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Episode 91 – What is Cover?

There's still a lot of misunderstanding as to what cover really is in IDPA. After trying to explain it in wording, Rick and Larry decides to head to the range to demonstrate it visually.

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  1. Is the edge of your cover wall plumb and perfectly vertical? It appears to be leaning somewhat.

    If the cover is perfectly vertical and your fault line perfectly straight you can back up as far as you want and the inside of the fault line will always be behind cover. Of course the further back from the cover you are the more you’ll have to lean out from the fault line in order to see the same amount of the target. At some point back from cover you’d have to lean out so far that it’s impossible to see the down zero section of the target without breaking the fault line with your foot and lower body.

  2. I’d like to see the experiment re-done with the target’s “eyes” on it’s head instead of on the edge of it’s shoulder to see what, if any, difference there is.

  3. It’s a game, so the rule book is king, so I don’t want to get into a big discussion about the whether the target can see this or that. My question is, if the range officer is busy watching your body position relative to the target, there is no way to make sure the shooter isn’t doing bad things like, sweeping themselves, or finger in the trigger guard during the reload or malfunction. So does the IDPA not worry about that? Are reload that much rarer? Do you have to be completely behind cover during malfunction drills?

    • Brice – The Safety Officer is looking to see if the shooter is properly using cover, just as he or she is looking for proper engagement sequence, legal reloads, etc., but they are focused on safety. A glance is sufficient to determine if a shooter is using cover properly; there’s no need to dwell on it. It is often the case that the scorekeeper, the second match official on the stage, can keep an eye on cover, while the SO focuses on safety. The episode was “Cover”, and not “SO Responsibilities”, so no time was devoted to the Safety Officer’s duties beyond being in a position to make cover calls. Cover is cover, is cover; if you are sufficiently covered for shooting, you are also covered for reloading or malfunction clearing.

  4. Great show. I am more guilty of shooting away from cover distance related and actually looking for ways to keep from moving into a position if there is another position later on in the stage. The camera gives a nice perspective on how a few inces of lateral movement far away from the barrier exposes large amounts versus how much you can get away with once up agains the props. As a newer SO that gets out to matches when work isn’t in the way I am mainly watching the gun, especially learning to move ahead of you lefties, and looking for blatent cover violations. I need to get back in practice of watching positions closely. Running one squad every three or four months doesn’t help much. Being a good SO takes as much effort as being a good shooter.

  5. I’m with Robert, I think you camera angle is wrong. It should be fro the angle of the head not the shoulder.

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