Question:defending from the car

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    Question:defending from the car

    I am a left handed shooter. I carry IWB about 7:30. Was thinking about how I would draw and shoot if attacked while in the drivers seat.

    Any advice?


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    Move to about 9 o'clock with a good cant. Preferably owb. Also remember to keep your cover garment on the outside of the bottom seat belt.

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    The way I was trained is if you have to fire out the window of the opposite side- in your case the passenger's side - to draw the pistol and take it up over and around the steering wheel so that you don't "laser" yourself. Of course, if there is a passenger in the passenger's seat, then you have a whole additional issue with which to deal.

    If you have to fire out the driver's side window, it should be a non-issue.

    Other folks here may have other techniques.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northnick View Post
    I am a left handed shooter. I carry IWB about 7:30. Was thinking about how I would draw and shoot if attacked while in the drivers seat.

    Any advice?


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    carrying strong side, I think you are in the same boat with everyone else. It will be hard to access strong side; and even harder to shoot with your left hand out the drivers side window. In your case you may need to practice shooting with the opposite hand and carry crossdraw on your left side.

    I'm looking forward to someone with an ingenious solution for this also.
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    In an ideal world, An AR pistol between the front seats.

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    Oh man, you need one of those cars with the wheel on the other side. I seen em on TV.
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    Practice weak hand draw and your normal drills ! Being right handed I have no real advise . I carry at 3:00 tuck my shirt in behind the body shield in the car but a few times traveling I keep a small cm9 on my left side too and I do practice with it also . Drawing from my strong side has never been an issue seated and the seat belt is clear too . A son in law is a lefty but has a number right handed skills too . I told him to try practice with his weak hand as much as possible so he keeps a cheap right hand paddle owb just for driving . He trimmed the tabs off the paddle to aid with easy removal .
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    Cross draw would be my option ; )
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    The problem for lefties is not only accessing the weapon if it’s on the strong side, but being able point it at someone at the driver side window once you access it unless you change your hold to the weak hand.

    Cross draw only addresses accessing the weapon with the strong hand.
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    I have a cross draw for my J frame that I often use while driving.
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    If you’re not boxed in, drive

    If you’re only sorta boxed in, ram others out of the way, drive over curbs, etc...and drive

    If you’re really boxed in, then get the hell out of the car and move
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    Practice carry and shooting with your off-hand. I am very left-handed and very right-eye dominant. I have carried and shot right-handed since 1969. I can shoot a handgun equally well with either hand.
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    Practice drawing from seated in your vehicle. The seatbelt doesn't interfere as much as for a Right handed person. By leaning toward the center of the vehicle it will make access easier. Center consoles and such may limit movement , but it still helps and povides more distance if firing out the d side window.
    As said , if you can gas it and go , do so. Otherwise shoot , move or both.
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    They make seat holster that have the gun between your legs or to one side or other other ..I would look to that maybe shoulder holster or cross draw carry ..See if you can fire righty as well at least for a short time .... But really as other said running before gunning prob be the better option
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