commands. It is clearly a "Disparity Of Force" issue, but I'm hoping I can get it stopped without any shots fired.
If they have weapons drawn then the game changes and I expect to go down while trying to give my wife a chance to flee.
ANother thought, during a debate about a real life shooting I wanted to prove Janq wrong whose position had been the topic of the debate would have been better off staying in his car. So I went out and pumped some FMJ & JHP .45 rounds into a Thunderbird to prove how ineffective a car was as a shield. Not one of the rounds made it all the way through the door, so my thoughts about shooting from inside a car has changed. It may not always be the worst place to be. Though I plan on doing some more testing with different calibers
Definitely not wanting to be me and the wife in a trapped vehicle with potential threats all around. I would liken this to shooting fish in a barrel, with us being the fish! The body of the car might offer a temporary protection, however, windows are another story. I agree with the immediate draw of my weapon and verbal commands all the while instructing the wife to exit and reminding her to stay calm and not to cross my muzzle. Tell her to immediately dial 911. I picture our slowly backing away while continuing to maintaining a visual on all BG's. I would not hesitate to fire a single .45 COM on the first brave BG to approach after I offered a request to stay back. Of course, this scenario has sooo many ways to go south, quickly!
If their car stops right behind mine, I'm drawing BEFORE the first BG gets out.
My wife is disabled; she can neither run nor fight.
Fleeing is not an option.
Most vehicles in this Godless and plastic age are fuel injected and dependent on an electric fuel pump.
Electric fuel pumps have a circuit breaker that shuts them off if you back into something (safety measure so if you're in a wreck it doesn't pump gasoline from a broken line into the resulting fire)
Putting it in reverse and ramming is not an option.
My choice in this situation is to stand and deliver.
Sincerely, as the situation describes, it is unrealistic to think that you have time to get around the car to the drivers side, fire it up and use the car as a weapon. Those who hold this belief would likely be shot by the assailants in this situation and who knows what they'd do to his lady friend.
The only proper response if you are carrying a weapon, is to draw and fire if they dont stop their attack after seeing your weapon. And you may not even have time for them to see your weapon, so you may just have to draw and fire.
Assuming I had taken notice of the variables as described, I would have been in mental preparedness for drawing my weapon, so I would likely have started my draw when the criminals' car doors opened.
The best part of this scenario is that it assumes that the Man in question is aware of his surroundings and is taking note of danger, and that he is prepared to take action. Many who carry weapons do so with little education on such matters and thus are wild cards in public and are likely to do more harm than good. Thats why I like this thread so much... It stresses responsibility before drawing the weapon, then of course, you draw your weapon and use it.
Anyone who says differently is likely dead in this scenario.
WOW. If I understand correctly you are now outside the passenger side of the car. Your wife safley inside.
First, as I am opening the door to the car for my wife i would tell her to lay down in the car and call 911. By now your feeling a threat.
My only option at this point is to engage fire on the BG's. Shoot the closest threat first. Shoot at the car. I carry a Sig 226 holds 12hollows. If you bring down 2 of them chances that the rest will flee are high. I would not leave my wife in the car and flee after I engage my weapon. I would stay close to the vehicle. You are not only protecting yourself. The rest is pray to whatever god you pray to that this scenerio ends like a good movie.
[hope they're still between the vehicles when you ram, effectively increasing your magazine capacity!]
If your wife is "sheepdog" too (big "if" for some; a "given" for others), she could scoot over to the driver's seat - letting you in behind her - and start the car (perhaps "agressively," that is, ramming the others) as you are preparing your armed response. If she's not, you climb in first and drag her in behind you! You could both be in the car in a fraction of the time it would take to run around to the other door/side.
On the other hand, getting in the car may NOT be the best option - you can't get back out if they do something too unexpected, and you can't ram if they pull up bumper-to-bumper or if you drive a MiniCooper. If you can both run, and/or have a place/direction to run to, you might be better off leaving the car and retreating to a more defensible (and/or visible) position.
Either way I'd have my hand on the (drawn!) gun, but I d@mn&d sure wouldn't show it until it had to speak out on my behalf.
It's easy to sit here and say "Well, I'd just . . ." Just thinking about it is scary. Glad you're not here, telling us your story.