There are a handful of vocabulary terms that make me cringe when I hear them used wrong and the terms cover and concealment are among those. This article will quickly overview the difference between these two ideas.
Concealment in a Gun Fight
Concealment refers to anything that hides you from view. Concealment is an important part of tactics in most encounters. If your attacker(s) can not see you they don't know exactly where you are or how prepared you may be to defend yourself. Concealment can also be effective because your attacker(s) may not know the difference between cover and concealment and may feel that you are more protected than you really are. Some common types of concealment might include the walls of normal wood frame homes, small trees, or the body of your car.
Cover in a Gun Fight
Cover refers to anything that protects you from the threat. If you attacker(s) has a firearm then cover would be anything you can put between you and the oncoming bullets that would protect you from the bullets. Cover is actually far more rare than most of us realize and this is especially true in the environments where we would expect to have to defend ourselves (like a home).
On Thursday we will publish an article about how to effectively use cover to defend yourself.