The action in these movies are very cool to watch, the choreograph is well designed. The credit goes to Taran Butler, the man who trained Keanu Reeves to tactical shoot that looks impressive in the movie. With the third final? In other words some of them actually went through similar tactical shooting courses. In the above picture you see Keanu tilting his gun to the side like that, its not for Hollywood cool looks, but is actually a real shooting technique created by law enforcement trainer Paul Castle. Lets take a Look Why Center Axis Relock was Created Most self-defense scenarios happen at very close range, in confined spaces, usually within feet, or less.
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The action in these movies are very cool to watch, the choreograph is well designed. The credit goes to Taran Butler, the man who trained Keanu Reeves to tactical shoot that looks impressive in the movie. With the third final? In other words some of them actually went through similar tactical shooting courses.
In the above picture you see Keanu tilting his gun to the side like that, its not for Hollywood cool looks, but is actually a real shooting technique created by law enforcement trainer Paul Castle. Lets take a Look Why Center Axis Relock was Created Most self-defense scenarios happen at very close range, in confined spaces, usually within feet, or less.
The problem with moving in a confined space in a traditional stance is that you have the gun way out in front of you, as taught in the Weaver or Isoceles. This gives you very poor leverage in the event someone gets their hands on your gun. Weapon retention was a concern at this range. Isosceles Stance The CAR system allows for less time between drawing and getting the target in your sights, as well as providing better weapon retention. Having the pistol closer to the body allows better leverage and control.
What about when the target is already at contact distance, maybe even inside where your arms would normally be in an isosceles stance? The CAR system is the answer to these problems. For this reason, it was never intended to replace the weaver or isosceles stance though we recommend the latter but was meant to be another transition tool in your tactical shooting method.
The support non-gun-holding hand clears clothing or other obstructions while the strong hand brings the pistol up and close to the chest. The support hand then moves up be careful to never sweep the muzzle over your support hand and meets the strong gun-holding hand from beneath. At this point, your weak-side foot should be at a degree angle to your target, and the barrel of your gun should be up, level, and pointed at the target.
Although not a goal or recommendation, it is possible to place accurate fire at a target within contact range from here if you really needed to. You can also use your elbows to get distance from your attacker. Be sure to check out this article from GunsAmerica writer Wayne Lincourt that goes over the fine details of drawing into the CAR system. This is your ready position. This is the extended position. From here you can engage targets as normal, using your support hand to pull back on the gun, while using your strong hand to push it forward towards the target.
You can watch this video for an idea of how the transition works. The main goal of the CAR system is to get your sights on the target quickly while maintaining solid weapon retention and a stable firing position. This overall will improve the hit rate. In such a situation, you may have trouble getting your sights aligned quickly, and if you are not strongly dominant with one eye or the other, it may be difficult to quickly choose the correct sight picture.
The Center Axis Relock addresses these issues in two ways. If you have an assailant in your face, punching the firearm out towards them gives them ample opportunity to begin wrestling for your gun, which is a dire situation indeed. From the High position of the CAR system, it is much harder for such an assailant to get their hands on the gun in a way that will allow them to take it from you.
It also makes it very easy to point shoot without bringing the sights up, meaning you can stop an attack before it gets going. What its Not Good For? I truly believe the CAR system is something every defensive-minded shooter should learn. But it may not be for everyone. This stance offers a better chance of moving, shooting and acquiring sights quickly.
Remember, unlike Hollywood movies, you want to be in as few gunfights as possible, and a well-armed banana peel retreat is better than a well-armed engagement any day. The CAR system is also not great in some opinion, there are those who disagree for room entry. If you enter a room with an attacker in an unknown location, you may have to pivot your entire body to make a shot, especially if the attacker is to your support side.
That being said, how often does that happen? For that, the CAR system is incredibly effective. Again, this all depends on how the CAR system is used by the individual. The CAR system is a transition movement, for those that have never learned and used in a tactical situation like room clearing or a bus take down may not fully understand its usage. The CAR system was designed for moving through confined spaces with your gun in a ready position that reduces the likelihood of your gun being taken from you.
Last Shot The Center Axis Relock system is not a common shooting technique used by us normal folks but may have been popularized by Hollywood, but it is way more than just filmic flim-flam. This is a real-world technique, developed by a professional with over two decades of military and LEO experience. Have you train with the CAR system? What do you think about it?
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They star Keanu Reeves as an expert assassin who is dragged back into the underworld of crime and violence. Two sequels quickly followed the original, and a fourth movie is in the works. It has also attracted the interest of the firearms community, which has taken the time to dissect the action sequences to figure out how Keanu is making John Wick come to life. CAR is a unique method of keeping your pistol near you and with you when space is limited.