SouthNarc’s Armed Movement in Structures: Primer

This is an excellent read and something that I would consider required reading if you own a gun.

Here is the file to download for further reading. The file is labeled “snamisprimer.pdf”


 Armed Movement in Structures (A.M.I.S.): A Primer

This is the introduction to a photo series on moving through structures with a rifle and handgun. Before that however, we need to cover some principles and ideas. I also will share some thoughts and opinions on the subject with you that hopefully will help illuminate some of the reasoning behind the tactics that we will discuss. Understand that I have wrestled with how best to write about this for some time. The gist of the article will be for citizen SD, not L.E./Mil. tactical teams.

Random Thoughts Moving through a structure (building, room, hallway, etc.) with a firearm to engage an armed adversary is probably the most dangerous thing one can do. There is no safe way to do it alone. Let me say that again…there is no safe way to do it alone. When I was a young infantryman learning M.O.U.T. (Military Operations Urban Terrain) the acceptable ratio of attacker to defender for a chance of success was about 9 to 1. The odds heavily favor the defender in a fixed position vs. an attacker who’s moving in. The same holds true of a civilian encounter in a structure. I’m not very absolute about most things but I am about this. Always take the ambush over the assault if you can i.e. let them come to you instead of you going to them. That being said, we’ll talk in the series about how best to maximize your odds if you have to close with an armed adversary. Again, I’m not advocating doing this unless you have no choice.

Movement There are two types of general movement that we use. Slow and Deliberate and Dynamic. We can move with one or the other or a combination of the two. Slow and deliberate is just that. We move incrementally and leave nothing visually and physically uncleared. The focus is on always being behind cover when we move, exposing as little of ourselves as possible, and on seeking out our next cover point. All danger areas are cleared. Closets, cabinets, anything that can hide an adversary. Dynamic movement is quicker, though steady and definite. We use dynamic movement when we cross thresholds, multiple danger areas, and for rescues. The pace of dynamic movement is a brisk, level walk.

Cover and Concealment Cover and concealment are two principles that we should understand thoroughly. Cover is anything that will stop a round and protect you from fire. It could be a refrigerator, a thick granite counter-top, or a heavy piece

of wood furniture. Concealment is anything that hides you from the adversary’s view, but does not protect you from fire. Cover is usually concealment, but concealment is not cover. Understand that in most modern structures, true cover is a precious commodity.

Miscellaneous Tactical Guidelines Watch your noise discipline. When you move, don’t drag and scrape your feet. Pick them up and step. Also avoid scraping your body against walls, or banging your gear on doorjambs. These are all signatures that tell the bad guy that someone is coming. Avoid telegraphing. Telegraphing is letting the adversary know you are there before you have to. The tips of your shoes, your muzzle, or your shadow, can all telegraph your presence. As much as possible try to clear an unknown area visually, before you expose anything. This is especially true when cornering, crossing a danger area, or entering. Lose any inhibition for property damage. If it’s time to kick a door off the hinges, do it. If it’s time to shoot through light cover (your own wall) do it. Don’t let objects get in your way. Go through them! Play with and understand light, shadow, and reflective surfaces. Use reflective surfaces to help manage multiple danger areas. Understand how they can telegraph you. Understand the demarcation of light and shadow and how they help and hurt you. The only way to do this is to walk a structure and see the effects of both. Economical gunhandling is critical! As you move so does your weapon, from extension to retention. It must do this unconsciously because now is not the time to think about your gun. You should be working the environmental problem that’s in your face at the moment, and executing gunhandling that fits the problem. Use the “third eye” principle, meaning that where your eyes go, the muzzle follows. And the key survival principle for solo clearing?

Avoid multiple exposure to visually uncleared areas and minimize your fields to clear. This is really a decision making guideline that affects route selection. This is usually only hammered home through actually working structures but understanding this principle is paramount to success and survival. More on the way. SN

Originally posted by Southnarc of ShivWorks and Total Protection Interactive. This PDF file is created to aid students of self protection, as a tribute to those who wrote the content and is in no way a challenge to the original author. The format of this document is protected by a Creative Commons Licence. Any derivative works must give attribution to the original author(s) of the content. The copyright for the content is held by the original author. I have edited spelling and grammar only.

James Marwood

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