Knowing When To Hold Your Fire

15 Apr

I don’t write much about small unit tactics. It’s not something you can learn reading a book or blog. There’s a question whether most preppers could coordinate with family, friends, or other preppers to defend themselves unless they held fixed barricaded positions.

What breaks down in the motto “Shoot, move, communicate” for preppers? Most preppers can shoot reasonably well. Movement is a bugger. Once people start moving about, you don’t know where the heck they are. A part of communication is letting the people who are on your side know where you’re moving and what you’re up to. You don’t want them to shoot you. Part is letting your team know where the enemy is positioned. You want them to shoot the enemy.

The capture of the Boston marathon terrorists is a case in point. Police are well trained. They have good communication. They wear uniforms. They should be able to recognize each other. They seldom practice coordinated drills with other departments.

After the two punk Boston terrorists murdered a police officer, they engaged in a gun battle with police. From what the news reports, they had one handgun and fired a dozen shots total. What ensued was a long battle with a whole lot of shooting. Reports now say most of the shooting was friendly fire. An officer saw somebody was shooting and felt it was a good idea to shoot back. The officer under fire shot back.

One terrorist ran and was shot. The other fled by vehicle, running over his brother. He escaped the gunfight. That he could escape with so much fire trained on him shows a lack of coordination.

The best solution to avoid friendly fire is to positively identify your target before shooting. If you can’t ID your target, don’t shoot. This is one reason to have good optics on defensive rifles.

It’s good to know what’s in front of and behind what you want to shoot. If you’re working with others and fire comes from one direction, that doesn’t mean you’ll be positioned to return fire. This is easier said than done if you panic.

Short of full combat, knowing when to hold your fire is important to defending your home. Too many homeowners panic and shoot at targets that haven’t been positively identified.

If there ever is a zombie apocalypse, for every zombie killed, one citizen will likely be done in by friendly fire.

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One Response to “Knowing When To Hold Your Fire”

  1. thoughtfullyprepping April 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    You’re clouding laymen’s mind with talk about complex decisions.
    We had a heck of a game convincing all the adults in the family to pull a trigger because of “evaluate before shooting” and “what if” scenarios.

    Finally a simple law was written.
    Those trying to get in are bad. It’s OK to shoot at bad.
    That worked, all triggers now work.
    Not perfect but there again is anything?

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