Shooting Through Automotive Glass

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Vehicles are one of the most common items in the modern world and most of us spend a significant amount of time inside one. Whether we are attacked while we are in our own vehicle or by someone inside their own, understanding how bullet flight and performance are affected by automotive glass is important.

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16 Responses to “Shooting Through Automotive Glass”
  1. Max Demp

     This was interesting. I notice also that the first round through the windshield
    hit more in the 1:00 position, I wondering if the curvature of the windshield
    added not only to the upward direction but also the lateral impact location.

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  2. S.Ryan

    Great info, Rob! I assume you’re using regular defensive ammo and not FMJ target ammo.

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  3. Quincy shooter

    very interesting about the angle of deflection. good to know. Just wondering how a round like Hornady’s critical defense rounds would change the deflection in either direction , up or down. Has the size of the rounds been tested at different cals. and types such as a magtek’s 45 cal +P hollow pointed brass jacketed product make a significant difference. You’d need that information to pre-assesment a shot. When your sitting behind the wheel and you’ve got a threat pointing at you. Your first shot should be the stop shot, you might not get the second,. the assailant will have that one.

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  4. Maui Bog

    Unlike the defensive driving video, this,ia,a really useful piece that compliments the
    PDN Academy

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  5. Hang 'Em High

    Rob,, great video. Sometimes it’s just the little things that you discuss and my eyes open up wide and I go oh yeah. Thanks for all the safety tips ; )

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  6. Dr Gr8eyes

    The left handed driver cannot touch, press and fire with their dominant hand on either scenario. Due to the proximity of the target would you recommend using the right hand to make the shot?

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  7. Tim

    the video does not show the second round it was cropped off. but very good info . I would like to know what type of ammo you used . You said S&W 40 

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  8. EJ

    Fantastic Video. The explanation of each step and flow from point to point is seamless, informative and concise. Keep them coming.–EJ

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  9. Scott

    Rob great information. Understanding the deviation possibilities when shooting in or out of the windshield is a great tool to have in the tool box.

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  10. Peter

    GREAT INFO. NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THERE WAS A SURE WAY TO FIRE THROUGH A WINDSHIELD OR OTHER CAR WINDOWS. THANKS.

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  11. Rick

    This was the best video I have ever watched on vehicle glass shooting dynamics and research…

    Awesome job Rob! I personally met you once at the NRA Gun show In Indianapolis , Indiana in one of your seminars.

    I’ve been impressed with your video education since, and your vids are on the top 5% of shooting self defense video production in my book. Thanks

    Semper Fi
    Marine Vet
    Chicago

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  12. Bill Lemon

    But what about the other 10%, specifically us lefty’s? A threat at the driver’s side door seems to be a nightmare of elbows and contorted joints as I try to address a threat on that side. Any suggestions?

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  13. indianasteve

    Interesting. I would have assumed the deflection would have been exactly the opposite, following the angle of the glass.

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