Some times you can find yourself trapped in the rabbit hole of tactics discussions on the range or in forums, private BookFace groups and blog articles. You can never have too much information and it’s up to you to decide what works for your line of work or daily life.
In this video, SGM Kyle Lamb (USA, Ret) of Viking Tactics discusses shooting through glass. There are a few variables to consider when having to confront threats on the other side of a windshield. Besides the video, I asked Kyle a few questions to further explain the topic.
1. What are three myths with regard to shooting through glass?
1. One of the greatest myths when shooting around vehicles is that cars are poor cover. Smell the coffee; if it is the only piece of concealment you have near you, use it. 2. The front glass is extremely hard to shoot through effectively unless you use a bonded or solid bullet that doesn’t have a jacket that can be ripped from the bullet. Hornady GMX and Barnes TSX are examples of superb glass shooting projectiles. 3. “P”for plenty, when shooting through glass you must engage until the threat is neutralized.
2. What should one consider when addressing a threat at the opposite end (eliminating the threat that is in the car)?
When shooting into a vehicle, shoot until the desired effect is attained. Remember your offset since you will more than likely be close and bullets ricochet easily from glass and sheet metal.
3. Training around and with vehicles has mostly been reserved to military and LEO’s. Do you see a benefit for the responsible citizen who carries every day to seek out training in this area?
Citizens who carry guns for personal and family protection should all train in and around vehicles. That being said, military and LEO’s do not get the training they truly need. There are very few police academies that have their new officers shoot in and around cars, but they all get special training on not hurting people’s feelings. Law Enforcement leaders need to step up and lead, it is what our young officers need. What are some critical areas the student should focus on? Shooting and moving and knowing how to use points of cover on their own vehicles.