Barricade drills are pretty straight forward. Keep as much of your self out of the line of fire, clear your sights and clear your muzzle (make sure that you will not be shooting into the barricade, bullet splatter hurts, not to mention you will be giving away your presence/position). If using a rifle, try to have the weapon supported to increase your accuracy, for pistols, I was taught two handed grip from all positions. Practice shooting from the left & right sides of the barricade, plus over the top of the barricade. One position that gets overlooked is shooting from underneath a barricade, again a two handed grip. When shooting underneath a barricade, typically you will be lying on your side. Since most uses of a weapon are defensive in nature, you must be prepared to fight from where ever you find yourself, and the time to acquire the needed skills is not in the middle of a fire fight. Learn to shoot with both hands, learn how to clear jams, learn how to reload quickly (running out of ammo in a gunfight is not bad luck, it is a reality... deal with it quickly). Practice drawing the weapon with your non-shooting hand, practice one hand reloads, practice clearing jams and releasing the slide one handed. It would really suck to have a weapon that is functional, but due to an injury sustained to your shooting hand/arm, get killed.
Clearing the sights & muzzle may seem pretty straight forward, but there was a sniper in pheonix, AZ that fired 2 shots at a bank robber that was holding a hostage. Both rounds went into the barricade that he was behind. He cleared the sights ( a scope in this case), but failed to clear the muzzle. Because he was able to see the threat through the scope, he assumed all was good. But the muzzle is 2 inches lower than the cross hairs. After the second miss from about 80 yards, he realized his problem and the third shot found its target.
PS- I am in the right front seat of the helicopter, Harry is out on the skid, and the pilots name is David (he is a great pilot). Clint Smith was trying to get my wife on the cover of the magazine, and took all kinds of pictures of the helicopter flying in "Thunderville" but they did not come out that great. That picture on the cover was snapped 3 off the ground in a hover just before we started a shooting run. The targets we were shooting at were 3' x 3' squares (about the same size as a person crouching) that were filled with chalk (white puffs when you hit it). The altitude was about 60 feet at 60 knots. I am tied with the highest score (9 out of 10), and never thought that any type of accuracy could be achieved from shooting out of a helicopter (except for belt fed weapons). I was wrong. I have a DVD from the course, and if I knew how to load it I would.
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