David Herman with Shooting Illustrated shared his recent experience participating in one of our defensive tactics courses.
“One unseasonably cool weekend in April 2018, I ventured out to the sprawling BSR campus at Summit Point Raceway, just over the West Virginia line, for some intensive instruction in defensive tactics and uses for pistol and carbine. Upon arrival I was met by instructor Larry Connolly, whose 26 years in the U.S. Army are just one of his many qualifications. Over the three days I spent training on the firearms side of BSR (they also have an expansive set of high performance driving programs, which are similarly top-notch), I learned quite a bit from Larry, who took the class from fundamental drills all the way to more intermediate level tactics, such as use of cover, vehicle evacs., and a host of other things.
The work surrounding vehicles I found particularly interesting, as it’s a rarer element to find in a civilian training course. Now obviously there is a reason for this: here in America, attacks on one’s vehicle occur even more seldom than attacks on one’s person. Despite this however, most Americans do spend a large portion of their day in cars, whether driving to or from work, the grocery store, or all too frequently, stuck for hours in mind numbing traffic. When viewed in this light, it’s rather strange that an environment where average Americans spend quantifiable chunks of their day, is so often overlooked in training scenarios. So let’s take a look at vehicle attacks, as well as the how and when of defensive countermeasures from a vehicle.”