Sunday, March 7, 2010

Shooting Car

Two suspects driving a stolen car entered a military base and when confronted tried to run over the officer. The officer shot at the car and the suspects crashed. Cars can be deadly weapons just as any gun. A two thousand pound projectile coming at you is very dangerous and unlike a bullet can change it's flight path to try and hit you.

Shooting at a car is often a very poor way to immediately stop the vehicle. The best way to stop the vehicle is to shoot the driver. It is the driver of the vehicle who is the deadly threat, the car is not attacking you, it is the driver of the car. Today's steel belted radial tires are very difficult to puncture and shooting at them may not do more than create a very slow leak. Tires are resistant to puncture and the bullets may even bounce back.

Firing into the front grille may puncture the radiator. This will eventually stop the car and in a long term engagement, like a pursuit where deadly force may be an option, shooting out the radiator will eventually get the car to stop. I would not shoot at a radiator unless you were authorized deadly force, a miss could kill the driver or other person. Naturally, the shotgun at close range or the patrol rifle would be your best bet, that's what the SGT Says.


Momma Fargo said...

Love it.

Bunkermeister said...

Thank you Momma Fargo.

Momma knows best! ;)

Protect_and_Serve said...

In the few actually cases I'm familiar with, shootig the car does ZERO good and shooting the driver is harder than it sounds. To get through the windshield and put enough rounds on target (a small, fast moving target) to stop the threat, you will probably need to empty your gun.

Bunkermeister said...

That is exactly correct, windshield glass is sloped and very tough. Car doors have mechanical parts that will stop a bullet. Shooting a car is typically not going to stop it quickly. Shooting the driver is also very difficult.

*Goddess* said...

I've always wondered why they didn't shoot out the tires, and now I know. Thanks for another interesting post!

Bunkermeister said...

Tires very durable, bullets often don't penetrate. A shotgun close up might work, I don't think I would want to try.