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Old February 11, 2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Shooting from a car

I have been watching wednesday night at the range and they were showing how to shoot from a car out the side window and windhield while being right handed.My question is this,how easy would it be for someone to do while being left handed.Does any one have any advice on this problem.

I carry left handed strong side 9/10's of the time and took my son's bb gun out to the car just to see how easy it was.I found it hard to draw and almost impossible to aquire a target.How do ya'll do it.
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Old February 11, 2009, 10:34 PM   #2
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I've trained and have been in situations where lefties, to shoot at a forward target form the passenger window, must commit a bit more of themselves to do so, the reverse of a righty must do from the driver's side window. It is do-able.

Try it out: Assuming privacy, put yourself in the various vehicle seats and experiment with what it would take to shoot in various directions. If you can do so at a range where you can experiment via live-fire, even better. I recommend "range vehicles" in case you get it wrong, though. A hole here and a skipped round there is occasionally encountered during the learning curve.
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Old February 12, 2009, 12:01 AM   #3
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The best method for shooting from a seated postion in a vehicle that I have found is the center axis relock system (incidently, the CAR system.)....Also known as IPDS for civillians.

There are a few video demonstrations on both the CAR and IPDS website. These should give you a good sense of how the system is utilized to fire from a vehicle.
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Old February 21, 2009, 06:32 PM   #4
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Many years ago while on a deer hunting trip I shot a gray squirrel with a .357 Mag from the cab of my pickup. I have permanent hearing loss in my left ear. No joke.
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Old February 21, 2009, 10:20 PM   #5
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Shooting without hearing protection... I tried it once with my 45 ACP, never shot without it before except with a shotgun. Just got back from pheasant hunting and no one ever used hearing protection, just didn't hurt our ears. But with a 45 ACP it's a different story. First shot stung my ears, second hurt, third hurt real real bad, hurt enough that I couldn't stand to take a fourth shot. If I do have to shoot someone or some animal it's gonna hurt me as well as hurt them. I always think of that when I consider scenarios. Permanent hearing loss is almost certain.
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Old February 21, 2009, 11:15 PM   #6
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Firing any gun in the open is much different than firing from a car, I have fired that gun (S&W Mod 19 with 4" Barrel) many times in the open without hearing protection. It's uncomfortable but tolerable. Shooting from my pickup (gun held just outside the window) the blast was much worse, very painful, my left ear rang for several days. Since then I can't hear enough enough from my left ear to use it to talk on the phone.
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It seems obvious, but I'll say it anyway... It's a slim chance that you'll need to shoot from a seated position in the car. Better to use the car to get away from the situation. Certainly, it's possible, so I can see why someone would try to train, or at least have a cognizant mental picture or preparation for it.

I would think that if you are forced to shoot from a vehicle while seated, you are likely talking about point blank range. I can't imagine what kind of accuracy you'd hope to get, or what distances you'd be shooting. Given that the accuracy would likely be nothing beyond "point & shoot", the best solution seems to me to simply shoot from your weak hand... shoot from your right hand if you are in the driver's seat, whether it's your weak hand or not.

If you are trying to practice and build plans for defense and emercency shooting, I would hope that one-hand, weak-hand shooting is MUCH higher on the list that successfully shooting out of a vehicle. There's going to be a lot more need for weak hand shooting, I would think.
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