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Carjacking Self Defense Scenario: What Would You Do?

Almost 90 percent of carjacking attempts involved the use of some type of weapon. Situational awareness is an important tactic to employ when heading to your car. Also, more than 90% of carjackings happen when someone is alone. Carjackers act similar to other attackers in the way they look for their prey. They tend to choose dark areas where there are not a lot of people. They look for someone who is an easy target. They look for individuals who seem weaker than they are, or who will not fight. Concealed carry can help you defend yourself in this self defense scenario but it all starts with situational awareness so that you don’t find yourself trapped in a self-defense scenario like this one in the first place. To see the full breakdown only our members get, activate your membership here and claim your bonus package worth over $500: #uscca #wwyd #selfdefense The USCCA’s mission is to Educate 10 Million Gun Owners, Legally Protect 1 Million USCCA Members, Stop 20,000 Crimes, and Save 1,000 Lives. Like and share these educational and informative videos. Together we can Save Lives. Ready to join our mission? You can activate your membership in less than 5 minutes and be protected by the full power of the USCCA Self-Defense SHIELD: Not ready to join? You can learn more about the USCCA and how we’re trusted by over 285,000 responsibly Armed Americans by contacting our Wisconsin-based Member Service Agents at 844-265-1103 or visit us online at! If you’re a responsible gun owner, we’d love to have you subscribe and join us! SUBSCRIBE! LIKE THIS VIDEO? 1. Click The Like Button Above – We’d Appreciate It 🙂 2. Submit Your Questions In The Comments Below 3. If you have any immediate questions about the USCCA, we’d love to hear from you. Call 844-265-1103 or visit Continue Your Training: – [FREE Video] Avoid the Top 10 Concealed Carry Mistakes – – [Free Issue] Concealed Carry Magazine – – [Free Guide] Choose your Best Gun – – [Free Tips] 101 Easy-To-Master Accuracy Secrets – – [Free Reciprocity Map] Know The Laws In Your State – LET’S CONNECT! Join The USCCA Community: — — — —


USCCA says:

QUESTION: How would you avoid finding yourself in this scenario?

Josh Wright says:

I would gladly join USCCA, however the Insurance Commissioner in my lovely home state of Washington (speaking sarcastically) in his infinite wisdom deemed USCCA and NRA Carry Guard illegal.

Nimbly says:

If my kids aren't in it, they can have it. I would love to see them try to out run the state police in my Saturn. I just hope I get a dash cam video of it.

Kevin Hayes says:

My head is on a swivel. I am looking at everything and everyone. If I don't like a situation and make a change. I have my wife keep her purse on the shoulder between us. Less likely for a grab and run.

Scott Pearson TOOLS &MORE says:

Great video thanks. This is a great one. The owner looks like he is zoned out. He got woke up in a hurry when he was approached. I don't care where you are bad day or not you have to be aware of what is happening around you. Keep up the great work see you in the next video.
Never can tell what you are going to do until you are put in the situation. Just try to not be in the situation from the beginning.

Isaac Rolle says:

I usually try park were there are not to many barriers and bushes to hide behind. At night I look around before I make I unlock my car.

Brian Edwards says:

Situational awareness is key

Richard Sabo says:

Everyone says "situational awareness," so I'll move on to other points:

1) Park in places with high visibility and good lighting; with access controls and cameras, if available. This gives you the maximum time and distance to spot a threat in advance, and therefore to start reacting in advance. Suspicious activity in the workplace parking lot needs to be communicated to co-workers and management, and to law enforcement.

For instance, I park in a place where I can see my vehicle from my work space, towards the center of the parking lot and away from non-vehicle obstructions that people can hide behind – like bushes. I can easily see and approach my vehicle from a position of high ground.

2) Keep your vehicle secure, with doors locked and windows up. Doors left unlocked give carjackers an easy way to get inside the vehicle and potentially lie in wait for you in the back until you get in. Doors left unlocked during driving is another problem, as it gives the carjacker easy access to you when you stop, such as at a stop light or sign. It wouldn't have helped this guy in this scenario, but it might help you.

3) Keep your options open. Once a threat is perceived, you might have the opportunity to leave, or you might not. The level of force that you can bring to bear is important. I tell people to carry the maximum level of force that they can legally have, physically operate, and morally/ethically justify to themselves. But it's not enough to just have it, it has to be accessible and ready to go.

