Throughout the training industry you have opinions on the correct way to do certain tasks. When working vehicle tactics, you hear guys say you don't need to crowd your cover. On the opposite hand, others will say it doesn't matter or you need to get as close as possible to the cover. The truth is "it's all situationally dependent". I don't want to crowd my cover if I am in contact with someone that is relatively close, 25 yards for example and a solo threat....if I have stand off distance, 50 yards, in a LE setting I might be able to get away with using the vehicle as support for whatever weapon system I am using... hopefully a carbine/rifle. Long story short, IT DEPENDS.
Here is a photo of me using the vehicle as cover with stand off. As you can see from the photo, some have learned the height over bore issue. My stand off is about 4 feet from the vehicle. I can pop up, take my shot and relocate.
Stand off distance when using a vehicle is situationally dependent...i.e. close proximity to the threat, avoidance of ricochet, not getting sucked into your cover, which allows you to see more of the environment you are operating in...
This photo shows me utilizing the hood of the vehicle for cover & support of the weapon system. I am able to achieve a lower profile and support because I have the weapon laying on its side which allows me to stay low, utilizing as much cover as possible. This could be used in close proximity or at distance to the threat. If you have time to get into this position and your environment/situation is allowing you to do so it's a good option.
Example- You arrived on scene and the threat does not see you because he is focused on another officer etc. Again, it's all "situationally dependent"...Nothing is ever going to be perfect so use what you can to your advantage.
Now that you kinda see where this is going I don't
have to waste time explaining a bunch of extra stuff.
In the photo below I am using the hood of the vehicle as cover but even more so as support of the weapon system. You can see that I am "C" clamping the rail down on the hood which makes this very supportive for the weapon system. In my opinion I would utilize this position/option if I had great stand off distance from the suspect and I wasn't getting peppered with incoming rounds. It's super supportive and I can get very accurate hits on target.
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