The Center Axis Relock (CAR) system is a shooting system invented by Paul Castle. CAR typically features a bladed stance, a close-to-body firearm hold with both arms bent to almost 90 degrees and either point or sight fired. I have very little experience with the system, but it is typically suggested for use in extreme close quarters such as “tubular assaults” down the aisles of planes, trains, buses etc. and from the seat of an automobile for targets approaching from the sides. Like everything else, it has it’s share of critics. Some say that the sideways stance presents armor gaps to the opponent. Others say that the odds of self-inflicted shots is increased. Personally… I see this more as a “transitional” and special use technique. Special use in situations like tubular assaults and those described previously, and transitional in the sense that it isn’t necessarily going to be the ONLY stance that you will use in a confrontation. I can see going from retention, to CAR, to arms extended and back again all within one encounter. I also think it can be useful at “in your face ranges” where the bent arms present better retention leverage and defensive options. I keep saying that I will give it a try. Maybe next range session.