Saturday, April 18, 2009

Move To Cover

I try and train my officers to use essentially the same shooting stance all the time. When wearing body armor having the armor towards the suspect is generally a good idea. I train an isosceles type shooting stance most of the time. It keeps the armor towards the threat and allows the officer to use two hands, in a very stable position.

If the officer it trained in many different subtle shooting stances for many different situations, he may spend too much time worrying about his position and not enough time on his aim and his movement to cover. Lateral movement to cover is one of the best options an officer can choose in a shooting situation. Frequently, good cover is only a side step or two away and movement to that cover, often while shooting, is a very good tactical option.

Increasing the distance between yourself and your attacker is also a good idea, but too frequently officers simply back up while receiving fire from their attacker. Backing up is often a poor tactical plan. It is difficult to see where you are going when backing up while shooting at someone in front of you; which could cause you to fall over something or interfere with other officers. Lateral movement is better generally because you can see where you are going while continuing to engage the suspect; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

The Army summed it up nicely.

"Shoot, move, communicate."

Bunkermeister said...


Shoot rapidly and accurately.
Move to cover.
Communicate to the suspect and your partners.