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). Please check our training calendar for upcoming offerings of VCAST and other Shivworks classes near you. Also, please review our refund policy before signing up for any class.

First Day (Approx. Four Hours):
  • Positional Dominance and parking tactics
  • Surveillance Detection
  • Managing encroachment and movement tactics
  • Task Fixation problems on embuss
  • Hostile debuss problems (parallel and perpendicular)
Second Day (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
Third Day (Eight Hours+): Student-versus-student developmental evolutions

Prerequisite: Students must have already attended Extreme Close Quarter Concepts (ECQC) in order to be eligible for VCAST. This requirement is mandatory (no exceptions).

Please bring the following items with you to class:

  • Reliable handgun
  • Minimum two (2) magazines
  • Quality holster and magazine pouches
  • 200 rounds of ammunition
  • Heavy sweatshirt or soft body armor
  • Mouthpiece and cup
  • Seasonal weather gear
  • Ballistic eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Weapon lubrication and cleaning supplies
  • Positive attitude
  • Open mind
Costs of this course:
  • Total course tuition will vary depending on the host facility, any applicable range fees, and many other factors.
  • Please check our calendar for course offerings, and contact the organizer directly for tuition information on a specific class.

Remember, this course has a prerequisite. You must have already successfully taken ECQC in order to be eligible for VCAST. If you're ready to enroll, please use the links below to proceed.