Home Personal Defense Self-Defense Tip: Know The Difference Between Cover and Concealment Personal Defense Self-Defense Tip: Know The Difference Between Cover and Concealment By Robert Farago - October 19, 2012 12 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Email 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Personal Defense: Get Fit for the Flight Personal Defense Stories: Overcoming the Fear of Guns Personal Defense: Duty to Retreat, Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine – Do You Know the Difference? 12 COMMENTS 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. Example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/violinsoldier/188715007/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Reply Sometimes your war starts in the middle of a cornfield. It is what it is, you just have to deal with it. Reply 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… Reply +1 Better to have holes in the drywall than to holes in you chest… or you family’s chests. Reply An pleasant evening spent reading http://theboxotruth.com/ will leave no doubt as to how ineffective drywall is at impeding bullets, slugs or buckshot. Reply +1 (meant to comment to Bob) Reply I’ve noticed a definite uptick in the number of misplaced comments since last night’s upgrade to the commenting system. Reply Cover, to the extent that it is cover, is also concealment, yes? Reply Trees may give you effective cover, but probably not concealment. Reply Not for the OFWGs, at least. Reply Yep. Cover = concealment with few exceptions such as bullet resistant glass or other transparent/translucent ballistic material. Concealment != cover. Reply 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. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.