Here at Guns&Tactics, we tend to focus more on the Guns and not so much on the Tactics. Our partners over at SpotterUp.com recently published a quick and dirty post showing the basics of Cornering. Tactically, of course.
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There isn't a magic tactic that will solve all of your tactical problems but practicing tactic movements can give you a better sense of how angles work.
Observe your corner
Stand about an arm's-length away from the corner. An arm's-length distance opens up your view a bit while still providing you some concealment. Don't lean on the wall or let your equipment scrape the wall or you might give away your position. Don't let your firearm stick out into the doorway (anything beyond the corner) or you will expose yourself to ninjas.
Slicing the Pie
The process of traversing a corner is known as Slicing the Pie. A potentially dangerous area can be managed best by breaking it down into smaller sections. This can be done using distance and angles to look around a corner without unnecessarily exposing yourself. Look at our picture below. This particular pie is sectioned off in three (3) pieces (marked as 1, 2, 3) that you can potentially use to swing around the apex of the corner in order to open up your field of view.
When Slicing the Pie, you begin as soon as you recognize the corner. If you have some distance from the corner, then use the space available to increase your field of view and reactionary gap. Adjust your upper body to the threat.
Slowing your advance as you get closer to the corner gives you sufficient time to react to threats. *Operator in the Front can step from position 1 to position 3 and slowly look around the corner, while the *Operator in the Rear can move up alongside his partner.
Beware the ninjas!
- Begin at Location 1 and observe anything beyond the corner.
- The Blue Arrow points to the Apex of the Corner and is the start of the semi-circle where you make your pivot.
- The White Arrows shows the arc of travel around an imaginary semi-circle that you are to follow as you turn around the corner.
- Keep your upper body (body armor) adjusted to the threat.
- Keep your weapon pointed at the threat.
- Do not 'pop' around the corner to take a quick peak. If you look around the corner then do not give up visual control of that area.
- Pause and then scan your slice of pie. Look down to the floor and up to the ceiling with your eyes. Once you are certain you don’t see a Ninja Killer, move yourself to the next slice of the pie. Repeat by pausing and scanning. Your goal is to incrementally take over small sections of the room and occupy it with your presence and firearm. An open doorway still has an apex point. The edge of each side of the doorway has imaginary pivot points you must use to your advantage when looking out for potential danger.
Learning to clear corners is easiest if you have a partner because he can become the bad guy. He can place himself in various places in the unknown threat area, and help you understand how to hone your observation and moving skills.
Try not to expose any part of your body or weapon when you begin to move around the corner. Be patient and the gains will come.
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*Operator: Officer/Troop member
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