Progressive F.O.R.C.E. Concepts: Intro To Barricade Tactics

Inches And Angles:

Intro To Barricade Tactics

The difference between cover and concealment!

Identify bad shooting habits when behind cover!

How to shoot better from cover and minimize exposure!

Article by Mike Haytack

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About the author

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Mike Haytack is 20-year United States Air Force veteran with extensive experience as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC).

During his career, he participated in numerous combat deployments in all major theaters of operation alongside conventional and special operations forces.

Mike excelled in small arms, team tactics, and integrating tactical air & ground operations in austere environments.

His final role in the Department of Defense included service with the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Mike is currently an Adjunct Instructor with PFC assigned to restricted Tactical Training & Firearms Programs for clients in the U.S. and abroad.

Set yourself up for success during barricade tactics

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PFC utilizes a well thought out modular approach when delivering instruction on gunfighting tactics. 

Core subject matter is supported by blocks of instruction that are strategically integrated to set the stage for the following block of instruction.

This article is great example of that.

If you haven’t read our last article titled, Gun Side Knee Down, you should.

Introduction to Speed Kneeling

It will provide a great introduction to Speed Kneeling, which is the foundation of all other PFC Combative Shooting Positions.

Having a solid understanding of our fighting position sets you up for success during barricade tactics, and that’s what this article is about.

The first things to understand are the primary differences between cover and concealment. 

Simply put, cover protects us, concealment hides us.

With this said, not all cover is created equal.

There is cover that will protect us from 9mm, but won’t protect us from .308.

Another way to illustrate this is to think about a sandbag.

They are good until hit and start to rupture, bleed sand, and become compromised.

To think about this in an unconventional way, take a chain link fence; most the time you can see right through it.

Now think about yourself and an adversary squaring off facing each other looking through the fence.

Once the fight commences, there is a good chance most of those rounds will make it through the 2” X 2” openings.

Now take that same scenario and move off-axis making those same 2” X 2” gaps smaller.

Our philosophy is to get stuff in between yourself and the bad guy.

Move to Cover & Establish Proper Interval

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but not necessarily the safest line.

We see gunfighters get sucked in, meaning they go straight for cover and jam their face right into the barricade.

All they see is the barricade and none of the environment.

An average healthy male has about 170-degree field of view, so why not use it!

Another bad trait with this technique is that the hips get committed to the perceived threat side, then their backside is given up immediately.

Your first thought should not be getting to the barricade, but getting the barricade between you and adversary.

So, what are the suggested fixes?

Regarding moving to the barricade, we teach the L principle.

When applicable, this is accomplished by moving left or right first to get behind the cover, then advancing to the cover and establish a proper interval. 

It is a Barricade not a Bench Rest: Proper Interval

Think about this for moment.

If a shooter sucks up to the barricade, they have to step out and away to acquire the target and remount the gun.

After engaging, they must get back behind the barricade and unmount the firearm.

Another issue with being pressed against a barricade is exposing yourself to more frag by being so close to the wall.

If I’m back off the barricade a few feet that could diminishes the frag to the face.

We suggest establishing a proper interval off a barricade by touching it at arm’s length and taking one big boy step back.


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Exceptions to the Interval

  • Bad Guy High – Get closer to the barricade
  • Bad Guy Low – Get closer to the barricade
  • Bad GUYS (more than one) Wide – Engage the guy who scares you the most then establish the interval to work the other problem.
  • Woven Barricades like the chain link fence – A shooter may need to push through the opening due to rounds clipping the material.

Other than these 4 exceptions, get off the barricade!

Conform to Cover – Minimize Target Presentation

My Friend.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water.  

Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot.

Now water can flow or it can crash” 

– Bruce Lee

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The topic of Barricade Tactics is a great time to talk about why we teach people how to properly use their weapon system on both sides of the body, or bilaterally.

We’re not left handed or right handed as gunfighters.

We simply have a strong side and a stronger side.

Being able to effectively run any weapon system on either side of the body allows the shooter to better conform to cover and ultimately minimizes exposure.

Most importantly, it keeps the enemy guessing.

Understanding the advantages and limitations of cover, how best to move to cover and utilize the proper interval for the situation, and being able to conform and minimize your exposure will help you win the fight. 

If you want to learn more about Barricade Tactics, check out our schedule and make a plan to join us for Progressive Handgun 2 or Progressive Carbine 2; Fighting Positions. 

You won’t regret it and it may save your life. 

Stay safe!

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