Introduction to Basic Tactical Movement

October 15, 2014

For the first article on tactical movement we will start with the individual. In order for the team to operate successfully everyone must be able to perform simple maneuvers as individuals, which can be applied to a team setting.

The first movement we will touch on is the basic patrol. While patrolling your rifle should be angled across your chest, muzzle down toward your weak side. You simply walk at whatever the pace of the patrol is. This normally tends to be a slower pace.

Next we have the Combat glide. The combat glide is fairly simple. You star by squaring off with your target, rifle up at the ready and you are looking down your rifle. Your knees will be bent as if in a wrestling stance. You then simply walk forward in a very smooth manner as if you are gliding. The night glide is the same as the combat glide except slowed and much quieter.

Now we will touch on three of the sniper’s best friends. The first is the high crawl. The high crawl is performed by beginning in the prone position and having your upper body raised off the deck, resting on your elbows. Curl your hands and forearms up to keep your rifle out of the dirt. You then move by placing your left elbow and right knee forward, switching side, which will move you forward. The low crawl is executed the same as high crawl, however you keep your upper body down on the deck. Lastly is the skull drag. The skull drag is executed when you need to move with the most minimal ability of being seen. When skull dragging, your entire body should be against the deck and you face should be down, as not to be seen. You then extend your arms forward and push with your feet to pull yourself forward. This will not move you far; however will help you remain undetected.

The last movement we will talk about is the combat roll. When most people combat roll they brace themselves with their forearms, this is not correct. A combat roll is not so much a tumble as it is a jump. It is best to practice it without a rifle until you get the hang of it. You start by curving your upper body forward and giving a slight jump with your feet. The first thing to touch the ground should be your shoulder blade. Keeping the curvature of your back, your momentum will send you in to a natural high kneeling position.

I hope this is useful. These maneuvers should not be attempted unless you are trained and capable. and its employees are not responsible for any injury or damages caused by attempting these maneuvers.

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