Perhaps you’ve watched John Wick movies and wondered about the actor’s unique way of shooting. That pistol held at a 45-degree angle is not just a Hollywood strategy to make scenes more thrilling. Let’s talk about it.
“Paul Castle was born in Ramsgate, England on January 14, 1959. He joined
the Kent Police Force at the age of 18 and served in a variety of capacities
including Detective and Training Officer. On his retirement, he moved to
the United States to begin his new career as a Tactical Trainer. His many
accomplishments with Sabre TTRR, the company he founded, are both
impressive and extensive. During the last several years of his life, Paul
dealt with cancer but continued to provide his high standard of training.
Paul ultimately lost his battle with cancer on September 14, 2011. Paul
Castle was an incredibly unique individual ‐ He is sorely missed.
Combining his extensive training and experience with firearms, Paul
developed the Center Axis Relock (CAR) Shooting System. His dedication
and passion for teaching the CAR System was based on his unwavering
belief that the System could help save lives. Considering there are
documented cases where Police Officers involved in shootings believe the
CAR System contributed to their survival, Paul’s belief seems justified.
Paul’s legacy, The CAR Shooting System will live on.” (CAR eBook)
The Center Axis Relock (CAR) System has been developed over an extensive period, based on a fundamental understanding of human body mechanics and cognitive functions. Its primary purpose is to excel in Close Quarters Confrontations, providing the operator with superior weapon retention capabilities compared to existing techniques.
CAR enables operators to achieve exceptional “On Demand” movement, speed, and accuracy during critical situations, regardless of the type of weapon used, from OC Spray to Long Guns. This is accomplished by leveraging the operator’s harmonious muscle placement and seamless integration between different weapon modes without requiring changes in body stance or shooting positioning.
The system continued to evolve, carried forward by Mr. Jeff Johnsgaard (Natural Tactical Systems). Additional content related to Mindset & Mental Training, Firearms training, Recovery & Feedback Control, Combative Training, Reality Based Training, and Instructional Method was incorporated into the original system, leading to its renaming as 360° Close Quarter Defense.
“In 2009 and until his premature death from cancer in 2011 Paul Castle the creator of the CAR System declared Jeff Johnsgaard to be the official heir to the CAR System. Jeff has proudly continued to forward the CAR System both in technique and in instructional framework to his day. The latest evolution of CAR is our 360° CQD (Close Quarter Defense) training. This is much more than just the CAR System and offers firearms and physical skills along with specific teaching techniques to aid learning and retention.” (NTS Website)
Therefore, it is a comprehensive combat methodology that goes beyond John Wick’s shooting stance, grounded in science, and aimed at increasing your ability to repeatedly thrive in high-stakes, deadly force incidents. It specializes in situations involving surprise attacks, confined spaces, vehicle defense, or close proximity to threats (30 feet and in).
You can learn more about 360°CQD through Natural Tactical Systems or by attending one of the courses offered by ABA Intl.