Armed Citizen Video: How to Shoot through a Windshield

From the Archives 2018

 

 

A quick down and dirty 5 minute primer on shooting through a windshield when the shit hits the fan while in your vehicle.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the obvious here:

  • You are sitting in a three ton weapon made out of steel and aluminum that trumps that bullet in your rifle or pistol. If the situation permits, Stomp on the GAS!

We could also talk about Getting off the X (getting out of the Kill Zone) and avoiding fighting from a vehicle at all cost (because they are bullet magnets) but we can save that for another day.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Avoiding the ‘Fatal Funnel’

In a recent Police shooting in Houston, one officer was killed and another wounded while serving a drug warrant.

Both officers were standing in front of an open door to an apartment when the shooting began.

Tactically speaking you want to avoid standing in front of doors, open or closed.

Open doors silhouette your profile while closed doors give your position away to the bad guy.

It may sound basic but in a bad guy’s mind they have a 50/50 shot of hitting you if they shoot through the door after you knock on it and announce yourself! Which is why even today after knocking on a  door I stand to the side of it, regardless how nice a neighborhood!

Although it is beyond the scope of this article to dive into the modern fallacies of some modern CQB  dogma, the main issue for the armed citizen to remember with the fatal funnel is the following, taken from this article:

The original meaning of the ‘fatal funnel’ was a warning to ensure that you did not pause or remain in doorways or windows. It was to prevent silhouetting yourself there. Of course, when readying to prevent a room entry, the ‘bad guy’ will naturally set up to shoot towards natural entry points. So, rather than over-defining the ‘fatal funnel’, as the video says, it is more about enemy lines of fire, corners, and avoiding silhouetting yourself there. Don’t try and define the ‘funnel ‘ geographically and over complicate it, creating a whole bunch of stylized drills based on over-complicated assumptions about the fatal funnel.

Think it Through. Prepare Accordingly.

The Taliban Won Against The Same People Coming To Smash You And Your Family – Here are Some Lessons From Them

H/T WRSA

 

10 Lessons I Learned From The Taliban

 

The bastards didn’t count on all of us taking all this hard earned knowledge and turning the tables like we did at The Battle of Athens in 1946.

That day has come again.

Prepare Accordingly.

 

Field Medicine: Antibiotic Chart to Guide Acquisition

Antibiotic Chart to Guide Acquisition

 

I would save and print out the chart in this article to have in your field and home medical bag.

You never know when it might come in handy.

Also check out this article on Acquiring Antibiotics.

 

5 Life Lessons Learned from USMC Scout Sniper School

From the Archives, 2016

 

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A former Marine scout sniper shares life lessons from the Marine Corps’ Scout Sniper Basic Course.

There is no shortage of popular culture lionizing snipers. From movies to books, legendary exploits are laced with evocative imagery. Alone, unafraid, heroically holding back enemy hoards with only a bolt gun. This captivation is not without good cause, but Hollywood’s depictions often fall short of capturing what it truly means to be a sniper. Those hard lessons learned from the Marine Corps’ Scout Sniper School have been ones that have profoundly changed who I am and stayed with me for life.

Brilliance in the basics. In the military, firepower is everything, but often there is a common misconception about what that means. Most think that increasing firepower means to increase the number of rounds per minute. Snipers believe that increasing firepower means increasing the number of hits per minute. With this infectious mentality, accuracy becomes supreme. “One shot, one kill.” In this way, a single sniper could feasibly provide more ‘firepower’ than a squad of machine gunners. It is no surprise that accuracy is the cornerstone for snipers, but it is attained by adhering to a simple maxim: “brilliance in the basics.” By mastering the seemingly simplistic fundamentals of marksmanship, snipers effectively change the battlefield. Snipers offer a long-range precision that prevents enemies from being shielded by distance or imprecise area weapons. It is profound that something so minor found in ‘the basics’ can change the way warfare is conducted. The same way this logic applies to the battlefield it applies to the classroom, office, or wherever you might find yourself. Mastering the basics changes the game making you more effective.

Dedication. Many service members are professionals — clean rooms, inspection-ready uniforms, excelling at their day jobs. Sniper school students don’t aspire to a mere occupation, to be a scout sniper is a way of life. The job doesn’t end with the fallout of formation or weekend liberty; it is brought home and lived. In the evenings at the barracks, snipers can be found studying the physics of ballistics, adjusting their gear until it is perfectly balanced or hand-sewing patches in their ghillie suits. Discussions of techniques in fieldcraft are shared over meals and debates about guns, optics and tactics rage into the nights. This dedication extends throughout the sniper community. The ‘community’ is an abstraction, with only about 300 active duty scout snipers, it is a small circle where everyone knows everyone else, separated only by a degree or two at most. This community makes it easier to remain sharply focused and dedicated to the craft. Sniper school taught me that the level of dedication necessary to master any vocation requires actively living it.

Read the Remainder at Task and Purpose

 

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