When players are fired upon, often times they will do one of three things; dive into cover and limiting your options which allows your opponent to move on you for an angle, sit like a deer in the headlights and get shot or run blindly in the direction they were already heading hoping to outrun the fire. We have to understand that the person firing at us probably has a decided advantage. We already know he has the element of surprise, but he may also have higher ground, better cover, etc. The purpose of this thread is to help level the playing field and take that advantage away. Here are some rules/techniques that will help make you a harder target when fired upon.
1)When fired upon move laterally to cover, not directly towards or away from the shooter, this means that he cant just shoot at one point, but he has to track you to his right or left, and won't have a steady point to aim at you. This takes what is essentially a non-moving target that is moving directly at the shooter and makes you a moving target. Keep in mind that most cover does not allow players see their opponents movement. With this in mind, when they do take cover once you start returning fire, move up on a 45 degree angle to try and steal the initiative and gain an angle on them for an easier shot.
"A [radical concept that was introduced] to the IMEF Marines was the concept of "moving off the line of force." Repeated studies during "force on force" simunitions training by the staff at American Tactical Shooting Association have discovered that moving three to four feet off the enemy's line of attack was often all it took to steal the initiative and defeat the threat" (Soldier of Fortune, July 05).
2) Return fire while you are moving to cover. This will put some pressure back on your opponent, possibly slow him up, or even make him grab his own cover which would put you in a 1v1 situation where neither has a decided advantage. Then with movement you can take an angle and gain the advantage.
3) Play small and tight with a proper platform to maximize your accuracy.
4) Practice this with reaction to fire drills, as practice will increase your accuracy and the speed with which you can acquire emerging targets who fire upon you, survive, and eliminate them.
5) When fired upon, it is extremely important to verbalize the threat. Verbalizing the threat gives teammates the knowledge of where potential threats are so they can adjust their position behind cover as well as rack and stack potential targets based on threat. Most importantly though, teammates may bail you out of trouble.
Act rather than react and dictate the time, place, purpose, scope, intensity, and place of operations. The initiative must be seized, retained, and fully exploited. Dictate the pace of the game and impose your will on your opponent. You need to force him to be reactive to your fire and movement instead of the other way around. This will keep your opponents off balance and guessing. In a perfect world you will either gain a far superior angle on your opponent, or shoot them in the back as they retreat.
This post has been edited by BlackLight Z: 21 November 2010 - 09:18 PM