Taking Cover Behind a Car

It works in the movies, but how does a car stand up to handgun, shotgun, and rifle rounds in real life?

You know how in movies, people will take cover behind a car in the street and be protected from all incoming fire like the vehicle is a forcefield?

Just in case you needed to know that this isn’t exactly realistic, check out this video.

Paul Harrell sacrificed a Toyota Corolla, a ’95 Dodge Neon, and a bunch of 2-liter soda bottles to show exactly what happens when a .45 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .22LR, bird shot, buck shot, and slugs hit a car in various places.

It turns out, using a car for cover from a shotgun can be fairly effective, but don’t take cover behind the trunk, whatever you do.

And you may have heard that getting behind the engine compartment is the best spot…and these results seem to support that.