View Full Version : Cover shoot

12-18-2014, 11:04 PM
A drill we used to do "back in the day" addressed the real possibility of not being able to accurately pinpoint the location of a shooter.

This is NOT a "spray and pray" scenario but a real world application wherein you don't know exactly where the shooter is hiding. However DOING NOTHING means that someone might get clipped- or someone MORE might get clipped- either way, an unacceptable alternative.

So you get incoming fire from a distance away, let's say for argument sake 100 yards away.

You work your favorite react to fire drill/SOP, but fire at what? You have a vague idea of where the shot came from, maybe someone did get clipped. A quick notice of the wound may give you a general direction.

Your ears will train in on the sound a good bit- practice that. We used to practice triangulating on a shooter, and once practiced a bit, got pretty damn accurate on locating the shooter. A random shot in the distance heard on a patrol in the PAW should be followed up with someone pointing in the direction their ears heard the sound. An azimuth can be shot (tactical situation permitting obviously) and the direction immediately relayed to everyone in the team.

Smoke, dust, sometimes subtle movements of the shooter, etc. can be noticed as well. Do this in a shady area or at night and you'll realize the importance of a quality flash hider as well.

Relay what you see to others- 90 degrees, approximately 100 yards, just below the ridgeline. Note DISTANCE, DIRECTION, any key landmarks or prominent features to narrow down the area.

Tracers can be used to mark possible locations.

But you can't always wait, and the "I won't waste bullets, one shot one kill" ammo misers (read: DREAMERS) will hate this part, but yeah you have to do something.

Now if you have enough folks, running the flank(s) should definitely be occurring now very rapidly, quick orders given, hasty plan made RAPIDLY, etc.

Still though, we can't be 100% sure where "dude" shooter is at. What now?

Cover shoot.

Zeroing in on the general area- 90 degrees from our position, 100 yards out, just below the ridgeline- we can take quick but accurate shots at all the cover in that area.

What does that mean? That means glancing up there and working left to right. That means thinking "I see big tree that could be cover, two rounds one side of tree, two rounds over side of tree. Activity? 5 yards to the right, slight ditch could be cover, two rounds there. Activity? 10 yards more to the right, big stump could be cover, two rounds on right, two rounds on... ACTIVITY, "dude" shooter scrambling.

Call out- 10 yards right of ditch, big stump, 100 yards, shooter, deliberate fire! Good comm is essential, pass the message, "every man a link man" type of deal. Loud and clear.

This would be the time for the flankers to work if they aren't already. DM's should be doing their work.

You might have to work an angle- left right, behind, above. Their may be an angle, or you may have to "create" an angle.

Keep in mind this is NOT blindly spraying fire into the great unknown, every shot should be deliberate but delivered quick. You are essentially looking to either flush the shooter out or create a beaten zone by which your flankers can do their work.

This is an essential team drill, but quite a bit goes into it. It's definitely not "Day 1" type stuff, but to see it in action is a beautiful thing.

12-19-2014, 06:43 AM
Great post...and topic.
Not day 1 for sure....many just getting used to communicating what you see understress can be hard ....