tactical preschool 5

I’m thinking of titling this lesson “Cover: Know what you are up against”.

In a previous lesson we learned what Cover and Concealment were. Cover as you recall is something that will stop incoming projectiles. To use cover is simple; get it between you and  the opponent. As long as the cover remains between the two of you, you can be yards behind it and it will still protect you. However, you have to consider the “tactical geometry” that is in play.


If you are facing a single threat, it is possible to gain more protected area and more maneuver room by moving away from your cover. One thing to consider however is the height of your cover…if you move too far back from an object you have to consider the elevation or depression of the terrain you are moving to.


If you have multiple threats facing you, the area of protection and maneuver will be less the farther you move away from cover. Of course, if you or your opponents move the area of protection will change shape and you will have to reposition.

Just as your area of protection and maneuver will be determined by this “tactical geometry”, so will your ability to engage targets.


In an inverse of the protection cone the cover provides you; the closer you are to cover the more protection your opponent has from your outgoing fire.


If you move away from the cover, the more area on the far side of the object will be in your target area.

Adding to these variables will be your ability to move left or right in response to the actions of  your opponent(s). When you move out from cover more area behind it will become visible but the more exposed YOU will be. Change the numbers of opponents or buddies helping you and the math becomes more complex.

That will be a 200 level course…..


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6 thoughts on “tactical preschool 5”

  1. True..cover and concealment are relative to whats inbound.

    However I think for all practical purposes, you are best served by finding the most solid object that is within reasonable distance and getting behind it. Standing around trying to figure out what HE has and what will stop what when rounds are inbound probably isnt a great idea. If what you get behind just isnt working then its time to move to better cover if its available. Sometimes there just isnt anything better around….sometimes there is NOTHING around and a fold in the ground is the best cover you may be able to find.

    The best lesson here is that you need to be constantly evaluating what cover is available to you as you move about and be aware of what your threats are. You may have to be concerned with .50 cal and RPG’s…me, not so much. 😉

    In these lessons, “cover” is whatever is stopping whats coming at you.

  2. Totally true; and the urge to immediately seek whatever might come close to almost being capable of possibly being maybe cover is pretty instinctive. I’ve got my “cower and start thumb-sucking” muscle memory down. Guess I’m just saying that a constant evaluation of how much cover you think you’ve got vs. how much you think you need is in order. This seems obvious, but can get lost in the heat of the moment (like most combat common sense).
    Mongo like cover. Cover good.

    1. I hear ya…I think that in general people need to have a working knowledge of what is “good idea” cover and “bad idea” cover. In my line of work a big tree, an engine block, even a solid phone pole would be a “good idea”. A car door, a port-a-john, or a garbage can…..”bad idea”.

      Sometimes what you thought was a “good idea” may not have been so good….be ready to move.

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