2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

M1A vs. cinder block wall (guess who wins)....cover vs. concealment

OK, video "two-for" today...and yes, I really like videos by Hickok45....

...and yes, the title of the vid incorrectly states that its a M14...for all intent purposes an interchangeable nomenclature for the Springfield M1A...almost the same identical piece save for the selector switch...

First, what happens to a cinder block wall that gets in the sights of Hickok when he has a M1A in .308 on his shoulder over 250 meters away...same thing that happens to most other things this guy targets...it gets owned...



second...man, I want a M1A now...actually have since I fired one a couple of years ago at my first Appleseed. Got the M1 as a shooter for the same basic purpose, but the M1A is just so much cooler in a way...I am stuck between wanting the stock model (like in the vid) or the shorter "scout" version with a build in picatinny rail on the upper hand guard for mounting a scope and such...

decisions, decisions.....


Anyway, the video shows a good example of the difference between cover and concealment...

Concealment: Any object or topographical feature that prevents the enemy from observing you.
Cover: Any object or topographical feature that prevents and the enemy from observing you and bringing effective direct fire onto your position.


Thusly, that cinder block wall my have provided concealment for the zombie terrorist in the video as Hickok could not see him directly, but it made little difference as he could shoot through it anyway. Now, if they had added some rebar and concrete in the holes in the middle of the cinder blocks and added a layer of sandbags to the wall, then it would of offered cover instead of concealment. Its a subtle, but important, difference to make.

In the first gulf war when US M1 Abrams went up against Soviet made T72 and T80 tanks manned by the Iraqis, many of the Iraqi tanks made tactically sound decisions by go "hull down" behind berms of sand in the desert when facing the M1's. This is what their training dictated. However, unfortunately for them, it was soon made apparent in more than one occasion that a berm of sand was little resistance for a M829 APFSDS "dart" flying out of the 120mm main gun of the Abrams at something like 3200 fps.....the sand offered concealment, but little cover as the depleted uranium darts drove through the sand into the tanks like the .308 rounds did to that wall.

How does a 20 year old tank battle relate to you? Walls.

Yes walls, those seemingly innocuous structures in our houses that divide up space for us. We take them for granted most of the time and our lives are predicated to a large degree with the fact that we cannot walk or go through them. Bullets leaving a barrel look at the world totally different. To them a wall is just another barrier that they are destined to encounter, spend energy penetrating and continuing on their merry way until their energy is depleted. In my post on active shooters and individual responses I cautioned against relying on common drywall walls for any type of protection, even behind a locked door. The same goes true in your home. Don't rely on a wall to protect you from gunfire from the other side and be cognizant that your bullets will penetrate them as well.

Peeking around corners in your home with a loaded weapon may look good on TV or in theory until you realize that even a "lowly" 9mm round can possibly penetrate both corner walls you are behind to strike you. Even the way we teach our military and police to "slice the pie" and sweep around corners to find targets instead of simply stepping out all at once falls victim to this fact. Blanks, MILES lasers, paintballs and even simnitions all fail to adequately represent this threat in training. For years we have taught Infantrymen to dive behind bushes when fired at because, in training, the lasers from MILES equipped small arms would not penetrate even the flimsiest of foliage.

And for the second video...what else would be appropriate....



btw..."not being seen" is what? Concealment! Notice I said in my definition of cover it protects your from direct fire, being blown up or having fused grenade fly over you and explode doesn't count..well, it does but technically your cover isn't cover then...

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