Self-Defense Tip: Know The Difference Between Cover and Concealment

Cover: the bad guys can’t shoot you. Concealment: the bad guys can’t see you. One of these is better than the other. But either is better than neither. That is all.


  1. avatar Cmdrlimpet says:

    Many of the fields in Afghanistan are covered in tall mounds. That’s what the LMG is resting on as he fires. Several feet of dirt is pretty good cover.


  2. avatar jwm says:

    Sometimes your war starts in the middle of a cornfield. It is what it is, you just have to deal with it.

  3. avatar Bob says:

    Sometimes the other guy in the gun fight does not know the difference. Some people think that if they can’t see you then they can’t shoot you, or vice versa, especially during ‘the heat of battle’.

    You can use this to your advantage. For example, if a home invader has been shooting at you, then he ducks behind a corner (and you know no one else is in the line of fire), put a bullet through the drywall in the corner. It will kill him just as well.

    It is also very likely that a bad guy will stop shooting at you, if you duck behind a corner, even though the drywall between you is concealment, not cover.

    Use every slight advantage you can find…

    1. avatar gar says:


      Better to have holes in the drywall than to holes in you chest… or you family’s chests.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        An pleasant evening spent reading will leave no doubt as to how ineffective drywall is at impeding bullets, slugs or buckshot.

  4. avatar Rambeast says:

    +1 (meant to comment to Bob)

    1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

      I’ve noticed a definite uptick in the number of misplaced comments since last night’s upgrade to the commenting system.

  5. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Cover, to the extent that it is cover, is also concealment, yes?

    1. avatar PeteRR says:

      Trees may give you effective cover, but probably not concealment.

      1. avatar AlphaGeek says:

        Not for the OFWGs, at least.

    2. avatar EATENG says:

      Yep. Cover = concealment with few exceptions such as bullet resistant glass or other transparent/translucent ballistic material. Concealment != cover.

  6. avatar Paul Braman says:

    It’s funny because we talk about this all the time playing Dungeons and Dragons where we have to teach people the difference so their characters can avoid an untimely death.

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