Angle Opening Seeing Around Corners
To hit a target you have to acquire that target, which is typically called target acquisition. Shooting blindly or fanning a weapon only wastes ammunition and can cause collateral damage. Firefights are not typically staged unless they are in Hollywood. Once in a firefight you have to deal with the situation, and that usually means limited cover/concealment, poor light conditions and numerous obstacles that obstruct your field of fire/line of sight and in particular, corners are a dangerous obstacle.
Corners are dangerous intersections in a firefight because you usually do not know what is around them but you have to assume an assailant is, and they need to be engaged to stop them. There are ways of looking around a corner, to include small mirrors, pinhead camera lenses on small probes and special gun sights that allow you to view different angles from cover.
Once you know what is around the corner you still have to expose yourself somewhat to engage the shooter or assailant. The spray and pray technique will expose you and you want to be assured of what you are shooting at before you step around the corner. There are mirrors that can be rail mounted on weapons and the only thing exposed when using the mirrors would be the weapon’s muzzle.
From the depictions it is assumed you could also fire from this position, and once again, the only part exposed are the weapon and possibly your hands. Of course, you will draw fire from a shooter so it will take hours of practice to master the use of this device so you can acquire your target then fire and maintain cover in just a few seconds. A few well placed shots and your weapon and hands are disabled if the other shooter is paying attention.
Practice and having the ability to shoot accurately from either shoulder is important in overcoming corners. In a home defense situation, you may not have technology to help you. If your right shoulder were to the wall, you would have to fire from the left shoulder around the corner and of course, if your left shoulder is to the wall you fire from the right shoulder. You cannot step from around the corner you will have to switch shooting hands to avoid exposing more of your body than is necessary.
Getting in the prone position to “peek” around the corner is usually not recommended because it will take you to long to gain your feet if you have to move. Experienced shooters will always look for shooters to do this move around corners.
The movies usually show people jumping out from behind corners and facing the hallways and the assailants always seem to be surprised. In real firefights, the other shooters may not be surprised at all and in fact may be waiting for you pull such a dangerous move.
One of the many things you have to concentrate during tactical maneuvers is intelligence gathering. You need information, so using whatever means you have available you have to locate and acquire targets in a shooting situation.
If you have to move from around a corner do it in a crouch and be ready to fire. Go down to one knee if you have to get below the line of fire. Your assailants will be standing and will usually fire where they assume the shooter is standing, this means they may fire over you. It will take the shooter a split second to realize you are crouched or on one knee.