If You don’t Move, You will Die


January 18, 2013 by jervin2012


CMU getting shot by 45ACP 230gr FMJ

Recently, we posted the test results of a concrete block shoot to Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih3nw4qVa1I This is one of the most fun targets to shoot, as you don’t have to worry as much about temperature changes like you do have to with gelatin blocks.

It didn’t take long for the emails and comments to start coming in, asking “what are you trying to prove by shooting one block?” The person who asks this is usually the person who would prefer an actual house to be shot, because they are all about realism. This same type of person never appears on the list of donors who support our testing, interestingly enough. So, we executed a suitably-designed test to evaluate the penetration capability of a single shot for any of the tested weapons. It would behoove anyone who thinks they are ready for combat to review FM 3-06.11, Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain. This fantastic FM addresses the challenges of close quarters battle in a city or dwelling unlike anything else we are aware of. Reviewing Chapter 7 reveals the incredible difficulty in penetrating a CMU wall with small arms ammunition, requiring well over the amount of ammunition commonly carried to make a hole big enough to walk through. Shooting smiley-faces in a wall, with the light coming through from behind only happens in the movies.

There is a tactical point here, as well as a technical point to this test. Tactically speaking – there are common weapon systems that can shoot through such walls. You must be mentally and physically prepared to MOVE while you are shooting, reloading or doing anything else. You must have your ‘next stop’ in your mind before you start to move from your current position. The “Alamo/Bullet Sponge” tactic has a very short lifespan during a real world confrontation.

One thought on “If You don’t Move, You will Die

  1. Dong Strongly says:

    This begs the question of how many shots in the same place would it take to achieve penetration?

    Obviously if your enemy is unknown and its capabilities also unknown, it makes absolute tactical sense to keep on moving and stay unpredictable. However, if your environment affords you fewer opportunities than would be preferable, a bit of foresight is going to give you flexibility. If your enemy appears to be carrying AK pattern rifles, it’s very likely that they won’t be chambered in magnum rifle calibers. That buys you at least a few seconds and maybe a few more shots from that one position. Although, if you spot a bolt action with a hefty scope attached, it’s probably safe to assume that the same cover won’t provide as much protection.

    While it’s impossible to foresee every single tactical circumstance, the key to effective tactics is having the knowledge to take calculated risks.

    Otherwise, great video! Sorry one of you guys took one to the head in the line of duty.

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