If you’ve had a chance to play Conviction, the newest Splinter Cell game, you’ve probably experienced the very cool Mark & Execute feature. For those that haven’t tried the game, this feature allows Sam to mark multiple shooting targets and pull off a rapid take down. Sam’s shooting style is very unique, and after doing a bit of research I learned that what he’s using is a shooting system called Center Axis Relock, or CAR for short.
Center Axis Relock is a shooting system designed for close quarters combat and was invented by Paul Castle, a military and law enforcement training instructor in the United Kingdom. Paul trains soldiers and law enforcement through his company Natural Tactical Systems.
Bryn Reynolds, High Position – Center Axis Relock
For those of you that aren’t familiar, here’s a short video showing some of the techniques of the Center Axis Relock shooting system.
The system was designed as an alternative to the common weaver shooting stance and provides a host of benefits, including reduced recoil (through a more effective grip of the weapon), and increased combat effectiveness by factoring in average human reactions under stressful combat situations; people tend to draw inwards when being fired upon, as opposed to “reaching out” as is commonly taught with the weaver stance.
If you’re interested in learning more, it seems like there are multiple instructors around the world now. Perhaps there’s one in your area?