Room Clearing Techniques


We will discuss basic room clearing techniques in this blog. Strategies and tactics vary greatly depending on a number of different factors. These factors include things like the threat level, your available resources and the structure of the room itself. As you approach to clear a room that holds a potential threat, keep your thoracic cavity (center mass) behind the door jam as much as possible as you visually “slice the pie”.  The extra building materials used to frame the door will stop direct fire from most handguns. Maintain situational awareness and check your six. As you approach, pay attention to the layout of the room. Are you entering a corner fed room or a center fed room? Visually inspect as much of the room as you can before making entry. You should be able to visually clear about 80% of an empty room by slicing the pie, before you go in. Take your time.

Before you make entry and clear the room, communicate with your partners. Which way does the door open? Who is responsible for opening the door? Which area of the room poses the greatest risk? Who is going in first and are using a crossing pattern or a button hook? Once you commit to making entry, move fast and penetrate deeply, more than a few feet. Bullets tend to travel along walls and remember “corners kill”. Clear the corners behind you as you enter the room.  

Check out this informative video on basic room clearing techniques.

contributed by: Bill Nordbrock

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