By:Mr. X, Survivalist
When I teach counter shooter training to civilians, one of the key points that I stress is the concept of using the fatal funnel to your advantage when launching a counter ambush against an active killer.
Unfortunately, this concept isn’t much help in the event that you get caught up in some nastiness like happened recently in Las Vegas, but one of the sub aspects of it will be beneficial, that of using cover to your advantage… but, I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.
The fatal funnel as many, or hopefully, most of you know, is the fact that whatever portal you enter a space through restricts you to a space time continuum that will leave you vulnerable to attack. In other words, being in a doorway leaves your ass hanging in the breeze and anyone that wants to, if they catch you in the fatal funnel, can shoot that fleshly portion right off of you forthcomingly. Therefore it is best to restrict your time in said funnel to the bare minimum and to take three specific precautions when you are forced to pass through… here they are:
- Don’t dick around. Though this should go without saying, you’d be surprised how many experienced tactical guys will still hesitate in the door looking for a target. Penetration, penetration, penetration… get up the bad guys ass so far that you have to reach back to shoot him in the face, but do not stand in the doorway. Remember it is usually the number two guy who gets hit and the point guy who busts the bad guys ass, (usually while he’s hooking up the number 2).
- Use cover to your advantage. Face it, the fatal funnel is going to offer you an opportunity to catch rounds, it is the nature of the beast. So present cover to the shooter if you can to keep him occupied while you perforate his vitals. Cover can be in the form of a ballistic shield, rifle plate, etc… if you have to go through the fatal funnel, try to go through behind something that’s denser than bullets.
- Use a button hook entry. Everyone likes to criss cross for deeper penetration, but a criss cross entry puts point and number two in the stack directly in the fatal funnel. Using a button hook entry puts two guns on target simultaneously and keeps the center of the funnel empty. Remember, it only takes an inch to mean the difference between dead and wounded, and wounded and unscathed.