Tactics – Hide & Seek – Blog 22-01

The hardest target to hit is the one you can’t see. There are two ways to hide. You can use concealment or you can use cover. With both of these techniques you are able to hide from the attacker. But one of these two have a definite advantage.

The technique with the definite advantage is the use of cover. What is cover? Cover is anything that effectively protects you from the threat you are facing. If the attacker(s) is using a firearm, then cover would be anything that can placed between you and the incoming bullets that would protect you from the them.

What you will have to do is evaluate the weapon that is being used by an attacker. If it is a knife and you can place a hardened door between you and them, this will end the threat and you have effectively used cover. If the attacker is using a high-power rifle, an object that was adequate against a handgun round, may not be effective against a center-fire rifle cartridge. The key point here is that you should have educated yourself BEFORE an attack so that you can seek the cover to protect yourself and to implement an effective defense.

Concealment refers to anything that hides you from view but doesn’t necessarily stop bullets from reaching you. The majority of objects in in your immediate surroundings offers only concealment. Concealment is an integral part of defensive tactics in most encounters. If your attacker(s) cannot see you, they don’t know exactly where you are or how prepared you may be to defend yourself. Concealment can also be effective because your attacker(s) may not know the difference between cover and concealment and may feel that you are more protected than you are. Using concealment to hide may be a good idea, but using concealment because you think it might stop bullets can be unsafe. Always know the difference. Tactical principles you should consider to hinder your ability to be seen by the attacker are to avoid placing yourself in high contrast with your surroundings.  Wearing dark clothes in a background which is lightly colored wall will make you extremely visible.  Whenever possible, observe your surroundings and attempt to choose a route that provides the most shade.  if your attacker has a direct line of sight to your position, reduce motion to a minimum.  If you need to move, move quickly.

In an urban environment, your main priority is going to be using buildings to limit your attacker’s field of fire.  When possible, try to avoid long, narrow corridors or exposed open ground.  Skirt along the edges of buildings, using cars and hedgerows, and any other features of the landscape to make your way out of the active shooting environment.

In an urban environment, buildings can provide great cover and concealment for observing your attacker’s position, they also feature plenty of pitfalls, which can include limited entry and exit points, limited time to identify the threat from a non-threat, tight restrictions in rooms and hallways, and vulnerability in moving between a building. So, when in a fight for survival and you need to hide.

Truth fears nothing but concealment.”

– Tertullian