In the Vehicle Combatives and Shooting Tactics course (VCAST), we develop firearms and empty-hand techniques for encounters that occur in and around vehicles. This is a twenty-four-hour block of instruction taught over three days. The coursework is contextualized for the problems an armed citizen might face while inside or near an automobile. Skills are demonstrated and taught using both operable and inoperable vehicles, some of which will be shot or otherwise damaged throughout the course. Student vehicles are also used for certain portions of instruction (no damage will be done to student vehicles). VCAST is considered a more advanced course, due to the nature of the developmental drills. Students must successfully complete Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) before enrolling in VCAST. This prerequisite is mandatory (no exceptions).
- Positional Dominance and parking tactics
- Surveillance Detection
- Managing encroachment and movement tactics
- Task Fixation problems on embuss
- Hostile debuss problems (parallel and perpendicular)
(Eight + Hours)
- Engaging exterior targets front, sides, and rear live fire
- Engaging interior targets live fire
- Utilizing the vehicle as cover and positional shooting dynamics
- Debuss under fire
- Managing passengers and children
- In traffic positional tactics
- Minimizing target profile while driving through ambush
- Pushing through other vehicles
- Optimal in vehicle movement (modified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
- Managing collisions and the Airbag Ambush
- Oncoming traffic concerns
- Live fire vehicle penetration demo
- Student-versus-student developmental evolutions
Students must have already attended Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) in order to be eligible for VCAST. This requirement is mandatory (no exceptions).
Craig Douglas (aka “SouthNarc”) is the founder of ShivWorks, a consortium of like-minded professionals devoted to training and product development in the emerging field of interdisciplinary problem-solving for self-defense. Craig retired from law enforcement after 21 years of service with the bulk of his career spent in narcotics and SWAT. Since 2003, Craig has been teaching globally under the ShivWorks brand and has conducted coursework on entangled shooting skills in nearly 40 states and nine foreign countries. He has taught for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and to three branches of the U.S. military.