ZERO to SHTF in Seconds: Dash Cam Video Of Attempted Carjacking Of Concealed Carrier In Houston


Over on Reddit, a user gave us permission to share a recent encounter he had with some thugs who were trying to carjack him at gunpoint. From the dash cam video above, you can hear the exchange before our driver finally makes his decision…

Here is his recollection of events:

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Had a Glock 26 concealed on the passenger seat next to me at the time. Never really tried to use it though. In the heat of the moment I decided to run away instead. Since then I started pocket carrying a s&w bodyguard 380 as well. Never leave home without my Glock 26 on my hip or my body guard 380 in my pocket.

This is what happened behind the camera:

Would-be carjacker slams hand against driver side window, and is pointing gun at my head.

Me: Uh? Okay. Okay. Would-be carjacker: Put the car in park. Put it in park hurry up. Get out. Me: Okay. Okay.

Would-be carjacker yells to his friend on passenger side to get in. Then he accidently hit the magazine release on his gun. You can hear it hitting the pavement. While he is scrambling to get his magazine I jump back into my car.

Would-be carjacker: I swear to god I will beat your bitch ass. There’s still one in there. Fuck! There’s still one in there bitch.


Would be car jacker still messing with his gun. I am trying to get my car in drive.

Would-be carjacker: Bitch I will knock your bitch ass out if you don’t get out of this car right now. Get the fuck out of my car. I floor it out of there.

Me: Deep breath.

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And there you have it. It’s a case where the decision was made NOT to draw the firearm, because the best option seemed to be to simply HIT THE GAS AND GTFO.

Your options are extremely limited when you have a gun pointed at your head. Would reaching for his Glock 26 helped him in this situation? Probably not, but who’s to say. His HIT THE GAS AND GTFO method seemed to do just fine. The bottom line is getting as far away from the threat as you can, and he did just that.

What if he were driving a slow car, or a manual? Speed wouldn’t necessarily be on his side if he needed to move in a hurry, and who knows what the guy with the gun to his head would have done.

Luckily for all of us, we don’t know.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • KJQ

    And more proof why you should ALWAYS carry on your person (even at home).

    • Dimitri

      I have been pocket carrying a 380 ever since. I use to IWB carry my Glock 26 where ever I went, but I had just started a new job and it was a bit to big to carry in summer for my work. Which is why it was concealed on the passenger car seat instead of on my waist where it usually resides.

  • JSH

    How do you know that complying with a thug is going to convince him not to shoot you in the head so you can’t identify him later? Uh uh, nope. No way in hell I would have gotten out of that car. The second he dropped his mag I would have unloaded on him. If that hadn’t happened, hit the gas and GTFO. When he has a gun to your head you’re not fast enough to draw on him. But as soon as he looks away it’s game over.

    • Dimitri

      Throwing my car into drive and hitting the gas as soon as seeing the gun would have probably been the best move. Looking down the barrel of a gun with nothing between you but a driver side window is pretty intense. I was caught way off guard. Hence the decision to GTFO when a lucky opportunity had arisen. Also, I recommend people leave their car in drive when stopped. Trying to get my car in drive was the second most intense part of that experience.

  • Mike Bassler

    I think that this is a lesson in situational awareness first and foremost.

    • Dimitri

      Not exactly. I did see them acting suspiciously. They didn’t exactly look like carjackers. Just two 17ish-18ish year old guys walking around their neighborhood. Also, I had a voice in the back of my head saying I was just being racist ( I know pretty silly in hindsight). In my opinion its a lesson in trusting your instincts. Recognizing a threat and following your gut.

      • Lacard

        Thanks for letting us see this. A great lesson to be had.

  • Cotter

    Brandon, how would a manual transmission have slowed down Dimitri’s escape in any way?? I drive both manuals and automatics, and I just don’t see the correlation…