For me, because of where I work, this leaves me with a force disadvantage, as only law enforcement in the performance of their duties may enter with a firearm, by state law. I compensate for that in two ways, 1) better visibility and longer reactionary gap, 2) carry what force options I can have at work. All other times, I'm carrying.

4) All else fails, comply – unless your family is in the car. If that's the case, fight like Hell, regardless. Maul them like an animal, if that's all you've got.

Keith Smash says:

Dude was way bigger than me and I'm 250lbs… He didn't look.around… he was zoned out!!! Thanks guys!!!

Chris. says:

Situation dependent, really.

Gw Gw says:

Situational awareness is always applied now matter where I am at. Key word is pay attention to surroundings and put that phone down.

Texas Hillbilly says:

I am a member and only hear about this training on YouTube. I am starting to feel like USCCA forgot about me after I became a member.

Marc Grundfest says:

Eyes down. No scan.. no misdirection.. target focused..

Walking target.

Richard Davis says:


Keith Simpson says:

Knife or no knife, the victim was justified in using deadly force to defend himself. One of the primary justifications for use of deadly force is a small man attacked by a much larger man. The victim, although young and in fairly good shape was attacked by a much larger man and in a position where he couldn't escape. So drawing his firearm was completely justified. Other justifications include a woman attacked by a man, a child/young teen attacked by an adult, a disabled person attacked by almost anyone, an elderly person attacked by younger person and a single person attacked by multipul attackers.

Dalton says:

Excellent scenario – Kevin you hit the nail on the head – "Situational Awareness" it can and will save your life if your every in that type of situation. Situational Awareness has to become a daily habit and it also has to become a practice habit out in public – no matter if it's when I am going out to the parking lot – store or restaurant or any place in the public i always look to see where the exist are and position myself in a place where i can see everyone coming in the front door – some places are harder to do that then others. I truly believe that situational awareness and it's different levels of escalation could be the difference of either removing ourselves from the threat and not having to make a call to Tom – but also can aid us in that split second decision we need to make in a self defense shooting. Another great video!

Absolute Victor says:

I not only practice situational awareness, I teach my grandkids how to be aware of their surroundings by keeping their eyes up instead of down at their devices. This might sound weird but I test them on what they noticed like where the exits are after we've entered a restaurant or some other type of building. I don't scare them I just bring it up in conversation.

C B says:

Situational awareness is key.

Without Further Ado says:

USCCA started this great promo just a couple of days after I bought the my membership. Unfortunately, I missed out, but you don't have to. If you haven't become a member, do it now!

kelly shea says:

Id shoot the car jacker. Use of lethal force is justified if somebody is in the commission of a felony in Nevada.

Michael Flud says:

1. Be aware of what's going on around you. Like it was said in the video, if you sense something is off, get out of there. 2. I noticed the driver seemed to put his bag in the car first. To me he spent too much time doing this. I would say any time you are getting into the car, the priority is get your body in and lock the door. Then get situated with putting your stuff up, turning on the car, adjusting mirrors and AC, etc. Even if its 100 degrees out. Get in and lock the door. Then if someone does bang on the window you can drive off quickly. And it provides a barrier.

allen wisniewski says:

I told my daughter to use the glass of your vehicle as a mirror to see what is going on in your space.

Two Bears Bushcraft says:

I've had this happen to me once. But the guy just wanted to ask a question about my truck. It was definitely scary. He was a lot smaller man than I am. He still almost nailed in the face with my cane that I have to use to walk with. It was off the ground as soon as I relized he had walked up behind me while I was getting in my truck. I have to use my cane to get in my truck so I had it ready to use.

Florida Responsible Carry says:

As you said, situational awareness is of the upmost importance. Secondly, if you are in the car, keep your doors locked. If stopped at a light or stop sign, maintain a situational awareness of what is around your vehicle, and if possible, don't allow your vehicle to be blocked in by other vehicles, (of course this isn't always a possibility.) Just remember, when you are in your vehicle, (or on your motorcycle,) you are still vulnerable and a possible target for the bad guy.

MPGunther1 says:

Unless there's a family member in the car, they can have it! That's what I have insurance for

Christopher Matt says:

The video shows at 3:40 that the carjacker had a knife yet that fact was not addressed in the analysis.

Ches Cabler says:

I think the guy Did great and no one was shot.

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