This is a discussion on Direction of fire? within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; We hear gushots at least once a month, often weekly. My associate and I have seen 9 drive by shootings so far. One problem is ...
We hear gushots at least once a month, often weekly. My associate and I have seen 9 drive by shootings so far. One problem is identifying where the shots are coming from. We are generaly working indoors remodeling houses. When fire erupts it is hard to know if we should seek cover in the front or rear of the house. It would be helpful just knowing in which direction the gunfire is comming from and direction of travel of stray rounds. As often as we encounter this I have not learned how to id the location of the action. Screeching car tires has offered clues and thugs running around gives some indication but more often than not there is no visible activity in our line of sight. Any help out there?
Best regards, Lyndon
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The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
I would find another area to work and live.
I have kinda the same situation where I live. Generally when the full auto starts, the echo will not let you pinpoint the location of the source. Since you know most of the times the hit is via drive-by, head to the side of the house farthest away from the street. You better be low crawling until you find some good cover (brick wall/book shelf full of books/etc). Hope it helps.
Edited to add.
You know, you guys could carry some plastic milk crates full of old phone books and line em up to act as a burm. Three or four should give you two some improvised cover to get behind on the prone position and afford you enough space to cover the main entrance. The bottom ones on the link should give you a good idea of how full they need to be.
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Not sure how your going to be able to tell where the shots are coming from. I'd drop to the floor and crawl to the center of the house and put as many walls as possible between myself and any possible direction of fire.
Best indicator I know of is when the bullet zips past your head, you pretty much instantly know the direction it came from. But if it isn't close enough to hear the sonic boom, your best bet is just to get down behind as much cover as you can. Stay low, and start praying to whatever God you pray to.
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Former, USMC 0311, OIF/OEF vet
NRA Pistol/Rifle/Shotgun/Reloading Instructor, RSO, Ohio CHL Instructor
By the time you hear the shots the rounds have probably passed by your position,the best position is proned out,and low crawling to a low spot
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .
Even high-tech monitoring systems in violence-prone cities utilize multiple separated sensors to be able to accurately locate shots. You've got two which are relatively close together (your ears), so it's understandable to not know where the sounds are coming from.
Search for 'Shotspotter' for one such system.
If I am hearing that many shootings, I think I would be looking for a new home base real fast!
I would like to work in a different area, but I own and or manange 60+/- houses in most of which are in three of the highest murder rate zip codes of Kansas City Mo. After 25 years it has gotten steadily worse. With the economy likely to get worse it will aggravate things there all the more. My associates and I review tactics daily and keep a condition yellow+ mindset. I am use to it and practise "Urban Etiquite" regularly. Just always looking for the next edge that I can gain. CJ thanks for the lead!
Best regards, Lyndon
I think it comes down to only a few options;
1. You and your partners sell out.
2. Invest in body armor
3. Hire your own armed security
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.