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Another lesson kiddos. This one is a simple concept called displacement:

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Once again…nothing “new” or advanced here. When you and an opponent are looking for each other with bad intentions (1) and suddenly come across each other (2); what sometimes happens is an exchange of a few shots and a quick duck back behind cover (3). If and when this happens, it’s usually a good idea to “displace” to a different area of cover and/or concealment (4). If you are lucky, the opponent will peek back out expecting you to be in the place he last saw you. Then you can give him a nasty surprise.

Of course if your opponent is as wily and savvy as you, he may have displaced to another spot as well…keep alert!

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Another basic, yet vital concept is the difference between Cover and Concealment:

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Simply put. Cover stops bullets, Concealment doesn’t. Concealment..well…”conceals” you. The opponent may be able to hit you “through” what you are hiding behind but he doesn’t know you are there. Or perhaps he knows you are there “somewhere” but not sure of your exact location.

Cover on the other hand…the bad guy may know exactly where you are, he just cant hit you through it.  The best of both worlds is when you are behind good cover AND the opponent doesn’t know where you are.

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I have always been a believer in fundamentals over “advanced technique”. The fundamentals, applied consistently and accomplished faster than your opponent can process will typically result in victory. Digging through some old notebooks I recently dusted off, I discovered some sketches I doodled a long time ago that illustrate some absolutely basic tactical fundamentals.

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These illustrations show variations on the basic “flanking maneuver“. When confronted with superior numbers (and you have to fight vs. being able to flee) you do not want to stay put and slug it out with everybody simultaneously.  Displace to one of the opponents flanks and deal with him hombre a hombre. Or even better, if you have some buddies, two to one.  If the opponents buddy tries to engage you he will have his own man caught in a crossfire. If you are lucky the second bad guy may not be able to see that you have moved. If you are REALLY lucky, some of YOUR buddies will keep the other bad guys busy as you roll up the flank and take out the opponents one at a time.

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