Mission-specific gear, such as a Patriot 3 Minuteman Shield can…

Mission-specific gear, such as a Patriot 3 Minuteman Shield can ultimately turn the tide in an
otherwise insurmountable challenge.

There are entries, and then there are entries. Gearing up for an entry into a house or apartment is vastly different than gearing up for an entry on a bus, train or aircraft. Sure, some of the basic principles are similar, but the environments and reasons for entry are vastly different.

SWAT Teams do dynamic entries on a house or apartment in order to execute a search warrant for contraband, serve an arrest warrant, extricate a barricaded or wanted suspect, or rescue a hostage. If you are entering a live aircraft as part of a tactical team, there is generally only one reason you are doing it—to rescue hostages. That’s a lot different than executing a search warrant for dope, and the likelihood that shots will be fired to resolve the situation is much greater. Combine that with the close proximity to explosive fuels on buses and aircraft as well as the close proximity of innocent parties and you see where the risk has elevated greatly over most entries on a residence. But there are other important factors that differentiate building assaults from tubular assaults.

Confined Quarters
This type of entry is termed “Tubular Assault” or “Linear Assault” simply because the team movement is totally straight line, no matter which end of the tube the team enters. There are no turns, corners and usually no ups or downs. Normally, everything unfolds directly in front of the assaulter. But that is not the only thing that defines the tube, nor is it the only problem area of the tube—after all, a straight line assault is the simplest movement for a team. But the tube is tight, incredibly tight—be it a bus, train or aircraft.

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